I’m so thankful I get to spend time with my children for their preschool years. First, I share our curriculum choices and why we use them. Keep reading to find out how we explored the Letter A. Finally, at the bottom, we list our favorite supplies for the preschool years.
SUPPORTS AMPLE NATURE TIME
- The Peaceful Preschool – The schedule is amazing because it sets aside one day per week for field trips
- Exploring Nature with Children – This works well for my family because it is centered around being outdoors
- The Abundant Gardener – We are learning more about gardening together so this will naturally provide chances to visit gardens, plant stores, and be outside on our land
THE PEACEFUL PRESCHOOL
We currently follow the Peaceful Preschool curriculum by Jennifer Pepito and we love it! The content is full of rich literature, therefore it is a perfect fit for my book-loving family. We read through many rich, classic stories. We also complete playful projects to go with the literature theme or letter. Download Unit A for free to try it out with your littles in order to see if you like it.
The community she has created is such a beautiful resource and I’m grateful to be a part of it. Jennifer has included a wonderful preschool e-book which helps you prepare to guide your child in early learning. We have found her curriculum perfect for our homeschool preschool. The curriculum is comprised of Read Aloud, Phonics, Counting Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Large Motor Skills, Practical Life Skills, and Art Skills. Here is how we schedule our days.
LETTER E REVIEW
We loved the letter E unit! The focus was on eggs and that is one thing we love. Eggs are a great superfood so this Mama was happy to introduce a unit focusing on them. We began by creating our glitter glue alphabet letters and read through Rechenka’s Eggs. We had fun creating bird’s nests out of natural play dough and making miniature play dough eggs for the nest. It was such a joy since I got to see my sons get creative in forming the nest and eggs.
The Peaceful Preschool recommends glitter glue in order to create the finishing touches on sensory, textured alphabet flashcards. We have used them with all of the letters so far, and it is really one of my children’s favorite parts. They added birdseed to their letter E template and we also added bird seed to our bird feeder out in the front!
E IS FOR EGG
We made hard boiled eggs together and dyed them with natural dye. My boys participated in collecting ice so we could cool down the eggs in an ice bath. They also love dipping the eggs in the natural dye we created out of blueberries, turmeric, and spinach. I typically have brown eggs on hand and they don’t work as well as white eggs in absorbing the color!
We counted and sorted a dozen wooden eggs. The boys made muffins and cookies with their pretend blender set and they used their wooden eggs in their pretend play.
I have created a Preschool Letter Unit for each letter on Pinterest. Pinterest provides a wealth of inspiration for extension ideas to go along with the Peaceful Preschool. We also use Simply Learning Kids to add additional learning activities. My boys took turns cutting various egg cracks and matching them back together in order to practice fine motor skills and work with patterns.
Then, we used some wooden buttons to complete an egg shape. My older son also had more scissor practice as he cut out the egg shapes and matched them together.
Finally, to wrap up the letter E unit, we used watercolors to paint the Earth. You can purchase watercolor paints at Target, however, we really enjoy these from Amazon.
Rechenka's Eggs Glitter Glue Natural Play Dough Sunflower Bird Seed Scissors Wooden Eggs Wood Mixer Toy Set Wooden Buttons Washable Tempera Paints Watercolor Paper Nature Anatomy Book
Please let me know if you have any questions. Finally, we hope you enjoy nourishing your children too! We can’t wait to share our next letter since we are having so much fun!