My youngest daughter will be turning four in November. I had originally planned to repeat Blossom and Root Early Years Vol. 1 with her this year, but this summer something shifted in her. She started asking me lots of questions about letters and numbers, trying to mimic printing activities I was doing with her older sister, and vocalizing a desire to “do homeschool” too. Despite an unexpected surge of emotion at this development, which you can read about right here, I decided to listen to the will of the learner and go with it.
For the 2017 – 2018 year, Brice will be doing Blossom and Root Early Years Vol. 2. This complete pre-k curriculum includes the following weekly subjects:
- Picture Study (one featured picture per week by Renoir, Hokusai, Frida Kahlo, and Jacob Lawrence)
- Composer Study (listening to music by Beethoven, Wagner, Erik Satie, and Miles Davis)
- Exploring Artistic Expression (weekly art project with minimal materials and maximum focus on process over product)
- Read-Together Time (weekly reading, informal narration, and activities around books by Beatrix Potter, Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Robert McCloskey, and more)
- Weekly poetry and name-printing practice
- Reading and Writing Readiness (see this post for details)
- Early Math Foundations (hands-on activities and songs to help your child learn at their own pace)
- Weekly S.T.E.M. activities and interest-led investigations
- Nature Study / Nature Journaling
The entire curriculum requires about an hour per day, five days per week. In addition, we will (once again) be incorporating the Brave Writer lifestyle as a family. Brave Writer is one of my favorite discoveries since beginning homeschool and I can’t say enough wonderful things about it! (You can click here to read more about how we will use Brave Writer.) We will also be doing a morning basket together, and continuing to add integrated nature study (which is inspired by books we read together) and curiosity-driven nature study (which is inspired by open-ended outside time) as we see fit.
When all is said and done, we spend about two hours per day, five days per week doing “formal homeschool.” The rest of the week is dedicated mostly to free play, hikes, and adventures. Brice will also be attending my mom’s preschool part time, giving her a chance to play with other kids (and her nana) while my husband and I work.
I’m really looking forward to this year with Brice. I loved doing Blossom and Root Early Years Vol. 2 with Blake last year and am so glad I get to do it one more time with my baby. What are your homeschool preschool plans? I would love to hear, so please share in the comments!
(Curious about our curriculum? You can learn all about it by clicking the “Early Years Curriculum” tab in the menu bar. You can download a free sample by clicking right here! To purchase, visit our Gumroad shop by clicking right here.)
Read about what we’re doing for homeschool kindergarten with my oldest daughter by clicking here.
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