The following is my Kindergarten Health and Life Skills curriculum. As time goes on I will continue to add projects that correspond with these units. You can also find projects on my pinterest boards.
Safety Unit – Reasons behind safety rules and practice, and preventing injuries
- Talk to your child about the consequences of not following the rules.
- Post house rules, maybe with a visual for each rule, so the child has a clear understanding of them.
Respect Unit – Respecting others and their property
- Ask your child how they would like to be treated. Talk to them about how it feels when people do not treat them nicely. Explain to them that others feel that way when they are not nice.
- Sit down as a family and have each member of the family take a turn complimenting the other family members on something they did that day.
- Discuss different ways you can show respect; holding a door open, sharing, complimenting, etc.
Care Unit- Taking care of your body and taking care of pets
- Allow your child to have responsibility for one of your pets. Giving them food, water, and attention.
- The Educational Value of Backyard Chickens
- Introduce Yoga and mediation to help your child learn how to deal with negative feelings and stress.
- Mind Jar
- Food Portioning Activity
- Cook with your children. Every Friday I post a new recipe that I have done with my son: Pizza Night, Elephant Ears, Apple Crumble, Frozen Nutella Banana Dessert, Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pumpkin Bread, Apple Pie Frozen Yogurt
Money Management Unit - Savings, spending and charitable giving
- DIY Piggy Banks Teach the Value of Money from The Meanest Momma
- Have your child pick a charity that’s cause is important to them, then have them donate part of their savings to that charity. Discuss how their contribution is going to help that cause.
- Have your child pick a toy or outing that they would like to have/do. Create a jar to collect money and help them work towards earning that item or outing.
** When making my kindergarten curriculum I started with Virginia’s Standards of Learning. While I am not a fan of the SOL tests I do not have a problem with the information that is covered. I felt using the information covered in the SOLs as a baseline for my curriculum would ensure my children were learning the same subject matter as their peers. I wanted to go beyond that though. I built up my curriculum by adding information from other online curriculums, and my sons interests. **