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age 4 curriculum

Play with a Purpose

The pre-kindergarten curriculum for four-year-olds is divided into four daily activity segments. The curriculum offers lesson plans from September through May with a break at Christmas and Easter. Some people use this curriculum strictly “as is” for a pre-k curriculum while some parents use it as an idea book for things to do on weekends or evenings. 

The only subject that is covered every day is the Bible Study. Each day you read the week's story and recite the month’s Bible verse. The Bible study starts on Monday with simply reading a story. Tuesday you read the story again and do a story related craft. Wednesday you read the story and there's a practical application (the application segment is a guide for you to use as a conversation with your child to help them better understand the story’s concept). Thursday you read the story using the craft you made on Tuesday. Friday you read the story and recite the Bible verse for a sticker on the Verse Chart (included as one of the patterns in the book). 

Monday through Friday you also cover three of the following topics: letters, writing, readiness skills, manners, chores, movement, mathematics, science/health, story/tutor time, music, social studies, cooking, crafts, and field trips. The only subject I do not cover completely is phonics. I just don't feel qualified to write a complete phonics program. But there are many sources on the web and even more available in homeschool bookstores. Many parents I have spoken with recommend  "Teaching your child to read in 100 easy lessons." This book is self contained and you don't have to buy a lot of extras to go with it. There are worksheets that you create. However, I found a website (address is in the curriculum) which offers worksheets you can print out to go along with the book so that you do not need to make them up yourself. I do cover letters and their sounds in the curriculum, just not the process of putting them all together. 

The binder that Hands on Homeschooling comes in also has a Prep and Planning section which gives you guidelines for planning ahead and being prepared for the lessons. It has an overall supply list and in this particular version of Hands on Homeschooling it also has directions for creating and playing a folder game for each letter of the alphabet. In the rear of the binder there is an Alternate Activities section which lists additional activities to choose from should you not want to do a specific activity as listed in the lesson plan. There are also several ideas listed for making gifts with your children that should come in handy for the holidays and special occasions. You will also find a list of helpful websites where you can find a lot of additional activities and recipes.  

Thank you,

Terri

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