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This week we are writing with our focus on the letter K. For this week, I am going to spend some time talking about Kindergarten. I have taught Ray Ray Kindergarten at home and currently I am teaching Little Miss her Kindergarten at home. There are numerous things I have learned about doing these lessons at home versus the public-school setting, which Moe Man went through.
My idea of Kindergarten is learning while playing. Learning while coloring, learning the letters and sounds and learning to write. Today the school system wants all this learning to happen in preschool. The local preschool here sends homework home with 4 year olds! I was surprised by this. While it wasn't anything too much, it was too much in my mind.
In our Kindergarten at home, we focus on reading aloud, coloring and learning the ABCs. That is our main focus. I hear about other kids reading after the first month of school starting, while mine are still learning the sounds of the letters. But you know what? I have no concerns, no worries and no regrets. Instead of learning like everyone else, we are learning to fit the needs of the kids.
I focus on two subjects during Kindergarten, Phonics and Math. These are the two foundational pieces that I worry about. The other subjects, the kids can sit with the older siblings and listen in. I make sure that they listen to the read aloud that I do, but they don't really have any other worksheets.
For Phonics this year with Little Miss, we have fallen in love with Electic Foundations Level A. this program is perfect for Little Miss! They are simple lessons with hands on added activities to make it extra fun. You can check out our full review of the program right here. I have no plans on changing this anytime soon for Little Miss. She loves the pace and I love the open and go style. Not to mention the style of learning, and that readers for this program are the McGruffey Readers.
Math this year we are using Singapore Math Essentials. This is fun curriculum that we have had the chance to use. The lessons are short and sweet, and Little Miss ends up doing more than one each day. The pages are black and white with no funny drawings, just the problems. I find this to be perfect for this stage, less distraction when the need to focus is at hand.
That is it. I might find something fun from time to time. A cute printable pack that she is interested in, or a handwriting practice sheet. Heck some days I even grab a cheap workbook from the dollar store to let her do her own stuff in. And of course, she sits in on the history and science lessons of her big brothers. Getting her hands in on it as much as she can!
In my opinion, this is all that is needed for Kindergarten. She is learning, at her pace and she is enjoying it. Instead of forcing her to learn, I am building on her excitement to learn. This will help me in the future, I hope!
What are you focusing on in your Kindergarten lessons?