About Our PreK Curriculum

When you visit Cheerful Learning, you’ll  find posts that relate to the following preschool activities:

{Update: As Remi has grown, so has Cheerful Learning! You will still find preschool posts here, but also Kindergarten lessons with these same basic components!}

Bible learning

Story time

Letters & numbers

Snacks, games, & crafts

Math, science, & movement

Fine motor & visual discrimination skills

Holiday fun

…as well as ideas for just-for-fun activities and ways to plan and organize all the fun you can have with your little one.

When I say I wrote my daughter’s curriculum, what I really mean is that I gathered up hundreds upon hundreds of ideas from books, websites, and blogs, and organized them into a workable plan for us. The purpose of Cheerful Learning is mainly to share those ideas with you, so you don’t have to do the same research and planning. It is also a way for me to keep myself on track, and serves as a visual record of what we do in our home preschool (and now in Kindergarten!)

The MOST IMPORTANT things I want my daughter to learn are who God is, how much He loves her, what He has done/can do (as revealed in His Word), and how He wants us to live. Our main focus is on getting to know God and His Word (the Bible), and the rest of what we do springs from that. I also value a strong focus on great children’s literature, and plenty of hands-on activities.

I set this curriculum up similar to a letter-of-the-week/number-of-the-week study, making the Bible stories the central focus. To do this, I simply wrote out the alphabet and listed every Bible story and character I could think of for each letter. I then added fun themes and literature units for each letter, and expanded the plan by working in related crafts, snack ideas, math and science activities, and games, as well as ideas for movement, fine motor practice, and visual discrimination activities.

Once I was done, I realized I had WAY more activities than I would ever be able to enjoy with my little one in the time we have daily, so I decided that we will go through the alphabet twice (making this a two-year program), doing the higher-level activities the second time around. My daughter is only three at the start of this plan, so we still have two years of preschool ahead of us anyway. Most activities can be adapted for older or younger children as well. Pick and choose what works for you. You know your own child; feel free to adjust to meet your family’s needs.

Here are some questions that might come up as you browse this blog:

How is the curriculum laid out?

My plan is to spend the first ten weeks on the numbers 0 to 10, and the following 26 weeks covering a letter of the alphabet each week. This will add up to a typical 36-week school year, but I need to tell you a few things right off the bat:

1. In our family we homeschool year round. That means we take off random weeks here and there when the weather is nice or we need a break or have family plans (instead of having one long summer break), so please don’t expect our schedule to follow that of the typical public school calendar.

2. We may spend more than a week OR less than a week on each letter, depending on how many books and activities I’ve planned to coordinate with each letter and how she’s doing with the sound and letter recognition for each.

3. We won’t be covering the letters in alphabetical order.

Why are the letter units “out of order?”

First off, my goal at this age is to EXPOSE her to the sight and sound of each letter, and teach her to write it. Therefore, I want her to learn letters in the order that will be most helpful to her, not in the order that matches the song! I plan to sequentially introduce letters that are visually different from each other (so we will not be doing ‘m’ and ‘n’ back to back, for example, even though they’re sung that way) and also in the order that will allow her to begin reading short words sooner.

Why teach the lower-case letters before capitals?

Open up a book and glance over the first page you find. What do you see? Unless you’re holding a really odd book, you’ll be looking at a whole lot of lower-case letters, with a few capitals sprinkled throughout the text. Learning capitals first does not make it easier for a child to read real books, so we learn the lower-case alphabet first.

When will posts show up?

Good question! I’d like to be able to give you a time frame and a promise that I’ll be consistent. But the truth is, I’m a busy mom with four kids at home, and homeschooling all of them takes a huge amount of my time. Plus, we have a full life with friends, church activities, and doctor appointments, just like the rest of you. (And don’t even get me started on the laundry!) So, I’ll post as consistently as I can, and hope it benefits you in some way.

I’m sure there are others questions, so please feel free to ask any you have in the comments. And if you like Cheerful Learning, please share it with someone else you think would be helped by the ideas here.

God bless you and yours as you enjoy learning together!

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  1. […] the fun is about! And when you do, be sure to first check out the pages About Us, Our Story, and About Our Curriculum ; they’ll fill you in on how we do things in our preschool program, and […]

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