Are you wondering what you should be doing for your kindergarteners? Are you working them too hard? Not hard enough? How much sit-down work should a kindergarten student do? None? A little? A lot? Keep reading to see what advice veteran homeschooling mom, Lisa Pennington, has to offer.
I get asked so many times, “What do you need for Kindergarten?”
When you first start to homeschool, it can be intimidating. How do you know what they need? What curriculum do you buy? How much time each day should you spend on school?
I am here to tell you after graduating 5 of my 9 children, you don’t need to load them down in Kindergarten.
Do what comes naturally and save your money for the older years. I don’t recommend buying much in the way of curriculum until around second grade, and even then you don’t need a lot.
Kindergarteners need to learn simple math, which you can teach with what you have around the house. They need to work on their reading and writing, which you can teach with paper and books.
Those workbooks you can buy at the superstores are a great tool for knowing what you should be working on, and they are very inexpensive. Plus they often provide busywork for your younger kids, which is helpful if you have a houseful.
And your kindergarteners need to learn basic life skills like cleaning, taking care of their rooms/personal space, helping others, following instructions, etc.
This is a great time to give them small responsibilities like making their beds and clearing their places at the table. That doesn’t cost a dime!
Take it from an older mom who has wasted money on plenty of curriculum…..this is a time to save and prepare. Let your 5-6 year old learn and develop simple skills that will prepare him for when school gets more challenging. Learning to sit still for 15 minutes and listen to you read, then repeat back what you said, is a great skill and doesn’t require any special purchases.
A general plan for the day might look like this: working on cleaning before breakfast, reading aloud some Bible verses during breakfast, helping clean up, coloring while Mommy takes care of a few things, half an hour of a simple school lesson like a math manipulative story or a page from an activity book, playing with some educational toys (that are reserved for school time only) for an hour, helping with lunch and clean up, school day finished.
Let them be little, embrace their natural curiosity, and work on their life skills, and your child will be just fine.