Well, it’s almost time! You’re getting ready to begin homeschooling and attempting to collect all the best tips on how to create the perfect kindergarten classroom. I’m getting ready to teach Kindergarten for the third (possibly last) time! Here are my tips for homeschooling Kindergarten.
This will be an overview of our homeschooling day. I’m not going to go into great detail about each section of our day, but will try to hit the highlights for you.
8:30-8:45 FILE FOLDER GAMES
It never seems to fail as soon as we’re ready to start school something comes up. The phone rings, my husband wants me to find something, or I can’t find the lessons I had prepped the day before. But one thing I ALWAYS have ready without fail is a file folder game. I find file folder games are a great activity to begin our school day. Since our kids don’t have the transition from home to a school building, file folder games makes a great segue from the breakfast table to a classroom mindset.
It really depends on where your kids are academically on what file folder games to select. Because my Little Red is already reading sight words, I’m going to skip all of the alphabet games. Instead, I would really like for him to practice on writing numbers. I use Confession of a Homeschooler’s number pages. I’ll use them with my first graders, too.
If you’re looking for file folder games, you can check out my list of FREE resources HERE!
If my kids are finished with their games and activities before I am ready to move on to lessons, (which happens quite often) they go to the book bin and read quietly.
You can read about how I set up my library HERE
8:45-9:00 CALENDAR TIME
During this time I take my kindergarten and first graders up to the classroom to begin on calendar work. Because I have a slew of other kids to teach, we don’t spend a great deal of time on calendar. Most of my kids have had calendar time since they were two, so they get it. We do go over the months, days, and how to write the date but then we get into some other skills.
This is what we did last year from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
And while I loved using these, they are time consuming and the kids get tired of doing the same thing every year. So this year I’m looking into getting these from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten.
9:00-9:15 Johnny Can Spell Sounds/Handwriting
Johnny Can Spell is a phonetic program designed to help kids with reading and spelling and writing. Knowing all of these sounds is extremely important for all learners.
To read how I teach all of this in 15-20 minutes a day, click HERE.
For the first few weeks of school, we will be doing a lot of big book and shared reading. We will also be going through sight words and working in small groups on sight word activities. You can find the sight words and activities HERE.
9:30-10:00 SNACK AND BIBLE
Yes, an hour into school and they’re ready for a snack! Most of the time my kids don’t eat much for breakfast, so by 9:30 their little bellies are ready to eat! During this time we do studies such as Grapevine Bible Studies. To see a review of this program, click HERE.
10:00-10:30 STRETCHING AND STRENGTH TRAINING
This sounds a whole lot more like we’re at the gym then it should. All we do here is practice stretching (my daughter’s in ballet) and do some sit ups, push ups, and Spider Man Crawls. We do all of this because our kids play sports and we need them to keep working on their strength throughout the week. Plus, this activity gives them a good brain break before it’s time to go back to the classroom and do more seat work.
10:30:10:45 INDEPENDENT READING/WRITING/ FINE MOTOR PRACTICE
This is when I take a break to go work with my other kids. These little worksheets are perfect for my kindergarteners and first graders to practice reading their sight words, writing, and cutting and gluing all on their own. You can find these sheets HERE.
10:45-11:00 POETRY/ PHONEMIC AWARENESS
We love reading poetry! Again we are practicing fluency and sight words. Read about how we do our poetry center here.
11:00 – 11:30 MATH
There is a whole lot we do with math. I usually start out doing a mini lesson and then I let them explore for the remainder of the time. After the mini lesson I’ll have them playing math games or working in their math journals. Again, I combine kindergarten and first grade together for this.
11:30 – 11:50 (or longer) RECESS
After an hour of working it’s time to take another break! This time the kids all go outside and play for a bit.
11:50 – 12:20 S.S./Science
This is when things get messy. We like to do a lot of arts, crafts, and experiments for our social studies and science lessons.
Did we get 4 hours of learning in? You bet. It went by in a blink of an eye and yet everyone had fun and LEARNED a ton!