Kindergarten Homeschooling Overview
Congratulations! You are the parent of a child who is entering the biggest adventure of his or her life – – grade school! As a homeschooler, your kindergarten student already has some advantages over their public-schooled counterparts. Instead of crowded classrooms, the parent/student ratio in homeschooling is usually extremely small. Instead of being required to start at a designated learning point, you are able to customize your kindergartner’s curriculum to fit the exact stage of readiness they are currently in. Plus, at home, playing and learning can be integrated so that kids will rarely know where one ends and the other begins.
If this your first year of homeschooling, you couldn’t have begun at a better point. Every concept you introduce is an exciting adventure for them, and they are eager to learn and to experiment with what they are learning. Your home and yard can be one big educational playground.
A typical course of study for kindergarten homeschoolers includes language arts , math, social studies, and science. To view a comprehensive list of the types of lessons that are included in a kindergarten homeschool curriculum, explore Time4Learning’s scope and sequence page.
Ten Tips for Homeschooling Kindergarten
- Resist the temptation to compare your homeschooling methods or your child’s progress with other homeschoolers. In fact, one of the brightest benefits of homeschooling is finding a learning path that is unique to your family.
- Don’t expect your kindergarten homeschooler to work independently for very long at a time. At this level, students need ongoing guidance and feedback.
- While convenient, there is no reason that families have to have a dedicated “homeschool room.” Families living in smaller spaces often find that as long as they have a dedicated area of their home to store their supplies, they can learn equally well in any room and even outside!
- Even homeschool parents need down-time during the day, so don’t forget to schedule in some time for you to take a break from homeschooling and rejuvenate with something you enjoy.
- Remember that at this age, some children will be ready to read, and others won’t. Some children will be ready to write, and others won’t. This is normal whether your children are enrolled in public school, private school, or homeschooling.
- Children who have a hard time concentrating for long periods might be helped by breaking homeschool study periods into 15-minute chunks. Between chunks, the child can play outside, have fun with an educational computer game, or relax for a few minutes.
- Homeschooled kids and homeschooling parents both benefit from regular outings with other families. Find out if your area has a local homeschool support group and get involved with field trips, clubs, and community service activities they offer.
- Planning lessons for kindergarten can be as involved or as simple as you want it to be. Some homeschool parents find that they need to plan out almost every detail of their homeschool day or week, while other parents are fine with jotting down some general things they want to cover and letting the flow of the day dictate how they get lessons accomplished.
- Many parents feel nervous about teaching their child to read. Just remember that your child learned to walk and talk, and that in time they will learn to read just as well!
- Don’t get so focused on the academic goals of your homeschool year that you forget to enjoy just learning together.
Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum
Time4Learning’s kindergarten homeschool program has been refined through years of feedback from educators, parents and students. Subjects are presented with web-based software organized into multimedia chapters composed of interactive lessons, printable worksheets and graded activities. Kindergarteners are guided through the online activities at their own pace by an automated software system.
For kindergarten, Time4Learning provides language arts, math, and science. Students also get access to an online playground. Kids love the funny sound effects and quirky cartoon characters delivering the material. Animated interactive lessons feel more like video games than learning exercises.
Homeschool in kindergarten at Time4Learning includes multiple benefits for parents and students:
- Detailed lesson content so that parents can explore lessons in advance
- A secure, ad-free online learning environment
- The ability for students to access their lessons on a computer or a mobile device (via the Puffin Academy app)
- An automated system that grades lessons and keeps reports for homeschool portfolio usage
- The option for parents to set grade levels independently for each subject
- Flexibility to use the curriculum as the core of their homeschool or as a supplement to other programs
Have other questions about homeschooling kindergarten? Visit our kindergarten homeschool information page for an overview of everything Time4Learning has to offer your student.