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Most of Kindergarten and Early Learning can be used for either.  Click on Early Learning for more ideas and materials.  Most important for young children is to have lots of seemingly casual learning experiences and chances to experiment with different materials and ideas in a fun, authentic way.  This gives them a broad base on which to build future learning--a way to relate to new things.  Reading to them, and allowing children to cruise or browse books is crucial, and appropriate media can open the World, even the Universe, to a child.

Go to Early Learning ABCs for "All Sorts of Food Cards", having pictures of foods you can use for sorting by alphabet, color, size, shape, etc.

Find more pictures of foods that start with each letter of the alphabet at sister site

Alphabetical Aliments

If you do want to introduce some phonetics, here are some easy ones (especially if a child has older siblings with word lists or cards to learn, these can help a child feel included).

Kindergarten, and earlier, is a great time to read, tell, share folk and fairy tales.  Kids love the magic of them, but there's usually an important lesson to learn--or at least you can think of one (keeping the discussion light and fun).

Instructions for "Grains" booklet
1. glue grains of wheat on the 1st page over the words "plant it"
2.  glue pictures or the seeds of different kinds of grassy plants and label them
     (such as oats, barley, rye, . . . even corn)
3. staple a little baggie of flour on the page with the flour mills
4. glue some kinds of cereal on the appropriate page
5. glue some pictures of various kinds of bread on the appropriate page
6. glue some pictures or real dried pasta on the last page

Language Arts--Literacy


1. spiral cylinder cake

2. elevator buttons: shapes, numbers

3. shapes & numbers:  waiting room

4. shapes & numbers for signaling

Science Skills

-look, pay attention (observation)


-make notes, make/take pictures, journal

-guess what, how, why (theorize)

-ask questions, look for answers (research)

-experiment, experience

-gather info, make charts & graphs

-present what you found/learned


Social Science

  1. Manners & Relationships

    1. Manners

    2. Social Skills

    3. Feelings: self & others

    4. Self Development, talents, interests, thinking skills

    5. Friends & Family/Home

  2. Community & Cultures

    1. Rules

    2. Division of Labor

      1. Community helpers

      2. Jobs

    3. Environment/culture

      1. Homes

      2. Clothes

      3. Cooking/cuisine

      4. Holidays & Celebrations

  3. Values, Wisdom, Morals & Ethics

  4. History

  5. Geography

Kinder School

26 week Kindergarten Curriculm

corresponding to the Alphabet

including math concepts, shapes, color review, Language Arts,

& Science


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