So you’ve been wondering, “How do you homeschool a kindergartener?” and “What do I need to homeschool my child?” Well, we have great news for you because kindergarten homeschool is super fun!
No matter if you are embarking on a homeschool journey for all of your child’s education or you are just homeschooling for kindergarten and then plan to move your child to a traditional school, here are some great tips on homeschooling kindergarten and where to start.
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So, how do you start homeschooling for kindergarten?
1. 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. Why? Because it’s the most important thing.
2. Ditch the homeschool kindergarten curriculum and lesson plans.
Children learn naturally and it doesn’t have to take place sitting at a desk for X hours each day. There are other (fun) ways to learn the basics like counting, writing, rhyming, colors and more. Check learning games like this:
If this 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.
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!) 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. 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.
4. Get your homeschooler 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.
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 including 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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5. 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. (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 the following tasks:
- Make their bed
- Empty wastebaskets
- Bring in mail or newspaper
- Clear table
- Pull weeds, if you have a garden
- Use hand-held vacuum to pick up crumbs
- Water flowers
- Unload utensils from dishwasher
- Wash plastic dishes at sink
- Fix 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!
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