You’ve made the decision to home school, now what? Start with your state homeschool regulations. Find out what they expect of you, and fulfill those requirements. Then, I always encourage my new home school friends to take some time to get to know just how their child learns. Each person has different learning strengths, and the best thing we can do for our kids is to find a curriculum that fits those strengths.
Creating/finding a curriculum that works best for your family, will ultimately cater to how your child learns, as well as their strengths. It just makes sense. If your child is amazing at math, feed the flame! Don’t ignore the other subjects, but really let them excel where they are strong! This is where math genius’ and nobel prize winners come from. Seriously, it sounds so foreign to what we are used to in school but it really does work!
If you are unsure of how to do this here’s a few books and links to explain the idea of learning in accordance with your child’s strengths.
Once, I’m sure I know what type of learner my child is, then I can move on to finding the cornerstone of our homeschool – the curriculum. There are many ways to go about finding/creating a curriculum. If you’re just a beginner it might be best to start out with something that doesn’t require alot of time to prepare, like Time4Learning. However, if you know what you want, but maybe just don’t know what your child is supposed to learn during hte course of the year a scope and sequence can help. This basically lists all the various topics that should be covered during a particular grade level. This is great ammunition for you to write your own scope and sequence with those as a guideline. Then you can fill in the with various curriculum, or even library books to make sure those topics are covered during the course of the year. Make your own goals – so there is always something that you are aiming at!
In Kindergarten, it’s all about getting them used to the idea of schooling, setting down good habits, and introducing concepts to them. I usually start with baby steps, and see how how my child does. Of course, each one is different and will wow you with their individual abilities. Depending on your comfort level, you may want an easy curriculum to help you get started. If that’s the case, there is alot of great curriculum out there for homeschoolers – Below I’ll list some of my favorite recommendations.
Lesson Pathways – free homeschool curriculum guide
ABEKA videos – very easy for the beginning homeschooler
Eclectic Home schooling with library content
Time Traveler’s History
My own Language Arts Charts
I typically introduce the child to each letter and its accompanying sound. As they learn the letter and its sound, we move on to consonant and vowel blends. Once they’ve learned all the short vowel sounds and the vowel consonant blends, I move on to long sounds. Here are a few of my resources:
Download your Free Short Vowel Sound Chart
Download your Free Long Vowel Sound Chart
Download your Free Vowel/Consonant Blend Charts
Once they’ve mastered these, they can pretty much easily move on to the Bob Books.