Homeschool Kindergarten (Competencies and Comprehensive Guide)
By Dawn Michelle Michals
This is it! You’ve taken the leap to homeschool kindergarten. You and your five-year-old are gearing up for a successful year! We have everything you need for homeschooling at the kindergarten level. Developmental milestones, competencies, field trip ideas, and more are all listed below.
Homeschooling curriculum in the state of Texas must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics and good citizenship. Science, history, and social studies are included below for you.
Not in Texas? Check out state requirements for homeschooling first grade in your state.
By age five, children are able to recognize their names in print, begin to recognize many upper and lower case letters, and even begin recognizing words they know from signs, labels and billboards. Below is a list of kindergarten competencies by subject.
Suggested School Supplies for Kindergarten
Kindergarten Milestones by Subject
Kindergarten Language Arts
Kindergarten Writing Skills
Kindergarten Creative Arts and Music
Kindergarten Social Studies
Kindergarten Social Skills
Kindergarten Good Citizenship
It’s never too early to discover what it means to be a good citizen. Not only are understanding our right to vote and the privileges of citizenship important, but also respect for our planet, good stewardship and discerning the world around us. Here are some great ideas for teaching good citizenship in your homeschool.
- Become involved in events and initiatives such as Capitol Days (sponsored by THSC).
- Attend rallies of causes you believe in as a family.
- Register to vote and vote! Take your child with you to see the process. Children under the age of 18 are allowed to go with you and even go inside the booth with you in every state in the United States.
- Keep our state clean by picking up litter.
- Learn about recycling and where and how you can recycle items in your town.
Five-Year-Old Developmental Milestones
By age five, your kindergartener is becoming a little more independent, a little more outspoken, and a lot more knowledgeable of the world around him. Below is a list of milestones that are easily identified by age five.
Remember, all children develop at different rates. If you have concerns about your child’s development after reviewing this list, please discuss those with your healthcare provider.
Five-Year-Old Gross Motor Skills
Five-Year-Old Fine Motor Skills
Homeschool Kindergarten Resources
10 Great Kindergarten Books or Series
Magazines offer a great way for children to learn core subjects and relationship skills. Here are a few great options:
- National Geographic Little Kids (ages 3 to 6)
- High Five (ages 2 to 6)
- Sports Illustrated Kids
Homeschooling Kindergarten Websites
- HomeEducator.com: This site is brought to you by THSC and offers resources for parents, student learning and a free biweekly newsletter.
- Education.com: Worksheets, science experiments, crafts and more!
- TeachersPayTeachers.com: Free and paid resources created for teachers by teachers.
- YoungExplorers.com: Creative educational products.
- PBSLearningMedia.org: Free videos, lesson plans and other digital resources for early elementary students.
- NASA.gov: Games and resources to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
10 Kindergarten Field Trip Ideas
Especially in kindergarten, field grips don’t have to be fancy. Everyday situations (like taking a pet to the vet) serve as great field trips!
Field trips also don’t always mean a trip in the car. Take an imagination field trip around your neighborhood or backyard. What do you see? Make up stories about what the bugs are doing. Tell stories to each other and broaden everyone’s imagination.
Want to get out and go? Here are some ideas scattered throughout Texas to keep you and your eager homeschoolers engaged and learning.
- First Responder Appreciation: Police, fire and EMS stations are located throughout most cities. Locate the one closest to your house and make a connection. Tour a fire station, talk to a police officer or reach out to an emergency medical technician and find out what it truly means to be a first responder.
- Government: THSC Capitol Days are one-day, hands-on events that allow homeschooling families to fully participate in the state legislative process. These events give the opportunity to defend the rights of homeschool families in Texas, meet representatives and staff, and actually help pass a law.
- Picnic at a pond. Ducks, fish, ecosystems, conservation, recycling, picking up trash and using less plastic are just a sampling of the topics that may come up while visiting a pond. Bring a lunch and enjoy some time outside together.
- Visit our state capitol: the Capitol offers daily tours as well as a free grade-specific guide, which includes history, architecture and the legislative process. This kindergarten-specific tour meets several social studies requirements!
- Legoland: Fine tune those fine and gross motor skills at Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine. They even offer a homeschool week each February. Includes educational stations that use LEGOs to learn math, science and engineering.
- Ride a train: Bring a child’s fascination with trains to life by visiting the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. Forty-five minute to five-hour excursions are available. Due to excessive freight-train traffic, it is advised that you check their Facebook page for day-to-day updates and cancellations.
- Theater/Music/Art: Get front-row seats for a theater performance or grab a blanket and head to a free outdoor concert. Stroll through a sculpture garden. Music, art and theater will open your child’s mind to other worlds and experiences. Attend a performance by a children’s theater for added inspiration.
- Agriculture: Head to Marble Falls and tour Sweet Berry Farm during the spring and fall seasons and pick fruit, learn about growing food, and take a turn through their Texas-shaped corn maze available each fall.
- Texas history: Nothing says “We’re in Texas!” better than a trip to the National Day of the Cowboy held each July in the Stockyards National Historic District in Fort Worth. Free activities include chuck wagon poetry, a quick draw contest, face painting, armadillo races, and live western music. There’s also a youth fiddling contest, a BBQ rib eating contest as well as the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive and Western Parade,
- Road trips: Get in the car and go! For more Texas road trip ideas (and beyond), check out our roadschooling page!
Homeschooling kindergarten is one of the best ways you can give your child a love for learning. And if your child loves learning, she will continue to be curious about the world around her and explore long after graduating. Have fun this year!
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