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Help me out with Kindergarten

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I'm trying to make a list of things that Theo needs to know for K. I'm kind of in a rut so I'm hoping you guys can help shake my brain loose.
He won't be five for another two weeks but I think he is ready.
by on Jul. 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM
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by on Jul. 3, 2014 at 3:05 PM

 Typical Course of Study Curriculum Guide for Kindergarten


I would focus on the basics,  but here some ideas you can pick and chose from.  

Social Studies:

* 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


Language Arts

* 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



by on Jul. 4, 2014 at 9:19 AM
A love for the 4 R's. Reading, writing, arithmetic, and recreation. We took a traditional approach to kindergarten. Lots of reading, nature walks, science experiments and games. We did beginning sounds as they showed an interest. I think kindergarten depends on the child. I dislike how kindergarten has become like 1st grade. I think it depends on what you will be using for 1st grade and your approach.
by Bronze Member on Jul. 5, 2014 at 6:34 AM

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. :-)

by Member on Jul. 5, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Read-along Songbooks is a joyfully way to building the eye to mouth pathways,( This develops reading, verbal, and interaction skills. 

See 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.

by on Jul. 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM
I'm curious too as I am a first time homeschooled of a kindergartener.
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