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Our Kindergarten Homeschool Plans Free Download: And a note on Goal Setting

Hello Reluctant homeschoolers! You may find yourself feeling virtual kindergarten is just not working for you. So I have laid out some of the main guidelines I use. I have been a teacher in Primary and Kindergarten since 2013. These plans are my regular Full Day Kindergarten plans modified for home and what I am using with my own children.

One of the most important pieces of this, that you need to really do for yourself is goal setting. When we plan a program, we centre it around long and short term goals that are tied to the curriculum (you can see my previous article that contains the curriculum document and a video explaining how to interpret it.) Because you are only teaching your own children, the goals you set can and should be individual to your children and their needs. Where are they at right now, and what is the next step?

Does your child recognize letters? If so then you can move forward with decoding words, recognizing sight words, etc. If your child has no interest in books and doesn’t know which way it should open or that text directionality is left to right, then your goals are going to be much more simple. Just reading together and beginning letter recognition.

When you set goals they should be achievable, specific, realistic, and within the range of proximal development. So they should be challenging but not impossible. You need to spend time really assessing what your child can do. Then plan from there.

Once you know where you are at, you need to pick some long range goals (a few months) and more short term goals (for the month, or week.) You don’t need to do a ton of fancy activities, but what you focus on when reading, writing, and discussing should all tie back to those long term goals.

With that being said here is our basic schedule.

Literacy circle Details, I do not do different activities for literacy every day. The books change but the format does not. I do sometimes do a specific and preplanned craft or activity in the afternoon (math, science, art) but not every day.

There is a lot of overlap in the different sorts of play. Some children have preference for one or two over others and those choices should be respected. But occasionally we encourage them to branch out!

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Help! My Child is Stuck in a Reading Loop: What to do when your child only wants to read the same books.

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Reading Loops are Normal and Developmentally Appropriate 

   Toddlers and young children thrive on the safety of routine and predictability.  This unsurprisingly extends to every facet of their lives including the books they will want to read.  This is one of the reason you will end up reading the same insipid book about the puppy who has lost it’s ball 572920139009 times in one week.

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The Growing Brain:

   Another element to this is the fundamental approach to acquiring skills and knowledge that is hardwired into babies and toddlers.  They will take apart and repeat a skill over and over until they have mastered it.  You might have noticed this in other tasks they get fixated on, such as opening and closing doors or squeezing all the toothpaste out of the tube whenever they get a chance.  They are focused on mastering this.  This applies to the books they have chosen.  They are going to learn every detail backwards forwards and upside down. 

Early readers should be reading each book at least 7 times..

Learning to Read:

    When we get to preschoolers and primary school children, the need for repeated reading is still incredibly important!  Studies have determined that early readers should be reading each book at least 7 times to really be able to comfortably read through and glean all of the lessons therein.

Should I Embrace the Loop?

     Embrace the loop within reason.  Reading books has many purposes and getting stuck on the same 3 books for four months limits the amount of new ideas, discussions, vocabulary and experiences your child is exposed to in reading.

Balancing is key.

How do I encourage balance?

   Rotate books like you would toys.  Every week, don’t keep them all out at once.

  Keep different selections in different areas, the car, their bedroom, the diaper bag, the kitchen, etc.

  “You choose I choose” I let my children choose two books each at night and I also choose 2 so that we have a variety.

  What other ways do you encourage your children to indulge in a variety of books?