Kindergarten is over. Well, it is for my middle child anyway, and it was a good year, a really good year. I thought I would share just how we did homeschool kindergarten, because I always wondered exactly what it looked like for other parents. I remember that first year of school being fun in school and I think that’s how she’ll remember her kindergarten too.
How We Homeschool Kindergarten – Year in Review
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First off, I didn’t have a set schedule of when we were doing school. I was also homeschooling my second grader, and we still didn’t have a set schedule. I can’t do routine, even a homeschool routine.
What We Did
We practiced writing simple words, like cat and play in a lined scribbler. It was our language arts for working on more controlled letter/writing.
I did buy some workbooks. We did workbooks a few days a week, but only for as long as she wanted to. She was very eager to do school work everyday, even on weekends, she just loves to learn. So to be honest, there were days were I had to tell her to stop doing her school work! (And yes in the Winter months we do school in our pajamas.)
BrainQuest – All in one. We have used BrainQuest workbooks in the past for fun, for a little something else when my oldest was in public kindergarten and love these books. We also have their flashcards which are fun!
We did a lot of cooking/baking, a lot science experiments. We had a lot of hands on fun.
In the end, she did everything I had planned for her to do, plus I had ended up buying some extra workbooks for her because she loved them so much.
We also used Reading Eggs. She loves it, my eight year old loves, and I love it! They learn a lot about using phonics, and I often here “I learned this on Reading Eggs!”
What We Didn’t Do
We didn’t have too many tears, I can only think of one day that she cried about doing homework and that was because she doesn’t care for practicing her letter making skills, and she rushes it a bit.
Again, we didn’t do a strict routine.
Important to Remember
It’s Kindergarten, they’re 5 and 6 years old, at which age play is still learning for them. They need hands on, involved learning more than sit down book work.
What does kindergarten look like for you?