Simply Summers

Simplified Chaos


Kindergarten A-Z Review Week

As I said in my last post, Cheyenne was not being challenged enough with the preschool lessons I was doing with her. Not because the curriculum itself wasn’t good, I loved it and was so excited when I got it and started it with her, but because it seems Cheyenne is destined to be exceptionally ahead of others her age. Before the age of 3, she was talking up a storm, using vocabulary that no 3 year old ever uses (not bad words, just grown up words and phrases), singing her alphabet, counting to 20, and had letter and number recognition down pat. So since she had most of the basic preschool skills down before we even started preschool, I thought I would go ahead and start her with preschool lessons and go from there. Over the break, I had been thinking, praying and talking with friends about our situation and I finally decided to go ahead and start her on Kindergarten lessons after the break. So I prepared, bought the K4 Curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler and the You Can Read! program from 1+1+1=1, printed, laminated, cut, printed, laminated, cut and repeated that vicious cycle for about a week and finally, I got my organization under control (mostly) and have 5 weeks of lessons completely ready to go.

I also have signed up for a free trial month of and if it works out, will keep that.  So far, Cheyenne has played several games and done several lessons, which all seem like games to her and she is loving it and wants to play it for a little bit every day.  I started her out with the preschool lessons on there too, but have since upgraded her to the kindergarten level.  She loves it and I have a feeling we will be continuing this subscription.

So we started our Kindergarten lessons this week and the first week it A-Z Review week and Cheyenne did great.  I didn’t get a lot of pictures because I was so focused on her lessons, plus after such a long break, she’s having a bit of trouble getting back into our routine and wanting to do school.  So we did take it easy this week and still got almost everything done, but took breaks when she wasn’t feeling it rather than forcing her to do it.  I want her to enjoy school, not resent it.

All of the following lessons are from the K4 Curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

She put together the alphabet puzzle without even having a copy to look at.  🙂

Putting together the alphabet puzzle

She matched up letter tiles.

Matching letters

Here she is using a new pointer we found at Mardel.  She loves this thing and was pointing to each letter as she sang the alphabet song.  Have I mentioned this girl loves to sing??  Yeah….she does!  🙂


She loves any kind of mazes or hunt mazes and I came across this alphabet hunt at A Mommy’s Adventures.

All done!!

I have also decided to get Cheyenne into journaling and found this great storybook notebook at Mardel Christian and Education store.  Each day I have her draw a picture and then she tells me what the picture is about or tells me a story about the picture.  On some days, I will give her a topic and have her draw something related to that topic.

Cheyenne's first journal entry

We did an upper case letter recognition assessment and she did great!  As soon as I called out the letter, she immediately found and blotted the correct letter.  We also did a lower case recognition assessment a couple of days later, but I didn’t get a picture of that one.  The only letter she had a problem with on that one was q because it just looked like a backwards p.  It didn’t have the tail like pretty much everything she has seen up to this point.  But in other fonts she knows q.


On Wednesday, after Mother’s Day Out, Cheyenne wanted to go to her friend Alexis’s house, which is pretty much across the street from the church.  Unfortunately my friend Julie wasn’t feeling well that day and when I told Cheyenne that, she responded “Well, can we go home and I can make a happy card for Julie?”  I told her of course we could, so here she is drawing a happy card for our friend Julie.  This isn’t really school related, but I used this as an opportunity to do a quick lesson on mailing letters.  After she drew her picture, we put it in an envelope, addressed it, put a stamp on it and put it out on the mailbox for the mailman to pick up the next day.  I explained each step and let her be involved and she even put the stamp on and did it perfectly!!   You gotta love these impromptu lessons that just creep into everyday life!!

Drawing with her crayons from her cousins

Here she is doing her journal this morning.  She is really enjoying this and sometimes draws 2 or 3 pictures before she lets me write the stories for it.  I’m trying to drive the point home that we journal every morning and make 1 entry every day.

Journal time

Cheyenne has never been really big on tracing letters, but it’s really the only thing she doesn’t have down solid, so she needs to work on it.  Suprisingly, she was excited to do this one this morning, although when she finished the first side, she wanted to be done.  So I told her we would finish later after another exercise.  Later, she didn’t want to do something else and actually asked to finish tracing her letters, so I whipped that baby out and let her go to town.  Even though she really hasn’t wanted to do any letter tracing and really hasn’t done it much at all, she did pretty good tracing her letters and I was amazed at how many letters she actually wrote correctly without me telling her ahead of time which direction to go or how to follow the lines.  She has been really interested in writing lately and most of the time it just looks like squiggles, unless you maybe squint and turn your head, you might could make something out, but she has been writing her name a lot lately.  Well, at least her nickname…Cheyenne is pretty long so she writes Chey.  I am impressed with how well she did on her letter tracing since she doesn’t ever want to do it.

Alphabet tracing

The finished product!!  Way to go Cheyenne!!

Pretty good job!!  :)                                  Awesome alphabet tracing

She also did a Letter Sound Matchup and matched the beginning sound to each picture and did a great job. She is in a phase right now where she will be asked what a word starts with and she will sound out the word and either focus on the middle or ending sound.  So I let her know I am looking for the beginning sound, then she will usually be able to tell me.  She is so eager to learn, and I am having to learn how to teach her and I am loving every minute of it (almost).

Letter sounds matching

So we had a fun first week and I am looking foward to next week which is Numbers and Colors Review week!!  Lots of fun in store for next week!!  I think we are going to do a fun craft tomorrow, so stay tuned for that!