Confused about what to teach your preschooler?
Every curriculum has a “scope and sequence” that tells you what skills and topics are being taught when. But what if no single curriculum has exactly what suits you?
If you’re like me, you’ve got a family that doesn’t fit into any box. A one-size-fits-all curriculum never suited me or my children. So their charts and checklists didn’t fit either! I had to create my own.
I researched appropriate child development, and sampled many different scopes and sequences from a variety of publishers. Then I distilled these topics and skills into what I felt was a systematic approach to education. For my preschool scope and sequence, you’ll get the list of skills and topics suitable for preschoolers (ages 2-4).
In the early elementary grades, the focus is on the foundational skills to learning. We go back to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Social skills, life skills and the fundamental practices that make good scientists and historians are fostered using age appropriate interests and topics.
Preschool is all about learning through play. Seatwork should be no more than 20 minutes a day, and I recommend that in 5 minute sessions. This list may be systematic, but if you think carefully, you’ll find you’re probably already doing activities that teach these exact skills at home, naturally.
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What you won’t get here is how to teach these skills or topics. You are free to find the curriculum, books, experiences or teachers for each skill or topic as suits your child best. You are not locked into any particular method of teaching!
Use your own judgement for finding the appropriate methods for teaching. There’s no one way! This list will simply give you a guide, so you aren’t lost in all the various options out there. Now you can be organized and feel like you’ve got a handle on this homeschooling thing.
Using a scope and sequence such as this means that you can take advantage of the beautiful flexibility that homeschooling offers. It’s easy to figure out where there may be gaps in your child’s education. And it’s just as easy to challenge them where they are more advanced. When you have a coherent checklist, there’s no “behind” or “ahead”, there’s just the next step on the path.
This is your map to your child’s education. When you’re starting out, you want to start right. So start with this Preschool Scope and Sequence.