Category Archives: Preschool Curriculum

Walk Beside Me: After the Letter Z?

Walk Beside Me Introduction


It thrills me to no end that we’ve completed the Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool homeschool curriculum. It was a huge goal of mine that I worried (many, many times) I wouldn’t ever accomplish. Hate to brag (ha, right), but I’m so proud of myself for completing it. I’m happy my little girl loved it and learned so much during the year about her ABC’s, as well as wonderful Gospel stories.

My question for you is…
what’s next?

I have many ideas, and hopefully at least one solid idea in the works. I’d like to know though, what would you like to see as a follow up to the Walk Beside Me Preschool? I have toyed with the idea of reformatting the alphabet to include only short sounded vowels, (keep A is for Adam, change E is for Enoch) then make five additional weeks to the curriculum that are focused on the long sounded vowels.
{I’m having trouble coming up with gospel themes for short e, i, o, and u sounds though!}

While I’m happy to do that, provided I can think of some Gospel themes to match those letters (any suggestions?), for the most part, I’d like to move on. My daughter is ready for Kindergarten level work, and I’d like to keep the gospel theme going. Ideally I can incorporate the Gospel into all of our years of homeschool, whether I create the curriculum or not!

What would you like to see as a follow up to Walk Beside Me Preschool? Would you be interested in a long vowels addition, or are you ready to move on too? What about a ‘tot school’ version of Walk Beside Me? Leave a comment and vote for one of these options, or even better, suggest your own!

If you’re new here and want to learn more about my LDS-based Gospel curriculum for preschoolers, go to the FAQ page here, the Introduction page here, or A is for Adam here!

Thank you all so much. I’m so excited to hear what you have to say about this! 

{Homeschool} Preschool Graduation

Preschool Graduation Party - Homeschool Style!

A couple of weeks ago, Nicole’s little cousin mentioned something about her upcoming preschool graduation. I explained what this meant and Nicole immediately jumped on the idea that she needed a graduation party too. After all, we were just about to finish our Walk Beside Me preschool curriculum! I told her sure, we can do that. Of course, I meant “party of six,” or a family party.

She then asked if she could invite her next door neighbor.
Um, yes?
And her cousin who was also graduating?
Uh… sure.
And the sisters of her cousin?

You see where this is going, right? Pretty soon I agreed to inviting all the four year olds Nicole knows! So we did a simple extremely low budget (think dollar store!) graduation party to celebrate the finishing of our Walk Beside Me Preschool!

I invited all the moms via evite. Then I shopped in mid-May at the dollar store and spent about $5 on little decorations. I threw together some simple allergy friendly party favors using Smarties and Dum Dums. I designed a treat bag topper for the preschool graduation, and stapled it to a little treat bag. For good measure, I sprinkled some confetti in the treat bag too. Click the image to download your own treat toppers!

Digital scrap products from Sweet Shoppe Designs by Design by Dani.

The day of the party I panicked because the weather was a little iffy for the park gathering I had planned. Not wanting to clean my house, and knowing one of our allergy buddies couldn’t be in my house with our Stupid Shedding Dog, I got permission to throw our party at our church. (Okay, this involved last minute phone tag and total panic on my part… but it all worked out okay!)

At our super simple party, we made our own graduation hats for a craft using supplies I already had at home.

These required some construction paper, scissors, a glue stick, and a stapler. You can get a full tutorial on making graduation caps, (we skipped the tassels) but you can see how easily it was to construct…

They weren’t perfect. ;) But how cute are these little models?

Then we played a game I made up the night before. I called it,
“Preschool, Preschool, KINDERGARTEN.”

You might know it as “duck, duck, goose.”
Yeah, I felt pretty clever.

Then we passed out the treat bags and we were DONE.

Party decorations: $5
Party treats: $5
My preschooler knowing I’m proud of her?
Priceless.

Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: Z is for Zion

Z is for Zion

Update: I had several comments about this particular download working. I’m so sorry it took such a long time to get it fixed, but it should work correctly now. I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to comment or email me if you have any issues. Thanks! 

EEEEEEKK!!!
Or should I say ZZZZZZZEEEEEEK??

Okay, that was lame. But I can’t believe it. I honestly can’t believe it. We made it! We made it to the letter Z! (Can you believe? I can’t.) I really never thought I’d still be even blogging to post the letter Z; I certainly never would have thought I’d have the ability to finish such a massive undertaking!!

Ladies and… well, gentleman? Assuming there’s one out there? I present to you the
Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool Curriculum: Z is for Zion Printables!

EEEEEEEKKK!!
{Sorry, I couldn’t help it.}

I confess, I had a hard time knowing exactly what to say about this one. I’ve already done E is for Enoch; but I wanted to bring up the principle of Zion being the pure in heart. It’s a hard concept to explain to a four year old, and perhaps one day I will go back and combine the E & Z printables into Z is for Zion, and make a whole new set of printables for E. But don’t hold your breath.

You could, of course, talk about Zion’s Camp after watching the Doctrine and Covenants Stories called “Zion’s Camp.” There is also this live action video, detailing some of the events of Zion’s Camp. However, what I felt was most appropriate for my daughter was the video called “The Second Coming of Jesus Christ.” While the events of Christ’s Coming may at times feel scary and uncertain, I think it’s important for your child to know this part of God’s plan. Express your love for the Savior and your excitement at His coming one day. Make sure your child knows we don’t know when the Savior will come, but we need to live the best life we can so Jesus will be happy with us! (For an in depth lesson on Zion, refer to this amazing lesson by The Red Headed Hostess!)

If your child feels apprehensive after watching the video “The Second Coming of Christ,” you can read this reassuring scripture from 1 Nephi 13:37. You can use this lesson to talk about preparedness and food storage and all that. Pack a 72 hour kit with your child! I didn’t. But you could. :)

Oh, and since this curriculum is officially COMPLETE, your download also comes with a preschool diploma. We had a lot of fun inviting friends and neighbors over (we got permission to use the ward house, since the weather was iffy) for a “graduation party!” Check back tomorrow* for more details on our little graduation party!
*by tomorrow, I mean soonish.

Don’t forget to check over the lesson schedule for the week you learn the letter Z for lots of fun ideas! The Walk Beside Me Store (an Amazon affiliate store) has lots of goodies for your preschool, and helps fund this huge project! If you’re new to this curriculum, check out the Intro page as well as the FAQ.

I sincerely hope and pray this curriculum has answered a prayer in your heart for an LDS preschool curriculum! If you have loved and appreciated it (and ahem, it’s freeness), please consider purchasing my family home evening packets, called FHE Made Easy, for only $10!

Y is for Alma the Younger

The second to last letter of the alphabet! *Squeal!* Today’s packet for the Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool Curriculum is called, drum roll please,

Y is for Alma the Younger!

Like our last packet, this is a bit of the stretch using the ‘y’ from Younger, but whatever works, right? This is such a cool story that can be really fun to act out. Alma’s story is a great story about repentance. After all, he was the ultimate Bad Guy: son of the prophet, going around with his crew The Sons of Mosiah, telling everyone the gospel wasn’t true! Then, ground shaking moment, an angel appears and tell him to knock it off! Everyone is knocked over by shock, then The Sons of Mosiah drag poor unconscious Alma the Younger back to Daddy (who is Alma the Prophet).

As usual, I like to start out by sharing a gospel story by using the Book of Mormon Stories videos. Then you can retell the stories using the adorable paper dolls from the lovely Red Headed Hostess. This is wonderful because after you tell it, your children can narrate the story back to you! (She doesn’t have any official angel garb, but get creative!)

As you may have gathered yesterday, I’m feeling under the weather this week. I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

Got questions? Read our FAQ.
Getting started? Check out the introduction.
Want a weekly schedule? There’s a schedule here!
Want to buy things for your preschool and support this blog? Just go to the store! 

Signing Time DVDs Only $10!

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I am so so so excited to share this email that I just got with you. These are NOT affiliate links, these are nothing sponsored. This is just something I love. I truly feel Signing Time unlocked oral language for my daughter. Nicole signed long before she could talk, and she talked very early! This deal is… well, I’m speechless. (Perhaps I should sign ‘excited!’)

 In fact, I’m jealous. Is it weird that I’m sad I own every single Signing Time because this means I can’t take advantage of this deal? Hmm… except for Potty Time…!

Completely unrelated to what I’m doing on the computer, Nicole is playing with our Signing Time flashcards right now. Signing Time movies (and flashcards and books!) are perfect for preschoolers learning their ABCs. All fifty thousand of them. We have a stack of Signing Time DVDs 2 inches thick next to our DVD player in our bedroom. We take the books to church. In a pinch, we used the ‘stop’ and ‘go’ flashcards for music time at church when the music leader forgot her signs for the singing game! We have even met Rachel, Alex, Leah, and Hopkins!

Yeah… we’re pretty die hard Signing Time fans around here!

$10 DVD Sale - June 5-6 only

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