Wednesday, February 9, 2011

There’s a preschooler in my home again!

And a proud one at that! I decided it was time to focus on a slightly more formal curriculum for Damian, mostly because he wants to get in on the school action! :) I was getting all excited about creating a whole curriculum for him, preschool is such a fun stage, and there is so much to work with, but honestly after looking around I decided there was no point in re-inventing the wheel! There is a wealth of fantastic material online for this age group. So, instead I am going to be pulling from various sources, and just adding a few personal touches when necessary to create his curriculum.

He will continue to participate in our circle time – memorizing prayers, learning about virtues, calendar time, charting the weather, etc. – then Rylan will set off to work through his morning workboxes while I have focused time with Damian. During this one-on-one time with Damian we will be working through the Letter of the Week curriculum created by Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. It is a curriculum that helps preschoolers learn and perfect many basic skills with an alphabet focus. To this I will be adding Baha’i inspiration (e.g. A Baha’i Alphabet Book), Montessori activities, and special projects/themes I know will appeal to him. Since Damian loves the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, we will definitely be working on adding to the alphabet palm tree as we work through the Letter of the Week curriculum, as Erica shared on her blog. In fact, we just put our tree up!

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We started this week with Aa is for apple – Erica has very generously provided all of the Letter of the Week activities for free download in the drop down menu “ABC’s & 123’s” or under the “My printables” tab on the Confessions of Homeschooler site, or you can purchase the whole curriculum, so you have everything organized in one space (with a few extra bits and pieces) here for only $10.

Damian will also be participating in some aspects our geography studies and science experiments. Right now we are studying Europe for geography and the human body for science, both of which I will share with you when we have completed the units.

Other great preschool resources that we will be using often:

  • I love Counting Coconuts filled with the most amazing Montessori activities.
  • Homeschool Creations – check out Jolanthe’s “Preschool Corner” and “ABC’s” tabs which provide lots of fun activities, printables, and other resources for preschoolers up to kindergarten.
  • Kids Learning Station – a site I am excited to have just found because it will save me hours of making printables of my own!
  • Pre-Kinders
  • Totally Tots

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