The simplified kindergarten curriculum as included in previous post, gives you a general overview and reference point. Please note that if you want/need more details on the specifics in each subject area you can find them on the provided link https://thecanadianhomeschooler.com/ontario-elementary-level-curriculum-checklists/
How much time needs to be devoted to ‘school time’? First let’s ask a few questions:
- How much time do you have to engage 1:1 with your child?
- Are you working from home?
- What is your routine or what are work expectations?
- Do you have other small children at home that possibly nap?
- When is your child the most relaxed?
- When do they have more energy?
- When do they typically get cranky?
- What are their favourite activities or interests?
- What are your expectations…do you expect your child to work independently?
- How much time do you need your child to work independently?
Please, remember that the amount of actual subject learning that takes place in school is not 6 hours of intense engagement. In the best circumstances, (no behaviour distractions, no announcements, transition time between lessons/activities/lunch and washroom) actual learning takes place on about 2-3 hours, the rest is usually ‘padded transition time’.
Note although there are six main subject areas of learning, namely, Personal and Social Development, Language Arts, Math, Science, Arts and Health/Physical Education, they can be combined with a variety of learning activities. Also lease note that with the full day kindergarten programming we designate 30 – 45 minutes in both the morning and afternoon (sometimes it ends up being longer) to activity time for children to explore and interact on their own. During this time the teacher is usually working with children 1;1 or conducting a small group activity/lesson. So, if you are looking at optimum learning (and engage with minimum tension with your child), remembering children love routine, I’m offering the following sample ‘routine’ focusing on specific subjects: see the following chart PDF.