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September 10, 2009

Homeschooling Kindergarten, What Does it Take?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Donnette E Davis @ 7:40 pm

Homeschooling Kindergarten – What does it take?
Great Article by Homeschooler Heidi Johnson

Kindergarteners are active and inquisitive, yet the thought of home schooling a Kindergartener can send any parent into a panic. They worry that they won’t “do it right” or will choose the wrong curriculum. I’ve had many people come to me asking me what they should do for Kindergarten.

My answers are really quite simple. You taught this child to eat, drink, talk, use the bathroom (for the most part), and a host of other tasks that you don’t even think about. Did you send your child to talking school or buy a curriculum to teach him how to talk? So here are a few “tools” I would use to teach my child:

1. Read to them for 30 minutes a day. It sounds simple, but it’s very powerful. Children learn a tremendous amount of vocabulary and facts just by being read to. You can use picture books or chapter books or a combination of both.

2. Answer their questions. Most 5 and 6 year olds have plenty of questions. Just take a few moments at the time they ask the question to explain the answer to the best of your ability. If you don’t know the answer, just tell them and then find the answer together.

3. Take them to interesting places. I’m not saying you should go to a science museum once a week. Just look for opportunities in the natural course of your life to take your child to places that might interest them. A construction site, bakery, farm, bowling alley, grocery store can provide some great learning opportunities.

4. Play games with them. You can carve out a game time each day or a few times a week. Children learn a tremendous amount of math, relational skills and even reading skills just by playing games. You can borrow games from the library or trade with another family if you don’t want to go out and buy a bunch of games.

For more detailed information on how I homeschooled my Kindergarteners, here’s a link to the How to Homeschool Kindergarten book I wrote.

Heidi Johnson
Homeschool How To

1020 Main St.
Greenwich, OH 44837


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