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Preschool Curriculum and Resources


If you are looking for some guided learning resources to use with your preschooler, here are a few that I typically offer as a suggestion:

Before Five in a Row:
Before Five in a Row is "a treasury of creative ideas to inspire learning readiness." Geared towards ages 2-4, it is a literature based manual that contains activities to go along with each story. I used this with my 3 and 5 year old and had so much fun with it! We have now moved onto Five in a Row, which is geared toward ages 4-8. You can see our B4FIAR and FIAR posts to see more of what we do. Stay tuned for a detailed "Behind the Scenes" post to see how I pull a lesson together!

Heart of Dakota's Little Hands to Heaven Preschool:


Little Hands to Heaven in a Bible based preschool curriculum that includes:
  • letter recognition
  • letter formation
  • letter sounds and motions
  • early math skills
  • Bible activities
  • devotional topics
  • art projects
  • dramatic plays
  • active exploration
  • finger plays
  • music
Our Family for His Glory shares how much they enjoy this curriculum in Fun with Little Hands to Heaven and what their day is like in Homeschool- Little Hands to Heaven.

Kayla, from Our Family for His Glory, is excited to start
her preschool year with Little Hands to Heaven!
(Photo used with permission)
I have not used this curriculum, but I have been following their journey for awhile now and love what I see! I especially love how excited they are about using it. See more of their awesome preschool to get a feel for how they use Little Hands to Heaven. You can also check out the introduction and first week lessons to see more.

Raising Rock Stars Preschool:

Raising Rock Stars Preschool, created by Carisa at 1+1+1=1, is a Bible based preschool curriculum that is designed to provide a foundation for learning. It is not a complete program, but you could easily add your own themed based activities, learning toys, books and more to make it complete. And it's free! You just download the lessons and print them. Carisa also offers a paid member's only section that provides Power Point lessons to go along with the units.

Each unit includes:
  • Verse memorization and application
  • Manners and social skills
  • Letter Identification
  • Phonemic Awareness (sounds letters make)
  • Color Identification
  • Number Identification
  • Shape Identification (square, triangle, circle, oval, rectangle, heart, star)
  • Sizes (big, medium, small)
  • Dolch Sight Words (pre primer level) a, and, away, big, blue, can, come, down, find, for, funny, go, help, here, I, in, is, it, jump, little, look, make, me, my, not, one, play, red, run, said, see, the, three, to, two, up, we, where, yellow, you
  • Early Letter Writing Skills (proper pencil grip)
  • Fine Motor Skills-Cutting, Gluing, Coloring, Tracing
  • Print Awareness (following print, understanding that letters make up words, etc.)
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Musical Awareness (learning new songs, exploring instruments, exposing rhythm, etc.)
  • Exposure to different fonts
  • Basic Computer Skills (through the use of the Power Point lessons)
See Introduction and Unit 1 and the sample lesson plan to see more!

Carisa also offers preschool printablespreschool packstot books, tot packsOpen ended learning toy suggestions and more!

Letter of the Week:


Letter of the Week and K4 Preschool, created by Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler, is a preschool program that focuses on a "letter of the week." It is $10 for the packaged download, but Erica offers the individual letters free of charge on her blog!

Each A-Z lesson focuses on a particular theme and includes:
  • Weekly Bible Verse
  • Read aloud book suggestions
  • Phonics practice
  • Capital/lowercase letter recognition
  • 1-10 Numbers recognition
  • Counting practice
  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Fine Motor skills: Lacing cards, cutting, coloring & pre-writing
  • Logic skills: Puzzles, size sorting, matching games
  • Large Muscle Movement: Large Floor Numbers/Letters Hopscotch
  • Singing: Leapfrog A-Z letter sound songs, Bible Verse Songs
  • Arts & Crafts for each letter
  • Daily Calendar and Weather Activities
This is an awesome resource if you want to do a letter of the week!

Preschool Corner {& 5K too!}


Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations hosts a weekly link-up called Preschool Corner ~ this is where to go for inspiration! You can find a list of blogs that participate and see what others are doing in their preschool corner.

Jolanthe also offers preschool printablespreschool packs and lots of encouragement! {I started blogging to participate in the Preschool Corner!}

These are just a few that are out there, but ones that I have seen in action. Do you have a favorite curriculum or resource that you think is over the top? Please share in a comment!
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3 comments

Michelle said...

I have been interested the Before Five in a Row for my preschooler, but I am confused on what I would actually need to purchase. I've been to their website and I see the books for sale, but where are the lessons that go with the books? I was wondering if you could help. I really have enjoyed your blog!

Michelle said...

Thanks for the link!

Michelle said...

Hello,
I would appreciate it if you would add my blog to your list of resources for preschooling. I blog about homepreschooling from a Christian perspective, and use a developmentally appropriate/literature-based approach. I have lots of resources for moms who are interested in using a thematic or "unit" approach on my blog, along with book lists, goals for preschoolers (including spiritual goals) and more.
I base everything we do in the preschool years on the 4R's: Relationship (with God and family), routine, readiness, and reading aloud.
Thanks,
Susan Lemons www.susanlemons.wordpress.com
Homeschooling mom of 4
Author, Homepreschool and Beyond