How to Homeschool Your Kindergartener for Free
When my family first began homeschooling, I thought I needed an expensive, complete curriculum. I plunked down big bucks for an everything-included, boxed curriculum for my 2nd grader and his kindergarten-level brother.
About three weeks into our school year, I realized – with dread and embarrassment – that we hated the curriculum. Just a couple of months earlier I’d convinced my husband to give homeschooling a try. I’d spent an ungodly amount of money on the venture. Now, I felt like the homeschool curriculum I’d so careful researched was sucking the life out of us.
Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum For Maximum Freedom and Flexibility
Now, I love being organized. In fact, a pre-packaged curriculum appealed to me because it came with a schedule and lesson plans. I knew well ahead of time what needed to be covered each day. I could prepare the supplies (not included), gather the reading books (also not included), and other necessary materials (you guessed it . . . not included!)
I soon realized, however, that I don’t enjoy a schedule that’s created for me. Sure, it sounds easy. You let someone else do all of the planning work and then you just follow their plans. But, for me, it felt limiting and frustrating. I’m much happier making the homeschool plans myself.
So, I decided to create my own homeschool curriculum and make my own course of study and lesson plans. It wasn’t difficult – especially for K-3. I’ve continued to steer clear of boxed curriculum each year.
Even though my homemade homeschool curriculum is inexpensive compared to boxed curricula, I’ve discovered that homeschooling for free is possible, as well.
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What Your Kindergartener Should Know
The first step to homeschooling your kindergartener for free is knowing what your child needs to learn at the Kindergarten level. I’ve listed below the basic concepts that usually taught in a U.S. Kindergarten.
I won’t include grade-level standards for history, science, health education, religious studies, foreign language, or fine arts. In my own home, I’m apt to teach these subjects in a more child-led, unschooling manner.
I often include all three children together when doing lessons in social studies, science, arts, etc, regardless of grade level. My focus is making sure that my children are on target in the big three – reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Kindergarten Reading and Reading Comprehension Skills
- Recognition of Letters (both cases)
- Letter sounds (including the difference between short and long vowel sounds)
- Blending short phonemes to create words (such as c+ at = cat)
- Grade-level appropriate dolch sight words
Kindergarten Writing Skills
- How to spell his or her name (and be able to recognize it in writing)
- Be able to print all of the letters of the alphabet (both lower and upper case)
Kindergarten Math Skill
- Classification of objects
- Less than, greater than and equal to with groups of objects (up to 10)
- Add and subtract numbers from 1-10
- Solve simple word problems
- Understand simple picture graphs
- Identify coins
- Compare measures of length, weight and capacity (such as longer than, shorter than, less full, more full, heavier than, lighter than, etc)
- Know the days of the week
- Tell time to the hour
- Recognize basic plane (2-dimensional) shapes
Sources: Home Learning Year By Year, What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know, Core Standards.Org, PBS.org, Reading Rockets. Org
How to Homeschool Your Kindergartener For Free
Fortunately for us homeschoolers we live in the digital age. This means greater access to educational tools, both free and paid. Below I will list the free homeschooling resources for each of the three knowledge categories I listed above. (This is the part you’ve been waiting for!)
Free Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum
You can find free complete Kindergarten homeschool curriculum online. Thank goodness for technology! Check out these free Kindergarten homeschool curriculum choices.
Easy Peasy Homeschool – Kindergarten
Ambleside Online – Kindergarten
Free Kindergarten Reading Resources
- Dolch Sight Words (I suggest making homemade flash cards with these.)
- PDF Printable of Dolch Sight Words
- Knowledge Adventure
- Jump Start
- Super Teacher Worksheets
Free Kindergarten Writing Resources
Free Kindergarten Math Resources
Free Kindergarten Homeschool Resources – Other Subjects
As you probably noticed while clicking around the websites I listed, many of the websites have a variety of subjects to offer. Although I only focused on the specific subject listed, you should certainly take advantage of the science, social studies, art and other subjects to homeschool your kindergartener for free.
Other Free Homeschool Resources
If you’re like me and enjoy the organization aspect of teaching your children, you’ll like this list of free homeschool planning printables I put together.
My homeschooling board on Pinterest is full of great homeschooling ideas, many of which are frugal or free! Go check it out and don’t forget to follow!
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Check out my lists of free homeschool resources for individual subjects. These lists aren’t grade-level specific, but are helpful nonetheless.
Free Homeschool Science Resources
Free Homeschool Social Studies Resources
Free Homeschool Math Resources
Free Homeschool Reading Resources
Free Homeschool Language Arts Resources
If you find that you have a little cash to spend on homeschooling your kindergartener, I highly recommend these resources that can be bought on Amazon for less than in bookstores. (Especially if you sign up for Prime!)
What your Kindergartener Needs to Know (Kindle Edition)
Spectrum Writing — Kindergarten
When you take on the job (and joy!) of homeschooling, you don’t have to break the bank. It’s so easy to homeschool your Kindergartener for free. You have so many resources at your fingertips. Combined with your public library and a local homeschooling co-op, you’ve got everything you need to be a frugal homeschooler while giving your children a quality education.