Homeschooling a Six Year Old
So, you’re homeschooling a six year old, Congratulations! You are on a grand adventure full of tough choices, important milestones, and shared successes.
You are likely on this page because you are curious about what homeschooling your six year old might be like, what other six year olds may be learning, and what six year old home school curriculum might look like.
While children don’t always develop the same skills at the same age, parents often like to know what to expect from their child in a given time frame. The following information is intended to be a comparison tool, but keep in mind that your child is unique and complex and this information should be considered in the context of your child’s specific development.
- Common Characteristics of Six Year Olds
- What to Expect When Homeschooling a Six Year Old
- What Six Year Olds are Learning About
- Six Year Old Homeschool Curriculum
Common Characteristics of Six Year Olds
Age six is a truly transitional time with children caught between wanting to experiment with independence from their parents, yet often feeling separation anxiety when they do. They are anxious to try new things, but often get emotionally overwhelmed when those things don’t turn out the way they expect. They may seek out friendships with other children, but will sometimes find it difficult to see things from their friend’s perspective. These contradictions are perfectly normal for your six year old.
Other things that can be common to six year olds include:
- begin to try to find logical answers to their questions about the world
- have noticeable improvement in hand-eye coordination
- get a better sense of time and the passing of time (days, weeks, hours, etc.)
- know, use, and understand thousands of words
- begin to feel competitive with their peers
- have difficulty being flexible
What To Expect When Homeschooling a Six Year Old
Although they aren’t experiencing the same separation anxiety as traditional schooled children, homeschooled six year olds might still enjoy having a parent nearby throughout the day. While they may be able to complete some learning activities alone, your six year old will likely want to share with you the most minute details of their online lesson on caterpillars or their art project at the homeschool co-op.
If you are embarking on the adventure of learning to read now, your six year old may fluctuate between being excited to learn new words, and begging you to read everything for him or her. The same goes with writing. One day they may be trying to perfect the spelling of their name, and another day they may refuse to even pick up a pencil.
“Why can Gary draw penguins that look real, and mine look stupid?” Sound familiar? If you are homeschooling multiple children, you may notice your six year old becoming interested in whether or not they are performing “as well as” their siblings. This is the age where children discover what makes them unique from others around them. Specific talents and interests such as skateboarding, baking, or ballet may come to the surface and become the focus of your child’s attention this year.
What Six Year Olds Are Learning About
Have you ever stared at that bright yellow bus driving down the street and wondered what the kids your child’s age were doing when they reached their classroom? In traditional education settings, six year olds are exploring a wide range of new information. Age six is a common year to learn about:
- how to tell time
- decoding words with both phonics and sight-reading strategies
- using punctuation
- reading and printing numbers up to 100
- ordering objects by size or mass
- completing 2 digit addition and subtraction problems
Online Homeschool Curriculum for a Six Year Old
One thing many six year olds have in common is their love for computer-based learning. In fact, you may already be having a difficult time pulling them away from their favorite online games or apps. This is one reason Time4Learning is a natural choice for homeschooling your early elementary child. The six year old home school courses in the Time4Learning curriculum are multimedia, interactive, and engaging and many kids using the program have been known to start their day by asking when they will get to log onto Time4Learning.
Subjects are organized into chapters composed of interactive lessons, printable worksheets, quizzes and tests. This mixture of online lessons, offline practice, and assessment is especially beneficial for this age when students have difficulty focusing on any one activity for very long. Visual and auditory prompts guide students through the lessons making them easy for six year olds to follow, and an online playground (controlled by parents) rewards and motivates them to finish their lessons.
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.