Homeschooling Kindergarten and ACE Homeschool Curriculum Questions

by Melandy Misenheimer
(Sheridan, Oregon)

Homeschooling Kindergarten Questions

Homeschooling Kindergarten Questions

Oregon mom has questions about homeschooling kindergarten and ACE homeschool curriculum...

My name is Melandy,
I have three children 7, 5 and 2. I want to start homeschooling kindergarten with my 5 year old this September. She's very easy and I know I can do and she would have fun. I would like some info how I would start going about doing it. I did ACE when I was a child until I graduated. I loved it and I know my daughter would too.

When you go to test them after they complete their PACE, how do I do that with a kindergartner? Do you help at all? What is a normal number of PACES every year should they complete to stay on task? Also do I need a license to teach at home? We live in Oregon. Please let me know... Melandy

Hi Melandy,
Congratulations on your decision to homeschool your daughter! Homeschooling kindergarten is fun – I think she would enjoy it too!

Since you enjoyed ACE, you could start with that since you are familiar with it. If that doesn’t work so well, take a look at Five In A Row. Five In A Row (also known as FIAR) are fun, short (one week long) unit studies centered around a short story book that you read each day. After you read the story, you complete different hands-on activities that go along with the book or the book’s theme. I can tell you more about FIAR, if that interests you. Using unit studies is a great way for children, especially young children to learn. Its also very inexpensive and fun to use!

As far as the number of PACES to complete in a year, I think each course comes with 12 PACE workbooks. I found some samples of the ACE homeschool curriculum for you to look at. Although none are samples of their Kindergarten curriculum, they will give you a good idea of how the ACE curriculum is set up.

As far as how many PACES your child would need to complete each year to keep on track, I would think an average child would need to complete approximately one workbook per three weeks (36 week school year). I don't use ACE, but it is similar to Alpha Omega homeschool curriculum (AOP LifePacs have 10 workbooks per course) which we use for some high school subjects. It is okay if a child works slower and takes longer.



If there are tests at the end of each Kindergarten level PACE, the tests are usually appropriate for the age/grade of the child. Your child may or may not need help. If they need help reading the test, then yes, I would help them. If you are reading the questions to them and they don't know the answer, you will know exactly what you need to focus on before continuing to the next workbook. That's the beauty of homeschooling – you can go as fast or slow as your child needs. When problem areas arise, you can take as much time as you need to help your child master a concept.

Sometimes all a child needs is a quick refresher of a previous lesson as a reminder. I had to do that this morning with my eight year old. She had forgotten how to round to the nearest 10, so I quickly went over it with her. She said, "Oh, I remember that!" And, on we went. :)

I sit with my eight year old a lot and work through her lessons with her. Sometimes I leave her to complete questions on her own; sometimes we work through them together. Once you begin, you’ll know how much to help your child.

You do not need a license to teach your child at home. There are no teacher requirements for Oregon. You can find a summary of the Oregon homeschooling laws compliments of HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association).

I hope this information helps you as you begin homeschooling kindergarten. If you have other questions, please feel free to ask!
Have fun!
Heather


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Jan 18, 2011
ACE Kindergarten
by: Anonymous

Before ordering curriculum for a kindergarten age student I recommend investing in the Reading Readiness test. From ACE customer service they are $6 each. If the student scores below 80% on the test the student definately needs the kindergarten reading-readiness program. If the student scores between 80 and 90% they are marginally ready to learn to read. If the student is a young 5 year old I would put them into the Kindergarten with Ace and Christi. This will give the student a strong foundation for the remainder of their academic years. If the student scores above 90% and is an older five year old, the student can go into the ABC's with Ace and Christi learning to read program.

For the older students I recommend that you have them take the free online diagnostic tests at the ACE web site before ordering curriculum.

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