Ever wish you knew exactly what to do with your little one each day?
Do you ever wish you had a blue print for what to do with your kids? “Teach them this, read them this, talk to them about this, do this activity with them.” I know I do.
Can you imagine the relief of knowing what to teach your child each day? No more flying by the seat of your pants. No more wondering how to make it to nap time each day.
Get ready for a whole lot of relief.
I’ve made a simple homeschool preschool curriculum to solve this problem for us.
Playing Preschool is my newest activities creation – it’s an activities curriculum. Sure, I can set out on a whim each day and make fun, random activities for my kids but I wanted more.
As a former kindergarten teacher, I wanted a little more structure.
A little more planning.
A little more sequence to their learning.
I couldn’t find what I was looking for in the homeschool preschool curriculum world so I made Playing Preschool: A sequenced, 190 day play-based learning program.
What is Playing Preschool?
Playing Preschool is 38 weeks / 190 days of homeschool preschool done easy: sequenced, planned, hands-on activities in a simple daily lesson plan. Not only are these activities fun, but they’re educational – think reading, math, science, and art!
Playing Preschool is a system of teaching young children that I developed over my years as a classroom teacher. It’s play-based, low key, and easy to follow. It’s also “evergreen” which means it isn’t based on a calendar or season or holidays. You can start this when your child is ready – in the fall, after the new year, in the middle of April!
It’s a program for building background knowledge for your child so when he or she enters school and the teachers say, “Today we will be measuring things”, your child can unlock prior knowledge and feel confident in class. “I know what measuring is – my mom and I do that all the time!”
What’s inside this program?
The full program is 19 thematic units spanning 38 weeks, 26 alphabet letters, and 190 days. You’ll also find a 20+ page start up guide – so I can give you all the insight possible on how this program works.
You’ll find weekly overviews and daily lesson plans packed into this 300+ page program. These are lessons I wrote out and scripted for you to help you be the best teacher possible for your child.
There’s structure: each day follows a predictable pattern.
There’s planning: every day is planned for you.
There’s a sequence: these aren’t random activities. The skills in these activities grow and develop along with your child.
What else is inside?
Playing Preschool is built on 19 themed units – each unit is two weeks long. A homeschool preschool day in Playing Preschool includes a handpicked book perfect for the theme, questions to ask your child, conversations to have, and two simple activities.
And of course, what kind of activities are these? These are Busy Toddler style activities.
Easy. Fast to set up. Minimal supplies. Packed with learning.
But remember the units are themed so the activities “go together”.
And the units are sequenced and build in their complexity as your child ages. These aren’t random activities set at a random point in time. Playing Preschool follows a clear line of progression: skills build and grow.
For example, math activities in unit 1 focus on numbers 1-5. In unit 19, the focus is on numbers 1-12. This program as a clear scope and sequence. The Unit 19 activities are a lot more challenging than Unit 1 activities – and they should be!
Okay, so how does each day look?
I put all my teacher skills to use designing this homeschool preschool curriculum. The program is broken into 19 units. Each unit is two weeks long.
A week is 5 days of learning activities. Here’s what each day looks like:
- Start the day: calendar, song/poem, and an introduction to the topic
- A read aloud perfect for the theme
- “Things to Talk About”: a conversation to have with your child about the book/theme
- A learning activity – this is an activity usually done by parent AND child to develop a targeted skill (but still fitting within the theme)
- An easy activity – a quick & easy themed activity that the child can typically do independently
Each week comes with a unit overview (so you can see what the week looks like) and daily lesson plans (complete with full written direction, some photos, and pre-made questions to ask).
There’s also a supply list, book list, song and poem for each unit.
This program couldn’t be simpler to follow!
Playing Preschool is a different kind of homeschool preschool.
This is not a traditional homeschool preschool curriculum.
I designed this program to be something you can do quickly – each day is only about 45 minutes long. Don’t have time for that? Do it throughout the day (you can totally break things up!).
Playing Preschool can be done while the baby is napping. It can be done with a baby on your hip. It can be done all day long in short 5 minute bursts. It can be done in a playroom, in a school room or on the floor of your family room (that’s where I teach my kids!).
What age group is this for?
I designed Playing Preschool with my both kids in mind. My 2.5 year old is having a blast with it and my 4 year old is right there with us and just as engaged. BOTH my kids love these activities and BOTH have learned so much from this program. The activities are open-ended meaning they can be made more or less challenging depending on your child’s development.
I built a lot of extensions into this program so you have options for raising the challenge level – I use those for my 4 year old. When it comes to asking and answering questions from the stories, my older child is giving higher level answers than his little sister, but both are just as interested.
The skills your child will work on during this program are perfect!
I didn’t pick every skill in the world for your child work with during Playing Preschool. I picked a few – ones I believe can be easily taught at home and will build background knowledge for entering school later down the road.
- Sorting: learning to sort, classify, and work with groups of objects
- Predicting: asking and answering questions
- Alphabet Knowledge: an introduction into each letter of the alphabet
- Recall and Retell: learning to retell a book, information, or sequence of events
- Shapes: introducing simple shapes and their attributes
- Measurement: learning measuring vocabulary, working with capacity, etc.
- Number Sense: working on learning about numbers (one to one correspondence, number recognition, quantity, counting)
But that’s not all! This program is full of science, fine motor skill, gross motor skill, art, and sensory based activities too.
Holy cow – that seems like A LOT!
Each day, you’ll focus on TWO skills with your child. Just TWO.
And the best part is: you’ll get into a routine with these skills because they repeat each week on the same day (think fish sticks Friday but teaching style). Every Monday is predicting and sorting, every Tuesday is alphabet knowledge and number sense… so you can get into a routine.
You’ll get comfortable. You’ll become an expert at teaching measurement because every Wednesday, you’ll do a measurement activity with your child.
What you won’t do with Playing Preschool? Sit and work because this is an engaging, hands-on curriculum. Your child will be active, moving, and engaged as they learn and explore the world around them.
I designed this to be “do-able”
This isn’t an overwhelming program.
When you get down to the guts, this program is a book and a few activities each day with your child. It’s just that these activities aren’t random. They’re in a well-thought out, sequenced design, and in fun thematic units. And just think: you’ll know what you’re doing each day for the next 9+ months (aka the length of a traditional school year).
I wrote each lesson with you in mind – with tips for teaching it, extensions for your child, and explicit instructions so you feel comfortable.
Wondering how to start it all?
I wrote THE BESTEST Start Up Guide possible! I remember being a teacher, sitting down with a new program, and thinking “Ugh, where do I start?!”
So I answered that question for you with a 20+ page Start Up Guide full of information on how I set up this program, the whys behind the choices I made, and tips galore for how to teach it.
I was a teacher before I became a Mom so I’ve used both those skill sets to make this do-able and achievable for every busy family.
Are you ready to start this easy homeschool preschool program?
I’m ready for you to dive in too and get your hands on Playing Preschool. I’m ready for you to start building background knowledge with your child to help them be school-ready someday.
I bundled this program a few different ways for your convenience.
You can buy it all at once (this is the cheapest option and I’m a notorious penny pincher): the entire program – 38 weeks of learning – with the Start-Up Guide for just over a $1 a week. That’s a lot cheaper than traditional preschool!
Or you can buy it in smaller grouped units – the first set of units still includes the Start up Guide so don’t worry. You’ll get your hands on that!
Not ready to commit? I get it. I’m a convicted visual learner. Let me show you part of the first unit, Apples, for free. Just follow this link and you’ll get a preview of Unit 1: Apples. You won’t have the luxury of my amazing Start Up Guide, but you’ll at least get an idea of how this program is laid out.
It’s time to jump on board.
Stop flying by the seat of your pants each day and let me do some of the navigating for you. Playing Preschool will give you a school year’s worth of learning activities with your child – now that’s one amazing way to make it to nap time.
Let’s start this homeschool preschool journey together.