Preschool Standards, Curriculum and Resources for 2010-2011

by rachel on August 21, 2010

in 2010-2011,Preschool,Skills and Concepts

With our school year quickly approaching (we will be starting after Labor Day), I’ve decided to dust off my old homeschool blog  . . . AND move it from Blogger to WordPress.  I’ve intended to move it every since I moved my primary blog over, but — well, you know — I’ve been kind of busy.  Three year olds and toddlers kind of leave you no choice but to be busy.

As I’ve spent the past few days revamping this blog’s look and organization, I’ve been getting more and more excited about starting Preschool with the Little Lady.  Our photos from last year reminded me how much fun it was to interact with my daughter in learning activities — and I wasn’t the only one having fun.  Every DAY, she asks to make some of those same projects (from last year) again and again.

This year, things will be a little different as we transition from “Tot-School” to full-fledged Preschool; my educational philosophy is still the same (hands-on, student-led, interactive learning), but we will have more specific goals this year and I’ll be incorporating assessments with each unit.

I don’t want to go crazy and push the Little Lady too much over the course of this next year; this is just the beginning — if we do more than what is outlined in this post . . .then “great,” but I am not going to expect more until I have a better idea of what she can do.

Through play and fun, interactive activities, we will be working to meet the following primary goals*:

  • Numerals 1-100
  • Counting objects to 30
  • Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size
  • Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC
  • Sizes: small, medium, large
  • Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle, oval
  • Matching (symbols, patterns, etc)
  • Letter names and sounds
  • Recognize and write first name
  • Sequencing
  • Speech/correct letter pronunciation

Other areas of focus will include:

  • Science: Dinosaurs, observation of nature, insect life, plant growth, weather, seasons, colors, the five senses, animal habitats.
  • Creativity: painting, sculpture, collages, mixing colors, music (singing/piano), movement through dance, role-play.
  • Faith: Know God create the world, animals, plant-life, and our families; know primary Old-Testament/New-Testament characters.
  • Fine Motor Skills: be able to use scissors correctly, lace beads, use funnels and pouring tools.

*based on Pre-Kindergarten Concepts from Pre-Kinders

As far as curriculum resources go, I’m sure this list will change/expand as the year progresses, but as of now (two weeks before our school year starts) this is the gist of what we will be using for our 1st year of the Little Lady’s Preschool:

Our first unit is based on a request from my daughter, who wants to learn about Dinosaurs (she’s such a bug, lizard, snail, nature nut).  So, “D” is apparently for “Dinosaurs” this year!  I’ve nearly finished planning out everything for this unit (and am sooooo excited to see the Little Lady’s reaction to it all) and will post the plan later this week.

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Meghan August 24, 2010 at 11:34 am

Thanks for joining in the Hip Homeschool Mom’s / Hop! We are excited to have you each week! I just love your blog!

Meghan
http://www.thetuckerstaketennessee.com
http://www.facebook.com/hiphomeschoolmoms

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Amy Steiner August 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Stopping by to say “Hi” from the Hip Homeschool Hop! Have a blessed day!

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welcome to our wonderland (butterflywishes) August 24, 2010 at 5:06 pm

stopping by from the hop will be back for sure :)

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Kris August 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm

We’re starting after labor day too!

I will check ou tsome of your resources as I have not seen some of them.

Thanks Rachel!

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rachel August 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Yay! Glad I’m not the only late starter. :)

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scott yancey review June 30, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Wow, incredible blog layout! How lengthy have you ever been blogging for? you made running a blog glance easy. The overall glance of your site is fantastic, as well as the content material!

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