The Preschool Experience
A project-based experience
Ages: 3-5 years old
Uses: This project-based homeschool preschool curriculum is designed with the busy mama in mind to cut back on the time you plan and prep while giving you more quality time to play, explore, and learn with your preschooler.
Every activity can be used at home with 1 or more children or adapted for use in a daycare setting.
Learning: In this Montessori-inspired curriculum, your preschooler will be…
- building critical thinking skills that will help them work through things and not focus on the end result
- learning about their unique interests and curiosities while building a strong love of learning
- exploring developmentally appropriate Kindergarten readiness skills
- And learning how to be independent and confident in their abilities
How Your Preschooler Will Learn
The preschool years is a time to build a strong foundation to learning while fostering independence and a love of learning. Your preschooler will be working on a variety of developmentally appropriate math skills, reading skills, and writing skills through Montessori-inspired activities to prepare them for Kindergarten.
Through play-based activities that use materials around the house like clothes pin and tongs, your preschooler will practice both fine motor and gross motor skills. Strong motor skills are essential for skills such as writing.
The curriculum encourages your preschooler to be creative and gives you the freedom to choose activities that will resonate best with your unique child. Your child will flourish in their own unique creative ways such as drama, art, and music.
Scope & Sequence
Although it’s more of a scope than a sequence. Learning is not linear and your child will learn faster and deeper when you follow their lead.
3 year old
- Identify most lowercase letter SOUNDS
- Identify front and back cover
- Identify role of author and illustrator
- Recognizes environmental print
- Recites nursery rhymes with expression
- Identify name in print
- Can point to a letter, a word, a space, and some punctuation
- Demonstrates awareness that words are read left to right, top to bottom, and page to page
- Notices syllables by clapping
- Identifies up to 10 of the most common letter sounds
- Recognizes some common words (mom dad, stop)
- Understands words are made from letters and sounds
- Match a dictated word to picture
- Follows unrelated multi-step directions
- Tells own story with details
- Begins to connect text to real life experiences
- Uses descriptive words to talk about familiar people, places, things, and events
- Sequence/retells a story and routines with pictures
- Anticipates what comes next in a story
- Asks questions & stays on topic with 2-3 exchanges
- Logically answers “What do you think?” questions.
- Identify common opposites
- Confirms understanding by asking and answering questions
- Provide missing rhyming words in nursery rhymes and fingerplays
- Identifies if a word rhymes or does not rhyme
- Matches rhyming objects
4 year old
- Match letters (upper to upper and lower to lower)
- Identifies all upper and lowercase letters
- Isolates and identifies beginning, ending, and middle sounds
- Isolate and pronounce initial sounds with spoken words
- Orally decode and encode individual phonemes in 2-3 phoneme words (c…a…t)
- Tracks with their finger while you read
- When shown a word in isolation, they can find it in a book
- Decode & encode CVC words
- Identify characters, setting, and major event
- Tell how illustrations or photographs support the text
- Compare adventures of characters from familiar stories
- Recall one or more details related to the main topic from an information text
- Discuss similarities and differences between two informational texts on the same topic
- Tells stories and engages in conversations with multiple exchanges
- Includes new and technical words in everyday conversations
- Asks what unknown words mean
- Suggest a series of rhyming words (word families)
3 year old
- Draws lines, circles, simple shapes, and cross with pencil
- Draw people and objects
- Can build letters using loose parts with a guide (eventually loosing the guide by 4 years old)
- Writes letters using a tactile base with correct letter formation (salt, sand, shaving cream) and a guide on the side
4 year old
- Uses correct pencil grip
- Understands that names begin with capital letters
- Print upper and lowercase letters in name
- Writes letters using a pencil
- Uses drawing, dictating, and developmentally appropriate writing to share opinion, state information, and share a personal story
- Participates in shared writings (dictations, writing a story together)
- Begins to use inventive spelling
3 year old
- Rote count to 20
- One to one correspondence to 10
- Can answer “how many?” up to 10
- Keep track while counting
- Counting on within 10
- Identifying numerals through 10
- Identify a numeral & create quantity through 10
- Identifying number before & number after within 10
- Identifying missing number through 10
- Monitors counting when recounting and identifies when making a mistake & tries again
- Demonstrates understanding of zero
- Build numerals through 10 with loose parts
- Write numbers through 10 with sensory experiences
- Uses measurable attributes accurately (big, large, small, long, short, light, heavy, tall)
- Compares measurable attributes
- Order objects (heavy to light; light to dark; short to tall)
- Uses non standard units of measuring (The block is 4 rocks longs.)
- Sort by one attribute
- Recognize objects have variety of attributes (blue, round, & large)
- Sort one way then another
- Recognize items that do not belong in a set
- Identify all major shapes
- Match 2D shapes by similar attributes (size, color)
- Match shapes of variety orientations or sizes
- Describe 2D shapes based on number of sides and corners
- Sort based on number of sides and corners
- Put together 6-12 pieces with a guide to make a whole
- Uses positional words correctly
- Copies, extends, and creates AB patterns
4 year old
- Understands that quantities increase by adding 1 (ex: 7 is one more than 6
- Compares sets of same objects using greater/more than; less/fewer than; equal to/same as
- Add & subtract within 10 using real objects to represent problems
- Understands & uses ordinal numbers (first, second, third)
- Identifying number words through 10
- Writes numerals through 10 with pencil
- Sort in their own way and explain how they sorted
- Sort by more than 1 attribute (round & blue) & explain why
- Sort & compare using appropriate vocabulary (This group has blue stars, and that group has red stars.)
- Identify & describe attributes of 3D shapes
- Match 3D shapes
- Compare similarities & differences in 3D shapes
- Use 3D shapes to build structures
- Creates & extends 3-4 step patterns
- Plays complex memory games
I was looking for a structured system that worked. When I tried The Preschool Experience, the first week I saw amazing changes in learning, playing, and even behavior in my 4 year old.
Alena | from Ukraine
Amanda has simple lessons and activities. I know he is being exposed to everything he needs to be, but the program gives him space to master it on his own timeline. It’s been amazing to realize how much learning goes on everyday without ever stepping foot in a classroom. The monthly challenges have been great at getting me out of my comfort zone a little bit. I’ve learned to let go of some of the control and trust him. He is capable of so much more than I often give him credit for. Amanda’s program has been life-changing yet simple.
After going through The Preschool Experience, you’ll likely be able to…
After going through The Preschool Experience, YOUR CHILD will likely be able to…
At the end of the day, you've enjoyed being with each other and building a stronger relationship through playing, exploring, and learning.
When I first looked into The Preschool Experience, I felt like it was all laid out for me in a way that would allow my daughter to lead her own learning. I wanted to foster that learning is fun and exciting so it will continue when we are school aged. The Preschool Experience has let me build a strong love of learning in my 4 year old. She asks to do school everyday.”
Jamie | from Tennessee
What's Inside The Preschool Experience Curriculum
Teaching Preschoolers at Home
A comprehensive getting started guide and video course that walks you through my step by step process to getting started. You’ll learn how to create a relaxed routine, an environment that naturally encourages learning, and how to trust the process.
I’ll walk you through the curriculum and planning process, so you can start with confidence.
A full project-based, completely child-led homeschool preschool curriculum.
This homeschool preschool program is designed to prepare your child for Kindergarten through their unique interests. Spend your days exploring your child’s questions and curiosities while integrating math and literacy at their own pace.
The curriculum is broken into 3 sections:
1. Unit Studies (See a Sample From This Section)
New unit studies are added on a consistent basis.
Spend time exploring your preschoolers questions, interests, and hobbies through hands-on, child-led, play-based unit studies. Most activities can be prepped in 5 minutes or less with materials found around the house.
The majority of the activities in the unit studies are child-led, so you can leave them out most of the week for your child to explore on their own time (cutting back on the amount you have to plan).
Being able to explore activities multiple times deepens learning and brings forward new curiosities to explore.
Each Unit Study Includes…
- Invitations to Explore
- Hands-on activities to answer common questions
- Gross Motor
- Fine Motor
- Process Art
2. Math (See a Sample From This Section)
The math section includes hands-on, Montessori-inspired activities for all recommended skills for 3 and 4 year olds. You have the freedom to jump around based on your child’s readiness and interest in each skill.
Your preschooler will work on…
- Number Sense
3. Literacy (See a Sample From This Section)
A full developmentally appropriate, Montessori-inspired literacy program for learning to read and write. This section is flexible enough to follow your child’s lead with readiness on each skill.
Your preschooler will work on…
- Name Work
- Alphabet Knowledge
- Pre-Reading Word Work
- Word Building
A Sneak Peek
It’s organized and easy to use. I love having everything in one place with activities labeled for different areas of development, so I don’t feel like we’re missing anything. I also love that this program is hands on and child led. And it’s not something you have to follow perfectly. We use it as a resource and choose activities that fit well into our week. The program helps me to encourage my child’s learning without feeling stressed or overwhelmed. I also love to see my son catching onto certain areas so quickly while also being able to step back and work on other areas a little longer when needed. My child has grown a lot since starting the program. It’s helping him learn letter sounds and numbers better!
What You Will Receive
You’ll receive lifetime access to The Preschool Experience Curriculum designed to help you create simple child-led, play-based experiences that prepare your preschooler for Kindergarten without spending hours planning & prepping.
The Preschool Experience will help you gain back that quality time you crave to play, explore, and learn WITH your kiddo while your child becomes confident, independent, and builds a strong love of learning.
Ok, I know your excitedly dancing around the room, but you’re also curious about the investment required to gain those peaceful days full of learning, playing, & exploring.
My mission was to make this priceless curriculum as affordable for as many people as possible. So, despite the almost $1000 in retail value, I’ve stripped the investment down to $197 (that’s only $.27 a day over the 2 year preschool period!) I know, BEST NEWS EVER, right?
We are loving the preschool curriculum! The body unit was AMAZING and my boys learned so much! If you haven’t already, check it out. Having a curriculum makes it so much easier for me to jump into topics they are interested in without spending hours trying to prepare on my own.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely not. I have many customers who use the curriculum as a guide. There are enough activities in each unit study to fully learn about a topic at the preschool level. But if your preschooler has their own idea or you see something you want to try, the curriculum is flexible enough that you can do your own thing right alongside it.
Are there assessments?
Nope. There is a checklist of skills for each activity, but the curriculum focuses on play and child-led experiences that help them learn about their interests. No assessment is needed. When you’re learning and exploring right alongside your little one everyday, you don’t need an assessment to tell you what your child knows.
Will I really have time to implement the curriculum?
I get it …You’re a super busy mom with 986 things to do. I’ve laid out all the steps in crystal clear fashion so that you don’t have to worry about anything. You’ll be planned & prepped for the whole week in 30 minutes. Then each night before bed spend 10 minutes setting up the next days activities. I even get laundry and cleaning done during the day since most of the activities are child-led.
How many activities are there each day?
That all depends on you and your little. Many of the activities will repeat all week. Multiple exposures to activities helps deepen learning. You get to pick & choose how many and which activities will most engage your little.
What age is the curriculum for?
The curriculum is designed for 3-4 year olds. However, some 2 year olds may be ready to start exploring the preschool curriculum whereas some 5 year olds may still need the extra support. Every child has their own unique learning timeline.
Are all the materials included?
I try to keep all materials to a minimum and things you can find around the house. I give alternatives to many things used in the curriculum. There are some images, 3-part cards, and other printable resources in each unit study. We focus on hands-on learning, so there isn’t much to print out. You won’t find pages of printables if that’s what you’re looking for.
What unit studies are included?
Right now there are over 20 unit studies, with more added every month. Click here to see a list of current and upcoming unit studies.
The Preschool Experience Curriculum
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