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. Also, here is how we enjoyed the letter E unit.
LETTER D REVIEW
We loved the letter D unit! The focus was on ducks and doughnuts. We began by creating our glitter glue alphabet letters and read through Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. 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. It it is really one of my children’s favorite parts.
My boys also added these yellow sprinkles to their letter D template. We choose yellow sprinkles since they reminded us of yellow ducklings and doughnuts. My youngest son enjoyed completing the letter D duck project by Simply Learning Kids because it was simple and and adorable. He remained so focused.
I found a life cycle of a duck template on Pinterest. My oldest son determined the sequence, cut the pieces and glued them on. I love to see my son’s hands at work, especially when he is so interested in the activity.
D IS FOR DOUGHNUT
Perhaps the most fun part of the unit was baking and eating homemade doughnuts! Find my healthy Paleo doughnut recipe here. My boys helped gather ingredients, stir the batter, fill the doughnut pan, spread the icing, and add sprinkles.
We also made healthy apple “doughnuts” and topped them with nut butter, cream cheese and rainbow sprinkles for a delicious snack. My children loved to spread the nut butter and cream cheese on the apple slices and I loved it because they are learning great kitchen skills.
We shaped doughnuts out of homemade play dough and reviewed the letters of the alphabet. My oldest child also played with a moveable Montessori alphabet. Next, he matched letter pairs together.
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.
In conclusion, the boys painted some recycled cardboard doughnuts. We enjoy these watercolors from Amazon, however, you can find some at Target. I’m so thankful for the Peaceful Preschool curriculum because it provides the boys with many skills they need. Most of all, we are having a blast while we are learning.
Make Way For Ducklings Glitter Glue Yellow Sprinkles Rainbow Sprinkles Doughnut Pan Play Dough Watercolors Moveable Alphabet Recycled Cardboard
Please let me know if you have any questions. Finally, we hope you enjoy nourishing your children!
Also, here is how we enjoyed the letter E unit. I can’t wait to show you the next letter we are working on because we are enjoying it so much!