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Homeschool Reading Curriculum for Kindergarten

homeschool reading curriculum for kindergarten

Looking for homeschool reading curriculum for your kindergartener?  Look no further than the Pathways to Reading Homeschool Basic Foundational Curriculum!  Research and evidence-based and adapted specifically for the homeschool setting!

Pathways to Reading Basic Foundational Reading Curriculum 1

When we decided to homeschool last year, I looked at about a zillion homeschool reading programs for my daughter.  As a former first grade teacher, I was PICKY with a capital P!  I knew I wanted something just like the curriculum I used when I taught.  So when I couldn’t find what I was looking for, that is exactly what I decided to do.  I asked permission from Pathways to Reading, since I had attended their week-long training back when I first started teaching, to purchase their curriculum and use it one-on-one with my daughter.

I can’t tell you how thankful I am for this decision.  My daughter grew so much as a reader this past year!!  Pathways to Reading has chosen to adapt their curriculum for homeschoolers!  Long story short, I have gotten to be part of the development of this adapted curriculum and it is AMAZING!


The BEST Homeschool Reading Curriculum for Kindergarten:

Pathways to Reading Homeschool is a foundational reading program for homeschoolers adapted from Pathways to Reading, a curriculum used in schools and clinical settings for the last 20 years.

  • Includes explicit and systematic instruction in all 5 reading pillars as identified by the National Reading Panel:
    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Phonics
    • Fluency
    • Vocabulary
    • Reading Comprehension

  • Emphasizes advanced phonemic awareness to aid in orthographic mapping (the process of creating a sight vocabulary where words are automatically recognized)
  • Rooted in the science of reading
  • Evidence-based with multiple research studies associated with school curriculum that show statically significant positive outcomes
  • Parent training, ongoing support, and supplemental videos to aid instruction


Orton-Gillingham Homeschool Curriculum

Pathways to Reading Homeschool adheres to the principles of Orton-Gillingham instruction, is multi-sensory and explicit in its approach towards phonemic awareness and phonics.  In addition, however, Pathways to Reading Homeschool offers advanced phonemic awareness to help students with reading difficulties, especially those with dyslexia.


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Phonological Awareness Activities for Preschoolers Printable

phonological awareness activities for preschoolers printable

These phonological awareness activities for preschoolers are perfect for helping set your child up for future reading success!  With no materials required beyond these printable cards, this is perfect for doing with your child on-the-go!

Phonological Awareness Activities for Preschool


The more we learn about how our brains learn to read, the more apparent it is that phonological and phonemic awareness play a HUGE part in that process!  A longitudinal study published in 2014 revealed that phonological awareness training in kindergarten resulted in better reading comprehension in 9th grade (Kilpatrick, 2015)!


From multiple studies, including studying brain imaging while reading, researchers have disproven the age-old myth that reading is a visual process. Yes, we must learn to associate letter sounds (phonemes) with their visual representations (graphemes) in order to become proficient readers.  But this does not account for the aspect of automaticity required in proficient readers.  Through orthographic mapping, which is “the process our brains use to store printed words in long-term memory”.  Multiple studies have shown that “students with better phonological awareness skills are more proficient at the process of orthographic mapping than those with weaker phonological awareness skills” (Kilpatrick, 2015).


So, what does this mean for us as parents?  This means that we must be intentional about introducing phonological awareness activities to our preschoolers and kindergarteners because it makes a HUGE difference in their long-term reading success!  This also means that we must ensure that they are receiving explicit phonemic awareness and phonics instruction once they are in school.


I’ve put together these task cards of phonological awareness activities to do with your preschooler or kindergartener.  I am offering these for FREE for the next week or two!


I printed these cards (front and back) on bold-colored cardstock, cut them, and then hole-punched them and added a binder clip!  Throw the cards in your car or set them beside the bed and work through the activities together with your child, a minute or two at a time.  Each activity progresses and is based on the phonological development of children (recognizing rhymes is an easier task than segmenting the sounds in a word, for example).


Preschool Phonological Awareness Activities


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Pssst….I also have to let you in on a little secret.  I am currently working with Terry Clinefelter of Pathways to Reading (a phonemic awareness and phonics curriculum I used when I taught in the classroom that is absolutely AMAZING).  We are working tirelessly to adapt the curriculum to make it accessible and usable for homeschoolers and I could not be more EXCITED!!!  Pathways to Reading Homeschool will be an invaluable resource for so many families!  Our Basic Foundational Reading curriculum (Kindergarten equivalent) will be available in August 2021 and then first and second grade levels will be available in 2022!  Be sure to check the box for Pathways to Reading to be notified of product availability and be added to our email list!!!


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Be sure to check out our phonemic awareness activities too!