I'm new to homeschooling, and have started some preschool soon to be kindergarten work with my five year old. We live in Indiana and the hs laws here are pretty lax. I'm just lost, there's so many options on curriculum and I feel so overwhelmed at the prospect of teaching her all she needs to know. I feel like I leaning towards work sheets and small books, but no set pre bought curriculum for kindergarten. I've bought the "101 top picks" of hs curriculum... Still trying to read through it. Any advice out there on kindergarten homeschooling, or any helpful links would be appreciated!
I don't have a lot of experience with kinder. I didn't pull my ds out until 1st.
For that age, I would keep it fun and simple. Lots of games (counting/reading games) coloring, reading, educational shows, cooking. Worksheets if she likes them. My youngest dd LOVES worksheets, my ds HATES them so just go with her lead on that.
Really it just depends on your dd, whether or not you take a more relaxed approach or a more structured one.
Kindergarten around here in the Public schools is simply preparation for first grade..... Getting them sitting for lessons, rhyming, figuring out beginning sounds and ending sounds, using the letter sounds to begin reading, the more complex shapes (octagons, hexagons, etc), counting to 100, skip counting, simple addition (to about 10), listening to longer stories, listening to stories that can't be finished in one sitting (chapter books) and remembering yesterday's portion...
Things like that. Keep it fun, keep them moving, and you'll be fine.
Phonemic awareness is big at this age. Teaching that words are read left to right/sentences are read left to right, that letters make sounds and sounds make letters, etc.
If she doesn't already know her letters and sounds, I strongly recommend Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD. Beyond that, choose a good, solid phonics program. If she's a "get 'er done" kind of child, a cheap program like Phonics Pathways will work; if she is a kinesthetic learner, something like Logic of English Foundations; if she like coloring sheets and such, All About Reading will work well.
For math, you want solid. If you have to choose two areas to sink money into, it should be mathematics and phonics. I like Horizons, CLE, and Miquon for mathematics.
If she doesn't already know her numbers by sight, shapes/colors, and can't count to at least 10 with ease, start there first, before investing in a curriculum.
Starfalll.com, abcmouse.com and lots of reading and play is what we do. I just got sing spell read and write and we are going to start that. My son is 4 and turns 5 next month. He is starting to read and we have not done a curriculum with him yet.
Deep breaths do help! I used a combination of time4learning.com and letteroftheweek.com with both my boys - who are now going to be 13 & 10. But I wouldn't stress too much about formal curriculum until around grade 2.
We do writing practice, explode the code (phonics), math u see primer, cutting practice from kumon, life of fred (apples), poetry reading and explanation, he sometimes skies in on his brothers science. I don't really sorry about science and History at this age. Explode the code has spelling in it but we don't focus on that too much. He also reads me a few short stories.