I am so excited about our upcoming school year! I think that we have picked some awesome themes to work with and amazingly fun activities to go along with them.
After some planning, I have finally decided on our curriculum for the school year. This will be our first year completely homeschooling before making our decision on whether to homeschool for the upcoming years.
Savanna will be three in September (she turns four in January) to give you an idea of the age range. As I have in the past, I will take her lead on activities, especially if she is not up for one on that particular day.
However, I am creating this curriculum along with a weekly schedule because I am someone who needs things planned out. It’s just the way I work. If I don’t have a schedule with lesson plans, we will get lazy (at least I know my weakness!).
Curriculum created for:
Age: 3-5 year olds
Time needed each day: 60-90 minutes
Children should already know their alphabet and numbers 1-20 for some of the activities. You can always switch out our English and Writing activities for something at the skill level of your children if they are behind or ahead of us.
2016-2017 PRESCHOOL MONTHLY THEMES
Follow along with the preschool homeschool schedule and lesson plans on the blog. Information for each theme will be posted at least 2-4 weeks prior to the theme start date. Find all the printable calendars here or purchase the full curriculum with all activity details here.
We will be working on two “prep months” over the summer. I am using these two months for both of us to get used to a new schedule and routine in our day.
4 YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM
NOVEMBER // Outer Space: Planning Post // Theme Recap
DECEMBER // Swim with the Animals and Holidays Around the World: Planning Post // Theme Recap
JANUARY // Hiding in the Rainforest: Planning Post // Theme Recap
FEBRUARY // Running through the Grasslands: Planning Post // Theme Recap
MARCH // Discovering the Desert and Exploring the Tundra: Planning Post // Theme Recap
APRIL // A-Zoo Animals: Planning Post // Theme Recap
MAY // Farms, Gardening, Seeds and Plants: Planning Post // Theme Recap
JUNE // Insects: Planning Post // Theme Recap
WHAT DO I WANT MY CHILD TO LEARN?
We put together a list of goals for the year to keep us on track! Read more about them here.
WHAT RESOURCES DO I USE?
Pinterest has definitely been my best friend when planning out our STEAM and arts and crafts activities for the year. You can find so many activities there. I primarily search “kindergarten activities” or activities specific to the theme I’m looking at and then tailor activities that I find there for my daughter. I know she is very hands on so my focus has been trying to find activities and experiments that she will love to do.
For language arts, we will be using some worksheets for reading and writing. You can read more about those resources here.
WHAT IS STEAM?
PRESCHOOL JOURNAL WRITING
Fostering the love of writing at an early age is important. Preschool is the perfect time to introduce a daily journal. They may draw pictures that tell a story – and encourage them to tell you that story! The may start to write their letters or even try to write words if they are more advanced.
We will be incorporating journal writing throughout our 2016-2017 school year. Our goal is to write in our journal three times a week. Each journal activity may take a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on her attention span at that moment. The only important factor is to limit the journal entry to one page. We want them to think about what they are drawing or writing and not mindlessly scribbling on every page.
You can follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #tottotjournals.
HOW DO I PLAN?
We chose the themes for the year first followed by a rough weekly schedule. I printed off a Word calendar for each month and start jotting down ideas for each theme and eventually planned the activities for a day of the week. For STEAM, Social Studies, Music and Arts and Crafts, I have the entire year pretty much planned out. As we progress through the year, I make take out or add activities. Activities may even be moved around in the month depending on my daughter’s mood for the day.
The reading and writing is only roughly planned as I honestly don’t know right now how fast we will progress.