Early Elementary (K-1-2) Homeschooling

How to Start Homeschooling a Kindergartener

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Are you thinking about homeschooling your kindergartener? Congratulations! Homeschooling can be a very rewarding experience. So what do you need to know about how to start homeschooling a kindergartener?

If you feel overwhelmed or even a bit anxious, that is totally okay! It’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed when taking on a new challenge. But starting in kindergarten is a great opportunity to get to know your child and yourself with very little academic pressure.

I’ve compiled a list of posts and articles I’ve written that I hope will help you think through some of the aspects of homeschooling. Our homeschooling experience started in kindergarten and it has taken many twists and turns. You’ll see some of that in the posts below.

Best wishes as you start this exciting new phase in your life!

Getting Started in Early Learning

Getting Started in Early Learning is an article I wrote for The Old Schoolhouse print magazine that you can read online. It covers the basics in terms of learning style, teaching style, curriculum approach and goals.

TOS 2015 Article

Relaxed Homeschooling in Kindergarten

We are relaxed homeschoolers. I’ve written about how we became relaxed homeschooers. I also described how we do various learning activities in these posts about relaxed homeschooling. Taking a relaxed approach will work very well for most families starting kindergarten.

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Classic Kindergarten Picture Books

If you are looking for a comprehensive reading list for the kindergarten year, I’ve assembled this Classic Kindergarten Picture Books list based on recommendations from a variety of trusted sources.

Classic Kindergarten Picture Books

Our Kindergarten Year

If your first year of homeschooling isn’t a smooth one, don’t be surprised! Ours was bumpy and full of starts and stops!

A Sample Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule for a Creative, Dreamer Child

Kindergarten Homeschool Planning

A Sample Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule for a Creative Dreamer Child

Our First Year of Homeschooling – A Look Back at the Ups and Downs of Kindergarten

Do What Works for Your Family!

This is by far the most popular post on my website. The bottom line? Do what works for your family!

Why I Homeschool in the Afternoon and Not the Morning

Why I homeschool in the afternoon and not the morning

Learning Websites

We limited Caroline’s computer usage until she was around five years old. She loves learning via technology so we make use of it now. Here are some websites I would recommend for Kindergarten.

A Dozen and a Half Learning and Educational Websites for Children

We Love ABC Mouse Website!

A Dozen and a Half Learning and Educational Websites for Children

Creating an Art Cabinet

If you have a kindergartener, be sure to keep lots of crafts supplies on hand! Working with these kinds of materials is great for their fine motor development. I shared a post with a list of what we try to keep on hand for our daughter in Creating an Arts and Crafts Cabinet. Even if you don’t have a full cabinet to use, a cupboard or other dedicated area will work!

Creating an Arts and Crafts Cabinet

Understanding Your Child

One of the best ways to have a successful start to your homeschooling journey is to make sure you truly understand your child! Working with your child’s nature bent will greatly reduce the possibility of friction and resistance. It will never eliminate all of it, but it will definitely help!

Age Disequilibrium and Homeschooling Stress

Age Disequilibrium and Homeschooling Stress

Personality Types and Homeschooling Stress

Choosing a Homeschool Approach – Understand Your Child First!

Avoiding Homeschool Burnout and Stress from the Start

It’s very important to take steps from the very beginning to avoid homeschool burnout and stress. While none of us can completely eliminate it, we can reduce it. Here are some helpful suggestions to keep in mind!

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Creating a Mom-Friendly Homeschool

Saying “No” to Burnout

Saying “No” to Homeschool Pressures

Feeling Inadequate and Homeschooling Stress

Preparing Your Homeschool Substitute Teacher Plans and Bin

A Differently-Wired Child

If you are choosing to homeschool your kindergartener because he or she is wired a bit differently and wouldn’t fit into a traditional classroom, you will want to check out some of the resources I have listed here!

Teaching a Spirited, Active Child to Read

Teaching Our Spirited, Active Child to Read

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling a Right-Brained Child

31 Days of Learning Differently

Homeschool Planners

I have a beautiful collection of homeschool planners and regular planners available in my printables shop.

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Printables and More!

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The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas

If you would like a great resource written by experienced homeschool moms (including me!), then check out Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. It is full of great information for new homeschoolers!

Homeschooling a Kindergartener


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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