Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: In the middle of nowhere, at the centre of everything.
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IMO "starting homeschooling" for a kindergartener doesn't need to mean anything more than including your child in your life, and being a keen observer of his natural learning. Our homeschooling year (for reporting purposes) started this week and today all I did differently was to jot down the various things my 7-year-old did that could loosely be considered educational -- making plasticine boats that floated, flipping through some National Geographics, watching her dad charge up the van's dead battery and asking him about the red and black wires, helping polish the floor and talking about the difference between waxes and oils, playing a logic game on the computer, estimating what portion of a cup was full of water, listening to a readaloud. I didn't "school her" as in "actively enact a learning program upon her," but there was plenty of home-based learning which took place and I duly documented it.
So relax! Live your life, include your ds in it, make note of what natural learning takes place. Your charter isn't in a hurry to get curriculum to you because they know that even in schools the first couple of weeks are spent mostly on administrative and organizational stuff -- getting to know the kids, teaching them school and classroom rules, getting them adjusted to the new environment. You don't have that stuff to worry about, so you can afford to take it easy.
As for curriculum, we didn't use any at all at the KG level (and precious little since), so I'm afraid I can't help you there. Perhaps others will have some recommendations.
Mountain mama to two great kids and two great grown-ups