Homeschool Kindergarten (for free!) in just 20 minutes a day

Homeschool Kindergarten (for free!) in just 20 minutes a day

How to Homeschool Kindergarten

You must be wondering how to homeschool kindergarten. Welcome to Orison Orchards!

Once upon a time, I was brand new to homeschooling, and I remember feeling intimidated by this monumental task I was undertaking!

My oldest, Anne, missed the kindergarten deadline by a month. Despite my frantic, pleading calls to our local elementary school, she was not allowed to begin kindergarten with all of her little friends. She was distraught, so as consolation I offered to have ‘school’ with her at home every day.

My mother-in-law, a recently retired kindergarten teacher, gave me a stack of phonics worksheets and some ideas for counting games. Anne and I, plus my three younger kids, spent about 20 minutes most days enjoying learning together.

The kids loved it, since it was primarily games and reading aloud, and those persistent little punks made dang sure we had ‘school’ every day. I’m joking — it was actually very easy and a lot of fun.

If you google ‘List of things a kindergartner should learn’ you’ll see that you could really teach most of it in a few hours, so you don’t need to spend more than 20 minutes a day accomplishing it all.

If your kids are like mine, they will relish ‘school’ and demand more of it than is strictly necessary, so by the end of the year your 5-year-old will likely be considerably ahead of the local public school kindergarten.

20 years ago, a few social and physical skills (like tying your shoes and zipping your coat) were the extent of what children learned in kindergarten, but modern lists, like the one below, include some academic skills.

I also want to add that preschool and kindergarten curriculum overlap. I begin teaching the skills outlined here around age 3-4, or whenever my children seem interested and eager to learn.

I have never once needed to ‘push’ any of my children academically at this age, and I think it’s harmful to do so. It can instill a dislike of learning, which will set them up for failure down the road.

So keep things light, unpressured, and enjoyable — for both you and your child. That’s the key to success in your homeschool kindergarten!

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Things your child should know by the end of kindergarten:

  • Homeschool kindergarten free and easyHow to cut along a line with scissors
  • Establish left or right-hand dominance
  • Understand time concepts like yesterday, today, and tomorrow
  • Pay attention for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Hold a crayon and pencil correctly
  • How to share and take turns
  • Know the eight basic colors
  • Recognize and write the letters of the alphabet in upper and lowercase forms
  • Know the relationship between letters and the sounds they make
  • Recognize sight words such as the and read simple sentences
  • Write first and last name
  • Write consonant-vowel-consonant words such as bat and fan
  • Retell a story that has been read aloud
  • Identify numbers up to 20
  • Count by ones, fives, and tens to 100
  • Know that addition is putting things together
  • Know that subtraction is taking away from
  • Know basic shapes such as a square, triangle, rectangle, and circle
  • Know address and phone number
  • Understand how people in communities work together
  • Use their five senses to make simple scientific observation
  • Above all, your child should know that learning is fun!

Pretty simple right? Kindergarten does not need to be stressful.

Learning is naturally fun. You don’t need to Pinterest the bejeebers out of a fancy curriculum, either. Reading together and playing games together, with things you already have around your house, will be amazingly fun to your kindergartner. You don’t need to make learning fun — it is already fun to curious, playful children.

Remember that, just like other developmental milestones, all kids will master these skills at different times, which is totally normal and okay. It’s even okay if your child doesn’t have these skills at the end of kindergarten. Some kids (lots of boys) have difficulty with the academic skills, but excel at the physical ones. It is totally normal.

They will learn the proper skills when they are ready. Relax, have fun and enjoy your kids!

We parents unwittingly but inevitably convey our attitudes to our children. If you are worried that your son is ‘behind’, he will know, and he will worry, too.

He may even grow to feel incapable and dislike learning. It is so critical to relax and have faith that your child is capable and brilliant, and to convey that attitude to him. So much of learning depends on a positive attitude towards it.

It is especially fun to teach young children through multi-sensory learning, which is teaching that is done using as many of the five senses as possible.  By seeing, touching, hearing, smelling, and yes, tasting while you learn, information is learned much more efficiently and thoroughly.

You can do most, if not all, of this teaching using just items around your house, without spending any money on a formal curriculum.

So how do you go about this?

 

How to homeschool kindergarten (for free!) in less than 20 minutes per day

All you really need to teach in a homeschool kindergarten is math and phonics. Your child will pick up what he needs to know about science through daily life, as you visit the zoo and take field trips to national parks — as long as you are taking the time to observe the world around you together.

If you want to use a curriculum, feel free. But all of these concepts are best taught through simple games and stories. Because I am also homeschooling my older children, my little ones just beg to be included in our homeschooling around the kitchen table.

So I actually use all of these games and activities starting from about 3-years-old, and by kindergarten my children are usually itching to work with pencil and paper just like the big kids. They just want to do what the rest of us are doing!

So at that point, I usually hand my kindergartner a Saxon Math 1 book (Saxon K and Math 1 cover the same concepts so it would be redundant to use them both) and turn him loose. In less than 10 minutes a day, he’ll complete the entire Saxon workbook in about 7 months. And we use the suggested games, activities and picture books alongside Saxon, because nothing beats a tactile, visual, multi-sensory explanation of a concept.

I wouldn’t use the workbooks, though (the suggested games and activities cover all of the same concepts) if my children weren’t begging for them. Worksheets and textbooks just can’t compare with hands-on learning!

>>> Wanna know how I use Saxon Math? <<<

 

Free Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum for Teaching Math

Kindergarten math is all about counting and recognizing that a number symbols have names and that they represent the designated quantity of concrete objects. You don’t need a textbook or a curriculum.

Here are the math objectives for kindergarten. Ideally, your child should know these things by the end of kindergarten:

That’s it! Easy, peasy! I hope that makes you feel better!

Each and every one of these objectives can be taught using household items and a paper and pencil. Have fun with it!

Use your imagination and turn play time into learning time by counting, adding and subtracting as you play cars, Play-Doh or blocks.  Your kids will regard math as games and will love math!

Use games. Card games, like Uno and Skip-Bo, will help your child to gain basic number recognition. So will counting around a board game, recognizing numbers on dice. Simple outdoor games, like hopscotch and jump rope encourage counting and number recognition, and they’re fun, too! You can jump on the trampoline together or play leap frog while skip counting. You’re child won’t even know he’s working on a valuable skill!

Read math books together. I’m not talking about textbooks — I’m talking about fun, picture books. Much of the time, a great picture book can introduce a mathematical concept to a kindergarten-age child in a way that is more memorable and more easily understandable than any worksheet.

Use real life to make connections. Talk about your schedule with your children. Let them add music lessons, church and other activities to the calendar. Talk about the day, the month and the season together.

Let your child help you cook. They can read the numbers on the recipe (4 cups of flour) and count them as they add them to the bowl. They will be exposed to fractions and measurements.

Set up a store at your kitchen table. Purchase a few dollar store items you know your child will want, then label them with price tags, give your child a jar of change, and let her figure out how to buy them. Let your kids work to earn money, and take them to the store to spend it, but make them figure out how.

Have your child set the table, figuring out how many plates and utensils to set, and then counting them as they set the table.

This article would hurt your scrolling finger if I included all of the details about teaching kindergarten math in your homeschool. So I’ve written a more detailed article with kindergarten homeschool ideas just for math.

>>> A Complete (free!) Homeschool Kindergarten Math Curriculum <<<

It’s got all the resources you need, along with book lists to take along to the library. It includes lists of fun, multi-sensory kindergarten math activities that just use household items to teach each math concept in your homeschool. It really is a complete FREE homeschool kindergarten math curriculum.

 

Free Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum for Teaching Phonics 

First, make sure your little one is ready to read, so the experience is enjoyable and not frustrating. Read: Is my Child Ready to Read?

To put it as simply as possible, your child just needs to know each letter, it’s sounds, and how to form simple consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words. This usually happens quite quickly, however, so we move on to more advanced phonics. By the end of kindergarten, your child could easily be reading several grade levels ahead, but do not worry if this is not the case.

Your toddler can watch children’s shows about phonics. My kids have enjoyed ‘Letter Factory’ and ‘Between the Lions’. You will be amazed at how quickly and young they begin talking about letters. My babies and toddlers watch alongside my 4 and 5-year-olds, and it seems like they know their letters almost from the time they start talking. You can also look for free phonics apps online. I’m very wary of letting my little people spend much time in front of the TV or tablet, but when I need to use those items anyway, I try to make it educational.

Sing the ABC’s daily, while pointing to the letters. You can make a cheap poster on a piece of posterboard, or flip through letters written on note cards, but make sure you are showing your child that there is a physical symbol for each letter.

Spend several weeks just learning that letter symbols represent letter sounds. Read alphabet books like ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’ and ‘Dr. Seuss ABC’s’, and ‘ABC I Like Me‘, being sure to point to each letter as you say it’s name, so your child learns that the symbol represents the sound.

When you decide your child is ready for a more formal study of phonics, start him off with fun games and activities. Here are some fantastic, free ideas, listed in the order in which phonics should be taught.

Here is a ‘free homeschool kindergarten curriculum’ for teaching phonics.

How To Teach Phonics, step by step:

*Quick organization tip: You will want to use these games over and over, so make it easy on yourself by organizing them well and making them durable right from the start. One package of colored file folders, a package of bright cardstock, and a cheap laminator (I have used this exact model for several years and it is inexpensive but great quality. It is wide enough to laminate file folders. You will also need laminating pouches) should complete an entire phonics program. I like to print each game on cardstock. If the printable includes a game board, I cut it out and glue it to the file folder. I then laminate the entire file folder (so it is durable and washable), label the folder and staple a ziploc to the edge of the folder to hold all of the pieces, which I have also cut out and laminated. I keep all of the file folders together in a plastic, portable file box so we can easily just choose a game to play each day with zero daily preparation required (if you have prepared all of your games upfront).

1. Letter recognition

  • My kids LOVE to cut apart junk mail (gardening catalogs are the best! Join Gurney and Burgess mailing lists for free catalogs) and organize things by letter. For example, I would draw a large, uppercase A and a lowercase a on a page, then we would find A words all through the catalog, cut them out and paste them on my A page. Your kids will think it’s a blast, they’ll practice their fine motor skills, and it’s totally free.
  • Alphabet Activity Pages (This Reading Mama)
  • Alphabet Photo Cards (The Measured Mom)
  • Find books at the library that reinforce the letter you are working on, such as Katie Kangaroo when talking about the letter K, and the Berenstein Bear’s B Book when talking about the letter B..

2. Sounds of the consonants

3. Short vowel sounds

Homeschool kindergarten phonics4. Begin reading CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words

  • Create your own books. We like to cut plain copy paper in half, fold down the center and staple, using a sheet of cardstock as the cover. Then, to make it a little easier, I print all of the words my child knows onto small cards so that my child can arrange them into sentences and then copy them into his book.
  • This adorable, FREE, printable, Word Family House includes all of the CVC word families, so practicing will be super fun for your child!
  • Build a Word Magnetic Tray (I Can Teach My Child)

5. Long vowel sounds

6. Blend long vowel sounds with consonants

7. R-controlled Vowels: A vowel followed by an “r” stands for a special sound that is neither long nor short. (ar, er, ir, or, ur)

8. Begin blending and reading two vowel words and Introduce the two special vowel rules.

9. Consonant Digraphs (a digraph is a pair of letters that make a single sound– we like to call them sticky letters): When two or more consonants are joined together and form a new sound, they are calleda consonant digraph. They can occur at the beginning of words (Initial digraphs: ch, sh, th, thr, ph, wh, ck, kn, wr) or at the end of words (Final digraphs: ch, ng, sh, th, tch)

10. Syllables: Many words are made of multiple syllables. Each syllable has one vowel sound. *Closed syllables have one vowel followed by one or more consonants. The vowel sound is always short. For example: last, napkin (exceptions to this rule are ind, ild, old, olt and ost words). *Open syllable only have one vowel sound which is the last letter in the syllable. The vowel sound is long. For example: hi, sky, skyline, me, etc.

11. Compound Words are made up of two or more words joined together to make a new word. (e. g. granddad and birthday)

12. Vowel digraphs are vowels followed by a “w” which produce one vowel sound. The vowel sound can be long or short, or have a special sound of its own. Vowel digraphs are: ai, au, aw, ay, ea, ee, ei, ew, ie, oa, oo, ou, ow

13. A consonant blend is two or more consonants that come together in a word. Their sounds blend together, but each sound is heard.

Initial consonant blends are:
S blends: sc, sm, st, sk, sn, sw, sl, sp
L blends: bl, gl, cl, pl,fl
R blends: br, fr, tr, cr, gr, dr, pr

Final consonant blends are:
S blends: sk, sp, st
L blends: ld, lf, lk, lp, lt
N blends: nd, nk, nt
other blends: ft, mp, pt, rt

The activities and games suggested above will provide a very thorough, and free phonics program up through at least a second grade reading level. Because these suggestions are game-based, fun and multi-sensory, your kids will probably love them and will beg you for school each day! It is a lot for a little person to remember, though, so they will need to be done repeatedly, or else you will need to use workbooks to really thoroughly reinforce each concept.

*Important note to parents: Multi-sensory games and activities are hands-down the absolute best way to learn new phonics rules and concepts. Your child will feel eager and excited about learning that way. Worksheets/workbooks should only be used to practice and master a concept. Even so, they will be best received with a bucketful of crayons, scissors, glue sticks and whatever else you can think of to make the worksheets seem more like a fun activity than a boring worksheet.

After your child is pretty comfortable with a concept, have them read to you from a reader that corresponds to the concept. For example, once your child can read cvc (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and a few basic sight words, have them read to you from early readers that only use cvc and the sight words your child is familiar with.

It is so exciting, for both your child and you, to hear beginning readers actually reading books! Cuddle your child close and make a huge deal about this stellar accomplishment! Really celebrate it! Your child will be so excited about this new skill that he will start reading everything he encounters, from street signs to the j-a-m label at the the grocery store.

With my first two children, I just used my made-up games and readers from the library. With my last six children, I made it easier on myself by using the workbooks and readers I am linking below. Both methods worked well, as all of my children are voracious readers, but the second method (including purchased workbooks, so I didn’t have to create my own worksheets, and purchasing phonetic readers so I didn’t have to keep borrowing the library’s) made my job much easier.
‘Explode the Code’ is a set of consumable phonics readers that will very thoroughly teach your children phonics. All eight of them, even my five-year-old, are fantastic readers and spellers. I think phonics is key to good spelling. You can teach your kids phonics through just the aforementioned games, but I prefer to really thoroughly reinforce everything with a program that includes writing, like Explode the Code. The books are fun and very inexpensive. I let my kids color all of the line illustrations with crayons and cut things apart after finishing the pages, so they think of them as a fun activity instead of worksheets.

Books A, B, and C teach the letter names and sounds. You won’t need the teacher’s guide.

Books 1-8 will help your child thoroughly master phonics, including every rule you can think of and all the exceptions to the rules. To be honest, only one of my children completed books 7 and 8. The rest of them had lost interest and moved on to reading chapter books by about the end of book 6.
Homeschool kindergarten phonics

The Best Phonetic Readers for Kindergarten in Your Homeschool

Now these are not great literature, I’m warning you! If they have storylines at all, they are poor. The illustrations are not high quality, either. I am just warning you that you will not love these books.
Their intent is to give brand new readers experience at decoding in actual books successfully and without frustration in order to build their confidence. Your job, as parent, is to pretend you love them, in order to build excitement about reading in your child.
When ‘Mat sits on Sam’, laugh like it’s the most hilarious thing you’ve ever heard, even if you want to pull your hair out. Then call Dad and Grandma, and everyone else you can think of so your little reader can impress them with his newfound skill.
The more confident your child feels, the more excited he will be to continue learning. So really, make a HUGE deal out of every accomplishment! Raise the roof! Bribes and rewards are far less effective than good, old-fashioned praise.
You will find that these books are actually phonetic (plus sight words) where so many beginning readers are not. Non-phonetic beginning readers can cause new readers frustration, which can lead to a lack of confidence, causing a dislike of reading. Be sure to frequently read aloud to your child from actual high-quality literature, like the books in this list because you want them exposed to better literature than brand-new-reader-phonetic books.

Teach a child letter sounds with Bob Books Set 1! With four letters in the first story, children can read a whole book. Consistent new sounds are added gradually, until young readers have read books with all letters of the alphabet (except Q). Short vowels and three-letter words in simple sentences make Bob Books Set 1 a fun confidence builder. With little books, come big success. (TM) Each of these boxed sets is comprised of eight smaller books.

 

 

Bob Books® were specifically designed to facilitate that ah-ha moment, when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency and repetition, and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her own ah-ha moment.
We wish your young learner much success and happiness as he or she enters the great adventure of reading.

 

 

Bob Books Set 3 adds something new for young readers. Consonant blends gently introduce new concepts to the progressing reader. Consistent vowel sounds and lots of three-letter-word practice mean your child continues to enjoy reading success.

 

 


Readers at this level are able to tackle longer sentences and longer books but still love the accomplishment of reading a book all the way through. Bob Books Set 4 continues to build reading skills, while also providing engaging stories that build success.

In Bob Books Set 4, the simple narrative and design help children focus their skills on decoding, while introducing more challenging concepts and longer words. The delightful illustrations and humor help keep young readers engaged.

 

I also use these phonetic beginning readers. They truly are phonetic, and slightly more entertaining than the BOB books. Your kids will be frustrated if you try to use books that aren’t entirely phonetic too quickly. Each of these sets is comprised of 10 shorter books, each slipped into a plastic sleeve. Each book represents and reinforces a phonics rule.

 

 

They progress logically and sequentially through all of the phonics rules. I teach my child to follow along with his finger as he reads, and each time he reaches an unfamiliar word, we quote the appropriate phonics rule together (e.g. when two vowels go a walkin’ the first one does the talkin’) and then my child sound the word out. Try really hard NOT to do the work for them. Also, it is critical that you hold your child on your lap, possibly wrap yourselves in a cozy blanket, and make the whole reading experience as relaxed, comfortable and enjoyable as you possibly can. Laugh together (these books are silly) and discuss the plot afterward. You want your child to love reading together SO much that he will beg for reading time!

 

 

This set of books is also available in ebook format, but I heartily recommend sticking with the paper format so the experience is as multi-sensory as possible.

 

 

 

 

Level 2 moves on to more advanced phonetic rules and concepts.

 

 

 

Your child will start learning the rules for all of the exceptions to the rules. English is really such a difficult language. Your child is amazing to be picking it up so easily! Give that child a huge hug!

The author, Nora Grados, also offers a set of Level 3 books, but we never used it because my kids were ready to move on. Once your child is well-versed in phonics and sight words, feel free to move on to this list of excellent beginning readers: 21 of the Very Best Beginning Readers

 

 

 

A fellow homeschool mom just told me about the Progressive Phonics program. I have not used any of these readers, but she did and her son loved them. Early through Intermediate Literacy Stages – This program teaches reading and handwriting (the handwriting is a similar style as Handwriting Without Tears).

Homeschool kindergarten free resources and easy phonics

 

Math and language arts are all you really need to teach your kindergartener, but if you both love your time together so much that you want to spend more time on school and study other subjects, you can find all kinds of fun, free homeschool curriculum online.

Just google ‘free homeschool kindergarten curriculum’ or search it on pinterest and you’ll find all kinds of things.

Here is more free homeschool kindergarten curriculum:

4th of July free homeschool printables for PreK-K.

Free Farm Animals Puzzles Preschool Worksheets

Kindergarten Worksheets

Number Writing Worksheets This excellent site is full of all kinds of wonderful and free homeschooling resources

color-word workbook This site is full of resources specifically for kindergarteners

FREE Homeschool Curriculum This is my own extensive compilation of wonderful and free homeschooling resources

We also turned all kinds of random facts (like the capitals of all the countries, a continent at a time) into flashcard games.

Follow me on pinterest for more great, free homeschool kindergarten curriculum. I’ve saved hundreds of fun, free activities and free, printable, low-prep, easy games to my pinterest boards ‘phonics and kindergarten’ and ‘homeschooling’. Check them out!

With my kindergarteners, I never spend more than about 20 minutes per day on ‘school’, plus the time we spend reading aloud as a family daily, if you want to count that. Because the older kids and mom are still gathered around the table, and the younger children desperately want to be included, I usually provide open-ended art supplies (e.g. crayons and paper, scissors and glue, pom-poms, googly eyes and chenille stems) for them. They also make endless books, using several pieces of copy paper cut in half, folded and stapled, with a cardstock cover.

Kindergarten is really VERY simple and easy to homeschool! You can teach your child everything they should know in just a few minutes a day, using absolutely free homeschool kindergarten curriculum! Never underestimate the power of a loving home and a motivated parent to provide the best educational experience for your child!

Good luck on your homeschooling journey! Be sure to enjoy that amazingly smart and capable little person and have lots of fun laughing with them! I assure you that you will look back on these moments as some of your very favorite and most memorable! 

 

 Please leave your questions or comments below! I personally read and answer every one of them!

 

 

 

 

You might enjoy:

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  3. 25 Fun Reading Activities for Kids
  4. How to Integrate Reading and Writing 
  5. How to Establish a Reading Culture in Your Home
  6. How to Help a Struggling Reader
  7. How can Something as Simple as Reading Aloud be so Powerful?
  8. The Ultimate list of FREE Homeschool Curriculum

 

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Homeschool Kindergarten (for free!) in just 20 minutes a day”

  • Thanks for this! My son goes to preschool but we live in China so he’s learning in Chinese there. So teaching him to read in English is up to me if we want to start now (Chinese students do learn English, but at this age it’s mostly oral communication). Since we plan to move to Canada in a couple of years (where I’m from), I don’t want him to be behind when he goes to school there. This post is so helpful! Because he’s in school and I also teach full time, we don’t have a lot of time but this makes it seem manageable. We’re on summer holiday now so will start a 20 minute routine and try to keep it up when school starts again. Thanks again!

    • What a fabulous opportunity for you, living in China and learning Chinese! You’re so welcome for the suggestions.

  • HELP!! My almost 6 year old son hates learning. He shuts down when he forgives out we’re doing something where he might learn. He is smart as can be he can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs and most sea creatures. But he will not for the life of me learn his numbers or letters. He wants to be homeschooled so I’ve explained to him you will have to let me teach you. He says ok and then proceeds to argue over not wanted to learn it. He knows them and you can sometimes catch him saying them when you aren’t “paying attention” and a lot of times when we first go through them he will say them correctly but then you go back through and he won’t remember half of them. I understand it’s probably bc I’m the mom and he just doesn’t want to do it with me but if he is so dead set on not wanting to go to school and I’ve explained to him that he has to let me teach him, why won’t he pay attention and cooperate???

    • Hi Monica,

      6 year old boys are still really young, developmentally. What you describe is very normal for a 6-year-old boy. My oldest, a girl, was anxious to learn and happy to sit and complete anything I asked of her. She taught herself to read at age 4. My second child, a son 18 months younger, was a total monkey.

      He would literally climb the bookcases and hang from the drapes when I tried to teach him anything. I was incredibly frustrated and since he was younger, I just let him do his thing while I worked with my daughter. After awhile, though, I realized that he was learning everything my daughter was. He learned phonics and math all while swinging from the chandelier, and read well before age 5.

      My next child, also a son, was completely different than both of his older siblings. He was stubborn and resisted my efforts, but would dive headlong into things that interested him and that he wanted to learn. He didn’t learn to read well until he was older, about age 7. Even so, he is currently, at age 18, over halfway through a Computer Engineering program at an excellent university.

      What I’m trying to tell you is that reading ‘later’ than some arbitrary guideline doesn’t mean a darn thing. Kids learn when they’re ready, and it’s totally normal for little boys to be ready later than little girls. The key is to make sure your little guy loves learning, and that’s where homeschooling is so incredibly effective and beautiful. You can let him lead!

      As long as there are no underlying problems, he will absolutely learn all the things he needs to with just your support. Here’s what you can do right now:
      1. Read aloud with him on your lap multiple times daily. He’ll realize that letters correlate with words, but more importantly he’ll realize that reading is FUN! Be sure to use picture books he’s excited about. I’ve got a list of the best kids picture books here.
      2. Explore numbers together. Count cars as you walk. Count eating utensils as you set the table. Count stairs as you climb them. Once he has the pattern down, write numbers 0-9 in the bottoms of egg carton cups and practice counting things into the cups. He’ll see it as a fun game to play with mom rather than boring drill.
      3. Ask and answer questions constantly. Provide rich learning experiences, such as frequent trips to the library, trips to national parks and the zoo or museums or anyplace that makes him ask questions. Turn everything into a learning experience, so as you’re hiking talk about rock formation and classification and flora and fauna.

      If he’s still resistant to learning in a couple of years, and really resistant to learning (and not just resistant to workbooks and textbooks which is totally normal) then you might want to look into intervention. But for right now just hold him on your lap and read to him A LOT and show him how fascinating the world is. It will be more fun for you that way, too! Hugs!

  • The best help ever. I’ve searched and searched for over a year and you have provided the info exactly the way I need it. I’m still going through your website and I’m excited. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, ideas, and more with us 🤗

    • I’m so glad I could help! I hope you have a wonderful year of homeschooling kindergarten — it really is such fun!

  • I am so happy I came across your blog! I hope to use it to guide our first year of homeschooling! Thank you for the detailed breakdown. It’s very helpful. I just wanted to ask if you could relink the “Read: Homeschool Kindergarten Math: A Complete (free!) Curriculum.” It won’t open on my phone or laptop. Thank you!

    • Thank you for letting me know about that broken link! I fixed it, so it should hopefully show up for you now. Happy homeschooling! 🙂

  • Wow, this is such an in depth post! Thanks for sharing. My mother has always homeschooled all of her children (5) and it was definitely one of the best choices for our family!

  • This is wonderful (and makes me feel much better about the hour a day I spent with my Kindergartener, which at the time I thought was horribly short but seemed the limit on what he could handle (we were actually repeating KG at home, after a failed year at public school, so he was a year older, but still).

    I’ve included it in my list of free homeschool curriculum here: http://imaginativehomeschool.blogspot.com/2016/07/complete-curriculum-for-free.html

    One thing you might consider adding to your list of suggested readers is the free readers at ProgressivePhonics.com. They go over the phonics, and then have short poems which are color coded so that you read some of the words, and your child reads others. They have worked really well for my kiddo (better than the Bob books we started with).

    • Thanks, Gale! Those do look great — I had not heard of them before– and I will add them right now.

  • Your ideas and games are so awesome! We are huge fans of BOB books at our house! My son will be in kindergarten this fall and we are going to try some of your ideas over the summer. I especially like the “Don’t Eat Pete” game!

  • Wow! Tons of great resources! I homeschooled my oldest for kindergarten and it was a great experience. BOB books are my favorite for early reading!

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