Thursday, April 21, 2011

Math and Science

Math and science are both fun subjects. Try to use as many hands-on activities for teaching both. If you can see it and touch it, you have a much better chance of remembering it.

Kindergarten kids will learn about whole numbers as they count, add and subtract, analyze data, and measure. They will also learn about patterns (size, color, shape, and orientation), sort and classify, and believe it or not, they learn about geometry as they explore 2-D and 3-D shapes. Most online curriculum will have virtual geoboards, counters, calculators, number lines, pattern blocks, interlocking cubes, calendars, 2 and 3-D shapes, attribute blocks, and recording templates for your child to use during the math lesson.

The major emphasis in science is on scientific inquiry, life sciences, Earth and space sciences, and physical sciences. Your child will most likely learn about his body; plants and animals; measurement; matter; the seasons and weather; motion, the sun, moon and stars; natural or man-made; life cycles; sound and water...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Record Keeping

Have you thought about what type of records you should keep on your kindergartner? Perhaps the online resource you use keeps records for you. If they do, you are blessed. Simply print the reports and file away, store on your computer, or transfer to a jump drive and store. Some states require home school parents to keep records each year. You might not ever be required to turn those records in, but it is worthwhile to keep them handy. Besides, it is a great way to see the progress or lack of progress your student has made for the year.
It is a good idea to keep records showing some of the following:

~Subjects studied
~Grades (if you keep grades) for each grading period, the semester, and the year.
~Mastered skills
~Areas of concern or areas you would like to see improvement
~Resources used
~Field trips taken
~Samples of writing assignments
~Books read by your child or books you read to your child