Homeschooling a Five Year Old

Whether this is your first year of home education, or your twenty-first, you are probably feeling excited (and maybe even a little anxious) about this homeschool year. That’s because as parents we know that along with the privilege of schooling our child from home comes great responsibility.

You are likely on this page because you are curious about what homeschooling a five year old is like, what other five year olds may be learning, and what five year old online homeschool curriculum might look like.

We’d love nothing more than to be able to tell you exactly what to expect this year, but without a crystal ball, that’s not really practical. Instead, we thought you might appreciate some general developmental and learning milestones common to five year olds. Just remember that this info is only a guideline, and individual children will always have unique paths of growth and maturation.

Common Characteristics of Five Year Olds

Many five years old can feel different levels of separation anxiety when they are not with their families. The great news is that with homeschooling, you can avoid a lot of those problems. It can still be important to give your child short opportunities to have experiences without their normal support system around. This allows your child to practice problem-solving skills. Even more fun, these experiences give them stories to share when you are reunited again.

Other things that can be common to five year olds include:

  • can be more easily reasoned with
  • enjoys climbing, sliding, swinging, dancing, and other active pursuits
  • ability to memorize their full name, birthday, and address
  • demonstrating specific preference for right-handedness or left-handedness
  • playing make-believe and dress-up

What To Expect When Homeschooling a Five Year Old

Because age five is commonly the year for enrolling in kindergarten, parents who make the decision to homeschool can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the responsibility. Parents may ask themselves questions such as:

  • Can I really teach my child to read?
  • If I’m not naturally good at math, will I find it difficult to teach it to my child?
  • How much time should we be spending on homeschool lessons each day?

These are questions many parents who’ve chosen home education will have — especially if this is the first year they are homeschooling. One thing to keep in mind as you start the adventure of five year old homeschooling is that most kindergarten classroom activities are done specifically because they were designed for instruction of large groups of children at once. Homeschooling a kindergartener doesn’t have to look anything like classroom learning. It can (and will!) take place inside your home, outside in nature, and in all kinds of other places.

There are no “set” hours you need to be learning, no specific set of guidelines about what you need to learn by a specific time, and no one “right” way of teaching or learning.

It’s possible that the most important thing you can teach your five year old homeschooler is that LEARNING IS FUN. Homeschooling allows you the flexibility to not only customize an education for your specific child, but to use the learning process as a bonding experience for your whole family.

What Five Year Olds Are Learning About

While your choice to educate your child from home is an exciting one, it’s natural to wonder how much correspondence there is between your son or daughter’s learning and that of traditional school students of your child’s age. Age five is a common year to learn about:

  • identifying the letters of the alphabet and their sounds
  • sitting and being attentive to a story that is read aloud
  • predicting what might come next in a story
  • understanding patterns using blocks and shapes
  • early addition
  • sorting objects by characteristics
  • major American holidays
  • getting along with peers

Online Homeschool Curriculum for a Five Year Old

Many homeschooling parents report to us that they feel overwhelmed in trying to figure out exactly what to teach their five year old. Time4Learning understands that home education is a responsibility you don’t take lightly, and that you want to make sure your child is progressing appropriately. Our program takes the guesswork out of the homeschool day by providing multimedia lessons in multiple subjects that can be correlated to state standards.

But, that doesn’t mean you aren’t actively involved in your child’s learning. We give parents access to printable lesson plans, teaching tools, detailed reporting and parental support through our online Parent Forum. You can customize your child’s learning path from there. You can let your student move through lessons sequentially from the beginning of a subject to the end, or you can pick and choose lessons, dependent on any current gaps in your child’s learning. You can choose to use the built in progress reports, or track your child’s progress on your own.

You can even allow your child to work in different grade levels for different subjects if your child needs more or less instruction in specific areas. Time4Learning provides five year old home school courses that can be tailored to the needs of your individual child.

NOTE: This website provides information of a general nature and is designed for information and educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or legal advice.

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