About Kim Pray

Singapore Math Level 2 Curriculum Review

Singapore Math Level 2 Curriculum Review

We loved this curriculum. In addition to the colorful pages, this math curriculum kept our children engaged. The books are divided into 2 semesters – 2A and 21B. Additionally, I purchased the Home Instructor Guide so that I could provide continuity from level 1 to level 2. We read the textbook explanations and worked the textbook problems together. Read more….

Singapore Math Level 1 Curriculum Review

Singapore Math Level 1 Curriculum Review

As with most homeschoolers, choosing Singapore Math was an easy decision for me. I loved the idea of a math experience that would be stress free from the start. The books are divided into 2 semesters – 1A and 1B. It was super easy to use, and our kids loved the colorful pictures and easy to understand instructions. Read more…

Singapore Earlybird Kindergarten Math

Singapore Earlybird Kindergarten Math

Earlybird Kindergarten Math is the perfect curriculum for new math students! There are wonderful illustrations and very clear instructions. Our little ones loved this curriculum. Like the other Singapore levels, Kindergarten Math is divided into 2 semesters – 2A and 2B. The lessons are short, informative, and fun. We found that the format and concepts introduced in this level, set our kids up for success.Read more….

Second Grade Reading List

Standard questions often get standard answers. In my house, “Mom, I’m bored! What should I do?” is almost always met with, ‘READ!” It may be a simple answer, but let’s face it– before the answer completely leaves my lips I’m already anticipating, “But what should I read?” As a mom, I walk a fine line between just being happy that they read anything, and wanting to make sure they are reading quality material that will inspire them to become bookworms. It’s the literary equivalent of wanting them to “read” their vegetables in a world full of candy. Second-graders need their eyes and ears filled to capture their attention. This reading list includes award-winning authors and beautiful illustrations to satisfy both of your dietary needs.

First Grade Reading List

The internal struggle between what our kids CAN do and what they WANT to do follows them throughout their school career. How we address it early has a profound impact on how they address it themselves down the road. Your first-grader CAN read, but do they WANT to read? Do they read slowly? Are they intimidated by “big” books?Sometimes something as simple as the right choices can instill a life-long love of reading. This list focuses on books using context clues, illustrations, phonics, and common sight words to challenge, strengthen, and encourage first-grade readers.

Kindergarten Reading List

Beginning readers need predictability, phonics, and pictures. This list will start them on their way to becoming fluent readers. Many of these books can be re-told by a student after a few reading sessions. All of these books give a child the chance to practice their phonetic sounds with some common sight words. Begin their love for getting lost in a book as soon as possible!!

Planners, Planners, and More Planners

Planners, Planners, and More Planners

Hi.  My name is Kim and I’m addicted to planners. (This is where you say, “Hi, Kim.”) I own countless planners!  I am admitting out loud, right here, for the very first time.  I have tried everything, and have discovered a few things along the way.  Age, grade, personality, and type of homeschooling strategy play […]

The Social Issue

The Social Issue

“You home school? But what about socialization?” Wow. It only took about 1/500 of a second. It usually takes at least a full second or two for this misplaced attack on my choices to rear its ugly head. As a matter of fact, I could be lounging on the beach of my very own island paradise if had a nickel for each time this was the first worry to spill out of someone’s mouth upon finding out I teach at home.

Keep Learning Fun

Keep Learning Fun

Walking that very thin line between teaching your kids what they need to know and keeping it fun so they WANT to know it is never easy. When I first started homeschooling, my four children were very young, and– thanks to some pretty intensive one-on-one time– we were often done with our school day before noon. At first this seemed great– until I realized that it was still hours away from my evening backup walking in the door. School may have been done for the day, but my kids’ need for attention and stimulation wasn’t.