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I get many emails from enquiring home educating parents asking about where they should place their child in the My Homeschool curriculum. Now for many children the grade that they would be at school is usually the best answer.

But some children have special learning needs that require special consideration. The beauty of homeschooling is that you can make this choice and you don’t have to follow the rigid grade system in school.

Homeschool registration also allows for this flexibility so you need not worry that you will be denied registration simply because your child isn’t operating at grade level.

Should I Skip Kindergarten?

Let’s start with kindergarten. Children in this grade are usually around 5 or 6 years old.

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!

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.

Reading Difficulties

Now – where to put your children…Hmmm! This is a question I am asked often. Well that is really only a decision that you can make. However I would suggest this as a way to help you decide.

This is a living books program based on the Australian Curriculum and we have used the general literacy skills that are usually required for teaching at each grade. However, we do know that variations in literacy level is quite normal. Therefore, we think it is best to use their literacy and language skills as a good indicator of where they will fit in.

Here are some samples for you to look at:

Now if you want to stay at grade level for the course, but you know your child’s literacy skills does not match the resources supplied in that grade (ie. you think the Primary Language Lessons text is too advanced or too easy) then you have the option of purchasing an additional Primary Language Lessons separately. This is what some people are doing when they teach multiple grades.

Another option is to buy at the grade level of your child’s literacy.

Choose Your Own Math

We don’t provide a math curriculum so you can choose to their math ability.

Academically Gifted Kids

Parents of gifted children can use My Homeschool as a base and then add in a myriad of resources and activities to inspire and extend their child.  This could include additional novels to read and then providing book reviews or character studies, adding experiments into the science components or documentaries and written work into history.  When supporting your gifted and talented child, try to broaden their content as much as you can, not push them forward a grade. There is a lot of research on the complexities of the gifted and talented child and, as with all children with special needs, the key is to support them as best you can.  Use My Homeschool as a tool to help you understand the traits and characteristics of your child rather than just trying to recognise their intelligence.

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