Kindergarten is a formative period in the life of a child. This period usually shapes or determines how people view education in the long run. If their Kindergarten years yielded no positive experience, people tend to have a bad attitude towards learning. The reverse is usually the case when they can relate memories of their kindergarten with fondness and excitement. The choice of what form of Kindergarten schooling to adopt is ultimately up to parents. However, should you wish to homeschool your kindergarten, we know just how and we are ready to spill the tea.
- Research Requirements:
Each State has its requirement for homeschooling. So before delving into homeschooling your Kindergartener, look into your State’s requirements. Does your State have a certain subject you must teach to your Kindergarten? Do you have to inform your State about your decision to homeschool your kid? Does your State require that you keep certain records? Or does your homeschooled child require standardized testing? These are just a few of the pertinent questions to look into before making a decision.
- Research Curricula:
It is equally important to look into the variety of curriculum available for Kindergarten in a bid to select the one suitable for your kid. Remember that every child is different and so what works for one child may not work for the other. Given that the attention span of a kindergartener is usually short, instead of picking one learning style, your child may learn best when several learning styles are fused.
- Be goal-oriented:
Setting learning targets for your kindergartener and working up a schedule to achieve them helps you keep track of your child’s progress.
- Incorporate fun:
Children love to play and they learn best in an environment of fun and games. The last thing you would want to do to your kindergartener is scarring him with memories of school being too hard or boring. Do your utmost that they don’t start seeing learning as punishment. Observe your child and adapt the class to suit him. When your kindergartner is tired, allow time for play. You could even go outside into the garden (if you have one) so he can learn from nature. Allow him to see the plants or a butterfly. As you tell him “that’s a butterfly” or “that’s a flower”, he learns and you achieve your goal of imparting knowledge.
- Put their memory to good use:
At kindergarten, children have a tabula rasa. Their brains are a blank slate and so they have a wonderful ability to memorize. Their memory gives you the chance to teach them basic things such as poems, songs or even scripture.
- Use Reinforcements:
Reinforcements help to encourage or discourage certain conducts. For example, if your kindergartener is successful at a task or answers a question correctly and you offer him sweets, you are positively reinforcing in him that it is good to attempt questions. This in the long run may help your kindergartener grow in confidence.
Homeschooling your kindergartner has its challenges. However, it provides an avenue for parents to bond with their kids and lays the necessary groundwork for children to grow into adults with a love for learning.