I’m so excited to introduce my new Charlotte Mason Inspired preschool curriculum.
Charlotte Mason didn’t recommend starting formal school until the age of 6. However, sometimes kids are ready for a bit more at an earlier age.
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How This Charlotte Mason Inspired Preschool Curriculum Came About
While homeschooling my older kids, my daughter (who is soon to be 5) decided she wanted to “do school” like her brothers and sister.
So, I started out very small. We began working with wooden letter puzzles, fun board games, & some random worksheets.
I’ve had this desire to start he out with Charlotte Mason learning at an early age since I didn’t do that with my oldest kids.
So naturally I was disappointed that she wanted to do a more formal style school at such an early age.
Then I remembered this quote from Karen Andreola’s book A Charlotte Mason Companion.
I realized this works both ways. Different flowers will bloom in different seasons.
So, I set out to create a preschool curriculum that still held some of the Charlotte Mason Inspired touch that I wanted in our home.
The Large Room Pre-Reading (Charlotte Mason Inspired Preschool Curriculum)
This curriculum is a Charlotte Mason Inspired preschool curriculum.
We do not claim to be 100% Charlotte Mason in all areas of our studies, but most of the curriculum is based on the principles of education that Charlotte Mason set forth in her 6 volumes on education.
It is meant to provide a thorough education while also providing peace in your homeschool.
“The question is not, — how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education — but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” ― Charlotte Mason.
- Math : Number recognition, counting, simple addition facts (doubles to 5 & adding 0 & 1), shapes, colors,
- Beginning Reading skills: letter sounds and recognition
- Handwriting: Tracing numbers and letters and writing them, line tracing, writing their name, tracing basic words.
- Art: Drawing pictures, coloring, cut & paste projects
- Science: insects, trees, nature, mammals, birds, etc.
- Social Studies
- Bible: Memory verses each week & simple devotions.
- Each week covers a new letter. The Bible passages for memorization to go along with each week’s theme. (If your child isn’t ready for memorization of the verse, don’t worry. Just read them the verse & review it each day.)
- The lessons are short & simple with plenty of time left for nature exploring.
A look inside our Charlotte Mason Inspired Preschool Curriculum
How to use the Charlotte Mason Inspired Preschool Curriculum
- Laminate the week’s Bible verse poster.
- Hang the letter flashcard for easy review throughout the week. (Alongside any previously learned letters.)
Quick Tip: You can choose not to laminate your Bible verse and use it for a letter find at the end of each week.
Each morning you will review the Bible verse and letter of the week along with any previous letters that were introduced.
Read a book to your child each day from the list of suggested books or your favorites!
On the last day of the week you will go outside after your lessons to explore! Choose something with the corresponding letter or explore whatever your child wants. It’s completely up to you.
Feel free to dig deeper if your child is interested in the topic.
Let your child do the leading! Move however quickly or slowly you need based on your child’s abilities.
Along with the lessons, sing the abc’s with your child whenever you can. It doesn’t have to be formally each morning. You can sing them while they take a bath.
Take the opportunity to count in everyday life, too. Count cars, count shoes, or count people.
Preschool/ Pre-reading should be fun and relaxed!
You can play board games like Chutes and Ladders or Candy Land for teaching numbers, counting, and colors.
Things to Remember While Using a Charlotte Mason Inspired Preschool Curriculum
- This is not meant to be a formal curriculum.
- If your child isn’t interested in doing the worksheet of the day, skip it!
- Exploring and playing is the best way for a child under the age of 6 to learn.
- Don’t pressure your child into doing school every day. The goal is to cultivate a love for learning.
What about Kindergarten?
Be on the lookout for our Kindergarten curriculum coming soon!
We will be continuing to build upon what was learned in the preschool program. It will be aligned with Charlotte Mason’s list of attainments for a child of 6.
List of Attainments for Children Who are 6
The Booklist for the Charlotte Mason Inspired Preschool Curriculum
The books are not required for the program. They are simply suggestions of books to read with your preschooler.
Some people have mixed feelings about Dr. Suess being twaddle. We don’t feel this way, but if you do, you can replace the book with something different.
- Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Suess
- The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
- The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
- Are You an Ant? (Backyard Books) by Judy Allen
- National Geographic Kids : Ants
- Chicka Chicka 1 , 2, 3
- Dr. Suess’s ABC
- Way down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck
- Berenstain’s B Book
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- Are You a Bee? by Judy Allen
- National Geographic Kids Readers: Buzz, Bee!
- Corduroy, by Don Freeman
- The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
- Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina
- The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
- The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
- The Honeybee & the Robber by Eric Carle
- Go Dog, Go, by P.D. Eastman
- Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
- Are you a Dragonfly? by Judy Allen
- The Cat in the Hat comes back by Dr. Seuss
- The Ear Book by Al Perkins
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- The Stephen Cartwright ABC by Heather Amery & Stephen Cartwright
- Make Way for Duckling by Robert McCloskey
- The Littlest Evergreen by Henry Cole
There are many more books that are suitable for preschoolers. Check out these posts if you need more suggestions.
The Supply List for our Charlotte Mason Inspired Preschool
- Alphabet & Number Flash Cards (Print flashcards on cardstock and laminate them for duribility.)
- Letter Tiles
- Paper (Loose Leaf or notebook and plain printer paper)
- Water colors and water color paper
- Colored Pencils