Overview: Homeschool Kindergarten is such an exciting time for both parent and child. Understand what your child needs to learn in Kindergarten.
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It’s such an exciting milestone, but also a scary one. Choosing to homeschool your Kindergartener can be even scarier. You want to make sure they’re off to a great start and that you don’t forget something important.
Here at Homegrown Learning, we believe in child-led learning. Everyone has different experiences in their life. Those experiences are what shapes our unique learning timeline. This is why every child is ready and motivated to learn certain skills at a different time.
For example, a child who is raised in a house that reads aloud a lot and has parents who read their own books usually learns how to read at an early age without much effort.
With that said, there are certain skills that Kindergarteners are exposed to, but with the freedom of homeschooling, you can go at your child’s pace. The hardest part is trusting your child’s unique learning timeline.
What Your Homeschool Kindergartener Needs to Learn
Each child who enters Kindergarten has a diverse set of skills based on what they were exposed to before Kindergarten. Some may already know how to read CVC words whereas others may not even know what letters are. Same with math skills. Some kids may be able to count to 100 whereas others have no idea what a number is.
In the public school system, this makes teaching Kindergarten a challenge. But as a homeschooler, you can start right where your child is and move forward.
It’s hard to tell you exactly what your child needs to learn in Kindergarten since every child is different. The best place to start is right where they are, but don’t compare them to others. Remember we all have different experiences. Standards and grade levels are arbitrary assessments. Your child is exactly where they are and that’s the perfect place to start.
At the very least, you should be teaching reading, handwriting, and math. Again, starting where they are.
Other than that, the rest is up to you. For us, we do unit studies because they allow us to combine all the other subjects into one. Plus, only having 3 subjects to teach (math, language arts, and unit studies), gives us plenty of time in the afternoon to explore their unique interests.
We follow a 3-hour homeschool routine. The first hour is math lessons and games, the second hour is unit study, and the third hour is language arts lessons and games. The main lesson in each hour lasts from 10-20 minutes followed by choice activities that relate to the subject.
Planning Homeschool Kindergarten Lesson Plans
Homeschool Kindergarten lesson plans should be simple, to the point, and allow for lots of exploration and rabbit holes. These lesson plans should also include lots of hands-on activities to help deepen their learning, make connections, and develop a deeper appreciation for the topic.
Every homeschool Kindergarten lesson plan should start with rich literature either from a non-fiction text or a picture book. This should relate to the topic you want your child to learn about. Reading about the topic should spark curiosity.
The next part of your lesson plan should be a hands-on activity such as a science experiment, dramatic play experience, or art activity. The goal of this part of the lesson should be to answer their curiosities. Hands-on activities help the child take what they just read and put it into action to figure out how it works.
The lesson should end with extension activities. These are activities, books, apps, or videos that you can strew around your homeschool room. Most of these activities are done independently and are always optional. They allow your child to explore the topic further if they choose to do so.
Some topics you learn about will be of great interest to your child and others won’t. By providing open-ended activities, you allow your child to have some control over their learning experiences. This is a time when they can choose what to learn and how to learn it.
Our Favorite Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum
Creating homeschool Kindergarten lesson plans is a simple process, and with a 3-hour homeschool routine, you still have plenty of time to learn about the random topics your child is genuinely interested in.
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