Rated 4 out of 5 by DebbiCav Convenient
Easy to use. Having the sight words ready to review is convenient.
April 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CGian Definitely recommend!
It's colorful and covers everything we need. My children enjoy working in the book. It keeps their interest.
March 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ColoradoMommy My daughter and I love this
I am not homeschooling my child but I wanted a little extra work to do with her. My friend's son went to a private school that used this program and she was amazed at what he learned compared to the kindergartners that went to the public school.
My daughter loves it, has bright colors and fun activities. I did't order the teacher's edition but I am thinking I may get that.
Also the back of the reading books have words with the same ending in red and the first letter in black. This has made it so easy for her to start reading.
I would highly recomend this as I will continue to order for each grade.
September 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by gilbert6j Great addition to curriculum
I set the whole curriculum up into centers in my classroom. This is great for center work and my kids can do it independently! Very age appropriate.
September 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by kamiflower like
I really like using these. I just would have liked them to be more durable for the price. Maybe hardback or slick pages to last through several uses. Overall like the books
August 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by momof10 k5 beginnings worktext
Have used Bob Jones for over 11 years now in my homeschooling. If you are using these books with the
taped/computer teachers they are excellent. Not a lot of
extra busy work. Just enough to reinforce concepts being taught. I am beginning kindergarten with my fifth child on this curriculum. I have used other things in the past with my first 4 children and have found that the children that I have used this program for have thoroughly enjoyed and always look forward to doing their school each day. You can still use the books independent of the DVD's/ computer.
Have sometimes done that when did not have time to view
the taped program. Either way....they are colorful and the books are well made with a true binding ..........only down side is they are a bit pricey. But, in my case I have found it worth the extra price I have used to do this program.
July 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LBKeller The best K program out there for our family.
We tried another popular curriculum for our oldest. It lacked a strong phonics background (it was kind of there but didn't click with her#. I've seen others that were a softer academic approach to K but wasn't going to prepare them well enough for 1st. I then came upon BJU Kinder and I am so glad I did. I used it for my second child who is now 3rd and a grade ahead in 3 classes, including reading and math. I attribute this to such a strong kindergarten year with BJU.
The TM has the lessons broken down by day with a summary page for the week preceding every chapter. The weekly pages list what to expect, what materials you'll need and what to prepare ahead of time. Parents, it doesn't get much easier if you keep an eye on those pages every week #or plan a few weeks ahead#. The manual guides you through every activity, step by step, every day. I did not copy every appendix page. I looked ahead and decided what we would and would not do. #I am not going to make a bulletin board with paint can shapes with all the letters of the alphabet - great for a classroom, not for a homeschooler#.
The TM is full of activity ideas, fun snack of the week that matches that week's teaching theme, art project ideas, the works. Some of the activities are designed for a classroom; just skip those activities. I don't recommend trying to do it all every day but it is awesome to have so many ideas for fun and enrichment laid out for me. I think of the extended activities as a buffet. Pick and choose daily. If you try to do them all every day, a tummy ache may ensue. :-) My kids have loved the snacks, activities, and extras. I let the older participate with the younger from time to time. So on the week you study firemen, fire safety, etc there is an optional bucket race. It is silly to have 1 child race themselves so I let the siblings join the fun too.
The workbooks are colorful and engaging. The pages have the same basic set up every time a new letter is introduced. Some complain - too repetetive, boring. I disagree. I found it built confidence in my son because he knew what to do and didn't have to struggle with instructions. Variety is awesome for older kids. Younger kids like repetitiveness.
I didn't get the individual readers #before you inhale). We worked directly from the teacher manual every week. He would cuddle up with me and read the pages and the comprehension / discussion questions were right there. I still value those cuddled up and reading together memories.
I added in 191791 - Beginnings K5 Phonics Stories which is in the TM and gave us daily practice for the word families and sight words we were learning. Given it is referenced in the TM, I wish it was included in the kit.
I also added in the Write Now pages for extra printing and writing practice. I don't find enough practice in the workbooks, especially since I know what comes in BJU 1st.
I've used the BJU K Math with both of my kids with great success. I didn't do the manipulatives because M&Ms, Skittles and Smartees are much more engaging for your average 5 year old.... especially when you let them eat the manipulatives at the end of the lesson. Though I did invest in a set of unifix cubes and a small Judy Clock for sets of ten and time studies because my oldest is more kinestetic and she wasn't my only student.
The program has a visual flip chart. I highly recommend this piece because it helps the student visualize the characters, the town, metamorphosis, etc. Ah, metamorphosis. Yes, the kids will be introduced to the life cycle of a butterfly and tadpole, color theory, community helpers #mailman, fireman, etc), helping others, etc. There is far more than just numbers and reading in there.
BJU has done a beautiful job with this program. It sets the child up for success when starting 1st grade.
Since doing Kinder with my son, I've had a 3rd child. My youngest will be doing BJU Kinder this fall. The older kids can't wait because they remember the fun my middle child had during his kindergarten year. Yes, 3.5 years later and the wonderful memories are still there.
For the record, my oldest is finishing 5th grade, my middle finishing 3rd/4th. They use BJU exclusively now. I've tried so many others out there and always found myself wanting. BJU is laid out, integrated, susinct. We tried other curriculums for 2.5 years only to be tired, frustrated and in tears from all the lesson planning and learning gaps. I don't have any frustrations with BJU. We even invested in DVDs for a few classes this year with success.
I recommended BJU to 2 families this past year, both having used other popular curriculums. They have loved their BJU year and have already ordered BJU again for next year. I showed Kinder to a new homeschool family last night and they were ready to purchase it right then and there.
I used to think BJU was a little expensive. We're all on 1 income. I realized 2 things: by the time I added up all the books and such for the other guys, BJU was equal or less than them. Plus with all the lessons laid out and ready to go, the academic excellence of the program, I don't think twice paying the price because it is a VALUE.
BJU Kinder lays a wonderful foundation for the years to come and provides wonderful memories for the family - assuming you choose to do more than just the workbook pages.
May 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by CJWest7 Bright and Fun
This workbook has brightly colored, fun pages that the student is able to complete fairly independently. My only complaint is that the corresponding lesson numbers are not printed on each page which means you have to refer to the TE to know which page to do.
June 25, 2013