In just a few short weeks it’s going to be time for my oldest to start kindergarten. It’s one of his main conversation topics. He is so ready to actually sit down one on one with me and soak up all of the knowledge he can!
We are going to do structured learning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-12. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but I don’t want the kids getting bored and restless. Lots of play time is important for learning too! I also like to have the rest of the day for myself. They all eat lunch around 12:30-1 and then go down for a nap, besides the baby because she takes random naps, until 4:30-5:30. Those few hours allow me to get some things done around the house and get some work done. This schedule may or may not change after we officially start homeschool, depending on how it works for our family. I am so thankful for the flexibility homeschooling is giving us!
Below I’ll go over what our activities for each subject look like. Also, you’re welcome to download this image to keep for yourself!
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Circle time is our favorite way to start our school morning! We begin our circle time with yoga, then check out the weather outside, learn that day’s month, date, year, day of the week, and season. We also sing songs, talk about our goals for the day, then end with meditation and deep breathing exercises. Yoga is such a good way to get out all of our morning wiggles and then centering ourselves with meditation to help concentrate on the fun things we are about to learn!
I like for math to be our first subject for the day. I’ve noticed that when I leave math for later in our school day, the kids are less patient with themselves. I don’t want them associating stress with math like I did during my school years.
The first thing I like to do for math is go over numbers 1-20 with our flash cards. It’s so fun watching the kids excitement grow the closer we get to 20. They LOVE to yell out “twenty!!!!” It’s so cute! Then we get out 20 pennies to count them and go over some simple addition. It really helps them with the visual! We also go over the names of the coins and how much money they are individually. We end our math period with a fun game of finding 5 items in whatever color I choose that day.
I chose Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons for our reading curriculum. We’ve skimmed over it a few times and so far we like it!
The kids, usually just the oldest three, also all pick out a book for us to read together. Before we read the book, I show them the book cover and read the title so we can all try to guess what the book is going to be about! While reading through we discuss the story line, pictures, and try to establish an emotional connection with the main character. When we are done with the book we think back on our guesses before we read the book and talk about if it came out how we thought it would, and what we liked about the book.
Writing is all the rage in our house right now! My kindergartner and preschooler are obsessed with writing letters and learning new letters! Their favorite book to practice their handwriting is the School Zone – Big Kindergarten Workbook. They will practice their writing in this book for HOURS. Literally! They’ll grab this book before they grab a coloring book. It’s awesome!
I always give the kids the choice of what kind of art project they’re going to do. I personally believe that it’s very important for children to freely express themselves through art. Their three favorites right now are making things with play-doh, coloring our backyard fence with sidewalk chalk, and drawing pictures. I can’t wait to introduce them to glue, scissors, and all of the fun craft supplies! I’m excited to see what they create!
We are big fans of science in our family, so we are spending most of our time in this subject. I am going to start off the school year learning about weather. The kids are obsessed with rain and tornadoes! We’ve already been watching kids YouTube videos on weather. So, I think I’ll start off this subject period with a video of what we are learning about, then read a book about it, and finish off with a science project! I am also planning on getting a monthly science project subscription. Makes me smile just thinking about all of the fun we are going to have!
I love the simplicity of our kindergarten homeschool schedule! It’s perfectly paced to keep the kids attention so they’ll stay engaged in learning. Even the toddlers! But if you think your child needs more time in each subject, you could always do this every day of the week instead of three days, or lengthen the subject time and do school from 9am – 3pm instead of 9am – 12pm.
That’s a wrap! If you have any questions, leave me a comment or send me an email!
Blessings on your school year!