Kindergarten Online Syllabus

Sample Schedule 
Monday to Thursday
Session 1 (45 mins):
Religion (10 mins)
Reading (10 mins)
Picture study, Music Appreciation or Poetry (10 mins)
History or Geography (10 mins)
Handwriting (5 mins)
Session 2 (25 mins):
Maths (10 mins)
Story time (15 mins)
Session 1 (45 minutes):
Reading (10 mins)
Art or craft activity (30 mins)
Handwriting (5 mins)
Session 2 (25 mins):
Maths (10 mins)
Story time (15 mins)


Our Recommendations
(1) Kindergarten (1 to 1.5 hours daily)
Religion – four times weekly, for 10 to 15 minutes
Maths – daily, for 10 minutes
History  – twice weekly, for 10 to 15 minutes
Geography – twice weekly, for 10 to 15 minutes
Music appreciation – weekly, for around 10 minutes
Picture study – weekly, for around 10 minutes
Poetry – twice weekly, for 5 to 10 minutes
Story time – daily, for 10 to 15 minutes
(2) Preschool (up to 1 hour daily)
Number and literacy activities – daily, 20 to 30 minutes total
Religion – daily, up to 10 minutes
Story time – daily, up to 20 minutes
In addition to this more structured time, aim to include nature study and art and craft activities each week.
**Remember, these are just guidelines. Please adapt them to suit your child and family.**

36 Week Lesson Plan Chart (pdf) (doc)

Extract from Charlotte Mason’s Parents’ Union School Preparatory Class Program, July 1965

Children of five still need plenty of quiet growing-time and as much out-of-door life as possible. Daily lessons should be regular but informal and the time-table regarded only as a flexible guide to a well-assorted arrangement of free play occupations, activities and quiet story times.

The periods on the time-table must be spaced to allow time to move around, put things away and get them out, change position and so forth between periods, so that there shall be no pressure of hustle and no lack of opportunity for movement:concentrated attention should never be required of this class for more than ten minutes on reading, writing or number, or for more than fifteen minutes on stories.

With these considerations in mind the following plan is suggested: it offers a suitable variety of organized occupations for each morning; particular attention should be paid to the arrangement: reading, writing and number should not be taken consecutively

Monday – Bible, Reading, Painting, Break, Number, Handwork, Geography, Writing
Tuesday – Tales, Number, Handwork, Break, Reading, Singing Games, Writing, Nature Study
Wednesday – Poetry, Reading, Nature Study, Break, Number, Handwork, History, Writing
Thursday – Bible, Number, Handwork, Break, Reading, Singing Games, Writing, Tales
Friday – Tales, Reading, Picture Study, Break, Number, Handwork, Nature Study, Writing

A break for free play must be included as shown above.

There should also be activities in the afternoon such as physical exercise, outdoor nature observation, gardening, outdoor geography, as well as more listening to stories. The arrangement of these must depend largely on weather and climate. Children should be allowed to help in the house and in the care of animals.

The understanding of five-year-old children varies greatly; those who are already used to being read to will be able to cover the greater part of the syllabus during a year, others will only make a beginning and may need to be told the stories at first; in either case a foundation will have been laid for the more formal lessons required of a child of six. No narration, as such, should be required at this age, though there will be many who will enjoy “telling back,” and there could be plenty of talking about stories heard. Important proper names could be pointed out and repeated aloud beforehand, so that the story may be as uninterrupted as possible. There should be no examinations or tests.

At this age children usually have a fine dramatic sense, and acting stories or setting tableaux to illustrate them is both enjoyable and valuable. Some have also considerable ability to learn by heart and this can be put to good use by learning verse of good quality; however, learning by heart should not be considered compulsory at this age.


Catholic Mosaic by Cay Gibson – gives suggestions for picture books to read during each month of the year, along with a selection of activities to go with each book.
Can be used for both Preschool and Kindergarten. Take care to go at your child’s pace – no need to rush through at this age!
Suggested Resources for Living the Liturgical Year (adult resources):
Advent, Christmas and Epiphany in the Domestic Church by Catherine and Peter Fournier
Lent and Easter in the Domestic Church by Catherine and Peter Fournier
Marian Devotions in the Domestic Church by Catherine and Peter Fournier
Celebrating the Church Year With Young Children by Joan Halmo- hands-on approach to faith formation for 3 to 6 year olds
Around the Year With the Trapp Family (Maria Augusta Trapp). Available online.
New Catholic Children’s Bible  by Fr. Thomas J. Donaghy, (two stories each week)
Ordinary Time Only (20 weeks)
Speak, Lord, I Am Listening: A Rosary Book by Christine Haapala (one mystery each week)
My First Book of Saints by Kathleen M. Muldoon (one saint story each week)
Advent, Lent and Easter
Books of your choice from the Catholic Mosaic list.
Optional Reading
Catholic Children’s Treasure Box (Maryknoll Sisters)


There are many resources you can use to begin number work with your Prep Level child. A formal curriculum is not necessary, but if you choose to use one, do be sure to fit the curriculum to the child and not the other way round. At this age readiness varies widely; the most important thing is to go at your child’s pace. Some will race ahead in this area, others will struggle. Trying to force a young child into doing what a curriculum provider says they “ought” to be doing at this age can result in a child who hates numbers for years to come.
Some Suggested Activities and Topics
Counting songs
Number games (dominoes, number lotto)
Board games with dice
Make and copy sequences and patterns
Time (clock with movable hands)
Measuring (ruler, weight scale)
Cooking (measurement)
Money (learn different coins, count pennies)
Math(s), reading and writing – daily, for 10 minutes each (less for handwriting)
Optional Resource: The Oxford First Book of Maths by Rose Griffiths


See Language Arts page
Term 1: The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter
Term 2: Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White
Term 3: Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A.Milne
Optional Extra Reading (Chapter Books):
Happy Little Family by Rebecca Caudill
Happy Times in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
Little Old Mrs Pepperpot by Alf Proysen
The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lankester Brisley
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
The Children’s Book of Virtues by William Bennett


Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans by Edward Eggleston
Turn of the Century: Eleven Centuries of Children and Change by Ellen Jackson
UK Alternative: How Children Lived by Chris and Melanie Rice (Dorling Kindersley) 


The Oxford First Book of Children of the World by Rebecca Treays
Children Just Like Me by Annabel and Barnabas Kindersley. Note: A small donation is made to UNICEF for each book sold. As the Catholic Church has withdrawn its financial contribution to UNICEF due to its population control policies, we recommend that you either buy this book used or borrow it from the library.
Picture Books
There are many picture books set in different parts of the world suitable for children of this age. Depending on the quality of your local library you could read book each week. If you have trouble getting books from the library then you might prefer to buy just two or three for each continent. If you would like a non-fiction introduction to life in other countries the “Child’s Day” series are good (though not all the books are still in print). Listed below are some books we can recommend, divided by continent.
Around the World
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marion Priceman
W Is for World: A Round-the-World ABC by Kathryn Cave
Bongani’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a South African City by Gisele Wulfsohn
Boushra’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in an Egyptian City by Khaled Eldash
Nii Kwei’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Ghanaian City by Francis Provencal
Chidi Only Likes Blue by Ifeoma Onyefulu – central Africa
A is for Africa by Ifeoma Onyefulu – Africa
Ebele’s Favourite: a Book of African Games by Ifeoma Onyefulu – Nigeria (10 traditional children’s games are described)
Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book by Muriel L.Feelings – southern Africa
Jamela books by Niki Daly – South Africa
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe – Zimbabwe
The Day of Ahmed’s Secret by Florence H.Parry – Egypt
Honey . . . Honey . . . Lion! by Jan Brett – Africa
Geeta’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in an Indian Village by Prodeepta Das – India
Huy and Vinh’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Vietnamese Village by Jim Holmes – Vietnam
Yikang’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Chinese Village by Sungwan So – China
The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire H.Bishop – China
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack – China
I is for India by Prodeepta Das – India
The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman – India
Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say – Japan
Polina’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Russian Village by Andrey Ilyin – Russia
Iina Marja’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Lapp Village by Jaako Alatalo – Lapland
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans – France
Papa Piccolo by Carol Talley – Italy
The Mitten by Jan Brett – Ukraine
Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett – Germany
The Hat by Jan Brett – Scandinavia
South and Central America
Cassio’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Brazilian Village by Maria de Fatima Campos
Enrique’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Peruvian Village by Sara Andrea Fajardo
B is for Brazil by Maria de Fatima Campos


US Options:
The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen
Crinkleroot books by Jim Arnosky
One Small Square series by Donald M. Silver
UK Option:
Usborne Book of the Seasons  


An Alphabet in Art by Lucy Micklethwait
Numbers in Art by Lucy Micklethwait
Animals in Art by Lucy Micklethwait


Prayers From the Ark: Selected Poems by Carmen De Gasztold; translated by Rumer Godden
My First Oxford Book of Poems by John Foster


Making Music Praying Twice

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