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Homeschooling Kindergarten

Advice and resources for starting homeschooling kindergarten aged children.

Research Suggests Starting Science in Kindergarten
A study finds that for students who have low levels of science knowledge in kindergarten, 62% struggle with science in third grade, and 54% struggle in eighth grade. Programs like Science4Us specialize in science for young children in K-2, to help give them the foundational science skills they need to achieve success.

Free Science Lessons for Kindergarten
Science4Us provides these early elementary science activities free on their site! Interactive and engaging, they are perfect for fostering your kindergartener’s interest in science.

Big “A” and Little “a”
Since the earlier we begin academics, the more problems are revealed, were the problems there waiting to be discovered or does the premature introduction of lessons cause the problems? By Vivian Paley

Do You Need to Teach Kindergarten?
“What curriculum do you suggest for Kindergarten?” This is a question I am frequently asked by parents. It is also a question I find particularly difficult to provide a quick, easy response to. The truth is I do not believe that a curriculum is necessary for Kindergarten, but that usually is not the answer parents are looking for or expect. By Karen Gibson.

A Homeschool Curriculum for Preschool and Kindergarten
Early years are the perfect time to provide an atmosphere where the child can freely dream and play and explore and grow in both body and imagination. By Lillian Jones

Homeschooling 3 and 4 Year Olds
Paula’s Archives of an email discussion about starting to homeschool younger than 5 year olds. (A good answer as to why I don’t have a “preschoolers” section on A to Z Home’s Cool!)

Kids Haven’t Changed; Kindergarten Has
New data support a return to “balance” in kindergarten. Have kids gotten smarter? Can they learn things sooner? What effect has modern culture had on child development? By Laura Pappano, Harvard Education Letter. S/O 10.

Discussion list for parents homeschooling preschool and kindergarten, ages 1-5. Topics include curriculum selection (whether necessary or not), teaching tips, creative learning ideas, time management, as well as others.

Kindergarten Lessons
Ideas that help parents create an interesting curriculum and stimulating surroundings, and explains how to teach the basic skills young children need to practice.

Reflecting on the Value of Materials and Classes
We all come into homeschooling with some common preconceptions of what the program should be – but many who have been at it for a while or raised homeschool grads are likely to strongly suggest not setting up a structured study program for young children. This is where some misunderstanding can come into play. By Lillian Jones.

Study finds improved self-regulation in kindergartners who wait a year to enroll
A new research paper co-authored by Professor Thomas Dee of Stanford finds strong evidence of mental health benefits in delaying kindergarten. “We found that delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73 percent for an average child at age 11,” Dee said, “and it virtually eliminated the probability that an average child at that age would have an ‘abnormal,’ or higher-than-normal rating for the inattentive-hyperactive behavioral measure.”

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
With Matthew we have so far chosen a hands-on, eclectic, delight-directed learning path. As he grows, the path will change. For now, there are some days when he teaches me, some when I teach him.

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