Our 2018-2019 Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum
I wanted to make absolutely sure my twins didn’t get bored with their 2018-2019 Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum. So, I had to be very creative when planning.
I absolutely do not believe in spending a lot of money for homeschool curriculum. Kindergarten, in my opinion, is about playing more than learning, and you throw in some learning when having fun.
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Name Tracing Page
Before the school year began, I created name trace sheets for my littles. They trace their names daily while I get ready to do other study with them.
Little House Kindergarten Workbook
I found a free curriculum online for my kindergarteners to follow called Little House Kindergarten. I made a donation and was able to download their workbooks, printed them off, and bound them with my spiral binding machine. (It’s one of the Homeschool Supplies that Make My Job Easier.) We started using Little House at the beginning of the school year and the twins really took an interest. Unfortunately, this curriculum isn’t maintained and several of the links were broken. This left me to find new links and I just didn’t have time for that. We are still using the workbook, just not the online lessons.
We’re studying one country per week. We read a couple of books about each country per week. We talk about how the people dress, landmarks, and what they eat. On occasion, we make a food from that country. (If you’d be interested in this curriculum, please email me.)
We use various workbooks to help reinforce skills. I just make copies of those as we need them, hole punch, and store in a plastic folder with metal brackets. You can read about how we keep our homeschool things accessible in Organizing Homeschool Curriculum.
Some skills I’m focusing on for my twins this year are learning letters and sounds, number recognition and counting, identifying patterns, rhyming, opposites, and beginning addition and subtraction. I’m sure there are others, but those are the ones we will be honing.
We’ll be getting our craft on and getting messy. I like the idea of doing seasonal crafts, collecting items from outside, and using them to be creative. Fall is a great time to gather pinecones, leaves, and acorns. I’d like to collect some river rocks from our nearby river and let the kids paint them. I have high hopes. Maybe we’ll be able to do all the things.
The Second Half of the School Year
After our Christmas break, we’ll slowly begin to learn to read with 100 Easy Lessons. I’ll also be making letter and word tracing sheets to go along with those lessons.
How long should kindergarteners school each day?
Keep in mind the attention span of a 5-year-old is only about 30 minutes. Lessons should be kept short, very hands-on, and to the point. Give them lots of breaks and remember, children are always absorbing information, their learning doesn’t stop when you put the books down.
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