Homeschooling Kinder

My eldest is of kinder age and it feels good to do a touch of formal teaching. I admit, I’d rather wait until she is 6. But she is ready. The bulk of our time is outdoors, reading aloud, taking care of the home and each other, but this year we’re easing into a sliver of actual lessons.I’ve broken down what we are doing into weekly/daily goals, weekly/daily rhythms,literature list, seasonal plans, and my overarching goals. This post is really for me, to organize my vision into tangible moments. But I thought I would share for those looking for inspiration! Kinder Fall Semester Plans

Goals

Weekly:

  • 4 morning baskets
  • 3 pages of phonetic/number workbook
  • 5-6 outdoor plays
  • 1 cook/bake together incorporating math concepts

Daily:

  • 5 read-alouds
  • 1 reading lesson
  • outdoor play everyday
  • chicken/garden chores

Extra:

  • 1 art project a week
  • 1 science project a week
  • Quarterly family travel plansRhythms

Weekly:

  • Monday morning basket: Psalm 119 memory work, Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, practice ‘telling’- draw a picture while mom reads and ‘tell’ what you remember
  • Wednesday morning basket: Proverb memory work/ book of Proverb, Beautiful Feet Character guide lesson
  • Thursday Morning Basket: Scripture memory, picture books, practice authoring (pick up a pen a let the girls create a story, add illustrations)
  • Friday: nature study/nature co-op meet up or library visit

Daily:

  • Prepare breakfast together
  • Morning basket
  • Outdoor walk/play
  • Chicken/garden chores
  • Lunch/show (I listen to sermons and do dishes)
  • Audio book (for littles)/reading lesson (for Fin) (resource 100 Easy Lessons to Teach Your Child to Read)
  • Nap (I work out/practice keys/ do laundry)
  • Snack/poetry read aloud
  • Prepare dinner/feed twins/listen to Mozart
  • Dinner/ bible read by dad
  • Play with Dad
  • Read My BookHouse with dad before bed

Weekly Extra:

  • Monday: ballet
  • Wednesday: datenight
  • Friday: Family movie night

Fall Literature List:

  • Beautiful Feet Character guide: When God Made You, The Seven Silly Eaters, Obadian the Bold, Rachel and Obadiah, Wilfred Gordon Macdonald Partridge, Last Stop on Market Street, Time of Wonder, When I was Young in the Mountains, Miss Rumphius, Brave Irene, Clown of God
  • 100 Easy Lessons to Teach Your Child to Read
  • Poetry/classic: My BookHouse Vol. 1 & 2,A Children’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • Chapter books: Mr. Poppers Penguins
  • Seasonal: October- Wood, Hazel, and Pip, Miss Suzy, Fall Walk, Strega Nona Harvest, Leaf Man, Too Many Pumpkins, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves- November- Cranberry Thanksgiving, Give thanks to the Lord, An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving, Giving Thanks, The Thanksgiving Story- December- 25 Days of Christ Advent curriculum

Fall Semester Traditions:

  • September: Apple spice painting- October: handmade costume, pumpkin carving/excavation, pumpkin patch visit, fall chalk mural- November: Thanksgiving Tree- December: 25 days of Christ, winter chalk mural, homemade Christmas gifts- January: Read Aloud Revival challenge.

Memory Verses:

  • Psalm 34:1
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34
  • Matthew 6:9-13
  • Matthew 2:10
  • Philippians 4:8
  • Psalm 119
  • Proverbs 1:7-10
  • Matthew 22:36
  • John 3:16

Sarah  Mackenzie at Read Aloud Revival wrote a spectacular book called Teaching from Rest. You can click here to listen to the book club which was pivotal in shaping our homeschool year. The rest of this post is where I draw inspiration and focus when I’m losing it. It’s the vison I’ve cast for our homeschool lives and some notes I jotted down from Sarah’s book club to inspire, challenge, and refocus me throughout the process.

In one of the book club videos Sarah has you envision a scene where one of your children is sitting with colleagues on a business trip and one of them looks over to your child and says “So, you were homeschooled. How was that?” Write down what you want her to say. Here are mine.

Homeschooling was:

  1. Enjoyable/joy-filled/grace-filled
  2. Literacy rich
  3. Immersed in real life
  4. Absorbed in family and friends
  5. Travel/experience oriented
  6. Handy craft/skill heavy
  7. Bible rich
  8. Incredibly bonding
  9. Self-taught/learn how to learn
  10. Time and space to develop interests

Come back to this list when you have too much on your plate and need to take a look at what you really value.Notes from Sarah Mackenzie’s book club

One: To the praise of whom are you working?

  • How to reframe interruptions
  • To build a cathedral in the mist of monotony
  • Bring your basket and all that we have to offer to the Lord. He provides the miracle
  • Rest=the middle place between anxiety and negligence.

Two: Curriculum is not something you buy.

  • Cut back/do less/simplify
  • Know where you are going
  • Clarify your vision
  • Use published resources to support your vision

Three: Be who YOU are.

  • A peaceful and happy mother is the most important ingredient  to homeschooling
  • Comparison is the thief of joy
  • Who am I? And WHOSE am I?
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses
  • Be worth of imitation

Don’t over complicate the process; just let your own passion shine through your everyday life— let it naturally influence your home. — A quote I read in a home care book that I cling to day to day.