My youngest will be 3.5 years old in the fall. But let’s be honest, she shows ZERO interest in learning. ZERO! Honestly, it’s fine with me. She’s only three, and I am in no rush. However, I do find that having some sort of plan each day leads to less meltdowns and more “fun”. So instead of a curriculum per se, I am going to list some of the resources I have and will use in the order I will use them as she is ready. For example, I have a ready to read program “on deck” for her if we get that far this year. But I am not going to try any of that until she knows all the letters and their sounds. If that doesn’t happen this year, this will roll over to the next year! We are in absolutely no rush whatsoever.
- Magna-tiles Letter and Number Pages
- Monthly Themes
- The Good and the Beautiful Pre-K
- Letter of the Week
- The Moffatt Girls
PRESCHOOL MONTHLY THEMES
Five years ago, when my oldest was three, I created this fun monthly theme plan that worked out perfectly for us. I know that it is probably outdated now and I have definitely learned things over the past five years that I can incorporate into this curriculum. I will be using this curriculum and updating it at the same time! You can find it here and if you follow me on Instagram, I will post what we do so you can follow along. I will also update the files on TPT as we go through the monthly themes and you will receive all the updates and add-ons free if you have already purchased.
LETTER OF THE WEEK AND NUMBERS
Magna-tiles offers some awesome letter and number pages for free on their website (thanks Lindsay for showing me these!). We don’t have many toys left in our playroom – it has basically dwindled down to Legos and Magna-tiles with the closet being craft supplies. Since Magna-tiles are one of our favorites to play with, I thought these letter and number cards would be a perfect addition.
I have also made my own Letter of the Week packs that you can find here. You can buy each letter separate or as a bundle. Read more about some of our letter of the week activities on the blog. I had started working on these last year with her because she had started to show some interest in participating in school. However, we didn’t get very far. As we work through these this year, I may make some updates or add on activities – and if you buy through Teachers Pay Teachers, you will get all the updates and add ons free so don’t worry if you see us start something else!
THE MOFFATT GIRLS
One of my favorite stores to check for resources is The Moffatt Girls on TPT. Her Ready to Read program is what got my older daughter reading. We follow the order that she recommends: Phonemic Awareness, Alphabet Curriculum, Ready2Read, Pre-Primer Sight Words and Emergent Readers. We will throw these in through out the year as I see fit.
THE GOOD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
We have the Pre-K book from The Good and the Beautiful which I plan to go through slowly (think 2 lessons a week). We started it early in the spring and she liked it but didn’t have the focus yet to sit and do the activities. We always prefer play over book learning here so when she preferred to play Legos with her sister, that’s what we did instead! But I can tell already that her focus time has improved a lot over the last few weeks that I believe we will be ready to start going through this curriculum. And if you have been following me for a while, you know that we love The Good and the Beautiful LA program!
And of course, lots and lots of field trips!