If you’re behind like me and you’re just now deciding on what you’re going to do for the Fall with your preschoolers, this post is for you.
We’re doing a mix between Charlotte Mason and Montessori.
This Fall Noah will be 5 and Hailey will be 3, so we’re still well under the 6 year mark (the age Charlotte Mason says to start any formal learning).
I do need something to entertain the kids and give us a little structure though. So I’ve got a few fun things planned that shouldn’t put too much pressure on any of us.
As of right now, I’m just planning out the first 10 weeks. I’ll see how I like things and if I decide we love it, we’ll purchase the next 10 weeks of plans.
Just FYI some of these include affiliate links. I’ve already purchased them and love what I’ve looked through so far. If you decide to purchase anything, I’ll get a small portion back at no extra cost to you.
Morning Time Plans
I just purchased Pam Barnhill’s Harvest Term Morning Time Plans. She has several Morning Time plans, ranging from preschool on up.
This particular one is a very simple curriculum that will give us a little structure but also flexibility to add, omit or change things for Art, Poetry, Music, Prayer, Math and Nature Study.
I love how she’s got all the book lists, materials and lessons plans all ready for you. And from the looks of it, a day of school won’t take up much time and we will have plenty of time to play.
And she doesn’t have a ton of crafts, which fits right up my alley. All other other preschool things are a ton of popsicle sticks and glitter and I just can’t handle that day in and day out.
Here are what we’ll be using for the different areas.
Pam suggested Preschool Math at Home: Simple Activities to Build the Best Possible Foundation for Your Child so that’s what we’re using. Pam mentioned that this resources will be used for Math in the other preschool morning time plans as well, so it should just be our one resource for math this year.
I think we’ll work a little bit of Montessori works into this as needed. I’ve just needed something a little more structured than trying to figure out what to present in what order in the Montessori realm.
While we generally just go on a walk, I loved the idea of having a little activity and a living book list to guide us a little bit.
So I purchased the Preschool Nature by the Season: Winter like Pam suggested.
I’ve been skimming through it and it doesn’t include any super messy crafts (which is a + in my book) and she gives a few talking points to discuss with the kids on a nature walk.
I think the kids are going to LOVE it.
We will be working a bit on the Five Finger Prayer as well as doing a few Bible stories.
Noah will also be attending Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
We’re doing the Maestro Classics CD’s for the Fall term. Pam scheduled Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of Animals or this 10 week period so I grabbed these two for now.
Pam’s plans suggests using Preschool Chalk Pastel Video Art Lessons. Nana, the woman who teaches the video classes, is just the sweetest woman (you can watch one of her sample classes to see her).
I started a couple of the lessons with the kids and they LOVE this art class. The video’s are about 3 minutes long and perfect for short attention spans. Noah has been begging me to do another one with him. He’s so proud of what he’s accomplished so far (and so an I, quite frankly).
I can’t recommend these enough. They also have some for older kids too.
And then for art appreciation I got Come Look with Me: Animals in Art which lays out a few taking points and has beautiful art to look through with the kids.
We’ll be doing a lot of reading aloud and will default to this if/when things get crazy over the next 10 weeks.
Pam has has a book list for her plans and I plan on borrowing those from the library. And I’ll also continue to borrow the ones listed on the Read Aloud Revival’s A Year of Picture Books (sign up for her email and she’ll send you the book list for each month).
Quality, Inexpensive Printing for PDF Files
A few of these are PDF files that you need to print out. I wanted to mention a printing place that I found.
I just ordered these files and I’ll hopefully be getting them soon (she currently has a 10 day turnaround, but that’s well worth the wait for the price). I’ve had several people recommend them and are very happy with the quality.
It’s a small business called The Homeschooling Printing Company.
This came out MUCH cheaper than Staples quoted me. Like several resources in FULL color for the price of one FULL color document at Staples.
If you tell her Rachel Kratz sent you, you’ll get 10% off your first order too.
We’re’ hoping to start school the end of August and these plans will last us till about November. I’ll probably give an update here eventually but in the meantime I hope a few of these resources can help you out.
Are you doing anything with your Preschoolers? Have you used any of these resources before?