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A Sample Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule for a Creative, Dreamer Child

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Remember the post How a homeschooled dreamer does preschool math? A year later, here is a rough breakdown of how my kindergarten homeschool schedule with Caroline might go on any given day.

Calendar time: 10-15 minutes

Five minutes of actual learning and five to ten minutes of adding color and embellishment to everything we do. It is not enough to cross off the number on the chart with a single color. It must be filled in, striped, or otherwise colored with three to ten different colored markers.

Bible and Prayer: 10-15 minutes

This pretty much goes as is.  I read a Bible story and pray.

Reading: 10-20 minutes

We read a couple of small readers and/or do other reading/phonics related activities. Every other page is a request for “Make the dog say something” or “Make the bear talk to me” or “Make the turtle tell me something” or “The zebra told me about the time when he…” or “Yesterday Big Bear went to see this squirrel and they…” Somewhere in the midst of all of it, reading instruction happens. She constantly surprises me with how many words she has already learned on her own via Starfall.com, Leapfrog videos, reading to her, looking at books, etc. (Update: I discovered she’s a right brain, visual-spatial learner which explains a lot.)

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Math: 10-20 minutes

We do a math activity and/or page or two.  Every other problem provides an opportunity for “Make the cat say something” or decorative embellishment of whichever number she last wrote.

Handwriting: 5-10 minutes

This usually goes pretty normally except when she wants to first make a dotted line outline of the letter or number so she can trace it. Or there is a picture on the page which provokes “Make the horse say something” or “Make the pig talk to me.”

Storytime: 10-20 minutes

I let Caroline choose a book or two from a basket of books I would like us to read together. This usually goes pretty normally. (Here is a list of classic kindergarten picture books I put together.)

Craft time: 1-3 hours

I set her free with her craft supplies and whatever else she is interested in doing. She lives for getting the other stuff done so she can draw, color, paint, cut, glue, etc.

I’m really okay with most of it.  The thing that gets to me is the “Make the xxxxxx say something.” Truth be told, I’ve reached my max with it. Keeping a creative dreamer focused is like adding a part-time job to the homeschooling.

To be fair, I remember just wanting to get my work done so I could read. And David remembers just wanting to get his work done so he could draw. So the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

But all in all we are having a good time. I’ve learned to adjust my times to what works for Caroline. She isn’t ready to do school until much later in the morning.  Sometimes we do some before lunch and some after. I always thought I would get school done early in the morning to get it done, but she isn’t wired like that at all. So I’ve made adjustments and it works fine. (See update on scheduling here.)

The good thing about the craft time is that she’s perfectly content to do her own thing as long as I’m nearby. So I work on planning and organizing my things while she’s doing crafts. We turn on Mozart or Songs for Saplings and have a nice time together.  🙂

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  • Kinda fun to read a brief outline of your school day. Caroline just oozes creativity, doesn’t she?! My favorite part of this post is the very last sentence that you wrote… that you have a nice time together. What a blessing!

  • I will be homeschooling my 5 year old for Kindergarten. We just moved to a VERY small town and therefore she and I both have no friends. I am worried about what we will do all day everyday if “schooling” only lasts a couple of hours. My daughter WILL NOT play with toys, so she expects me and her father to entertain her or play her made up games constantly. There is only so much of that that I can take. Do you have any advice for how to make the day longer!? No, there are not even any mom’s groups in this town for us to get involved in, and also, I STRONGLY dislike heat, and here we are, right in the hottest/most humid state of Mississippi, to where I don’t want to be outside hardly at all in the summer/early fall. Please help!

    • What area of Mississippi? My family just moved back to Mississippi after 12 years away. We are also in a very small town and I will be homeschooling my kindergartener.

  • Hey there!

    We are about to start 1st grade in August, and I’d love it if you maybe would have a printable schedule? Maybe I should check your shop?

    My daughter is also not a morning person, but is wildly creative. I think this will be my new favorite Homeschool hang out. LOL.

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  • Hahahahahah. I love this creative dreamer child!  I totally have one if those. Wakes up in the morning and could color and intricately it out stuff and craft for hours before he realizes he hasn’t had any breakfast.   Glad to see how a day goes for you. I will be homeschooling my creative kindergartdner this year!

  • Ahhh this post totally spoke to me. My daughter is almost exactly like yours! This will really help me schedule our kindergarten homeschool routine this year! Thanks!!!

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Sallie-Schaaf-Borrink-060313-B-250x250I'm Sallie, teacher by training and now homeschooling mom of Caroline. My passion is to provide products, encouragement, and information that helps others discover and do what works with their children. I also write about living a cozy life as a highly introverted person. Welcome! ♥

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