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I am starting to Homeschool this year and I would like to know what others would like to see from their child by the end of Kindergarten?? I want to have a standard that I’m keeping so we won’t fall behind
We just finished Kindergarten with my oldest (last week actually) so I can tell you where she is now. She totally passed what I expected! She can read most short words (3 and 4 letters, and some 5 letter words) so she can read a lot of her early reader stories. She has mastered basic addition and subtraction, along with the concepts of greater than and less than, counting to 100 (and recognizing) and a few other things. We covered a lot of units- weather, seasons, safety, pioneers, dance, all about me, hygiene, etc, and read a lot of books (story books and chapter books).
I, too, just finished finished kindergarten with my DD in the past few weeks. I didn't use much of a boxed curriculum because she just shot into being ready for kindergarten almost overnight.
Allison is able to do basic addition and subtraction (and tell you which operation in needed in a word problem), counts to 100, recognizes the numbers to 100, colors, shapes, greater than, less than, what number comes between, before, and after, basic measurement (to a whole number), and I'm sure I've forgotten something
For Language Arts, she knows all of the letter sounds, blends, can do word families, reads sight words, can read easy reader books with little to no help, and answers (orally) basic questions about a story.
WOW... Thank you both of you. Both your children seem to be doing great with Homeschooling I only hope we can do as well. We are just starting out and we a learning Bid letters and small she knows quite a few but she is struggling with a few we haven’t really started much else I didn’t really know how many subjects to do at once or what to teach her first. Maybe teach her to count to 100 she counts to 20 now so we have a ways to go . She just turned 5 about five days ago and we are trying to take it a bit slow to start because she gets overwhelmed pretty easy but she seems eager to learn. so maybe adding another subject like numbers won’t be too hard for her to wrap her head around. Thank you both again.
A kindergartener should be learning that learning is fun. The rest will come in time. You'll probably find that, like most children, she'll learn in ebbs and flows. Just as children grow in spurts, they also learn in spurts. Don't force learning if the interest or ability hasn't matured yet, but also don't stunt learning if something is outside what you'd consider normal for a 5 year old. Kids can really surprise you, and you'll end up learning more than she does.
As long as she knows the basics, she'll be able to take on any 1st grade curriculum in another 12-18 mos.
You can find basic what your kindergarten kid needs to know info online to use for a guide. Every kid is different! My second kindergartener skipped and went into first grade work. She was reading several grades above her age and able to do the math and writing involved. I combined my girls in the oldest grade. I could honestly have put her ahead of her older sister academically. My oldest learned to read in Kindy and has worked at grade level. I'd focus on reading, math and social science. Get them involved in exploring their world as well as other cultures. Has your child developed any deep interests? All of my kids got interested in science early. We did lots of experiments and exploration!
Laura, homeschooling mama to Christine 1-02, Nicole 5-03, Everett 4-09, Alister 9-10, Moira and Giselle born October 24, 2013!
Most 1st grade publishers will expect kids to start doing basic reading (so a K'er should know the alphabet and sounds, and perhaps a few 1-3 letter sight words), and they'll expect adding and subtracting (so a K'er should be able to count, identify, and comprehend a 1-to-1 ratio for numbers up to 20). First graders will be expected to write and color quite a bit (holding a pencil correctly, with some stamina for writing and knowing all their colors). A K'er should know shapes, how to spell/identify their own name, and how to get help in an emergency (who to call, where to go, name/address/phone for parents, etc.). Otherwise, the rest is sort of just icing on the cake.