Why homeschool kindergarten?
One of the scariest times in the life of a parent is getting ready to send their child off to school for the first time. This could be the perfect time for you to consider homeschooling your child.
Now for many the thought of homeschooling can also be just as scary as sending them to school, but could be the year that you take ‘a test drive’ on homeschooling.
Education is important and the education of your child a priority. Take a look at kindergarten homeschool curriculum so that you can get a feel of what to expect.
What to Expect
There are a few things that you need to know as a parent when looking at materials. It is also important to understand that what is learned this year lays the foundation for first grade. With that being said you also need to know that the skills that are taught are really skills that are just being enhanced. Many skills that are taught this year are really just the extension of skills they pick up from play and socialization.
The next step is for you to find out what your state guidelines your state has issued for what needs to be accomplished in this year. Every state is a little different, so it is important for you to know yours because you are building the foundation for what they are going to be expected to know and use to learn in the next grade.
What Kindergartners Need to Learn
The materials this year cover the three Rs. When you are homeschooling, there are a number of ways for you to teach your child Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic. You also have the resources from various home school educational activity books, publishers and programs.
Some parents like to purchase programs to help cover these basics. Our favorites are:
Horizons Phonics & Reading Set- This is a top-notch colorful program that both effectively teaches a child pre-reading and reading skills and also has a lot of fun activities. It also give suggestions for handwriting skills and activities.
Hooked on Phonics — This one of the easiest and most effective ways to start good readers. We have tried others and always come back to include this one!
Horizons Math- Like the Phonics and reading choices, Horizons Math is a great way to start! Lessons are clearly planned out in a parents guide to help even the first time parent become a successful teacher.
EarlyBird Math is another favorite complete, activity-based program designed to a strong foundation in mathematics.
Other Things to Remember:
- Small children ones can only sit for about 10-15 minutes at a time. It is best to teach in small increments throughout the day.
- If one type of program is not working, try another. This is a great age to experiment!
- Keep it fun!
- Use fun things to enhance learning like playdough, finger paints, bubbles!
Although this year becomes the foundation for the rest of the academic process, it is mostly an extension of things your child has learned through play.
If you are concerned about sending them off to school, perhaps this is the time for you to give homeschooling a test drive.