All children are created uniquely by God. They each have their own set of needs AND ABILITIES and they are all on their own educational level. They beautiful thing about homeschooling is you can curate your child’s education around those strengths and weakness and really help them build confidence and allow them to fall in love with learning by letting them constantly be seeking to cure their own curiosity. All of my children have been at a different point when entering Kindergarten. One of them had only been talking for a year at that point and had been diagnosed with dyslexia, another knew the names of a plethora of dinosaurs but didn’t know his alphabet, and all the while I had a TWO year old who was reading! All raised in the same home… but all UNIQUE, and thankfully, because we are blessed with the ability to home-school, we can tailor their education to them!
This year my dino lover, Elijah, started Kindergarten in January 2020. He technically wouldn’t be starting public school until the fall so I’m still labeling this as Pre-K. However we are working through Kindergarten curriculum using a slow start method. Since he has such a great amount of energy and needs to constantly be moving paired with a short attention span, we are doing a slow start and I waited till HE asked to do school.
At this age it is important to watch your child for fatigue. MOST children at this age have a short attention span and the habit of attention needs to be taught and encouraged. Each child develops differently, and Masterbooks (the curriculum that we use as I will mention soon) never recommends exceeding 20 minutes at a time for learning concepts at this age. Hands-on activities though, such as cooking or games, do not have to be included in the 20 minutes, this is referring to the sit down time devoted to intense focus. If you see your child getting restless or showing fatigue, please take a break! This is so important at this level, we want to keep learning fun and not make it something that they dread doing.
Once Elijah was interested and asking to do school, we started with Masterbooks Simply K and Math Lessons for a Living Education level K. I add in lots of fun activities and read-alouds as well, and encourage all of my children to use their imaginations in play. We also LOVE Thinking Tree Journals. I will include which ones we use for Kindergarten below. For now, lets dig into each one individually.
Masterbooks Simply K has been amazing! I love it because it was created to be an open and go curriculum. The combined Scope & Sequence and schedule in the front of the book summarizes the lesson basics for each day, including the four areas of focus, memory verses, and more. A lesson prep page begins each lesson and makes it easy to see what is needed and what is being taught. It provides a weekly supply list, an objectives summary, the week’s memory verse, and extended activities you might wish to do. Start your week here and you’ll be ready for everything the lesson introduces. Simply K also includes: 26 Alphabet Mini-books; Reference Charts: ABC’s, Letter Tracing, Emotions, Weather; Alphabet Cards; Book Suggestions; and a Kindergarten Diploma.
THERE ARE 4 AREAS OF FOCUS IN EACH LESSON:
- Bible — learning lessons from God’s Word and how we can live for Him. Bible stories, character, and memory verses are used to lay a biblical foundation.
- Rhyme Time — learning poetry and new vocabulary words, too
- Life Skills — learning how to do important things around the house
- ABC’s and More — learning the alphabet and basic reading skills
MasterBooks Life Lessons for a Living Education Level K – This has been my FAVORITE Math Curriculum to date in our 6 years of Homeschooling. We have been using it for almost 3 years now and I feel like we have truly found the perfect Math Curriculum for our family!! ANOTHER OPEN AND GO! This Momma is NOT a fan of Math and I struggled through MY ENTIRE school career in this subject BUT Masterbooks helps students (and sometimes even parents) learn and retain more by keeping them engaged in the material and actively applying concepts to everyday life. Here is the foundation course for Math Lessons for a Living Education that is designed to engage students through exciting stories, teach them how to apply mathematical concepts through everyday life situations, and allow them to learn smarter instead of harder! In level K your student will:
- Learn to count to 10 and numbers 0-10
- Develop critical thinking skills and build stamina
- Make connections to their world by noticing basic patterns, shapes, and concepts of time
This book was written to be used by you and your young students together. It begins the story of a twin brother and sister as they interact with their family, friends, and town. They make connections in life and find it full of learning opportunities! Students will learn about counting, basic shapes, opposites, positional words, graphing, and more. They will also learn about the weather, nature, and how unique God created them to be. It has been so fun to see how the twins encounter living math adventures and how each concept is taught through starting with a living story.
Alphabet Fun-Schooling Journal (ages 3-6) : Thinking Tree Journals are a HUGE hit at our house. I love that they inspire creativity! This specific journal helps a child to work step by step through letter writing skills before working into writing each letter of the alphabet. I love that they have a ton of coloring pages to keep a child interested and coming back for more fun. This journal, I don’t teach much out of, but I use it more as an added practice that is FUN.
This is our SLOW start….. We are beginning with just these books as our “spine” curriculum and adding around that as Elijah is eager to. We do a reward chart for every day he completes each subject he gets a reward sticker for each “subject” that he completes. Each reward “chart” has 25 squares and is a simple printable that I found online. The reward is different every time and I give him 3 choices to choose from, for example….. Ice Cream cone, $5 shopping spree at the dollar tree, a specific inexpensive toy that he wants, a pokemon card pack, a box of his fav candy and his fav soda, ect. The reward doesn’t have to be expensive…. its just motivational and my kids LOVE STICKERS and seeing their progress on paper is so so encouraging!
I hope that this has given you some ideas on how to get started homeschooling your Kindergartner. Stay tune for other resources that we love and plan to add in as we go throughout the school year. Do you use a different curriculum? What is your favorite Kindergarten resource? I would love to hear from you!
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