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So you’ve been wondering, “How do you homeschool kindergarten?” and “What do I need to homeschool my child?”
Or, you may even be wondering where you can get some good kindergarten lesson plans?
Well, we have great news for you because a decision to homeschool kindergarten is super fun! (And, it doesn’t even need a kindergarten lesson plan!)
No matter if you are embarking on a homeschool journey for all of your child’s education or you are just here to homeschool kindergarten and then plan to move your child to a traditional school, we’ve put together some great tips on how to homeschool kindergarten and where to start.
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7 Ways to Homeschool Kindergarten
Homeschool Kindergarten Tip #1: First, check your state homeschooling laws.
I know, I know.
If you’ve been reading anything else on this site, you’ll know that this is almost always my number one on a list like this.
Because it’s the most important thing.
Every state has different homeschooling laws and requirements. You need to understand any mandatory requirements for kindergarten and homeschooling before you start to homeschool kindergarten.
Homeschool Kindergarten Tip #2: Ditch the homeschool kindergarten lesson plans and curriculum.
Children learn naturally and it doesn’t have to take place sitting at a desk for X hours each day following a specific kindergarten lesson plan.
At this age, there are so many other fun ways to learn the basics like counting, writing, rhyming, colors and more. And, many of those learning opportunities present through free play and also when playing games with kids!
Homeschool Kindergarten: Use Fun Learning Games
If just learning with games and free play leaves you feeling uneasy (and it probably will if you are new to homeschooling), throw in some kindergarten workbooks here and there to help ease your conscience.
(But, trust us when we tell you that your kindergartener will learn just fine without workbooks!)
Homeschool Kindergarten Tip #3. Let your child lead for homeschool learning.
At this age, there is so much curiosity and marveling at what we take for granted.
(It’s a joy to witness!)
A great way to homeschool this age is to ask your child what he or she would like to learn and then build learning experiences around it!
If they like pandas, check out library books on pandas. Draw panda scenes. Visit the zoo. Watch documentaries on pandas. Sing songs about pandas. Create some panda art.
There are so many ways to integrate what your child wants to learn about, just allow them to take the lead and then you provide the resources to make it happen.
Also, learn more about unschooling. It’s a great option for this age!
Homeschool Kindergarten Tip #4. Get your homeschooler outside and get physical!
Little kids have a lot of energy.
(We don’t have to tell you . . . )
The more you can get them out and about, the better for all of you.
And, getting physical not only helps you all stay healthy, but it also helps your young homeschooler with both gross motor skills (whole body movement) and fine motor skills (coordination of small muscle movements).
Kicking a ball, balancing on a piece of climbing equipment, and skipping will all help your child with gross motor skills.
Fine motor skills that you can work on while outdoors includ gathering sticks and then forming letters and shapes with them, drawing and writing with sidewalk chalk, popping bubbles, playing with sand, and even clipping clothes onto the clothesline.
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Homeschool Kindergarten Tip #5. Go heavy on kindergarten crafts and creation like art and music.
Crafts, art, and music are great ways to learn (plus, they’re SUPER FUN).
Like we mentioned previously, art helps with motor skills, but did you know that it also helps with visual learning, language development and decision making skills?
Music also helps with brain development, language development, and has actually been linked to increases in IQ!
Check out this video on how music benefits the brain:
Homeschool Kindergarten Tip #6. Get social!
Kindergarten is a great age to get some socialization skills in and have your kid practice interacting with others.
Being with other kids helps your kindergartener learn about sharing, empathy, patience, respect and so many other things that help you get through life.
Getting social doesn’t have to mean scheduled playdates, either. It can simply mean taking your child to the park on a regular basis and letting them interact with kids of all ages.
Homeschool Kindergarten Tip #7. Practice life skills with your homeschooler.
It’s never too early to start practicing life skills with your homeschooler, which happens to be one of the areas that our public school system may be falling short.
One Ivy League college counselor reported that college students are showing up with the academic credentials, but are failing miserably on simple life skills like laundry and cooking.
(So, here’s your chance to give your kid a leg up!)
According to WebMD.com, kids as young as 4 or 5 years old can perform tasks like:
- Making their bed
- Empting wastebaskets
- Bringing in mail or newspaper
- Clearing table
- Pulling weeds, if you have a garden
- Using hand-held vacuum to pick up crumbs
- Watering flowers
- Unloading utensils from dishwasher
- Washing plastic dishes at sink
- Fixing bowl of cereal
Most of all, find new and different ways to have fun with your kindergartner!
They will learn a lot just by exposing them to new things . . . and it doesn’t have to be about completing worksheets!
DO YOU NEED EVEN MORE HELP SORTING OUT ALL THOSE HOMESCHOOL MYTHS AND FACTS?
In my book, It’s Homeschooling, Not Solitary Confinement: Busting the Myths, Misconceptions, and Misinformation About Homeschooling, I cover many of the homeschooling questions that you (and your friends and family) may have when starting your homeschool journey. It’s all the stuff that feels SO OVERWHELMING when you’re first starting out! (I remember it SO WELL!)
The book became a #1 bestseller in FOUR education categories because it touches on so many questions new homeschooling parents struggle with today!
Funny, informative, and helped me in my decision to go ahead and homeschool. The “homework” sections were actually very helpful and enlightening. -Lori, Amazon Reviewer and New Homeschooling Mom
I’ve done all the leg worth and saved you hours and hours of tedious, confusing, and frustrating research answering these questions on your own!
Here’s what some homeschool parents had to say about It’s Homeschooling, Not Solitary Confinement:
“An excellent resource for families considering homeschooling, as well as for homeschooling families ready to change things up! I wish this book had been available when I first started homeschooling. Full of wisdom and humor – highly recommended!” -Jen Duncan, Helping Hand Homeschool, homeschooling 13 years
“Amazed at the amount of information given in such an easy read! Don’t skip the ‘homework’ [from the journal], you’ll end up with a journal of exactly what you want out of homeschooling and how to get it!” -Becca Zurfley, homeschooling 2 years
“This was an excellent book for me. I am just starting my homeschool journey and looking at all the information online is overwhelming. I loved how it explains everything and if you’re still unsure there are plenty of links to help you out. A must have read for me I will use all year.” -Joyce Bowman First year homeschooling
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