Before I left work I hit Pinterest hardcore in search of preschool curriculum. Gwyneth’s daycare did a little bit of schooling and she loved every minute of it. After a year of daycare, she was spelling her name, identifying letters, reciting nursery rhymes and drawing circles that resembled G’s.
I gathered a ton of resources and put together a few themes and worksheets and let me just say this, curriculum is no joke. I thought it’d be a piece of cake to put together a plan, you know, with a letter and number for the week, a daily craft, worksheets to accompany it all and a book or two to tie it all together. It took forever to come up with a month’s worth of ideas, and then when it actually comes time to carry it out, we’ll go through an entire week’s plan in 30 minutes. The lesson here? Pinterest doesn’t make you a teacher, no matter how convenient all the preschool printable packs and blogs complete with weekly themes are.
Regardless, Gwen really likes doing “schoolwork” as she calls it. So much so that she’s requested to do it when asked what she wanted to do for the day. While I’ve given up on the official weekly themes and letters and numbers since life has been a bit hairy around here lately, I have a couple tracing and matching worksheets I can whip out in a pinch that she enjoys.
Here are my favorite resources I found if you’re interested:
- BYU’s Early Literacy Program – this is the most comprehensive and well-researched thing I’ve found in regards to preschool stuff online.
- 1+1+1=1 blog – cute printable packs and themes
- Montessori Print Shop
- Make any word into a tracing worksheet – great for names
- Nursery Rhyme Name Songs– our daycare used these with Gwen and she responded very well to the nursery rhymes, just by coloring the books and singing the songs.
- Star Wars Preschool Pack – Jake got a kick out of this and while I don’t think it’s too important that Gwen learns who Darth Vader or Yoda is, she has.
- 3 DInosaurs Blog– the best for printable worksheets ranging from themes to shapes, to alphabets, you name it.
- Pamms House– a daycare website that’s a good place to start with the idea for curriculum ideas.
- Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten – I would die to have this woman as my children’s teacher. Her crafts and activities are so freaking cute. Great ideas.