( Kindergarten – Age 4-6 )
You are about to embark on an adventure around the world with your kindergarten child! We’ll be visiting each of the seven continents and exploring the amazing places found on our planet earth! This is a gentle but exciting tour around the world.
You’ll meet children from around the world whose lives may be very similar or extremely different than your own in Children Just Like Me: A new celebration of children around the world. You’ll also explore the different ecosystems and animals found on each of the seven continents in the Nat Geo Wild Animal Atlas: Earth’s Astonishing Animals and Where They Live (National Geographic Kids).
You will of course enjoy great literature selections, giving you a glimpse into the life and culture in different countries. Stories like Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, No 1), Linnea in Monet’s Garden and Mr. Popper’s Penguins will captivate your child and introduce them to longer stories. In addition to listening to these beautiful stories, you will complete a variety of activities to tie in science, life skills and more.
Your child will enjoy the short, simple poetry and gorgeous photography in the National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry, and create a variety of fun art projects from the book Around the World Art & Activities: Visiting the 7 Continents Through Craft Fun (Williamson Little Hands Series). You will also learn about what people eat in other countries as well as try out some of the 40 international recipes found in the The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook (Kids Can!).
The 246 page PDF lesson plans include:
- a daily and weekly schedule for 30 weeks of study
- a book list of all scheduled reading materials
- an additional library book list for extended reading
- activities and projects tied to the literature readings
- web-links and hyper-linked optional books to help you get the most from the lessons
- 40+ pages of notebooking activity pages (including maps), and animal research projects.
Note: The Narration Cards, which are included in Levels 1 and up are not included in the Level 0 Kindergarten, as I do not normally recommend beginning formal narration until Level 1. If you feel your child is ready or if you are using this with an older child, you can purchase a set of narration cards separately.
You can see a sample week here:
Purchase Level 0 – Around the World – $24.95
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You can see the entire booklist below:
National Geographic Kids Beginner’s World Atlas (spine)
Children Just Like Me: A new celebration of children around the world (spine)
The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook (Kids Can!) (spine)
Adventures Around the Globe activity and sticker book (consumable spine)
Flags Around the World sticker book (consumable spine)
Me on the Map (Dragonfly Books)
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
Africa Is Not A Country
Sophie Scott Goes South
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books)
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, No 1)
Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back
A Boy Called Slow
Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection
The Children of Noisy Village
Linnea in Monet’s Garden
The Cat Who Walked Across France
Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book (Picture Puffin Books)
Day of Ahmed’s Secret
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq
Sami and the Time of the Troubles
The Year of the Dog
Elephant Prince: The Story of Ganesh
Audrey of the Outback
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Nat Geo Wild Animal Atlas: Earth’s Astonishing Animals and Where They Live (National Geographic Kids) (spine)
Tree of Life: The World of the African Baobab (Tree Tales)
A Drop Around the World
The Bee Tree
Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?
On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather
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We are about 1/3 of the way through BYL’s Kinder program. We’ve been all over North America, including Canada, South America and Europe. We are getting ready to move on to Africa this week and my son is so excited. This has been such a fun and educational “journey” for him. He is gaining a much wider perspective of the world, it’s cultures and people, as well as the animals of the world and their habitats. He is fascinated by the other children and their way of life. His heart aches for the endangered or extinct animals and insects. He loves doing the animal research reports, loves the novels, loves the crafts and all the fun activities and projects we get to do. He is proud of his work and loves to share all his new knowledge with anyone who will listen. He often begs me to keep reading which has led us to move through the program at a quicker pace, but I can’t complain, as his zest for knowledge and love of books is exactly what I’ve always wanted for him! ~ SDJeannieZ3 (from the BYL Forums)
Just wanted to say THANK YOU! I just purchased the kindergarten units and it is so refreshing to have such a literature rich curriculum that includes sciences and is not based around the bible. It has taken me over a year to find you but I am so happy to say that we have finally made our choice. ~ Sarah (from the Build Your Library Facebook page)
We have taken a bit of a break from school lately (we are doing BYL Around the World) and yesterday my son asked me when he gets to start doing learning about all the kids and their countries again. Yes, he was actually anxious to start school again. I call that a win! Thanks BYL, for having such a super program that my kid love learning and doing their school work! ~ Jessica (from the Build Your Library Facebook page)
I am thrilled to be using Build Your Library Kindergarten with my oldest this year. Here is a quick overview of the program with some colorful commentary. A more in-depth review is below. ~ Ashley, Some Random Lady blog posted 8/26/2016
Build Your Library – Kindergarten Curriculum Review
YouTube review from Crazy Busy Family Life posted 4/27/2016
Best Kindergarten Curriculum | Build Your Library – Around the World
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