My Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum
Are you looking for something special for your child’s homeschool kindergarten curriculum? Well, we hope this Charlotte Mason inspired course will more than satisfy your needs.
Your child’s first year of homeschool should be a joyful experience for you and your child. Therefore we’ve made it easy.
Planning has been made simple so you can be confident you are giving your child a well-rounded education and that you comply with Australia’s homeschool registration requirements.
Note: Some Australian states refer to this first year of schooling by different names such as Kindergarten, Prep or Foundation Year. Kindy is a name used for preschool in Queensland and their first year of school is called Prep. This is not a preschool course. It is for the first year of school typically age 5 or 6.
Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum Teaching Resources
To encourage a passion and motivation for learning, we’ve adopted a literature rich philosophy which has avoided worksheets and textbooks whenever possible.
Our family learning schedule includes: thoughtful conversations, classic read alouds, narrations, poetry, picture study, science and nature journaling, notebooking and art lessons. Independent work includes English, math, copywork and age appropriate readers.
These resources can be downloaded or accessed online. You can print off these documents or keep them in your virtual cupboard.
- Detailed Scope and Sequence and Yearly Plan: Use for registration application, includes Australian Curriculum codes and NESA outcomes.
- Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum Introduction: Information of how to teach the course.
- Blinky Bill Alphabet and Numbers Copywork
- Poetry: selections for the year
- Australian Animals Mini Books: Science activity where you child makes their own little booklets about animals
- A Literature Feast: Plants and Gardens: Picture book based literature unit study
- A Literature Feast: Scientists: Picture book based literature unit study
- A Literature Feast: Places of Wonder: Picture book based literature unit study
- A Literature Feast: All About Me: Picture book based literature unit study
- Nature Study in Kindergarten: A parent’s resource full of nature study ideas perfect for this age group
- Foundation Maths: Practical math ideas
- Healthy Conversations Checklist: A guide for teaching personal health and development studies.
- Art Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
- Music Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
- And a few other bits and bobs including video links and suggested enrichement activlites
What Isn’t Provided
We don’t provide a math program but we’ve got some suggestions, so you can pick a resource that suits your child’s style and ability.
Foreign language lessons are also at your own discretion but we’ll give you some tips.
Download Course Outline
We’ve put a comprehensive outlines and weekly lesson sample guide for you to download and read.
Homeschool Curriculum Kindergarten Details
Our aim was to find a good balance between Charlotte Mason’s ideas and the registration requirements of a modern day Australian curriculum.
Efficient planning means that we’ve streamlined lessons to give your child a rich learning experience without making you feel guilty or overloaded. This means you’ll still have time to go on delight directed learning adventures.
36 Week Cycle
Our Kindergarten Course is set out in a 4 term/36 week cycle that can be spread over 3 to 4 days (10 hours per week). To give you some breathing space, we’ve allocated the last week of each term to: special projects, catch-up lessons and assessments.
But you as the homeschooling parent you can pace your child’s learning according to their abilities and needs. Some parent’s are choosing to spread this program out over 2 years. Others are speeding through the lessons.
Keeping track of your progress is also easy with our weekly schedules available in an online or printable format.
Registration is made simple with our Yearly Planning Template and detailed Scope and Sequence.
We also provide certificates and portfolio prompts that will make documentation and continued registration a cinch.
At the end of each term there is a downloadable report of work achieved over the term. Parents add comments and assessments of their child’s progress in each area of learning.
Additional Costs – Kindergarten
Since this is a literature rich course we need you to buy or borrow some living books.
These items are not provided but are needed for the course. It is estimated these will cost less than $200 in total.
Additional Books and Resources
- Own choice math curriculum
- Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons or another reading program of your own choice
- Owen and the Mountain by Malachy Doyle
- Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan
- My Farm by Alison Lester (stocked by many libraries)
- Starry Messenger by Peter Sís
- Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardoe
- Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A Nivoli
- Perfect by Danny Parker
- Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
- North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration by Nick Dowson
- How Does My Garden Grow by Gerda Muller
- Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
- Eddie’s Garden and How to Make Things Grow by Sarah Garland
- Stationary supplies.
Initial Course Price
$380 plus $15 per month membership subscription Course membership is activated once you purchase your first course; the initial course price includes your monthly membership subscription fee. Membership remains active as long as you stay subscribed. It gives you access to the My Homeschool Learning Platform the curriculum course you purchased and our enrichment courses. The membership can only be used for the family subscribed. The membership may not be used for non-family members.
You only need to purchase one course at this price.
After you become a member you are entitled to purchase additional courses at a discounted membership only price. Links to these discounted course are only accessed from within the My Homeschool Learning Platform. A purchase link to specific curriculum courses is provided on the relevant course module found in the available courses section. Discounted course links can be accessed from the home page after logging in. Membership Course Price Discount: $380 This is a once of price that gives you access to the course for as long as your subscription remains current.
Family Time and Read Alouds
Own Choice scripture and family devotional
Read picture books: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Own Choice Novel (We give you suggestions.)
Poetry: Bed In Summer
On Your Own Subjects
Own choice Reading curriculum
Own Choice Math Curriculum
Foundation Maths: Numeral writing practice
Nature Study: Bees (tips on nature study given)
- Classic read aloud
- Free reading / library visit
- Nature walk
- Sports activity
- Music lesson practice
- Listen to term composer
- All About Me extension activities
- Nature Study reading
Week 18 – Assessment and Review
Collect samples of work for portfolio. (For Queensland students follow the HEU guidelines. Look for a sample of writing, mathematics and a page from their A Literature Feast: Places of Wonder work).
Catch up on any unfinished work.
Print off Term 2 Report. Look over child’s work and write an assessment of their progress—refer to each subject and record any extra curricula activities that you did this term. Place term assessment in portfolio.
Record child’s own reading in book log.
Look through Healthy Conversations checklist to see if you can check off any topics.
Check you have all the books needed for next term:
- Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardoe
- Starry Messenger by Peter Sís
- Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A Nivola
Select a few books for child’s own reading Term 3.
This Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum Isn’t School At Home
Family learning time is the heart of our homeschool kindergarten course. We have already homeschooled each of our children through this stage, so we understand what it’s like to teach kindergarten in the home. Find out more about us.
Children of the ages 5 and 6 are keen explorers, great at asking questions, observing and eager to know more. We want to help you to make these natural tendencies part of their learning experience. We’d rather take them on a learning journey by: reading a gorgeous book, making conversation, and encouraging observation and creativity.
A Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum Full of Book & Ideas
An idea is a living thing of the mind. It strikes, seizes and catches hold of us. Ideas form the basis of our inspiration. An idea can possess us. Without ideas education is dull. For that reason, we aren’t keen on worksheets, textbooks or comprehension tests. We’d rather you take your child on a learning journey.
At My Homeschool we want to use living literature, nature study, music and art as an instrument for nourshing your child’s mind. We don’t just care about following the Australian Curriculum (or a state syllabus), we also care about giving your child a rich education full of vitality and noble thoughts.
The mind “is nourished on ideas and absorbs facts only as they hang connected with the living ideas upon which they hang. Children educated upon some such lines as these respond in a surprising way, developing capacity, character, countenance, initiative and a sense of responsibility…The mind feeds on ideas and therefore children should have a generous curriculum.” Charlotte Mason
A Classical, Charlotte Mason inspired approach to learning is the philosophy behind our homeschool kindergarten curriculum. We help you tick the curriculum box and give your child living education.
Your Little Scholars Will Be:
- Reading good quality books, including illustrated children’s books.
- Having short, consistent lesson time in the mornings, leaving afternoons free for naps or play.
- Finding out about science while exploring and observing nature.
- Making discoveries through hands-on activities.
- Learning about great artists and making some of their own art works.
Should I Skip Kindergarten?
Unfortunately, kindergarten is sometimes dismissed as unnecessary, confused with preschool, melded into Year 1, or simply viewed through different education philosophies, such that that the real wonder, meaning and purpose for kindergarten has been forgotten or cast aside.
Some home educators misunderstand kindergarten to only be a formal school construct and miss the opportunities that come for enjoying and exploring learning at this age.
Kindergarten is not only an important step in the life long journey of education, but a wonderful way to gently step into home education. It is not to be missed!
Is Your Child Ready For this Course?
Children in this grade are usually around 5 or 6 years old.
Please refer to our Kindergarten Readiness Checklist for a short checklist approach to developmental milestones most children will have achieved before commencing kindergarten.
We also have a Kindergarten Completion Achievement List so you can see if your child is ready for Year One.
Frequently Asked Questions
We love your whole programme. Everything is awesome! Having all the ideas and links at our fingertips has made lesson planning a dream! Also knowing you yourself Michelle and Jo are just an email away for immediate support is so reassuring!Jo and John from NSW
I like the online links and the weekly plans spelling out exactly what to do. I also like the optional extra reading so I don’t feel rushed or pressured to complete more if we are having a busy week, but I’m still able to mix and match it to another quieter week.Kate from NSW