Homeschooling Your Kindergarten Student – K5
Please follows these guidelines for enrollment in Kindergarten if you are in one of the following states. If you live outside of these states, please refer to your Department of Education guidelines for age requirements (if any) for Kindergarten and First Grade.
- TENNESSEE students must be registered for current school year if the student turns 6 by August 15 of that school year, otherwise, the student must be registered for the school year after turning 6. Must be 5 by August 15 to register for Kindergarten. Note: Public schools will not allow a student to enter First Grade without having attended Kindergarten.
- ALABAMA students must be registered for the current school year if the student turns 6 by September 1 of that school year, otherwise, the student must be registered the school year after turning 6. Must be 5 by September 1 to register for Kindergarten.
- FLORIDA students must be registered for the current school year if the student turns 6 by February 1 of that school year, otherwise, the student must be registered the school year after turning 6. Must be 5 by September 1 to register for Kindergarten.
- COLORADO students must be registered for current school year if the student turns 6 by August 1 of that school year, otherwise, the student must be registered the school year after turning 6. Must be 5 by the district’s entrance deadline (varies by district) for Kindergarten. Please refer to other specific guidelines on our Homeschooling in Colorado page.
- SOUTH CAROLINA Your child must attend school or comply with the homeschool laws starting with the academic year when he or she is 5 years old before September 1. If your child is 5 but will not turn 6 until after September 1, you may choose to not send your child to school until the following year if you sign a form provided by your school district.
NOTE: HLA does not provide a diploma upon completion of Kindergarten. If requested there is a $10 fee.
Homeschooling a K5 student is not much different than when you were teaching them at age 2 or 3. This age is still learning by playing. Think about what tools you have used to teach the things he/she has learned so far.
More than likely your student has already learned a lot (colors, shapes, letter, numbers, how to write his/her name, and etc) without the use of a big expensive curriculum to teach these things. Most of you probably used storybooks, blocks, play doh, games, computers and other resources or tools. Your child probably had fun and didn’t even realize he/she was learning. A full-fledged, boxed, expensive curriculum is not needed as you begin this journey of educating your young child.
Just because your child is now school age does not mean that you suddenly have to start “doing” school. Yes, you will eventually have to begin to do things more formally but not yet. This age still learns mostly through play. You can continue using the same types of games, puzzles, storybooks, and etc that you have been using.
- All of life provides opportunities for learning. Look for ways to teach your child as you go about your day.
- For example, when you bake cookies, point out how to measure, count the eggs, etc.
- When you go to the grocery store teach them where different foods come from.
- Go on field trips, play at the park, teach them about nature, practice writing letters in the sandbox or with finger paint.
- Focus on the “Three R’s” (R)eading, w(R)iting, a(R)ithmetic – Learning to read, Learning to write numbers and letters, and counting.
- Let the rest of learning be through child led interests and discovery.
- You may only do an hour of structured school in 15-minute portions and the rest of the child’s education will be through play and hands-on activities.
- Some Kindergarten-age children are able to sit for a little longer period of time but many are still not able. Feel free to keep lessons very short for students this age and allow plenty of educational play time between any formal lessons.
- Think about how your child learns.
- Does he/she learn better by seeing or by doing?
- Does your child seem to remember everything he/she hears or everything he/she sees?
- Many students this age learn best by using all of their senses (hands-on activities, sight, sound and etc)
- Knowing how your child learns will help you best determine what type of activities and resources to use to help maximize learning and make it fun.
- YES…..I said FUN!!! Learning can and should be fun!
K4 Students (Preschool)
- HLA recommends students be listed in the grade level according to their age-mates.
- Students must be 5 years old on or before August 15 to register for K5.
- The exception would be students with learning disabilities.
- Students younger than age 5 are considered preschoolers.
- HLA offers a K4 registration for students younger than age 5.
- If you do register the 4-year-old as K4, which is considered preschool, continue working at whatever level is best for the child.
- If the student needs a 1st-grade math book then use one but do not skip the student to 1st grade. Consider going deeper instead of faster.
- Students should move to K5 before entering first grade.
- Skipping K5 would automatically cause the student to graduate from high school earlier than normal. Many parents do not think about this when their students are this young.
- The skills needed for high school level courses are very different from those required in grades K-8.
- High school courses such as Algebra and Literary Analysis require critical thinking skills that may not have had time to develop if your student advances grade levels too quickly.
- You can always advance the student later if necessary.
- It is easier to advance a student into high school when the student is ready than to suddenly hold the student back as a result of being advanced too early.
Sample Education Plan for Kindergarten:
- Phonics – Reading Eggs Online Program. Reading aloud daily to my child. Educational Games
- Math – Mathematical Reasoning by The Critical Thinking Co. Educational Games
- Writing – daily penmanship lessons, copy-work from story books.
- Bible/Art/Nature – Coloring books, nature story books, watching nature outdoors, drawing nature, learning about God’s creation, Bible stories.
- Reading, Art, History, Science – Five In A Row.
- P.E. – Playtime, running, jumping on the beds, playing catch with Dad.