My Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum: What We Study

My Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum: What We Study

In my last post, I shared the styles of homeschooling that have influenced the kindergarten curriculum I've created this year for King Sturdy.

In this post, I'm going to tell you which subjects we're focusing on and how we organize our learning process.


Subjects

Our plan includes six subjects. Of course, the three Rs (reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic):

Reading

Writing

Math

Next, a jewel from common core:

Language games

As it turns out, spoken language exercises are important in common core, something that wouldn't have occurred to me.

Finally, two others that are personally important to me:

World studies

When I was a kid, I struggled to develop any awareness of the larger world because I'd never been provided a coherent context to hang it on. I couldn't retain a shred of what I learned in social studies or history, because I couldn't connect it to anything familiar. Cultivating King Sturdy's familiarity with various parts of the world — the stories, sounds, flora, fauna and so on of different regions — has been a priority for me since he was a toddler.

Nature studies

In our family, we value being able to make sense of the real world, too, not just the one that we humans have constructed for ourselves. For example, when an animal has crossed your path, do you notice the signs of its passing? When you look at the clouds, can you recognize not just what they are, but what they're planning to do next?

Organization

To help my not-yet-literate kindergartener track with these subjects, I've created a picture chart where each subject is defined by a different color.

Kindergarten Magnet Sheet

For each subject, there are eight activities we can choose from. To keep those straight, I've made a deck of cards with six suits (one for each subject) and eight cards per suit (one for each activity). My kindergartener can tell these apart because they're color-coded: reading is purple on our chart; so are the reading cards. The blue suit is for writing. The green cards are for math.

Kindergarten Activity Cards

Where did we get the activities themselves? I made them up, drawing from the influences I mentioned earlier. Some are straight out of common core for kindergarten, some reflect the classical process, and some are my own invention. For your reference, here they are.

Activities

As for my other influence, unschooling (in which you follow the kid's lead and facilitate their exploration) — that's expressed in how we go about our routine. Which is what I'll talk about next.

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