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Each state has their own rules regarding when a child is required to begin school and what a child is required to learn in a home school environment.  In Texas a child is usually in Kindergarten at the age of 5 or 6.  Texas requires that the curriculum must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.

I have created a kindergarten curriculum for my son that I feel meets these requirements and works well for us.  I decided to use blogging as my form of record keeping.  I wanted to share my curriculum with others.  I am not a teacher, just a mom working hard to give my son the best education that i can.  At the end of this page, you will find links to each session of this curriculum.

Reading, Grammar and Spelling:

There are several different ideas on how to teach a child to read.  Some methods rely on a child learning more sight words and some sight words and more sounding out of words.  As a home school mom, I get to chose what works best for us.

I decided to to start off teaching sight words.  There are 2 lists of sight words that you can use the Dolche or Fry list.  I am not actually working from a list at this point.  In preschool, we used the Meet the Sight Words video’s to learn our first set of sight words.  I cannot say enough good things about these video’s.   He picked up the sight words in the 3 sight word dvd’s very quickly.  We will work through the other Phonics dvd’s after we work through the Sight Word Readers by Scholastic.

Below you will find links to each of the 25 Sight Word Readers that we are using to learn 50 sight words in a snap  (some of these duplicate the words learned with Preschool prep


Math:
 At the end of this page, you will find links to each session of this curriculum.  These are the workbooks we will be working through (purchased from Amazon click image).
We will also begin using Khan Academy online math later in our curriculum.

Depending on how quickly we go through these books, we may add more to our kindergarten math class.

Good Citizenship :

At the end of this page, you will find links to each session of this curriculum.  Each post includes links to the You tube video’s and books that I used to teach my son to be a good citizen.

Optional: 

Geography

I decided that I wanted to include Geography into our curriculum.    At the end of this page, you will find links to each session of this curriculum.  If you decide to include Geography, you will find links in each post to the Geography section.

Curriculum Posts:

I found a list of things that a child should know by the end of Kindergarten:

I am

  • Separate from a parent or caregiver with ease
  • Take turns
  • Cut along a line with scissors
  • Establish left- or right-hand dominance
  • Understand time concepts like yesterday, today, and tomorrow
  • Stand quietly in a line
  • Follow directions agreeably and easily
  • Pay attention for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Hold a crayon and pencil correctly
  • Share materials such as crayons and blocks
  • Know the eight basic colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, black, white, and pink
  • Recognize and write the letters of the alphabet in upper- and lowercase forms
  • Know the relationship between letters and the sounds they make
  • Recognize sight words such as the and read simple sentences
  • Spell his first and last name
  • Write consonant-vowel-consonant words such as bat and fan
  • Retell a story that has been read aloud
  • Show an opinion through drawing, writing, or speaking (e.g. “My favorite book is…”)
  • Identify and be able to write numbers from 0 to 20
  • Count by ones and tens to 100
  • Do addition problems with sums up to 10
  • Do subtraction problems with numbers 0 to 10
  • Know basic shapes such as square, triangle, rectangle, and circle
  • Know her address and phone number