Do you have a little one getting ready for kindergarten and are looking for an all-in-one faith based curriculum? This review (and giveaway) might be for you!
What is Stepping Stones?
Stepping stones is an all-in-one faith based curriculum designed for kindergarten aged children. The subjects taught include: Language Arts (phonemic awareness, sound-letters, reading comprehension, beginning writing, fine motor skills and listening/speaking), Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Dramatic Play, Physical Education, Technology, and (of course) Bible.
The curriculum is split into units. Each unit is centered around a theme. The theme I chose to review is Friendship. Each theme has four or five literature books that fit the theme. The activities taught are all centered around the books and the bible story for the week.
This is a faith based curriculum–Seventh-day Adventist. I am Catholic. I was worried that I would have some issue with the theology of the curriculum but I have found it very “Mere Christianity”. Lots of Bible stories and talking about Jesus loving us and us loving each other.
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What I Love About Stepping Stones
Once I got used to the manual, I fell in love. Once I got used to it! It took a little bit because it’s kind of overwhelming at first. There are so many activities! Which is a good thing but it took some time to figure out how to organize it for myself.
What I ended up doing was flagging the different sections. I took a little bit of time one day to star each activity that I thought the kids would like in each section. Then I would just move from one tab to the next doing the next activity that was starred. The next day I would do it again.
I love all of the connecting activities that goes with each story. And reading the story multiple times really helps my kindergartner catch all of the different meanings and enjoy it more.
I like the balance of the different kinds of activities: some with me, some with small groups (a.k.a. siblings) and some independent. And lots of hands on–very important at this age!
Go to Kendall Hunt RPD to see all of the different themes
What My Kindergartner Loves About Stepping Stones
She loves the pretend play (what kindergartner doesn’t).
Next is probably the handwriting and drawing activities.
And, of course, she loves the books.
I think most of what she loves is that she finally gets to do school. She’s been waiting for a while watching her siblings have assignments and wanting them for herself. But it was too taxing for me to come up with activities just for her. So I tried working her into their school, which kind of worked. But she is enjoying this better 🙂
How I Used Stepping Stones in My Homeschool With Multiple Ages
All of the subjects that could be easily tailored to fit older children where taught as a group. That’s pretty much everything except learning to read and math. I didn’t teach everything in the book. Here’s what I did.
- I looked through the Large Group and Small Group sections and starred anything I thought they might like to do together. Which normally meant my two oldest taking over the activity but that’s okay because my kindergartner learned a lot watching them
- The Large Group or Small Group activity would be followed by an independent activity. Most of the time I used the independent activities for just my kindergartner and my older students picked their own learning activity from other sources.
- Then I move to the next subject and do it again until we run out of time.
What Kind of Homeschooling Parent Would Benefit From Kindergarten Stepping Stones?
This curriculum really reaches a wide variety of children. The three I used it with are 5, 7, and 9 and are very different in what they like yet they all seemed to be enjoying themselves.
As a homeschooler, I would recommend it for the parent that wants to do hands on literature based activities but doesn’t have time to Pinterest for hours.
The activities are very easy to understand and my students responded very well to them. If a homeschooling parent were at all nervous about teaching parts of it, Kendall Hunt also includes helpful training videos which you could watch now if you were undecided.
Before You Buy
Stepping Stones is made for a classroom.
That being said, I didn’t find it difficult to adjust for my homeschooling needs. You should know that there will be sections that are irrelevant to you (like how to teach standing in line, although maybe that would be useful at the grocery store).
Would You Like to Win a Free Copy of Kindergarten Stepping Stones: Let’s Be Friends
Comment below on what interests you most in Stepping Stones. (18 or older and US Residents only please). Bonus points for any of my social media (facebook, pinterest, twitter) that you follow (make sure to tell me in the comments which ones). And 10 Bonus entries if you subscribe! Giveaway ends July 31st.
If you win you will receive
- Kindergarten Stepping Stones Manual
- Kindergarten Stepping Stones: Let’s Be Friends Manual
- 4 Trade books
Note–The workbook is not included. However, there is a blackline master disk that has all of the activities in it so you can print what you want.