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Homeschooling a Kindergartener? Check Out These Curriculum Guidelines

written by: Alicia • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 3/2/2012

When homeschooling, it is important to take a look at a list of things your child should be able to do when they complete a grade. This article will give you a guideline to follow for any of your children who are working in Kindergarten. This will help you to determine if they move up or repeat.

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    I am going to break down the four main categories that children should have mastered to move on. I also teach my children Bible, but it is not a subject that holds a child back or promotes them forward.

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    Math

    1. Recognition of Simple patterns such as triangle, square, circle, triangle, square, circle.
    2. Writing numbers up to 12, but being able to count to 100 verbally.
    3. Master simple shapes such as circle, oval, square, triangle, rectangle, diamond, and star.
    4. Recognize money and be able to name each coin. They don't have to know how much each one is worth yet.
    5. Beginning introductions to clocks. Being able to recognize all of the hours. If they can write their numbers up to 12 this shouldn't be a problem.
    6. Understand the concept of one whole and one half. They should be able to color in half of a circle or a whole square.
    7. Understand the concept of addition and subtraction using only small numbers. Johnny get 5 skittles for dessert, but gives Jane 2. How many skittles does Johnny have left? Or Sarah had 3 skittles and Maria gave her 2 more. How many skittles does Sarah have altogether.
    8. Able to identify if someone has more or less than another person.
    9. Introduction to simple bar graphs. An example would be a graph that showed how many classmates had cats and how many had dogs.
    10. Practice under, over, around, up, down, through.
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    Language Arts

    1. Master writing the alphabet in both cases (upper and lower).
    2. Master writing their name.
    3. Able to write simple words based on their sounds. Easy words like dog and cat.
    4. Verbally communicate days of the week.
    5. Verbally communicate the seasons and describe each one.
    6. Point out colors and recognize them as sight words.
    7. Understanding of beginning and ending sounds in words.
    8. Comprehension of small stories.
    9. Able to tell the order of events that happened in a short store (what happened 1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
    10. Able to look at a book and know where the title and author are written.
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    Science

    1. Understand the difference between something that is living (plant) or nonliving (rock).
    2. Learn what plants need in order to grow (light, water, soil). Keep it simple.
    3. Learn basics about animals. Touch on habitats and how some animals are only found in certain climates.
    4. Understand weather. What rain, snow, and wind are. Keep a chart for one month whether it is sunny, cloudy, rainy, or snowy.
    5. Identify changing seasons and what happens during each season (such as the leaves fall off the trees in the fall).
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    History

    1. Identify the days of the week.
    2. Identify holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc.
    3. Know personal history and create a family tree with pictures.
    4. Discuss the community and how it works (postman, firemen, grocery store clerk, librarian, etc.)
    5. Identify the state in which the child lives.
    6. Introduction to maps and making one of the classroom.
    7. Able to recite personal address and phone number.
    8. Identify wants and needs.
    9. Identify goods and services.
    10. Able to say the pledge of allegiance.
    11. Discuss the characteristics of a good citizen.
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    Ready for Graduation?

    If your child is in Kindergarten and they have mastered all of the concepts above, then you can go ahead and hold a graduation ceremony for them. If they had trouble with one or two concepts then graduate them, but do a little bit of summer school so they don't start off first grade behind. If your child, however, had difficulty with quite a few concepts it would be best to repeat the grade.