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How to Organize Your Preschool Curriculum

Organize Your Curriculum

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Figuring out the best way to organize my Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool curriculum was one of the trickier aspects of my homeschool preschool experience. Eventually, I figured out what worked best for me, and I wanted to share that with you.

As you may know, homeschooling is a struggle with me because I have ADHD. Any extra planning required on a daily basis equals schooling that doesn’t happen. I wanted my preschool curriculum to be very much open-and-go, without daily (or even weekly!) planning, printing, or coordinating. The system I figured out works to my advantage perfectly. Whether you’re an ADHD mother trying to homeschool, or have several other kids to juggle while homeschooling your preschooler, this is an ideal way to get your homeschool set up!

First, I started with a file box. This is a Sterilite Showoffs File Box. (This is an affiliate link that will take you to a super cute green version, I like it even better than my orange box!) I love these boxes, I have several. In the file box I have 5 hanging file folders, and within those I have 5-6 tabbed folders. The first file folder has a folder for reusable worksheets (more about this later), then it holds a file for each letter of the alphabet. The remaining hanging file folders hold the remaining letters of the alphabet.

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Since the Walk Beside Me LDS preschool schedule uses “preschool pages” (i.e., worksheets from a book or found online), I stick in the Reusable Worksheets file anything that doesn’t belong to a certain letter. If I had pulled out a ‘shapes tracing’ activity from a workbook but used a sheet protector and a dry erase marker, that can be used again and filed. If I didn’t get to it that week and want to pull it out some other time, that can be used again. I won’t remember unless I stick it in that front folder. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s talk about what’s in each folder.

In each file folder, I place everything I will need for school that week. It is all laminated (if I desired to laminate it!) In the image below you can see my preschool schedule, all the worksheets, puzzles pasted onto cardstock that were laminated and cut out, a book of the week, and extra worksheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler that coordinate with that letter. I had considered laminating the schedule onto the folder itself, but I just didn’t get around to doing that this time. I even cut out all the letters for these fun letter activities and placed all their parts in a baggie. At one point we had our Bob Books stored in each of the folders too, but they’ve since been taken out to be stored in the cute box they came in.

I could have broken my folders even further into days. In this scenario I would have had a hanging file folder for each week (like J pictured above) and then a tabbed folder for each of the three days scheduled. This would have made filling Nicole’s workboxes a breeze. HOWEVER. Flexibility was my friend here. With the system as is with one weekly folder, I easily flipped through each of the worksheets and decided what I wanted to do that day. If we happened to have a lazy busy week, I could combine some extra worksheets and remove extra activities to make a two-day schedule happen. I didn’t want to feel like I was falling behind at any point. That was the deciding factor for making this work for me. If you like the super organized feeling, or don’t want the pressure flexibility of deciding on a whim what printables you’ll be doing on what day, then I would organize your folders just like the schedule outlines with a folder for each day.

This system was perfect for me. I really felt like I had control over how much school we did on a given week, but I never felt like I was ‘behind’ or had any guilt for skipping over activities. The best part of this system was at the end of the week, I just put everything back in the file folder. If you’re good at remembering to refile things, and don’t like the ‘used worksheets’ mixed in with the ‘unused worksheets’ for the week, you could make an extra file for what you’ve already done that week. I didn’t have much of a problem with this, and had a box on my desk for any papers I wanted to keep in her memory binder.

Now you know the key to Slacker Mom homeschooling: have everything prepared beforehand, so you have little excuse for procrastinating! Bonus: I’ve got 90% of preschool prepared for my next daughter, since everything got re-filed!

 How do you organize your preschool or homeschool? Do you think this system would work for you?

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! 

Walk Beside Me Preschool Schedule

Preschool Schedule

I mentioned I had all the weeks planned for Nicole up until the letter “N.” Guess what? Now you do too! I’m providing you with a simple plan for the next (…counting on fingers) 14 weeks!

{Click the picture to download the schedule.}

Here’s a few notes of explanation:

Walk Beside Me Preschool Curriculum Introduction

Hello there!
I am so excited to finally be posting about what I’ve been working on.

As a homeschooler to a preschooler (ha, that’s fun to say), I’ve searched high and low for preschool curriculums that will be fun and engaging for my 3.5 year old. I have found many free downloads, free printables, paid entire curricula, and more. 

The one thing I couldn’t find was an LDS based preschool curriculum. While I found a few a scant few downloads for LDS homeschooling, most of them were kindergarten-aged or older. Worse, they weren’t up to my all-important standards of cute!

What’s a girl to do? 

Well, first I have to sing praises to this site:Confessions of a Homeschooler. Obviously, she has an awesome blog name. But beyond that she has literally hundreds of free printables for preschool and what she calls “K4″ preschool (harder than preschool, not quite Kindergarten.) You can download these printables for free one at a time, or you can download them in one easy link for a small fee. Inspired by her creativity, I began creating my own printables for my daughter. I sat down and wrote up an LDS alphabet– A is for Adam (and Eve), P is for Prophets, N is for… I forgot. Something about Nephi, anyway! Then I got busy with Photoshop and came up with a preschool curriculum I’m calling The Walk Beside Me LDS Pre-K Curriculum. 

Currently, I’m using these as a supplement to CoaH‘s wonderful Letter of the Week Curriculum. She has so many wonderful activities and worksheets that it would take me a year to create the curriculum she has! Now, her curriculum is wonderful–and I do mean that wholeheartedly. And she has plenty of suggestions for involving Bible Study into homeschool; but I felt strongly that my daughter needed an LDS based curriculum. 
I know what you’re thinking: am I going to share? Of course I’m going to share! I can’t be the only homeschooling mama out there wishing there was more for LDS families, can I? My *plan* is to create one Walk Beside Me packet each weekish, so you can follow along with your children at home. Even if you don’t homeschool, you can do each packet with your child without supplementing extra material. This is great preschool or kindergarten prep!

I’m linking up here:

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