Choosing your homeschool curriculum for Kindergarten doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
When you are at the beginning of your homeschooling journey, you will probably try to find the perfect homeschool curriculum for Kindergarten.
You might spend countless hours researching all of the top curriculum choices, trying to make the right decision for your child to succeed – and have fun.
After all, taking on homeschooling your kids is a huge decision and an even bigger responsibility.
You want to make sure your kids have fun AND learn. You want to make the most of your extra time with your kids at home AND make sure that they are making friends, as well.
Homeschooling can be intimidating. Especially when you realize just how many curriculum choices there are out there.
How do you choose the best Kindergarten curriculum?
Do you want to use a religious homeschool curriculum or secular homeschool curriculum?
Do you want to join a co-op to help you teach some of the subjects? Some co-ops teach academic or elective classes.
Do you want to use one of the Kindergarten homeschool curriculum packages that are all-in-one, or would you rather opt for eclectic homeschooling?
(Eclectic homeschooling is when you choose different types of curriculum and piece them all together instead of using one brand, for example: Abeka, for every subject).
Do you want to use an online program or online components, or use texbooks and workbooks? Or maybe you may want to use a little of both.
Will you lean more towards unschooling or traditional homeschooling?
Homeschooling Kindergarten: How to get started
The most important thing to do to get started is to look up your state or province’s requirements for homeschooling.
For example; in the state of Florida: you must send the county a letter of intent to homeschool to sign up as a homeschool student. Or you can register under an umbrella school and be classified as a private school student under the state of Florida.
Make sure to find your local requirements, as well as what your child should be learning for Kindergarten. You should review the scope and standards for your state to stay on track with what you should be teaching.
You should focus on Language Arts (including reading and handwriting), Math, Science, and History every year.
You can choose to add in other subjects as required by your state or by your child’s interest. (For example; bible studies, music, art, foreign language, PE, etc.).
Here are a few extra things to help you get started with homeschooling:
Grab our free printable homeschool schedule to plan your school day.
Do your back-to-school shopping with our Homeschool supply list.
Do you need more money to homeschool? Find a homeschool mom job.
Outschool offers virtual classes for kids of all ages. Get a $20 credit towards your first class on Outschool. (Make sure to check your e-mail to claim your credit.)
Recommendations for homeschool curriculum for Kindergarten
Kids learn best through play and hands-on learning activities. We love including educational YouTube videos, brain breaks, learning games, and other hands-on activities in our school day.
They keep the kids engaged and eager to learn. They are also more inclined to remember what is learned this way.
Do fun science experiments such as learning how to make a tornado in a bottle, walking water, or a leak-proof bag.
Language Arts Homeschool Curriculum for Kindergarten
This program is spectacular! We used it for this school year and my son was reading like a pro in no time.
The lessons are short but thorough. They include handwriting practice, spelling, reading comprehension, etc.
My son enjoys doing Language Arts each day and doesn’t fight me on it.
The Good and the Beautiful is a Christian curriculum, so if that’s not your cup of tea, check out our runner up choices below that are also solid programs for Kindergarten homeschool curriculum choices.
We have most of the Bob Books that are available and my son started reading the very beginning ones before we even started our school year. He already knew his letters and sounds, however, so was able to pick up on the simple words from the first few stories.
As we continued with The Good and the Beautiful curriculum, the Bob Books were a great supplement to practice his reading skills outside of the short stories provided with the curriculum.
Bob Books inspire confidence in your kids because they review certain sounds and letters in each book to help your child master them before moving on to the next book. My son was encouraged by these books and being able to read them, one by one.
I highly recommend using Bob Books with your homeschool curriculum.
Some other programs that are highly regarded by other homeschool parents are the following:
Homeschool Handwriting Curriculum
My son completed a page of this book 3 times a week. It was short and interactive, which helped motivate him to write when it’s his least favorite part of school.
Another popular choice for kids who are hesitant to writing is to try the below curriculum which is also very popular among Kindergarten learners.
Runner Up: Handwriting Without Tears
Kindergarten Math Curriculum for Homeschool
Singapore Math Dimensions – This curriculum set includes eight books total for the school year.
You will begin the school year with the KA textbook and workbook, then move on to the KB textbook and workbook. There is also a teacher’s guide and test book for KA and KB.
I recommend purchasing all of the books because the teacher’s guide includes ways to incorporate hands-on learning activities with the lessons to make the student understand it better and make it more fun.
If your student is ahead, you may be able to start with the KB book at the start of the school year. (This is what we did). Check the books to see what each one covers to see where your child is academically so you can see which book to begin with.
We have used Singapore math for upper elementary prior to this year, so we knew it was a solid program. The books are bright and colorful, and my son enjoys doing math everyday with this program.
These are some useful manipulatives and props we have used for Kindergarten to supplement our math lessons.
In Kindergarten math, your child will be learning about number bonds, addition, subtraction, how to tell time, and money. These are all very useful tools to have on hand to help your student understand each lesson.
Another highly regarded learning program that you may prefer if your child learns better through hands-on activities is the below math curriculum:
Runner Up: Math-U-See
Kindergarten History Homeschool Curriculum
We used Blossom and Root for history this year. My son completed weekly assignments that included an “All About Me” booklet that focused on different parts of his family and life.
We really enjoyed this program and it was easy to use. We only did it one day a week and I felt like my son got a lot out of it, stayed engaged, and it was easy to implement as a parent.
We also occasionally would do some unit studies that I would find on Teachers Pay Teachers or Pinterest.
Science Curriculum for Kindergarten
We have been doing unit studies that I have found off of Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers. For example, learning about the water cycle, or a weather unit study, etc.
We also do science experiments from this book, Awesome Science Experiments for Kids: 100+ Fun STEM / STEAM Projects and Why They Work by Crystal Chatterton.
Kindergarten Homeschool Electives
Homeschool Art Curriculum for Kindergarten
Art is not my strong suit nor am I artistic in any way. We ended up purchasing The Good and the Beautiful Arts and Crafts.
We have used it here and there throughout the school year, along with ideas from Pinterest and Deep Space Sparkle.
We typically do art one day a week. If I don’t have time to prepare an art project from one of these sources because I may not have the items on hand, then I might just let my son paint that day, which he also loves to do.
Homeschool Curriculum for Spanish
Both are solid choices, but this upcoming year I am considering using Florida Virtual School for elementary Spanish. (Free for any student in Florida).
You can also try a free demo of Rosetta Stone. It’s an award-winning program for learning a foreign language and many parents find great success with their curriculum.
Kindergarten PE Homeschool Curriculum
To incorporate PE, I try to have my kids do 3-4 days a week of either PE or Yoga. We use YouTube to find kid versions of these and spend about 30 minutes a day doing them.
We also spend time outside riding bikes, taking walks, etc.
This upcoming year, we will be joining soccer and karate to get PE, so finding extracurricular sports may also be a great option to get their exercise in for the week.
Other ideas for Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Electives
Nature Homeschool Curriculum
Many homeschoolers really enjoy spending time in nature and getting outdoors as much as possible. Lots of homeschool moms have recommended the above book for finding ways to learn while being outdoors.
We live in Florida, where it’s brutally hot for about ten months of the year, so we didn’t do nature as one of our electives. We do occasionally take hikes or go to the zoo or gardens, etc. but avoid the summer months when it gets too hot.
You may want to incorporate music into your school curriculum. Blossom and Root has a music curriculum you might be interested in.
We skipped music for this school year but will be looking into starting piano lessons this next school year.
You may want your student to try an instrument to include music in your curriculum, or you may decide to just sing along to educational and/or fun YouTube or Kidz Bop songs at home and have a dance party.
There are many different ways to include music into your curriculum if it’s important to you.
Homeschool Bible Curriculum Kindergarten
We like to keep things simple when it comes to incorporating bible studies in our curriculum. Sometimes we’ll do a kids bible study from the Bible app, or we might read from our children’s bible during morning basket time.
Home education is a fun way to get your kids involved while learning. Bake a cake together to teach your kids how to use different units of measurement as well as the life skill of cooking.
Teach them how to sew their favorite toy that rips. Show them how to change a flat tire or their car’s oil when it’s low.
Teach your child how to cook dinner and do their own laundry. A lot of these tasks are dependent on your child’s age, but many can be a fun way to teach your kids basic life skills as well as other subjects such as math or science.
For example; learn the periodic table by making an edible version! They will learn science as well as cooking.
Lapbooks for Kindergarten
Homeschool Share has a wide variety of free lapbooks you can use to supplement your homeschool curriculum. Lapbooks are a great way to keep your kids engaged and have them present the information they have learned during each unit study.
Other helpful ideas for homeschooling Kindergarten
Try some free online classes at Varsity Tutors. Varsity Tutors offers free live classes for kids of all ages. They are large classes, but unlike classes such as Outschool or FLVS, you do not see all of the other students; only the instructor.
Outschool is another great option for fun classes for kids to join in on. For Kindergarten, they have classes such as show and tell, superhero PE and yoga, circle time, arts and crafts, academic classes, foreign language classes, classes based on interests such as Minecraft and Paw Patrol; and soooo many more.
We LOVE Outschool so much and have been using their classes for 3 years now. If you haven’t tried a class yet, you can try your first class for free with a $20 credit.
Trust me, your kids will absolutely love these classes! Make sure to check your e-mail after you sign up, because your credit will show up as a refund.
How to homeschool Kindergarten for free
Yes, it is possible to homeschool for free. You can piece together your own curriculum from Pinterest, unit studies, and free worksheets you find online.
It can be time consuming and slightly overwhelming to take on this challenge on your own, however.
Make sure to check your state’s standards of what your child should be learning for the school year.
You can also check out the following free curriculum options to see if they work for you. We have only used Easy Peasy and FLVS, so I can’t speak for the remainder of the other programs.
We used Easy Peasy for my son’s Pre-school curriculum and it was great because he learned a different letter each week, did a craft with each one, etc. It worked very well for us.
We also used Easy Peasy during our first year of homeschooling during 1st grade. (With my oldest child).
We felt Easy Peasy was a good program, but for us, it was too much screen time as it’s an online program. We ended up switching to something different the next year.
But it worked well for our first year of homeschooling and I do think it can be a good option for some families.
Free homeschool curriculum for Kindergarten
Here are some other programs that are available for free to check out:
FLVS – Florida Virtual School is free for Florida residents but can be used outside of Florida by paying their tuition fees. We have used their program and found it to be a solid curriculum as well.
Extra tools to have on hand to supplement Kindergarten homeschool curriculum
It’s important to teach kids the days of the week, months of the year, seasons, and weather during pre-school and Kindergarten. We have had a similar calendar for the past two years and my son loves “calendar time” every morning as we review the month, day, year, season, and current weather.
Kiwi Crates are a subscription box that you can have sent to your house each month. It is geared towards 5-8 year olds and sends you exciting science and art projects that your kids can create at home.
Best Learning Apps for Kindergarten
We limit our kids on screen time but do use these apps from time to time. All of them are great programs that kids love and that will help them learn.
Whenever my kiddo gets screen time, he gets to play his “school work games.” He absolutely loves them.
How to Make Homeschooling Kindergarten Fun
We talked about incorporating music, art, nature walks, learning games and apps, science projects, cooking, exercise, and other fun activities into your homeschool curriculum for Kindergarten.
But what other ideas can help you make homeschooling fun?
Here are a few ideas to make Kindergarten at home even more exciting:
Take lots of field trips to places like the zoo, museums, trails, farms, historic landmarks, and more.
Do school at the park or beach.
Do school on the couch in your pajamas.
Do school in a rocket ship! We have one at our house and my son loves crawling inside of his and doing his handwriting every morning.
Sing lots of learning songs to memorize days, months, seasons, and more.
Join a homeschool co-op to learn with other friends.
Get involved in extracurricular activities like sports, gymnastics, dance, drama, music, cub scouts, girl scouts, Awana, and more.
Take brain breaks and snack breaks.
Watch educational TV shows and movies for school instead of doing book work.
Create a morning basket to use every morning.
Make sure to include read aloud time everyday.
Make fun art projects like a DIY sensory bottle.
Find unit studies online that align with your child’s interests.
More helpful posts for homeschooling Kindergarten
Check out our other homeschool curriculum choices
I hope this post has helped you prepare your homeschool curriculum for Kindergarten this upcoming school year.
Let us know what are your favorite picks from our post and what works for your child!