What We Are Teaching In Our Kindergarten Homeschool

What We Are Teaching In Our Kindergarten Homeschool

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It can be a bit overwhelming when trying to decide what specific subjects to teach your child for the upcoming homeschool year. Especially, when you plan to create your own curriculum. If you’d rather spare yourself the hassle, there are plenty of great options for purchasing a curriculum that covers (at least) the basics of what your child should be learning for his/her level.

For those of us a bit more adventurous, piecing together our own curriculum can provide us with the flexibility to be able to choose exactly what and how we will teach our child, which is pretty exciting! And for me, at least this year, it is worth the extra work. Next year when I’ve got an infant added to the mix, I may be changing my tune! 😉

I wrote this post to share with you what I plan to teach my Kindergarten aged child, based on his interests and skill level. (When I get all of my ducks in a row this summer, I will share with you specifically what I am using to teach each of these subjects.)I hope you can use (at least) some of these ideas for your own curriculum and take away some inspiration for creating a curriculum really specified to your child’s needs!

But first, I must recommend the main resource I used to create this list. Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp is truly a god-send and a must-have for all homeschool families. Seriously, if you don’t buy any other homeschool book for yourself as the educator, buy this one!

 

The author breaks down specifically what a child should know based on their grade level. Now, we all know that every child is unique and every child learns at their own speed. Sometimes significantly slower or faster than average. (which very well could be one of the reasons you chose to homeschool in the first place!) Having all grade levels in one book, makes it so easy to adjust what you’re teaching your child according to his/her learning speed and level.

The book is very easy to use, as each grade level (Pre-school through High school) has it’s own chapter, which is then broken down even further by subject and once more by what specifically they should know (or at least be introduced to) in each subject.

The book also includes a ton of suggestions for curriculum options, story books, websites and tons of other resources. I would be lost without this book! Okay, rant over. 😃

 

Here is my list:

Reading

  • Continue using our Beginner Reader book sets to practice and gain confidence reading.
  • Continued learning of sight words

 

Writing

  • Handwriting and copy work

 

Math

  • Counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • Introducing the concept of 1/2
  • Continued addition and subtraction – increasing in difficulty throughout the year
  • Introducing simple pictorial graphs

 

Measurement

  • Practicing measuring in inches
  • Introducing the thermometer and doing simple readings
  • Telling time by the hour
  • Practicing days, weeks, months of the year
 

Geometry

  • Introducing 3-dimensional shapes

 

 

History

  • Independence Day
  • Presidents – George Washington, Abe Lincoln
  • National Symbols – United States Flag, Statue of Liberty, White House, Pledge of Allegiance
  • Dinosaurs – This kid is a dino lover!

 

 

Geography

  • Introduction to different cultures through stories, art and music
  • Basic uses of maps and globes – be able to locate the United States and home state
  • Draw simple map of bedroom
  • Names & Locations of 7 continents
 

Science

  • Keeping a nature journal
  • Experiments (of all kinds) but specifically to include: sink or float and magnets
  • Ant Farm
  • Introduction to botany – the basic parts of plants and how they grow
  • Basic lessons on Animals – to specifically include: sharks, pigs and dinosaurs (again)
  • Human Body – The 5 senses

 

 Earth Science

  • Intro to soil, rocks, water, air
  • The 4 seasons
  • Weather
  • Fossils – again with the dinosaurs 🙂
 

Art/Music

  • Exposure to and playing around with different types of both

 

Health & Exercise

  • A few basic nutrition lessons
  • Physical Activity will be a part of our everyday routine – exposure to different types, specifically: Yoga for kids

 

Practical Life

  • Continued visits to the library – proper way to check out a book
  • Money – Recognizing/naming each coin
  • Cooking – simple measuring/food prep skills
  • Learning phone number & address
  • Learning to tie our shoes!
  • Addressing & mailing letters to family
 

Phew! That’s a long list! BUT we aren’t going to be doing all of these things everyday. Many of them we will be working on only once a week/month and some only once throughout the whole year! I also do not expect my 5/6yr old to be mastering all of these skills by the end of the school year. Many of these concepts I plan to only introduce to him at this point.  Kindergarten is for laying the foundation for the remainder of his school years.  So don’t let this list scare you!

AND once I have all my ducks in a row, I am going to share exactly what curriculum, books, games and other resources I am going to use to teach each of these subjects with!

 

What do you plan to teach your Kindergarten aged child this coming school year? I’d love to read about it in the comments below!



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