In kindergarten, students learn and begin to develop numerous fundamental skills that can have a lasting impact on them well into their adult years. Although not all states require children to attend kindergarten, studies have shown that there are numerous benefits to receiving a kindergarten education.

Below are just a few of the skills and concepts students will learn this year:

  • Academic skills such as reading, writing, and counting
  • Behavioral, social and cognitive skills
  • Sitting and paying attention, focusing on a task,and working with others
  • Nailing down their letters, sounds, and words
  • Fundamental math skills such as counting by 1s, 2s,5s, 10s
  • Basic addition and subtraction
  • Identifying shapes

A typical kindergarten curriculum helps your child build a solid foundation in math, language arts, and science. In addition to these, kindergarteners should also focus on art, music, physical education and thinking skills.

Since most of what is taught in kindergarten will pave the way for further learning during the elementary years, it’s important to find a homeschool curriculum that is comprehensive, and also engages and motivates your child.

When researching a kindergarten program, it’s important to ensure that it:

  • Provides a comprehensive curriculum that correlates to all state standards.
  • Teaches fundamental concepts in all the core subjects to help students meet learning objectives.
  • Provides plenty of opportunity for students to practice and achieve mastery.
  • Assesses students periodically to gauge understanding of content.
  • Allows flexibility so that students can work at their own pace in order to fully understand concepts and material.
  • Includes activities that help students build important critical thinking and problem-solving skills.