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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:40 am    Post subject: kindergarten curriculum Reply with quote

I am getting started in looking for things for my kindergartner this year. I am wondering if getting some workbooks, flash cards, art projects, and a library card will be sufficient in teaching her this year. I do plan to do other various activities of course. I was just wondering if anyone who has experience could give me some suggestions. Do I need to buy more curriculum to teach, or will reading to her, having her do workbooks, flashcards, projects, and things I make up for her to do be enough? At the moment I am on a tight budget and need some cheap substitutes for boxed curriculum.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that the things you have planned will definitely be enough. For kindergarten, you do not need to spend a lot of money! There are many free educational resources online and using the library will be wonderful, because it is free too. You might want to use a scope and sequence as a general guide just to make sure you have covered everything. Here are two links for that.

http://www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-study.html

http://www.educationworld.com/standards/state/index.shtml

You could also get the book What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know at the library. You could check it out and just read it to your daughter.

I've never bought a boxed curriculum. I've always just put different things together, like you are doing.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, If my child has mastered a grade level is it fine to move on to the next, regardless of age? Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that is okay and quite common in homeschooling. You might want to consider giving your daughter an achievement test to make sure she has mastered a certain grade level. (You can check the homeschooling laws for your state. Some states require testing; others do not.) It is also common for homeschooled students to be at different grade levels for each subject. For example, she might be at a first grade reading level but working on second grade math. Homeschooing offers that flexibility.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a free video that teaches how important it is to enunciate the phonic sounds correctly so that children do not have difficulty learning to blend the sounds to from words:
http://www.youtube.com/user/RomaCox1#p/a/f/0/2dlCPVeWtIk

Here is a free video that shows how to teach young children to read the fun and easy way (most of them hate flash cards):
http://www.youtube.com/user/RomaCox1#p/a/u/1/t4LyG4ieFdE

Here is another free video that shows you how to teach comprehension:
http://www.youtube.com/user/RomaCox1#p/a/u/0/bW-kQlEYWXc
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is an article that should be helpful
How To Homeschool
http://www.read-phonics.com/how-to-homeschool.html
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You probably already have your answer, But my 5yr old is doing k, and 1st grade work. We have no formal curriculum. Just a hodgepodge of material we liked. It seems to be working just fine us. In fact our pre k daughter is picking up on allot of it just being in the room playing along.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hteam5 wrote:
You probably already have your answer, But my 5yr old is doing k, and 1st grade work. We have no formal curriculum. Just a hodgepodge of material we liked. It seems to be working just fine us. In fact our pre k daughter is picking up on allot of it just being in the room playing along.


The younger ones always pick up from the " older" ones. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kindergarten is a mixture of regular play stuff (finger paint, kid-safe building blocks, etc.) and learning letters, numbers, and phonics. You don't really a formal curriculum for any of that.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That will probably be just fine. You can make a lot of manipulatives from household objects, i.e. butter tubs and beans for doing counting and other math activities. It's fun to use whipping cream or shaving cream for drawing letters and numbers in. Beads can be used for matching and sorting activities.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knowing your child's learning style before purchasing any curriculum will save tuns of money. Here is a resource for that. http://educatorssite.com/?p=718


Also this article: Grade Level Requirements:
http://www.read-phonics.com/how-to-homeschool.html
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