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Subject: What subjects do you teach to a kindergartner?
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 12:00 PM ET
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I will be starting officially homeschooling my son at the beginning of September when public school starts. And I was wondering, what subjects do you usually have with a kindergarten student other than reading, writing, basic math, and arts & crafts? I'm not counting gym because he'll be getting that in gymnastics class and soccer league.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 3:51 PM ET
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We also did history/geography, art (tied to history), and music.

We did the Flat Traveler exchange that year, also.  It was a great tie-in to our world geography lessons.  We had so much fun, and had a FT we hosted, or sent one to, every continent - including Antarctica (A PS teacher doing research there.)


Date Posted: 8/20/2008 4:35 PM ET
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I am starting kindergarten this year- I am using Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp  to help me set up goals need to be met for kindergarten.



Subject: Kindergarten
Date Posted: 8/23/2008 8:17 PM ET
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I have done K twice, with one more to go.  Honestly, I only teach reading/phonics and math for Kindergarten.   The other subjects were informal.  I keep plenty of art supplies on hand, spend time outside observing, read tons of library books on various subjects, make crafts related to holidays, etc.


Date Posted: 8/23/2008 9:04 PM ET
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I prefer unschooling as the method for teaching, esp this early, for things other than Reading, writing and math, but Science is easy, in the form of books of simply science experiments to do together, science kits and ect, and nature lessons, and ecology, like recycling. Religion of some sort if you have religious reasons for homeschooling. In public school, they would be getting gym (which you have covered), art (covered with arts and crafts, esp ones that tie into themes and other subjects), music, library and computer. I would do literature separate from reading, in the form of reading to them, from some great child aged classics, and maybe memorizing a weekly child appropriate poem. Health is very appropriate, most of it with simply manipulative or coloring sheets on where the most prominent internal organs are and what they do, some stuff about the 5 senses, and some hygiene and nutrition (like the food groups). I always worried that geography was under taught in public schools, and it is not hard to start at the K level. some puzzles, and looking for places on the map or globe that go with stories, books, other lessons or themes. Maybe a penpal, if you can russle one up. If you are having to turn in a 'subjects covered' type plan to the state, I would have no problem calling it 'music appreciation' when you do as my best friend, who is Native American, did with her sons, and put on wordless music you want them exposed to - classical or 'world music' - while they work, and simply tell them what it is. She would put on music of the different tribes and say, 'This is Navaho music we are listening to today', ect. They don't need to be drilled or quizzed on it - after a while they recognize and remember the ones they like. The same thing works with Classical, just identify the composer. History is as simple as children's books or cartoons from true historical events - but if you are of a more formal bent, there are history books available at this age. Or you can do a penmanship lesson incorporated with the history lesson - have them copy and write a sentence or two about todays history lesson, todays date, ect. A simple beginning in a foreign language can be fine in K, but only if you want it. But I would defiantly separate out spelling (the sight words, done in 'family groups' - like all the color words, then all the family names, (Mom, Dad, ect) then animals with short names, (Cat, dog, fish) ect. I really like using the ASL alphabet as part of early spelling lesson. Most of all, be sure to do circle time for Kindergartners, so you can cover some of the 'small' subjects - which ones depends on your child's level. Days of the week and months of the year, colors, whatever. And 'manipulative's - gross and fine motor skills. Buttoning, shoe tieing, bike riding, ect. Have fun!
Date Posted: 8/23/2008 9:08 PM ET
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We did Kindergarten with my son last year and we were very relaxed about it.  The only structured things we did were reading, handwriting and math.  We participated in a co-op where he had drama, science, geography and art one day a week.  Other than that, we went to the library and got lots of books on whatever subjects he wanted to learn about.