This can absolutely replace preschool for your child. The activities cover the academic knowledge that your child would learn in a formal preschool setting. When they complete The Preschool Playbook they will have a wide range of background knowledge that will serve them well in Kindergarten.
With that said, since the curriculum is so adaptable, you can certainly use it with your child who is also in formal preschool. When you are at home and need an activity to keep your preschooler busy while you start dinner or on they days they don’t go to school, you can pull out the Playbook. You many not use every lesson and book recommendation, but it will still serve you well.
If you are using the curriculum to replace preschool, each day includes the following:
In total it should take about 45 min a day (sometimes more if your child is really interested in the activity)
Nearly half of the lessons are linked to Kindergarten Common Core standards. With that said, you are teaching a preschooler, not a kindergartner. That means we do not expect our preschoolers to master these kindergarten standards; I am simply including the standards, so you know what you are working towards with your preschooler.
For Example: Standard K.CC.A.1 states that students should be able to count to 100 by ones or 10s. That is a kindergarten standard, but in preschool we will be working on counting up to 10 or even 20. We are working towards that standard but not to the complexity that kindergarten requires.
Including the standards also serves as an opportunity for you as a parent to become familiar with the standards so that when kindergarten does come you feel more knowledgeable and prepared to help your child succeed.
So what academic skills are focused on:
There are even a few units that don’t teach any Common Core standards; however, they are filled with life skills and background knowledge that will help your preschooler be successful in so many areas of life.
Other Focus Skills
The curriculum is designed to be a framework that spells out the activity and skills you are working on, but allows you to modify to fit your family’s needs. This is supposed to make your life easier, not harder.
Each template/activity was specifically designed to meet multiple kids needs. They contatin the framework, but are blank enough for you to fill in what you need.
For example: A letter identifucation activity
There is a template, but there are no letters on it.
- For my early preschooler I might add 4-8 letters that we have been working on
- For my older preschooler I might include all 26 letters
- For my kindergartener I would work on all 26 letters and ask them to identfiy the letter sound and a word that starts with that sound
But we are all working on the same activity with the same prep.
Recommendations to modify and notes for each activity are icluded in the Playbook.