The Noah Plan® Kindergarten Essentials
Considering using the The Noah Plan® Kindergarten curriculum in your homeschool? How wonderful! You’ll appreciate knowing in advance what The Noah Plan® Kindergarten essentials you need. In this way, you’re not surprised that you’ll need a few more books than the curriculum itself. To be sure, in the back of The Noah Plan® curriculum (p. 295), a list of books and publishers is given. But, it’s super helpful to know while you’re already making your purchase. While everything is listed, I’m sharing the books in bold that I found were enough for me in my first year. I’ll write comments about the others on this list by the Foundation for American Christian Education.
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The Essential Kindergarten Book List Bible
- Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
- The Family and the Nation: Biblical Childhood, Rosalie J. Slater, Foundation for American Christian Education
- Map of the Holy Land
- Early Reader’s Bible, Gold ‘n’ Honey Books. But it’s up to you because some people prefer to have their children read right out of the Bible.
The Essential Kindergarten Book List Literature
- Abraham Lincoln (d’Aulaire), Doubleday
- Aesop’s Fables, Henry Holt & Co.
- *American Dictionary of the English Language, Facsimile 1828 Edition, Foundation for American Christian Education (while there is an on-line edition, I have discovered that it is missing some words. So, I believe it’s essential to have a hard copy in your home.)
- Bambi, by Felix Salten (this is not the Disney version)
- A Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson
- Christian History of the American Revolution: Consider and Ponder. Of note, this is mostly for the parent’s re-education vs. the lessons for your Kindergarten.
- Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America, Vol 1: Christian Self-Government. Also, this is mostly for the parent’s re-education vs. the lessons for your Kindergarten.
- Fairy Tale Books
- Little House in the Big Woods
- Pilgrim-Pioneer Character Moving Westward, by Slater through the Foundation for American Christian Education
- Lullaby books. If you can’t swing these or find them at your library, you can always look some songs up on YouTube. In all transparency, this is what I did our first year.
- Mother Goose and other nursery rhyme books. As with the lullaby books, if you can’t swing these or find them at your library.
- Tale of Peter Rabbit
- Tales from Shakespeare (Lamb’s)
- Uncle Remus Stories, Random House-We couldn’t find this so we enjoyed Disney’s film called, Song of the South.
- Winnie-the-Pooh, Penguin Putnam, Inc. An absolute must.
- Poetry books containing Longfellow’s poetry. But these can be found at the library. Or you can find his poetry on-line.
- Divine and Moral Songs for Children, Isaac Watts
- Peter Rabbit and Friends stories by Beatrix Potter
The Essential Kindergarten Book List History
- Plimoth Plantation Day Packet, Foundation for American Christian Education
- Teacher Guide: Columbus, Foundation for American Christian Education
- Columbus by d’Aulaire
- America’s Providential History, by Mark Beliles and Stephen McDowell
- A Children’s Color Book of Jamestown in Virginia, The Dietz Press
- George Washington, d’Aulaire
- Age appropriate books about Christian patriots
- Books on the American Flag and Liberty Bell
- Our National Symbols, Linda Carlson Johnson
- Books about the American Bald Eagle, the Statue of Liberty, the Seal of the President
The Essential Kindergarten Book List Geography
- Evan-Moor (EMBG) Volume 1, Beginning Geography How to Use a Map
- Evan-Moor (EMBG) Volume 2, Beginning Geography Land Forms and Bodies of Water
- Evan-Moor (EMBG) Volume 3, Beginning Geography Continents and Oceans
- Student Atlas
The Essential Kindergarten Book List Science
- Snowflake Bentley, Jacqueline Briggs. Or a book with magnified snowflakes.
- Dog books
- Weather books
- Sea animals, plants landforms of the ocean
- Botany books
- Books about leaves
- Astronomy books
- Spinning Worlds, by Michael Carroll
- Zoology books
- Learning about My Body, The Evan-Moor Corp
- My First Body Book, Chris and Melanie Rice
- What’s Inside My Body?, Angela Royston
- Me and My Body, David Evans and Claudette Williams
- The Skeleton Inside You, Philip Balestrino
The Essential Kindergarten Book List Other Subjects
- French Primer, Mes Premiers Pas de Français by F.A.C.E. Of note, these are coloring pages with French words and sentence. Plus, it comes with an audio CD for pronunciation.
- Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: A Classroom Curriculum. I didn’t bother with this one (probably because of our budget at the time). And the curriculum we use works well for us so I haven’t felt the need to buy it…
- Right Start Mathematics. We started out with this and love it. However, I needed help time-wise teaching a subject with so many various levels among our 6 school-aged children and we are now using CTC Math (affiliate link) and love it! The lessons are short and concise, the kids can re-take lessons and tests as needed individually, it is not in line with common core, it keeps track of individual student’s records which are printable, and it grades lessons and tests automatically. This has been a huge blessing for me and our kids! Plus, I can teach the Bible principles in math to them just the same.
- Starter Kit, Spalding Education International. I have it and struggled so much with the way it is formatted. Thankfully someone introduced me to Spell to Write and Read by Wanda Sanseri. It’s based off of Spalding’s book but so simplified. I absolutely love it.
- Stone Bridge Art Guide
Useful Guides for Upper-Level Grades
I find the following Noah Plan® guides useful for upper-level grades:
- English Language Curriculum Guide
- History and Geography Guide
- Lessons for Kindergarten
- Literature Curriculum Guide
- Mathematics Guide
- Reading Curriculum Guide
- Self-Directed Seminar and Principle Approach® Methodology
- Teaching and Learning America’s Providential History: The Principle Approach®. This can wait until later if you need to, but do get it when you are able to.
- Teacher Guide: “Pilgrim-Pioneer Character Moving Westward” by F.A.C.E. We do not own this.
In my next post, I’ll share books that I thought were helpful even though they were not on F.A.C.E.’s Essential Book List.