Important: This is a PDF download. No physical product will be mailed to you.
Announcement: The Second Edition of Level 0 (kindergarten) has been released! At this time, you will receive both the first and second edition files in your Gumroad library upon purchase.
You do not need to print any of the first edition materials unless you would prefer them over the new second edition.
Blossom & Root Kindergarten: Give Your Child a Beautiful Beginning!
Are you struggling to find a secular Kindergarten curriculum for your child?
Do you dream of providing a hands-on program for your young learner but aren't sure where to start?
Do you wish you could find a comprehensive open-and-go Kindergarten curriculum full of nature, the arts, and beautiful children's literature, in addition to a gentle introduction to key academic foundations?
Do most of the available programs make you cringe with the thought of extensive weekly preparation or hours of screen time, with no hands-on or play-based learning?
Do you long to provide your child with an experience that is joy-filled, low-pressure, and full of delight?
We know. You want your child to fall in love with learning, right from the start. You want to nurture their hearts, as well as their minds. You want their days to be full of discovery and beauty, not repetitive drills and random workbook pages.
Well, you've come to the right place!
Blossom & Root Kindergarten was designed to provide parents with a Kindergarten curriculum that focuses on the development of the whole child. Our comprehensive program includes:
- Composer study and picture study with integrated weekly art projects
- Nature study inspired by living books. Includes child's Nature Notebook (with prompts)
- A living-books inspired language arts program, including gentle handwriting practice, letter sounds, word building, sight word activities, journaling, and narration. Includes child workbook.
- History and geography with a focus on your child's own ancestry, family, and community. Adaptable to your home country! Includes child workbook.
- Play-based, imagination-fueled integrated math and science program, including a child's "Captain's Log" to track days of the week, date, and month. This unconventional program takes your child on an imaginative year-long journey to outer space while weaving in foundational concepts in math and the scientific process. (For parents who wish to have a more structured math program, it is easy to integrate the structured math curriculum of your choice.)
- Complete parent curriculum guides (includes detailed schedules, lessons, book and supply lists, budget-friendly tips for curriculum implementation, and more)
** If you also have a preschool or pre-K child, check out our kindergarten / early years bundles in our store to save $10 to $15!**
We carefully designed our curriculum to work for the parent on a budget, and provide suggestions for acquiring all of the needed books, music, art, and supplies at minimal cost. You won't find a $500.00 minimal investment requirement here! Most of our activities use what you already have around your home!
We also designed our curriculum with the busy parent in mind. Whether you're a working parent, or a homeschooling mom of five kids in different learning stages, you can give your kindergartener an exceptional start with Blossom & Root Kindergarten. Most days require approximately 2 hours of focused time together.
With Blossom & Root Kindergarten, you can truly give your child a beautiful beginning! They will make friends with some of the most influential and important artists and composers in human history, listen to you read from the best children's literature ever written, explore their own artistic voice, discover the beauty of the world right outside their door, and play with early engineering and science concepts, all while developing a solid foundation in early math and reading readiness that will provide them with confidence in the years to come.
Who is Blossom & Root Kindergarten for?
- Parents who need a secular kindergarten curriculum for their child
- Parents who want their child's first years of learning to be filled with exposure to the arts, nature, and quality children's literature
- Parents who need a curriculum that gently introduces early academic foundations in a developmentally-appropriate way, and moves at their child's own unique pace
- Busy parents who need an open-and-go program with minimal prep time each week (half an hour or less!)
- Parents on a budget that cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars on a boxed curriculum package
- Parents who want their child's kindergarten experience to be beautiful, rich, and full of delight
- Parents with hands-on learners
Who is it NOT for?
- Parents who need a curriculum that includes Bible study or a religious perspective
- Parents who want a curriculum that their child can do completely independently (Our curriculum requires about two hours a day, 4 to 5 days a week, of focused time together.)
- Parents who prefer workbooks to hands-on activities. Our kindergarten curriculum does include four notebooks / workbooks, but they are not what you will find at the local school supply store. They were designed for open-ended exploration of subject matter, imaginative responses, and developmentally-appropriate reflection. You will not find endless pages of handwriting or math drills here. (Our package includes My Nature Notebook, My Language Arts Notebook, Captain's Log, and My History & Geography Notebook, all of which integrate with the parent guides.)
- Parents who want an online school experience for their child
- Parents who need a rigorous academic program for their kindergarten child
- Parents who need every supply, book, and material for their year included in their purchase (Our curriculum is designed to use a few basic art supplies, typical household items, and many books that can be found at a library or on amazon.com. Our curriculum does include the notebooks your child will use in conjunction with the parent guides. We recommend you print and bind them before beginning.)
This is a digital download. You will not be mailed any physical products, and we do not offer printed / bound curriculum at this time. Your downloads will come from Gumroad, not Blossom and Root, so please check your junk mail if you do not see them in your inbox. We highly recommend Hard Copy HQ for your printing needs: https://www.hardcopyhq.com/.
Special Printing Note for the Captain's Log (Kindergarten):
You only need to print the number of log pages that you actually intend to use. For example, if you only plan to use the log for science days, and you plan to cover each science lesson in one day per week, you'll only need 36 log pages printed out. Some families like to use the log every day, five days a week, to record the calendar and to make notes about the weather, or to use it as a journal. That is why we provide so many pages in the original file.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) How much time is required every week to complete this curriculum?
Most of our lessons can be divided up into about two hours of focused time together, five days a week. Our lessons are short, most of them around ten to thirty minutes long. We want your child to have LOTS of time for free play and outside time, and believe they can have a rich learning experience without spending their entire day buried in worksheets.
2) How much preparation time will it require?
A typical week in our curriculum will require around half an hour (or less) to prepare for. We suggest looking at the book and supply lists in the parent guide as soon as possible, and collecting your materials before the school year begins. Books can be ordered online, found in used book stores, or borrowed from the library. Be sure to print and bind the student notebooks before beginning. You can also simply put them into a three-ring binder.
3) Does my child need to know their letters and numbers before we start?
We recommend your child be familiar with all of their letters and numbers up to 20 before beginning Blossom & Root Kindergarten. We will spend the first half of the year working on letter sounds, and combining them to make words during word-building play activities. If your child needs a little more letter or number review, we recommend starting with Blossom & Root Early Years Vol. 2 instead.
4) Can I read a sample first?
Yes you can! Visit http://www.blossomandroot.com to download a free sample of ANY of our curriculum programs. Just click on "Kindergarten Curriculum" or "Early Years Curriculum" in the menu bar.
5) Can I add a more structured math program to this curriculum if I wish?
We strongly believe that you know your child better than ANYONE else. If you want a more traditional math program, you will find it easy to simply incorporate the math curriculum of your choice in addition to our kindergarten program.
6) Can non-secular families use Blossom & Root Early Years?
Of course! You are free to add a favorite Bible study to our curriculum to make it work for your family. Blossom & Root was designed to make an early education that is rich in nature, the arts, and quality literature, accessible to ALL families.
7) Are there any refunds, returns, or exchanges?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide ANY refunds, returns, or exchanges. Due to the nature of a digital download, these options are NOT available. Please be certain of your decision before you purchase this curriculum. If you would like, you can visit http://www.blossomandroot.com for a FREE sample download to try before you buy. If you have any technical difficulties downloading your curriculum, please contact us immediately and we will help you.
8) How many weeks of lesson plans are there in this curriculum?
We provide 36 full weeks of lesson plans.
9) Where can I learn more about Blossom & Root?
You can visit us at http://www.blossomandroot.com or at any of our social media channels (Instagram and Facebook are the most frequently updated.) @blossomandroot
10) Who created this curriculum?
Kristina Garner, the voice of Blossom & Root, wrote the Early Years and Kindergarten curricula for parents looking for an early education for their child with an emphasis on nature, the arts, quality literature, and a hands-on approach to learning. She has a B.A. in theatre from the University of Colorado at Denver, is ECE teacher and director certified, and spent over 15 years working with children ages 2 1/2 to 13 in a variety of educational and outreach settings. She now homeschools her two young daughters and dedicates her time and energy to developing high-quality educational materials for homeschooling parents. Her passion for the arts and nature in education drives her to create the best possible curriculum and materials for early home education at an affordable price for homeschooling families.
Please note: This program includes several downloads. You should receive 4 parent guides and 5 student notebook pdf files (the language arts is divided into two, as it is a fairly large file.) If you do not receive 4 parent guide pdf files and 5 student notebook pdf files (for a total of 9 pdf files), email me right away at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will assist you.
10 downloads for the Second Edition (Kindergarten / Level 0): Language Arts parent guide and notebook, optional cursive pages, Nature Study and Science parent guides, nature notebook, nature photos PDF, science notebook, Arts and History of Me parent guide and notebook; All of the "legacy" first edition files are also included, though you only need to use one edition or the other