CHARLOTTE MASON KINDERGARTEN
LIVING BOOKS AND SUPPLIES FOR AGE 5
A Charlotte Mason Kindergarten is a very gentle introduction to school for children age 5. A CM Kindergarten will look at lot like Form 1, with many of the same subjects, but all work should be optional. Children should not begin formal lessons until the age of 6. There is still much to be gained in long hours of free play and snuggling up for stories. Please see the Preschool page for more information on the Value of Play and the Value of Stories.
For more information about planning your CM Kindergarten, see the Preschool/Kindergarten CM Your Way Form Guide. It has everything you need to plan a gentle introduction to learning for your little one.
Or, for more information about Forms in general, see Understanding Forms in a Charlotte Mason Education.
Please use the religious texts applicable to your family’s faith and denomination.
If you are not a religious family, see World Religions & Philosophies below.
World Religions & Philosophies
If you are not a religious family, I recommend waiting until Form 2 to introduce World Religions. Until then, I would add more fables and simple picture books like the ones below, or simply omit this subject. See Form 2 for book suggestions regarding World Religions.
Paul Galdone’s series of Folk Tales is wonderful
Chapter Books to Read-Aloud
History through Stories
There are so many ways to approach history in the younger years! Here are some suggestions:
- You could read short, individual biographies for an early introduction to history.
- You could use picture book biographies.
- Or use picture books to study some historical (or fun) events!
- Or you could start with your country’s folklore.
Whatever you choose, have fun and keep the readings short!
Chapter Book Biographies
History through Picture Book Biographies
This series of Picture Book Biographies by David Adler is very enjoyable.
Search for more titles in the series.
Historical Events through Picture Books
These are some of the historical picture books – of both serious and fun events – that we enjoyed when my children were younger.
Science / Nature Study
Science Supplies for You and Your Kindergartener
Supplies and fun things for you and your student!
Learning to Read
Fun Things for Learning to Read!
Living Books for Beginner Readers
More options coming soon…
I HIGHLY recommend ROOTED CHILDHOOD by my friend and fellow CM mama, Meghann Dibrell.
She has created a lovely monthly download that features handicrafts, poems, songs, and recipes to share with your little one. A great introduction to several CM subjects!
Use the coupon code CMPLENARY10 to get 10% off!
Supplies and fun things for you and your Kindergartner!
Drill / Physical Education
P.E. Supplies for You and Your Student
These are all items that my children have used for exercise fun.
Start with fun music that goes with a story. Here are some suggestions: