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Does this replace preschool?
Yes and No.

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.

What does a typical day look like?
The beauty of this curriculum is that you can adapt it to make it fit your schedule. There is no requirement to complete a certain amount of activities or pages per day. You can work through all the activities first thing in the morning or break it into sections.

If you are using the curriculum to replace preschool, each day includes the following:

  • 1 book
  • 2 activities – one is more academic in nature and one is art, sensory, or STEM focused
  • 1 writing journal page

In total it should take about 45 min a day (sometimes more if your child is really interested in the activity)

What skills are practiced?
Kindergarten standards were used as a guideline when building this curriculum.

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:

  • Name identification, spelling, and writing
  • Letter identification, sounds & writing (capital & lowercase)
  • Number identification, value, sequencing & writing (0-20)
  • Shapes
  • Measurement
  • Patterns
  • Sorting & Matching

Not every lesson is linked to a Common Core standard for two reasons.

  1. There are some skills that you learn in preschool that you don’t learn in kindergarten. I could not gloss over things like fine motor skills.
  2. Common Core standards are only written for language arts and math, but creative skills, STEM, and sensory play are essential to learning especially for preschoolers. Thus, there are activities that are not linked to standards, but rather to skills that are equally if not more important at the preschool level.

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

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Cutting
  • Gluing
  • Painting
  • Creative Skills
  • Sensory Play
  • STEM
  • Basic Cooking Skills
What themes are included?
  1. Apples
  2. Colors
  3. Shapes
  4. Wild Animals
  5. Construction
  6. Health
  7. 5 Senses
  8. Pets
  9. Dinosaurs
  10. Space
  11. Nature
  12. Nursery Rhymes
  13. Transportation
  14. Camping
  15. Farms
  16. Weather
  17. About Me
  18. Sweet Treats
  19. Balls and Sports
  20. Food
  21. Community Helpers
  22. Garden
  23. Bugs
  24. Flowers
  25. Robots
  26. Water
  27. Oceans
  28. Measurement
  29. STEM
  30. Magnets
How flexible is this program?
Life as a mom can be chaotic, and the last thing we need is another responsibility. This curriculum is designed to work for you.

  • If you are looking through a week of activities and find an activity or two that dont work for your family, skip them. Your preschooler won’t be behind.
  • If you can only do one activity a day, no problem.
  • If you want to take a week off, that’s fine.
  • If you want to skip ahead to dinosaurs because you have a dino lover who needs some motivation, you CAN do that.
  • If you don’t have a specific supply, but you have something like it, use what you have

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.

My kids are different ages, will this work for both kids?
YUP! I use it with my 1st-year preschooler and Kindergartener.

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.