13. How to use the curriculum
Hopefully you had some time to get prepared and make your supplies. Now all you need to do is understand how this curriculum works.
This curriculum is a 3 day a week program with optional enrichment and play activities for the other 2 days of the week. Choose from the enrichment and optional activities and do only what you like, what you think your child will like, and what you have time for. I include many different activities to choose from and you should not feel stressed if you don’t do everything. You are not supposed to do everything. Don’t worry if you miss a day, or if all you do is read a book and count to 10. Preschoolers are learning all day long and you are teaching them even when you don’t realize it. Don’t worry if you do none of the enrichment activities. I include them only so you have some ideas to keep your preschooler busy when you need to keep them occupied.
There are some activities that you will repeat daily. Below, there are links that will help you understand how to maximize the time and get the most out of the activity.
Circle Time: Usually done with many preschool children at once but circle time can be done with all your children or one on one.
-Purpose of circle time-http://abchomepreschool.com/PreschoolEducationBlog/2007/05/24/preschool-circle-time/
-Why circle time is important: http://www.aplaceofourown.org/question_detail.php?id=205
Calendar Time: Calendar time in this curriculum is done differently than many preschools. This decision reflects the most current research on how preschoolers learn and understand the concept of time. These articles explains why.
-Good Intentions Gone Awry: http://www.isbe.net/earlychi/pdf/beneke_calendar_time.pdf
-Missing the Mark: http://blog.mathatplay.org/2012/01/01/“calendar-time”-in-preschool-are-we-missing-the-mark/
-Questioning the Curriculum: https://home.comcast.net/~leighanne.kraemer/graduateportfolio/calendarmath.pdf
-How and why to talk about weather: http://www.the-preschool-professor.com/preschool-weather.html
-Make a weather bear: http://preschool2prek.blogspot.com/2009/09/our-weather-bear-and-how-you-can-make.html
-Make a weather wheel: http://printables.scholastic.com/printables/detail/?id=24870
-How to Read a Bedtime Story: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/24609/ (use for any story time)
-How to Read Aloud: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/60/
-Reading Aloud: http://www.readingrockets.org/atoz/reading_aloud/
-Reading Tips: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/7833/
-Interactive Reading: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/16287/
At the top of each weekly plan the following are listed: goals and standards, supplies and preparation, cheap optional supplemental tools, and a weekly article with topics geared to raising preschoolers.
Every required activity presented in this curriculum comes from a free online source. Some of the links are videos, music, printables, and directions for activities. Except for the few books that you will need to buy, basic supplies, and printer ink, you won’t need to spend a penny.