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What Do I "Do" With My Kindergartener?

March 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 105

This is a big question for every mom who is homeschooling a child around age 5-6. And depending on your child's birthday, you probably will homeschool kindergarten two years.

What worked wonderful for me and my girls was to follow a seasonal approach. There is so much richness and grounding that will come from a child who feels the seasons and what is going on during that time. Look around outside and you will find a plethora of material to use! I did "mini-themes" which worked well. Example: For Fall, the theme could be Apples.

This could be a month long theme. I tried to bring in many aspects of this. A field trip picking apples.

Read a book like "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World" Painting pictures of apples or make apple stencils out of the slices. Chopping the apples and baking into applesauce. Singing a harvest or song of apples. Slicing the apple and talking about the star inside.

This could be done over weeks or a month depending on your child and your schedule. The idea is to start getting into a loose rhythm that you can build on over the years. Especially if you plan to homeschool down the road. A solid rhythm will make the transition into the grades seamless. Put your basic foundation into place now. Example: Morning meal and walk. Circle time and story. Then snack and free play. After lunch craft or activity. Outside time. Meal prep then dinner. Once you have the rhythm going you can sprinkle in the elements of your theme.

Outside free time is a huge part of the kindergarteners day. Try to allow them as much time as possible to roam and dig and play in puddles. Remember that your child's main job at this time is to Play! They need unscheduled time to get creative in their surroundings and create a deep connection to their world without having to follow a rigorous routine.

It is fine if your sister's or neighbor's child is reading and yours is not. I am here to tell you from experience (I have 9 year olds) that they will read and will LOVE it! They will not be behind, but will unfold in such an amazing way you will watch them blossom before your eyes. If you have the following covered you will be great!

*Playing- unstructured inside and out



*Telling them stories

*Practical work like chopping veggies, sweeping, folding laundry, making their beds

*Painting/Coloring- very loose and unstructured using 1 or 2 colors

*Begin finger knitting if your child is interested

*Laughing and having fun!

Donna Ashton has devoted over 5 years to learning Waldorf Education and homeschooling her twin girls. She brings her experience with raising her 8½ year old in a mindful way to help struggling homeschoolers and parents trying to balance their daily rhythm and get clarity in homeschooling. In 2009, she created The Waldorf Connection to bring the experts directly to online homeschoolers. She is now a certified Simplicity Parenting Group Leader so she may bring this amazing wisdom to her families and help them simplify and balance their homes and lifestyles. You can learn more about Donna and her programs, workshops and products at and

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