Typical Course of Study Curriculum Guide for Kindergarten
I would focus on the basics, but here some ideas you can pick and chose from.
* Meanings of holidays, traditions, and customs * Understanding and appreciating other cultures * Individual's role in family, home, school, and community * Relationship of the individual to the group * Work and jobs * Safety rules and symbols * Basic human needs * Self-respect and self-awareness * Awareness of others * Location of home and school * Diagram of home and school
* Phonics (Ring Around The Phonics) * reading (Ring Around The Phonics) * Listening to literature, music, poetry * Nursery rhymes, fairy tales, fables * Social listening * Constructing visual images while listening * Oral communication skills * Role play * Following and giving directions * Paraphrasing and summarizing * Organizing ideas * Experience stories * Relating events and experiences usingcomplete sentences * Listening for correct speech habits and word usage * Beginning writing process * Manuscript handwriting
Health and Safety
* Personal hygiene * Good eating habits * Good grooming * Care of teeth * Major body parts * Physical fitness * Safety to and from school
* Observation of everyday, familiar things * Common animals and plants * Interrelationships of animals and plants * Classification of living things * Farm animals * Care of pets * Like and unlike plants * Indoor plants * The sun: our principal source of energy * Weather and seasons * Temperature * Light * Colors * Senses * Earth, moon, stars, planets * Simple measurement * Beginning experimentation
* Simple counting to 20 * One-to-one relationship * Concepts of more, less than, same * Sequence of events * Correspondence of quantities * Ordinal-cardinal relationship * Number-numeral relationship * Recognition of basic sets * Meaning of addition and subtraction * Introduction to number line * Estimation * Elementary geometry (shapes) * Calendar and clock * Denominations of money * Basic problem-solving strategies * Basic chart and graph concepts
My daughter finished kindergarten this past year and we mainly focused on reading and math. Logic of English for reading which also had writing and spelling that could be optional. Math-U-See for math which was an awesome one for groundwork. We are changing up math this year but will use it again for my second dd when she is 5. We did some lap books, arts and crafts, nature walks, fun experiments, etc but didn't focus on those so much. Or on little things. For instance, I never went over days of the week with her but when I recently asked her she rattled them off. Many things like those they can pick up naturally. I am a huge fan of kindergarten still being a year of play. We only did school for 1 or 2 hours a day and took tons of breaks and days off. :-)
Read-along Songbooks is a joyfully way to building the eye to mouth pathways,(http://www.4mylearn.org/Bookshelf/Bookshelf.html#songBooks). This develops reading, verbal, and interaction skills.
See http://www.4mylearn.org/Bookshelf/FunGames.html Letter and Number Fun section (bottom of page) for Letter Sounds, Letter Sound Songs, Word Building, and Alpha Animals to build his phonics skills. And poems and animations to learn to print Small Letters, Capital Letters, and Numbers.
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