Category Archives: Walk Beside Me Preschool Curriculum

Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: X is for Ammon’s eXample

Walk Beside Me Introduction

Okay, I might be stretching it just a leeetle bit here to say that X is for ‘eXample’ but you know what? It’s going to be years before your kid figures out there is an e before the word ‘example,’ so I don’t think I’m confusing anyone that badly here. Plus… what was I supposed to do for the letter X? I mean… really.

So today’s segment of the Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool is

X is for Ammon’s eXample!

Alphabetic liberties aside, this is such a fun little packet! I’ve thrown in a few printables we haven’t seen in awhile, like a coloring page and a size sort activity. These hands on activities will help your child work on manual dexterity (important for learning to write letters).

This week you’ll be teaching your child about the story of Ammon. Ammon is one of my favorite scripture heroes; I even gave a talk about him as a teen. I love Ammon because not only is he just cool with his brute force in scaring off the mean robbers, but he’s also thoughtful. When the other servants of the king ran off to tell the king what Ammon had done, the king asked where Ammon was. Awkwardly, the servants confess that he’s taking care of the horses they failed to put away!

The song of the week is the classic “Book of Mormon Stories.” There are actually many verses to this song, it would be so fun to teach your child the verse about Ammon. Little boys (and hey, little girls too) will love watching the movie of Ammon from the Book of Mormon Stories. In telling the story of Ammon, you could cut out these figures. I always like to laminate and place magnet strips on the back, then I use a cookie sheet like a flannel board.

To find the best way to implement this curriculum into a full weekly preschool, check out the Preschool Schedule. If you’re new here, start with the Introduction Page or the FAQ. I also have a Walk Beside Me Store. The store is an Amazon affliate store, I get paid per purchase you make through the store, so please check it out before you leave.

I hope you enjoy this LDS homeschool or preschool at home resource. Whichever you prefer. :)

Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: W is for Jonah and the Whale

Walk Beside Me Introduction

I’m excited to tell you that Nicole and I have officially finished the Walk Beside Me Preschool Curriculum! We have had such an amazing learning adventure (both of us!) as we homeschooled through our preschool year. I have loved being able to incorporate Gospel lessons through her schooling.

However, that really has nothing to do with what I’m about to share with you! While we have finished with the letter Z, today I’m sharing with you the preschool lessons for W! Today we have…

W is for Jonah and the Whale!

Now before you get all nitpicky on me, I know that it actually says in the Bible that Jonah was swallowed by a fish. A great fish, I believe? But the artwork I had is a whale, most children’s Bible stories tell us about a whale, and quite frankly, I didn’t have a lot of letter ideas for W. In fact, we initially did J is for Jonah and the Whale, but before I posted the lessons, I changed it to J is for Jesus Died for Me. I can’t remember what I had initially planned the letter W to be… oh yes I do. It was going to be the Wise Man and the Foolish Man but you know what? I didn’t have artwork! :)
{I appear to be slightly distractable today.}

Where were we? Oh yes. The letter W. A few extra resources for you to go above and beyond the Walk Beside Me Preschool Schedule:

  • Jonah and the Great Fish (buy the DVD, digital download, or digital week long rental!) (I love how they work to help children not just understand the stories, but apply them to their own lives!)
  • Jonah – Old Testament Stories
  • Some great Jonah clip art (laminate and put magnets on the back for a modern flannel board, use a cookie sheet to tell the story!)
The secular focus for the week is on Weather. Children this age are fascinated by weather and seasons. On the preschool schedule you’ll find a fun online game, a large motor skills game, and a science project! I’m now an affliate for Usborne books (more on that to come!) and I’m loving their non-fiction books. Some great ones to help complete your theme would be Weather, Getting Dressed Sticker Book, and Seasons. (One cool thing about Usborne is that any order under $60 ships for just $5, and any order over $40 qualifies you for monthly specials at least 60% off!)
Have any questions about the Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool Curriculum? Check out the FAQ Page here. Or, click here to get the introduction to the whole curriculum. Please check out the Walk Beside Me store–I offer this curriculum for free, but hope that you’ll order from the store for your materials. Amazon gives me a small percentage of the proceeds, which helps me fund this massive project! And don’t forget to grab the Walk Beside Me Schedule–this gives you great ideas on how to implement this weekly curriculum!

BOB Books are at Costco

Bob Books

I blogged a couple of weeks about about how I was planning on using BOB Books to continue to teach Nicole reading. Well, the BOB Books are at Costco! They stocked April 23 (I know, I’m way behind in realizing this), and they are a limited stock item, so they won’t restock these fantastic sets for another year. Beg or borrow a Costco membership if you have to (but please don’t steal, your mom would be very disappointed in you), but grab a set now!

These combined sets are only $9.99 at Costco. They retail for $9.99 for an individual set, and each Costco pack comes with 2 sets of books. I know, I’m saying “set” a lot, but I’m drawing a blank on what else to say, so get over it. :)

Here’s the scoop from bobbooks.com:

The five Special Collection boxes contain the original Bob Books materials boxed and reprinted in beautiful, oversized, 8 x 8 inch format. Many customers enjoy the large format for small hands, and they love the terrific price offered by Costco.

  • Collection 1 has 18 books, including all the stories from Set 1, and half of Set 2.
  • Collection 2 has 16 books, including stories from half of Set 2, and all of Set 3.
  • Collection 3 has 16 books, and includes all the stories from Sets 4 and 5.
  • The My First Bob Books Collection has 24 books, including all stories from My First Bob Books: Alphabet and My First Bob Books: Pre-Reading Skills.
  • NEW! Bob Books Sight Words has 20 books and 16 flash cards, including all stories from Bob Books Sight Words-Kindergarten and Bob Books Sight Words – First Grade.
If your child hasn’t started doing letter sounds and you’re planning on using the Walk Beside Me preschool curriculum this year, I’d definitely grab the First Bob Books Collection for your preschooler! I plan on using the Sight Words collection this summer, then continue with Collection 2 next fall. (We purchased Collection 1 last spring and sporadically slowly worked our way through them this year.)
Funny story… recently Nicole was starting to struggle with the Bob Books, and I wasn’t sure what was going on. I took a break for a few days
(okay, a week, I was stressed about some other things)
and today I realized… we had unintentionally skipped five entire books! The books are so sequential and built to reinforce what was previously learned, that she was a little lost. So I started her back where we should have been, and she was reading fluently. Just some additional proof that BOB Books work
if you do them in order, that is!
PS – I just read on the Bob Books Facebook page that Collection 3 didn’t get printed and sent to Costco this time. However, Collection 3 and all of the other sets will be available at Costco in August!

Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: V is for the First Vision

Walk Beside Me Introduction

 Since we do our homeschool whenever the mood strikes, rather than waiting on some crazy lady to post them online, Nicole and I just finished with the letter Y.
(You ladies must have it hard, waiting on me!)
I honestly can’t believe we’re almost done with the entire Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool program! I feel like I can say I’m a real homeschool teacher now. Because I actually finished! Well, almost. Wouldn’t it be funny if I never did the letter Z??

Anyway, this week you get to download the packet for the next segment of the homeschool curriculum! Today is brought to you by:

Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: V is for the First Vision.

(Notice I’m saying homeschool and LDS preschool a lot today? That might be for the benefit of Google. I notice that if I type in ‘LDS homeschool’ you can’t find this site, but if you type in ‘LDS preschool’ we are inching our way to the top of the list. Which is pretty awesome! But I want people looking for homeschool to be able to find me too. I’m terrible at SEO type stuff but I like to think saying LDS and homeschool a million times will help.)

 Today’s packet is a little on the small side, but sometimes I just need to get them online rather than waiting for me to add additional printables. Is that okay with you? I figure some printables are far superior to no printables.

Okay! Today’s Gospel theme is “V is for the First Vision.” Young children have such a wonderful love for Heavenly Father and Jesus, they get so excited about this story! I found a few fun resources this week to supplement our lessons. I found a poster of Joseph Smith (hang it in your school area all week!) or you could help your child retell the story after coloring these figures. My daughter loves the stories from the scripture readers, this one is from the Doctrine and Covenants Stories. This movie, Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration, is perfect for a Family Home Evening lesson, is an hour long and better to be broken up over the course of the week.

The secular focus of the week is Volcanoes. On the preschool schedule, it simply says, “Explode Volcano!” This means exactly what you probably think it means: vinegar and baking soda, baby! You can make your own, or buy a ready-made kit from Usborne Books and More. If you still like the idea of making your own, Usborne also carries a wonderful introduction to Volcanoes for only $4.99! On a completely unrelated topic, did I mention I’m now an Usborne affliate?

I hope you enjoy this week’s lesson on the First Vision! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me or leave a message in the comments below. First, check out the Walk Beside Me FAQ. If you’re new here, you can also check out the introduction page. Before you leave, check out the Walk Beside Me Store. Amazon gives me a small percentage of the sale to help justify the vast amount of time this curriculum has taken! And don’t forget to tell your friends about this awesome LDS Homeschool curriculum! ;)

Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: U is for Utah Pioneers

Walk Beside Me Introduction

This week for the Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool curriculum, we have another vowel. We are talking about U is for Utah Pioneers. How fun to introduce some Mormon pioneer history to your preschooler! This would also be a great packet to save for Pioneer Days on July 24th.

Obviously there are some great resources you can discuss while discussing this topic. You can

do a Pioneer maze
read a poem about Seagulls
figure out a hidden Pioneer Message
discuss what a Pioneer is today
read a story about Pioneers
read a Matt & Mandy comic about handcart pioneers
read about pioneer journals
make Pioneer Pudding
watch a movie about Winter Quarters or
a movie about the Saints going west
read the prophet’s words about pioneers
play pioneer games
play a pioneer trail game
go on a “pioneer trek”
watch this movie about the pioneers
make butter or
make a marshmallow covered wagon!

Whew. All that, in about ten minutes of searching. The options for activities are endless! I’m also including an Amazon widget full of some awesome activities to enhance your Utah & Pioneer learning!

Don’t forget to grab the Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool schedule to find ways to best implement this into a full preschool curriculum. If you’re new here, check out the FAQ Page. And please, don’t forget to browse through the Walk Beside Me Store as a small percentage of the proceeds goes towards me and this curriculum!

I’d love to hear about ways you’ve used this packet, or the Walk Beside Me curriculum with your children. Do you have any other fun pioneer suggestions or activities? Leave a comment and let us know!

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