PreK/K Recommendations

 Our Favorite Resources For PreK and Kindergarten

Click on the images to learn more about each product!

If it's on this page, we have personally used resources
 from the company and been thoroughly impressed!

All About Reading

All About Reading Level Pre1 is the wonderful match for a four year old who is ready to learn about letters and their sounds, while Level 1 is a perfect fit for your kindergartener who is ready to start blending sounds and reading words!

We are blogging our way through AAR Level 1 in 2013.  
CLICK HERE to view our posts.

My Father's World
My Father's World Kindergarten is a very gentle approach to starting a kindergarten curriculum with your child.  We thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on projects, fun activities, character lessons, and quality children's literature in this Biblically-based program!  Your child will be easily reading CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words by the end of this program. 
(This program was redesigned in early 2012, and they added new covers in 2013.)

We blogged our way through MFW K during the 2012-2013 school year.
You can view our MFW K posts by CLICKING HERE.

Heart of Dakota
Heart of Dakota offers hands-on Christian curriculum loaded with FUN!
Little Hands is for 2 - 5 year olds, offering activities to match your child's level.
Little Hearts is a kindergarten - first grade program for 5 - 7 year olds.

We are blogging our way through LHTH with our 4 year old son.
You can view our posts by CLICKING HERE.  

We are blogging our journey through LHFHG with our 5.5 year old son.
You can view our posts by CLICKING HERE.

We tried Alpha Phonics in late 2012, and I found it to be a very good (and inexpensive!) program for teaching your child to read.  If you are looking for a basic phonics-based program, you may want to take a look at Alpha Phonics.  {CLICK HERE} to link to our review of the program.

Want a great laminator?
This is probably the most popular home laminator available.  Keep an eye on the price - if often drops in November/December.  Don't feel the need to use name-brand laminating sleeves.  I use the ones shown below, and they are just as good as the Scotch ones...only with a price tag that makes me much happier!

Looking for more printables?
Here are some of my favorites:
Over The Big Moon (free)
Homeschool Creations (free)
2 Teaching Mommies (free)
1+1+1=1 (free)
Preschool Printables (both free and 99 cent options)
Living Life Intentionally (free)
Mrs. Whary (low cost preK/K printables)
Little Adventures Preschool (low cost tot and preschool printables)

Some of these ladies have really been an inspiration to me, and I'm so thankful for the things they share.  A few have even become online friends.  Thanks, ladies!


mis2xblessed said...

Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog. I was trying to contact you to discuss your recommendations for me, but your contact page doesn't show a form on it. At least not on my Firefox browser. Can you check on that or try to contact me? When you have time.

Basically, I'm choosing a pre-K program for my 4 almost 5 yr old. I have looked at a beka, but am concerned he won't do many worksheets. Also I was hoping for a DVD based phonics program. He knows all letters & their sounds, and is learning CVC words very slowly at the moment. Have you ever looked at a beka? MFW is interesting, but I'm afraid it won't move along quickly enough for him to begin reading. I also looked over All about Reading & Spelling, and was very impressed with how they laid out the parent guide. I don't like to read lots of instructions! I want a really good phonics program because I hope he will be good at spelling, just like I was.

As for math, he counts to 100 and counts by 10's. Still getting it, though, and starting addition. I'm looking at MathUSee. Any comments will be greatly appreciated.

Dawn @ Our Little Monkeys said...

Hi there!

I didn't realize that the contact form was no longer working, so THANK YOU for letting me know!

Please email me ( and I'll get back to you right away! :)


Dawn @ Our Little Monkeys said...

I did update the contact form page just now. It seems that the service I was using has shut down without warning! :(

Anyway, I tried contacting you via your profile, but you don't have an email address associated with your profile. I'll just wait on you to get back to me :)