12 Must-Have Homeschooling Materials for Kindergarten
Homeschooling kindergarten is the best time to begin! And these homeschooling materials for kindergarten are just what you need to get started.
As your homeschooling skills grow, you’ll learn the specifics that suit your and your child’s style. At this stage, the curriculum options are flexible, and you can fully enjoy the journey without much stress or administrative pressure.
Are you ready for some great materials and resources to help you start? Let me show you which supplies, books, online resources, and curriculums are essential and which will surely enrich your homeschooling experience!
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How To Homeschool Kindergarten
Homeschooling kindergarten is fun and exciting with lots of hands-on work and free play.
It’s also a period to lay the foundation for future studies where you help your child develop all the necessary skills and attitudes they need at this age.
In kindergarten, your focus will include the basics of writing, reading, and counting.
Additionally, your planned activities should aim to improve social and cognitive skills while your child learns to pay attention, focus, and collaborate.
It’s important at this point to create a dedicated space to homeschooling. While it doesn’t have to be a separate room, it should be adapted to your needs.
Check out 11 Fun and Inspiring Kindergarten Homeschool Classroom Ideas for tips on creating a safe, functional, and inspiring homeschool space for your preschooler.
Now is when you plan your homeschool schedule, too. In kindergarten, flexibility is crucial—with plenty of space for improvisation.
In fact, your flexibility becomes even more powerful with a bit of pre-planning and routine-building.
You might like this Kindergarten Homeschool Sample Schedule which you can adapt to your needs.
Remember that the attention span of a 5-year-old child is about 15 minutes, so activities shouldn’t be long!
If you want more homeschooling kindergarten tips, check out:
- Homeschooling for Beginners: Tips, Examples, and Schedules
- The Brilliant Way to Homeschool Your Preschool (Pre-K) Child, Ages 2-5
Top Homeschooling Materials for Kindergarten
A shopping list for preschool supplies is not long. However, you can still use many materials at home or in your kitchen as manipulatives or for science experiments.
You don’t need to choose the expensive version of the supplies that will only last one year. But if you plan to use something for longer, like a printer, I recommend a high-quality version.
The following material list includes supplies, ready-to-use curriculums, books, and paid and free online resources.
Choose what works for you as not all the items are obligatory.
The supplies I listed below are very useful, so you’ll probably need them.
However, you don’t have to buy everything at once. Instead, purchase the essentials and slowly grow your collection.
You’ll see that what’s listed here as art supplies can also be used in other subjects.
- Crayons: basic item for coloring and craft projects
- Pencils: to practice writing skills
- Markers: use them for lettering, drawing, or any art project
- Glue sticks: useful and clean to use, but you may also buy specific glues for gluing cardboard, wood, metal, and other things you might need
- Safety scissors: the ones with rounded ends are safe for your preschooler, but make sure you get proper scissors for yourself, too
- Construction paper: necessary to make posters, bookmarks, and many crafts
- Paints & brushes (tempera, washable, watercolor): It depends on how many different techniques you want your child to explore
- Tongue depressor sticks: use them to make puppets, flashcards, and many other things
- Butcher paper: great for doodling and any other perishable art forms
- Play-Dough: kids love it, and it’s great to start working on fine motor skills
- Blu tack: to quickly paste anything your child makes on the wall
Language Arts Supplies
Language Art Supplies are mainly focused on manipulatives for writing and reading skills.
You can find any books that may help you with these in the books section.
- A magnetic/LCD doodle board: it’s great to practice writing for smaller kids, and you can also use them for drawing
- Lined paper: yes, start getting to use your kid to write within designated spaces and you can buy a special one for kindergarten with dotted lines
- 3D Letters: you can buy plastic or wooden ones—they work great as preparation for reading and writing
Almost everything works as kindergarten math supplies.
Your kid can learn to count on shoes, pencils, beans, teddy bears, or anything else they find attractive.
- Math Balance: I like this edxeducation Student Math Balance to teach hands-on math
- Erasable number line: to show and teach number sequences and basic operations
You don’t need much more for math at this point.
You can teach measuring by comparing objects of different sizes, and you can buy Science Supplies.
Social Studies Supplies
Social studies at this age should be taught through play and observation, so make sure your materials meet the requirements.
- Costumes and props: kids love to dress up, and you can teach many things through role plays—you can talk about professions, historical figures, animals, and whatever your and your child’s imagination dictates
- Maps or a globe: kids need visual references, and they will learn more quickly than you think
Kids this age learn science with a hands-on approach. So, although scientific books are great, you should invest in kits and age-adequate science test tubes.
- Science Test Tubes for kids: Get kids tubes with sturdy, solid, and safe stands for your preschooler
- Prepared kits: On Amazon, you can find different science kits for kindergarten students that cover various areas
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- Magnifying glass: your kid will have fun exploring the garden or the park with it
Other Useful Supplies
Some supplies will last longer than the kindergarten stage, so you should opt for better quality.
- Laminator: to make the printed work last longer
- Printer: I’m sure you understand how necessary it is—I would choose one that can print photos
- Desk: Check out some ideas for this homeschooling piece of furniture
Make sure you read The Ultimate Homeschool Classroom Supplies List for Beginners for a complete list of valuable supplies.
Homeschooling Curriculum for Kindergarten
You might want to purchase ready curriculums for more guidance on what your preschooler should learn at this stage.
You can find complete kindergarten curriculums and others that cover only specific areas such as science, reading, foreign languages, or writing.
Some also fit Christian families as they cover Bible studies.
Before choosing one, check your state’s homeschooling requirements. Then, request a sample and make sure it’s fun and engaging for your child.
Remember, what your distant relatives or friends find wonderful, might not work for you.
For complete Kindergarten curriculums, check out Time4learning. You can also buy just the Math, Language Arts, or Science curriculum from them.
You can also check lesson demos first.
For Foreign Languages, look at the Homeschool Spanish Academy program that focuses on learning sounds and words.
The lessons include more images than texts, and it’s perfect for kids who don’t yet know how to read and write. You can sign up for a trial class first and see how it works.
Some other curriculums that you might want to check:
If you want to read more about the above curriculums and others, check out Top 5 Homeschooling Kindergarten Curriculum Options.
I wouldn’t spend too much money on textbooks at this stage.
If you want to cover all the kindergarten areas, invest in some sticker books for science or social studies.
However, it would be helpful if you got some beginning readers’ series. Although you might find some excellent online programs, having some printed ones at home is always good.
There are many options on the market, and you can choose the ones that seem the most attractive:
- Little Leveled Reader Super Set by Scholastic
- First Little Readers Parent Pack: Guided Reading Level A
- BJU Press K5 Readers
- Rookie Readers Level A
- A-Z Leveled Book (online library)
- Epic! (online library)
There are also numerous online resources and apps that you can use to supplement your kid’s education.
Khan Academy Kids: This is a wonderful free app available in the App store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore, and it covers reading and writing for children ages 2 to 8
Brainzy App: By Education.com covers reading & writing, math, and typing, K-5th grade.
Ready for Homeschooling Preschool?
Do you have your shopping list with homeschooling materials for kindergarten ready?
You don’t need to spend a fortune! Not everything must be bought at once! Get the essentials and see what else feels necessary.
If you have befriended homeschooling families, they might also be eager to sell or pass on kindergarten materials they don’t need anymore.
Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy this exciting stage in the homeschooling journey.
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