The typical kindergarten homeschool curriculum includes math, language arts, science, history and art. Homeschool curricula can vary significantly depending on the publisher of the books used and the abilities of the student.
The concepts included in homeschool textbooks are typically designed to meet or exceed national standards. For example, kindergarten-aged children typically learn how to recognize and write numbers and letters, how to identify rhyming words, and how to read simple stories. Students may learn basic addition and subtraction, write short sentences and learn how to tell time in kindergarten.
A homeschool curriculum can be customized to the specific skills of the child and may include advanced or remedial materials. Parents have the option of choosing a set of books that covers all subjects from a single publisher or using a variety of books from several different publishers. Additional studies, such as Bible studies, art and music, are typically included in homeschool curricula.
Some publishers, such as Abeka, include religious topics, and other publishers, such as Saxon, don't. Additionally, the method of teaching can impact the core concepts taught in kindergarten. For example, students taught using the Charlotte Mason method read independently and play for a significant portion of the day. Most standard school-at-home programs require several hours of seat work each day. Homeschool curricula typically include hands-on learning, such as science experiments, in addition to formal textbook learning.