How to Homeschool Kindergarten

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A 3-Part Plan to make Homeschooling your Kindergartener Fun, Rewarding and Totally Doable!

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Homeschooling your kindergartener is so much fun will quickly produce some of your favorite memories together. Starting off doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Why?

Because you are ALREADY doing it!

In many ways, we are ALL already homeschooling mamas. We teach our kiddos to eat, walk and talk. Then we sing them ABC’s and count 10 little fingers and 10 little toes. We tell them about Jesus and read them bedtime stories. 

Here’s a little secret…

Homeschooling your kindergartener is more of the same, only a little more…..on purpose!

YOU already know how to teach them. You do it every day! We are just here to help you figure out what to teach them. And honestly, that part is so much fun!

YOU will get to be the one who helps your kiddo identify the songbird perched on the mulberry tree out front. YOU will get to be the one who chomps moon phases into Oreos with her.  YOU get to spend cold, rainy pajama mornings wrapped in blankets and cozy socks singing the Doxology while the baby nurses. And YOU get to plant seeds of truth and knowledge in their little hearts as you point them to Jesus, who your soul loves.

Oh, it’s such a rich life! And there’s no one in the world who will treasure those moments like you will. It’s our homeschool mama paycheck!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!
A well-worn schoolroom table bears the heart of this little kindergartener. Mom, Dad, Piper.

Curriculum and phonics aside, homeschooling your kindergartener allows you the time and opportunity to fill up their little hearts, point them to Jesus, teach them about godly character, and help them fall in love with learning. 

We are so blessed!

I love homeschooling my kindergarteners. I know you will, too. And I have a great, 3-part plan to help you do it. 

hint: it’s super easy
  1. Morning Time

  2. Circle Time

  3. Pouch Time

Whether your kindergartener is your oldest baby or you’re looking for something your kindergartener can do while you help teach older kiddos, this framework can work for you.

Think of the 3 different parts as blocks of your homeschool day. These blocks can be switched around depending on what works best for your day, but these are the 3 anchor points you will hang your day on. 

bible homeschool kindergarten

Do as much each day as you feel great getting done. Use your mama gut! Some days will be about skill building, some days will be about character training! Move at the speed of your kindergartener. At this stage in the game, homeschooling is about having fun and learning together

Are you ready to homeschool your kindergartener? Let’s Do This!!

Morning Time

Whether you call it Morning Time, Gathering Time, Morning Basket, Symposium, or Group Work, this block is when you will accomplish your group tasks with all of your children. These include Doxology, Bible, Scripture Memory, Hymns, Learning Games, Art, Crafts, Language, Missionary Biographies, Catechism, etc… any topics that you would love for your children to learn together.

You may choose to place Science/History here for your older kiddos if your lessons are short.

If your kindergartener is your oldest child, you can greatly simplify this into something like Bible, Scripture Memory, Hymn and Poetry. Morning Time works best on a looping schedule. Read more about easily creating a looping schedule here  (It’s easy!).

Homeschool Looping Schedule

If you have older kiddos, your kindergartener may or may not catch on to what’s being taught, but you will be together. This can be on-the-lap time if they need a bit more mama, down by your feet if they’re a bit in-between or they can be at the table with the rest of the group for days they are feeling like one of the big kids. Pray and ask the Lord for direction each day!

I prefer to start my day with Morning Time. However, if your kindergartener struggles with this first, you may consider beginning with Circle Time. And if this is challenging for you, check out my posts on Filling Little Tanks. It may just be that your preschooler needs a little extra mama, and that’s okay (It happens to all of us)!

Morning Time is always rich and enjoyable and will quickly become the mainstay of what makes your homeschool memorable and awesome! But DON’T get overwhelmed! We have plenty of Morning Time resources, plans, and ideas for homeschooling with kindergarteners here!

homeschool kindergarten circle time

Circle Time

Remember in preschool when everyone would sit on a carpet square and sing itsy-bitsy-spider? Well, in homeschool, circle time is WAY better! This is one-on-one (or one-on-two…or three…or 4….+++) time you will spend with your youngest crew, filling tanks, reading, playing, and working on FUNdamentals together!

Specifically, during circle time (sunshine time…calendar time…whatever YOU want to call it!), you will focus on tasks that are geared toward the little ones. You can have a specified area of your schoolroom, or use a trifold board or whiteboard and sneak it away when you’re done! 

What about the older kids?

Yep, that’s what makes circle time so great! As little ones are getting filled up, bigger kids have time to begin their individual tasks. 

What if the older kids need help while I’m doing circle time with the little ones?

Now, if something in their individual work requires mom’s help and attention, you can have the older ones either ask another sibling or flag the work for mom’s help when circle time is done. Then, they can move to the next task (or, if it’s super quick, of course you can give them brief instruction). 

Basically, Circle Time is going to include things like picture books, flashcards, binder work, memory work, nursery rhymes, bible stories, calendar work and anything related. Just like Morning Time, Circle Time works best on a looping schedule. This time should be fun, sweet, and fairly short. Get started easily and geek out on all of my Circle Time resources here!

Pouch Time

To cap off the fun, we move on to Pouch Time…A.K.A….Sprout Pouches. After a wiggle break and snack, our family will meet back together at the table. Since little guys have full tanks, full tummies and are all wiggled out, this is a great time for them to do more focused, individual activities while mama reads Plutarch to the big kids!

SPROUT POUCHES are our answer to independent work for little sprouts! Designed for toddlers up through 2nd grade (and also kiddos with special needs), these little guys provide a complete homeschool curriculum for young ones. Plus, they can keep little ones on task while you conquer Napoleon with older kiddos. 

Sprout Pouches will cover individual work like worksheets, scissor skills, fine motor and gross motor skills, letters & phonics, language arts, games and math. 

You decide how many pouches to fill, customize labels, and make this time exciting and individually crafted for your preschoolers and other young kiddos. Do as much or as little as you’d like each day, keep it fun and fresh, and let your tiny sprouts thrive with big-kid-like “school.” 

We’ve got you covered! Head over to our Sprout Pouch patch for premade stuffing schedules, fun downloadables, and recommended schoolroom resources for homeschooling your kindergarteners.

All in all, homeschooling your kindergartener is rewarding, challenging, and fun! Not every day will run smoothly. You won’t always finish everything you have prepared. But by having a simple plan in place, you can manage your homeschool days with grace. You can give your littlest learners a loving, enjoyable learning day. 

Finally, by using Oak & Sapling’s 3-part plan of Morning Time, Circle Time and Pouch Time, you can simplify your school day and make homeschooling your kindergartener totally doable and tons of fun!

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Wife and Mom-of-6 who loves Jesus and is passionate about sharing true and wholesome resources with the homeschooling community

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