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 G. 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 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 A unit.
LETTER G REVIEW
We began with the letter G unit and had so much fun with it! The focus books for letter G are Go Dog Go, Goodnight Gorilla, and Goodnight Moon. We also read through Eating the Alphabet, an alphabet book, but any alphabet book would be perfect to review.
Then, we created glitter glue letters. The Peaceful Preschool recommends glitter glue in order to create the finishing touches on sensory, alphabet flashcards. We have used them with all of the letters so far. It is really one of my children’s favorite parts.
G IS FOR GO DOG GO
Then, we created a dog party with our lego pieces and read through Go Dog Go many times. I’m thankful my parents held onto many of my childhood books, this being one of them. The day after they created this, my eldest found more dogs which he then added into the party fun!
G IS FOR GORILLA
My youngest LOVES Goodnight Gorilla. It is truly one of his favorite stories. When we get to the page in the book that is completely black, and the zoo keeper’s wife eyes are open, my boys laugh hysterically. This is such a simple book, they have it memorized. I love how this book could teach colors, patterns, observing clues, and how it encourages the imagination.
We love to paint with watercolors and they loved designing a zoo for their animals to play in.
G IS FOR GARDEN
Next, we read through Eating the Alphabet, a wonderful ABC book. We are two weeks into Exploring Nature with Children so we connected some of our gardening theme of seeds and mini beasts in this week! So, we gathered seeds from the yard and painted a picture from the Tiny Seed. I love art work because my children become so focused. It is the perfect activity when we need to wind down or find some quiet time too.
Over the course of the week, we also collected mini beasts from our yard – caterpillars, scorpions, wasps. We went on a mini beast hunt and looked at ants, bees, spiders, grasshoppers, and praying mantis.
Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman has been such a great resource! Typically, I do an outline of what we are studying in pencil in their notebooks, and the boys watercolor in what they choose. However, sometimes they do it all on their own.
We are also ambitious to make a larger garden this year. My boys took a trip with me to the Natural Gardener and we purchased some vegetable seeds. They are itching to plant them!
We visited the Natural Gardener and purchased our seeds which we will plant in our Fall garden. The Natural Gardener is a wonderful place because you can explore a food garden, chickens, goats, and purchase any kind of plant, tree or herb you could possibly need.
NUMBERS AND SHAPES
Finally, we used glitter glue to trace over our number cards and played with some blocks.
ADDITIONAL BOOKS AND RECIPE
Finally, we read through The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. My favorite versions are by Paul Galdone, which we first discover at the local library. We made porridge which is simply oatmeal topped with delicious topping such as fresh berries.
Here is how we enjoyed the letter H unit. We had so much fun with letter H and can’t wait to share the next letter with you!