Saturday, February 25, 2012

kindergarten sports

For many kids, adequate playtime is all they need for physical fitness. If you’re looking for a more formal physical education program, you can sometimes find homeschool gym classes in your community. They usually meet for an hour or two per week, and often involve group sports like soccer or basketball, and games such as kickball, flag football, and tag. The kids can also benefit from the use of the facility where the classes are held, like running on an indoor track, playing on the soccer field, or using a climbing wall, for example. Check with your community rec center or YMCA for these homeschool gym classes.

Another option for getting your child some exposure to organized sports would include things like Little League baseball, or Pee Wee football leagues. Depending on the program, kindergarteners are often old enough to join. Many towns have softball teams for kids, or cheerleading, or any number of other options. Just because they’re homeschooled doesn’t mean they need to miss out on sports and fun!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Where to start? Homeschooling for preschool and kindergarten

The preschool and kindergarten years are the perfect time to test-drive homeschooling, especially if you’re not sure that homeschooling will be a good fit for your family. The good news is that, at this young age, you really don’t need a formal curriculum to homeschool, and it doesn’t need to cost a lot, either.

There are plenty of computer programs, both online and on CD-ROM, to get kids started learning colors, shapes, numbers, and even building letter recognition skills. Some even use cartoon characters to catch children’s attention. Many such programs also have some type of assessment or informal quiz periodically, which can really help parents to see how well their child learned the material.

Generally though, most preschool and kindergarten kids do fine without all that. Sometimes simple is better. Kids this age need plenty of parent interaction, reading books, playing games, doing fun craft projects, and just learning about their world through everyday activities.