How Can I Best Prepare My Kindergarten-Age Child (and Myself) for Starting Homeschool?

How Can I Best Prepare My Kindergarten-Age Child (and Myself) for Starting Homeschool?

A mom writes in asking for advice about starting homeschool with her soon-to-be kindergarten-age son. She wants tips for getting started, and she also shares her concerns about the process overall.

Homeschool Hideout‘s Tiffany Jordon weighs in with some expert advice below.

How Can I Best Prepare My Kindergarten-Age Child (and Myself) for Starting Homeschool?

Mamas Uncut fan asks:

“We are thinking of homeschooling our soon-to-be kindergartner. What are your best tips to set this up for success for us both? I am worried it’s going to either be chaos or I will feel like I am letting him down. Thanks in advance!”

– Mamas Uncut Community Member


Advice from Tiffany Jordon

How Can I Best Prepare My Kindergarten-Age Child (and Myself) for Starting Homeschool?

Kids learn best when they feel comfortable and confident, so there’s no better place to learn than at home with you. Start slowly, with low expectations, as you both navigate this new journey.

You set the tone for the day, so take some time to plan ahead and prepare your day before you get started. Little kids don’t have a very long attention span, so don’t try to overdo it. 

Kindergarteners shouldn’t spend more than 2 hours each day on schoolwork. Many experts recommend spending an hour each day for the grade they are in. (1st graders should do 1 hour of work, 2nd graders should do 2, etc.) Don’t  expect your child to learn everything overnight. Aim to learn to read simple words, add numbers to 10, and count to 100 by the end of kindergarten.

How Can I Best Prepare My Kindergarten-Age Child (and Myself) for Starting Homeschool?

At that age, kids learn best through fun, hands-on activities. Instead of pushing boring workbooks, try writing the alphabet in chalk on the sidewalk. Write sight words in play-doh and learn about science with easy experiments. Fill your day with books, educational videos and hands-on learning. There are opportunities for learning all around you, so use that to your advantage. You don’t need textbooks to learn! The world is your classroom.

Homeschooling isn’t “public school at home.” You don’t need a rigid schedule or a room full of desks. This is usually harder for the parents to come to terms with than it is the children. Let go of the idea in your head of what you think school should look like and instead think of all the ways you can learn, without using boring textbooks and worksheets.

Homeschooling has hundreds of benefits and will help you make the most of your time with your kids while they’re young. It allows your child to be surrounded by family and their childhoods to be full of good memories.

[Images via Shutterstock]

About Mamas Uncut

Mamas Uncut is the place for moms online. We cover the latest news around motherhood and parenting, plus entertainment news as well – all with a mom-focused twist. Looking for parenting advice? We have plenty of it, all for moms, from moms. Our mission is focused solely on empowering moms and moms-to-be with the knowledge and answers they’re looking for. We don’t stop there though, we have expert advice on a range of topics, and all of our categories get updated multiple times a day, so if there’s one website for moms you need to bookmark, it’s Mamas Uncut. We cover it all, from the latest and trendiest baby names, in the US and all over the world, to advice for moms in the workplace, or mom to mom advice on balancing it all. Looking for an answer to a specific question you’ve have? Head over to our new answers section, where you can ask questions on a nearly endless amount of topics, and you’ll get answers fast – really fast. Mamas Uncut is more than just the place for moms, it’s the community of moms – all here to help, make friends, and more. Not sure where to start? Take a look at one of our key topic areas like Pregnancy or Relationships – if you’re looking for advice on a specific topic, there’s a pretty good chance that we’ve already written on it (a few times), or that it’s within our answers section. If you don’t have time to read the site every day, we also have a newsletter that you can control how often you want to receive – that way we send all of the must-see content for moms directly to your inbox – it’s that easy. So go ahead and take a look around, ask a question, or just keep reading, we’re glad you’re here.

1 thought on “How Can I Best Prepare My Kindergarten-Age Child (and Myself) for Starting Homeschool?”

  1. Hello everyone I want to say thanks to online mighty spell caster Dr Paul My husband who left me and the kids his back home after I contacted Dr Paul on email ([email protected]), my husband is back home and love me never before the happiest part the lady that cause the problem in my marriage was sent alway by my husband what Dr Paul said as come to pass thank and God bless you sir for what you are being doing for people rebuilding there marriage and relationship reach him on his email or chat him on WhatsApp +2348140443360 to restore your marriage or relationship if you are health broken

Leave a Comment