Today, we are starting a very loosely structured preschool curriculum that I have been hearing about for a few years now. I didn't want anything too intense and I wanted it to be primarily literature and play-based. That's exactly why I chose to start with the Letter of the Week Preparatory Curriculum. It is such an amazing resource - it has everything completely laid out for you ... for free!
I finished up my "learning poster" that we will be using each day this weekend. It's nothing fancy but it cost exactly $.69 + printer paper to make, so I'm good with the imperfections. ;) The theme changes each week as do the letters/numbers/vocab words/etc. Here's Piper pointing out the cow on the poster:
I also checked out five cow books from our local library and we will be reading those each day to supplement the daily activity and learning poster review. I was disappointed to learn that our local library will only issue five books at a time so I may have to check in to surrounding libraries and their limits. Piper loves to read books so I would prefer to be able to check out more than five per week!
I found a cow coloring page for her to color with her new markers:
And when she was finished coloring the cow very, VERY well, she rushed to the fridge to display it proudly. It's a little hard to tell, but there IS a cow under all that marker! :) She loves to color, and she colors pictures every day - but this is the first time I've brought out the markers so that was exciting for her.
I have a couple of short videos for her to watch, a couple of fun little craft projects, and a trip to see the cattle drive in Fort Worth one day this week also (in addition to the daily review and reading). She really had fun with our first day/lesson and I look forward to continuing this for the next 26 weeks! :) I will probably take a few weeks "off" of the curriculum to make up my own themes - for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, etc. but the beauty of something like this is that it's flexible! I can mix it up however we prefer and it doesn't matter a bit.
Piper loves to learn and absorbs things like a sponge so I figured introducing a little more structure to our day-to-day routine would be a good thing. I'll be sure to update on how things are going in the coming weeks and months!