Getting Started with Kindergarten Homeschool
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.
This page provides:
- Top Ten Tips for Homeschooling Kindergarten
- Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum
- Kindergarten Homeschool Resources
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
Homeschooling has so much to do with things other than teaching but here are ten tips for getting started with homeschooling your Kindergartener.
- 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.
Why Try Time4Learning Homeschool Curriculum:
- Students get individual logins and work at their own pace which can lead to more effective learning
- Parents can set the grade levels independently for each subject so student learn at their own speed
- Member-only access to detailed printable lesson plans and homeschool teaching tools to review lesson contents
- Time-stamping feature on the activities for attendance and record keeping
- Automated grading feeds homeschool portfolio usage making record keeping simple
- Detailed reporting for portfolio usage and parental support through our online Parent Forum
- Entirely web based, no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase
- Affordable membership backed by a 14-day money-back guarantee. You can start, stop, or pause your membership at any time without penalty
Kindergarten Homeschool Resources
If you’re interested in homeschooling for kindergarten grade, you might also be interested in:
- Our lesson planning worksheet can help you estimate how many lessons to have your child do each day
- Kindergarten curriculum overview with a summary of key kindergarten learning objectives
- Detailed list of Kindergarten language arts lesson plans
- Kindergarten math lesson plans with brief activity descriptions and learning activity numbers
- Kindergarten writing skills and standards by Time4Writing
- Kindergarten Vocabulary and Spelling Lists – a free website that offers a fun and easy way to practice vocabulary and spelling words. Create your spelling list using the vocabulary words below and let SpellingCity teach them, use them in games and test your kids on them!
Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool and Summer Use
If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we’d suggest first looking at our interactive lesson demos.
Sign up for Time4Learning and gain access to a variety of educational materials, which will engage and challenge your child to succeed. Make Time4Learning a part of your children’s homeschool resources success.