Play at Home Preschool Curriculum
Do you have a preschool-aged child at home?
Do you often find yourself browsing Pinterest and the internet for ideas on what they should be learning and practicing to prepare them for elementary school?
OR… Are you thinking of homeschooling your preschooler or keeping your child home during their preschool years?
OR... Do you have a preschooler who isn’t in school full-time and you need more ideas of meaningful activities to do at home?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, I have the solution for you!
Play at Home Preschool is 36 weeks (18 thematic units) and you can download it and implement it at any time!
You can start today, next month, in 3 months, etc.
Let me back up and tell you a little more about how this started:
During the pandemic in 2020, my husband and I made the tough decision to keep our 3 year old daughter home with me instead of sending her to what was going to be her first year at preschool. We have a high-risk son and our third baby was due in the fall, so it was the best choice for our family at the time. This decision brought about a whole new set of challenges for me though. How was I going to do preschool at home with my daughter, with a brand new baby, and another child who was going to be starting distance learning kindergarten?!
After researching different options, I eventually chose to make my own and I'm so happy I did. The program I created worked wonders for our family, and I hope it will do the same for yours.
Using my teaching experience in the classroom and at home, my background in Family Studies/Human Development/Psychology, and my passion to promote diversity, inclusion, and character education, I created Play at Home Preschool by the creator of Stay at Home Activity Mom (that's me!).
This e-book preschool program is intentional, sequenced, low-prep, and focuses on all the necessary skills needed to be successful in elementary school. It’s geared for ages 2.5-5 (depending on each child), but it’s also very easy to adapt to your child’s developmental needs (with suggestions on how to do so). I’ve used it for both my daughter (at ages 2.5-3) and my son (age 5).
The program promotes diversity and inclusion, and every unit has at least one book on the suggested book list that includes diverse characters and/or helps teach lessons about celebrating different and acceptance. Encouraging kindness and empathy is another focus of the program.
THE PROGRAM BASICS:
18 thematic units (2 weeks each)
Each unit has a unit overview, supply list (using so many items you already have at home), suggested book list, and daily lesson plans.
Each unit has 1 or 2 focus letters for the unit with a letter mat, a poem for each letter, and hand motions to help learn each letter
EACH DAILY LESSON PLAN INCLUDES:
One literacy or math activity
A second activity (can be anything from art, STEM/STEAM, fine motor, gross motor, character education, sensory, etc.)
A daily letter work activity for the focused 1-2 letter(s) of the unit
WHAT ARE THE UNITS AND FOCUS LETTERS?
Unit 1: Colors (A)
Unit 2: All About Me (N)
Unit 3: Shapes (S)
Unit 4: Animals (I)
Unit 5: Kindness (T)
Unit 6: Dinosaurs (M)
Unit 7: Community Helpers/Occupations (R)
Unit 8: Ocean (O)
Unit 9: Transportation (C)
Unit 10: Pets (P, D)
Unit 11: Seasons & Weather (F, B)
Unit 12: Letters & Numbers (J, K)
Unit 13: Sports (U, Q)
Unit 14: My Body/ 5 Senses (H, E)
Unit 15: Plants (G, W)
Unit 16: Feelings & Growth Mindset (L, Y)
Unit 17: Insects & Bugs (V, X)
Unit 18: Music & Movement (Z)