Public school Kindergarten today is not what it once was. When I was in Kindergarten, it was play-based. That is definitely not the case today. If I had know then what I know now, I would’ve never sent my children off to school at such a young age. I would’ve kept them home with me and unschooled them. My family’s homeschool journey began with my youngest son half-way through his Kindergarten year. You can read our story HERE.
I started out loosely following a boxed curriculum (Abeka), because I didn’t know any better! I used it to teach my son how to read, but honestly, I know he would’ve started reading on his own, without any fancy curriculum. I also gave him a few formal math and writing lessons. This went on for a few weeks, and then we shelved the curriculum for good and followed my son’s lead instead. It felt completely natural to unschool him from that point on.
For the rest of the year, we took advantage of the library and free resources I found online. Here are the two sites I used the most:
DLTK’s Crafts for Kids is a great place to find simple craft ideas, coloring pages, printable games, worksheets, flashcards, etc.
Homeschool share is a cool place to find awesome lapbooks, unit studies and notebooking pages.
We created works of art, made a few lapbooks, and spent much of our time at the library discovering new children’s stories. We lived in Canada and we fell in love with Robert Munsch books. We also spent a lot of time outdoors.
Ontario has the coolest dollar stores where I bought Marcus inexpensive puzzles, finger paints, Playdoh, and other fun arts and craft supplies.
We also took advantage of a fun nature path just down the block from our house, and one day, Marcus discovered bunnies in our side yard.
It was a fun and productive Kindergarten experience. All it took was a little creativity and a lot of ♥.