Summer Book List

Peaceful Press summer book list

Summer is ending soon, and we are savoring these last days with time at the lake, plenty of ice cream, and rereading a few of our favorite picture books.

We’ve discovered so many delightful picture books through the creation of our one month guides for young learners, and we hope you enjoy them as well.

As you transition to more formal learning, an easy strategy for building a learning routine is to grab a stack of books, and start a circle time rhythm every morning. As you build on your daily read aloud time, it will be easy to add in fine and large motor activities, as well as phonics and counting. Grab our Summer Learning Bundle for three months of open and go prompts for learning that is natural, fun, and developmentally appropriate.

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A Day in the Life of The Kind Kingdom

Here you will find one day of lessons from our sample week of The Kind Kingdom. Take a break from your regular homeschool program to observe your children as you provide a framework of literature based activities, while also offering some free time for them to develop interest led learning.

We are so excited to have just released our newest curriculum The Kind Kingdom. This is meant to be a guide for parents geared towards elementary students. The Chronicles of Narnia is used as a spine, along with amazing stories of famous people of Europe, Grimm's fairy tales, Shakespeare, art, poetry, geography, nature studies, copy work, recipes, and more. 

All you need to add for a year long curriculum with your elementary students is an age appropriate math, phonics, or spelling resource.

We've even included a monthly hymn, and an extended book list so that older children and parents can read more deeply into the time period.

Homeschooling with The Peaceful Press is meant to be life giving for parents and children. We offer lesson plans that provide a framework, but that don’t overburden families, so that you and your children can chase the spark of ideas and imagination together.

Take a break from your regular homeschool program to observe your children as you provide a framework of literature based activities, while also offering some free time for them to develop interest led learning. There are so many beautiful resources available, and it’s important to know whether something works for your family before you commit to a whole year. Below you will find one day of lessons from our sample week of The Kind Kingdom, and you can download a full week sample below. We hope you love it.

Morning Time:

Bible Time:

Sing the hymn of the month and other favorite hymns or songs.

Read John 3. Ask your children to tell you a favorite verse from the chapter or to retell the chapter in their own words.

Pray. Take time to ask God to show you something you can be thankful for.

Read Aloud

Read The Magician’s Nephew, Chapter 3. Tell, write, or draw a narration.

 

Language Arts

Copy “Kings and Queens of England” mnemonic.


Science/History

Review the book, Kings and Queens of England and Scotland, and choose a monarch to create a presentation on.

Write a few notes about the monarch to use as an outline.

Find a picture online to copy or use as a visual aid.

You can work on the presentation throughout the first month and present at a family gathering or co-op meeting.

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 Break/Active Play


Math:

One math lesson of your family’s math curriculum choice. Review math facts.


Phonics/Spelling/Handwriting:

Do a grammar or writing lesson. We recommend Junior Analytical Grammar and Institute for Excellence in Writing for children who are fluent readers.

If your child is still developing fine motor skills or reading skills, stick to oral or written narration, copy work, and daily reading until they are ready. Grammar and writing skills can be learned quickly by a child who has a strong foundation of stories.


Free Reading:

Read 15-30 minutes from the included independent reading list.

Practical Skills/Art

Polish silver.


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When you have finished with a simple day of lessons with The Peaceful Press, take a few minutes to observe your children, and take note of the ways that they continue engaging with the content in their free time. Learning to observe your child can help you see how much they have actually absorbed.

Try a free week of

The Kind Kingdom!

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World History For Elementary Students-A Guest Post

Sharing about their gentle homeschooling experience as they journeyed to faraway lands through the Precious People. Even through life changes like a new baby this family enjoyed the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling using living books and hands on learning.

We were so excited to begin our year with “The Precious People” after a year of gleaning from “The Playful Pioneers.” I have to admit that we were sad to end our adventures with the Ingalls and Wilder families as our year came to a close. You can tell from our collection of Little House books how well loved they are. 

One of my favorite parts of The Peaceful Press curriculums is the amazing living books that bring our studies to life and that take us to far away lands. The Precious People does just that.

Our church has a group that meets for Bible study during the school year. The moms meet together while the homeschooled children meet together to study God’s Word. We all study the same book of the Bible and this year we studied the book of Exodus! Our studies lined up so beautifully with our studies of Jewish culture, holidays, and traditions, as well as ancient Egypt. 

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“The Gospel Story Bible” was such a gem for our Bible time each day. It was a wonderful addition to our “New City Catechism” weekly questions and our @happyhymnody hymn of the month studies. My children enjoyed the questions at the end of each Gospel Bible story which lead us to wonderful conversations about God’s Word during this time. It was such a great way to begin our days.

As we traveled the world, book by book, we became the travelers of far off places from our very own living room. It was such a joy to hear my children talk about countries, once foreign to them, as if they had visited there themselves through the characters they met in each book. 

One of my favorite parts about these curriculums is how they incorporate so many learning opportunities over so many subjects. Through living books, Bible stories and verses, poetry, fine art studies, practical skills, recipes, fables, time-line cards, narration, copy work, and more filled our days with such joy.

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I asked my children what they enjoyed most this year about “The Precious People” and this is what they had to say…

“It is so cool that we can come together and learn as a family even though we are different ages and in different grades.”  -Olivia, age 12

“ I felt like we learned more even though we did shorter lessons.”  -Emilee, age 12

“I really enjoyed reading “All of a Kind Family” and “More All of a Kind Family!” (Emilee and Olivia both borrowed the rest of the series from the library because they enjoyed them so much.)

-Emilee, age 12 

“I really enjoyed the lessons from the fables that we read each week.”

“I also really enjoyed following Jotham on his journey too!” 

-Owen, age 10

“I enjoyed the time line cards, painting, and the adventures of Rani and Teri in “It’s a Jungle Out There!” 

-Evan, age 8

They also agreed that they really enjoyed seeing how the history of the Bible fits into the timeline of world history and said that it gave them a better understanding of how the events of the Bible fit into the history of the world. They said that it makes it even more realistic to them. Besides just believing it in their hearts and hearing it in Bible stories they were able to see its place in time.  

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This year we welcomed another babe into our family right before the beginning of the school year. We took some time off to settle into a new routine after her arrival, per usual. On top of that we had an unusually rough winter battling colds and the flu that ran their course through the whole family the first few months of the new year. Again we were delayed.               

I am so grateful that this curriculum was flexible so that we could pick up where we left off when we needed to. We were able to snuggle up on the couch and read and discuss wonderful living stories as I nursed and snuggled the babe who often wanted to be in mama’s arms.

We also have a four year old daughter who has come alongside of her older siblings, as well as gleaned from her own lessons with The Peaceful Preschool this year. 

Once she completes her lessons we plan to lead right into The Peaceful Press’s unit studies. She has learned so much from “The Peaceful Preschool” as well as listening alongside her siblings with “The Precious People.” She is already narrating with the big kids! 

We have been so blessed by all of these beautiful curriculums and I cannot recommend them enough!

As my husband says, “You can tell when you throw dinner together and when you make it intentionally with love.”

Jennifer Pepito has put these beautiful curriculums together with intention and with so much love.

I am so grateful for these years learning alongside of my children and I know that we will look back fondly on these years with so much joy.


Kristin Dahman is a wife and homeschooling mother to six at @thequietwayhome and is the creator of the @livinghomeschool community.


We have many free items for your family. Parent guides, children’s activities, printable and book lists to give you a taste of The Peaceful Press Curriculum. Click the button below for access.

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Homeschool Organization

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Many times we start out the school year with perfectly ordered bookshelves and a shiny fresh start with our homeschool organization. By the time we are on the home stretch looking at spring, that order is a distant memory. The schoolroom slowly gets more and more disorganized.

School must go on though, but it goes so much smoother when I am organized. I’m making it a priority over the next few weeks to declutter, and organize our learning spaces. It’s important to me to have a variety of resources available for my children, and to have a lovely learning environment, so I’m excited about getting it whipped back into shape.

Our shelves are organized by subject, one for arts and crafts, another one for history resources, and another for science. I also have a shelf of our Peaceful Press teacher books and resources. Towards the end of a school year, I will cull the shelves for unwanted titles, and switch out our display books for new selections that correspond with our upcoming studies (this year it will be choices from The Kind Kingdom book list).

In addition to all the books, I like to have easy access for my children to markers, colored pencils and stick glue. In this way they can put together creative notebook pages, or quickly make a greeting card without having to ask me for supplies. I keep most of these supplies in a caddy in the middle of our school table, but several times a year I sort through each jar full of pencils, brushes, and pens to toss broken bits and resharpen pencils.

While there are tons of books to reshelve and organize, and pencils to sharpen, we can also get inundated by all the papers. Throughout the school year, I simply place finished work in a folder in each child’s school file. Then, at the end of the year, I will save a couple for their books, and toss the rest. Many homeschool cover schools require a few work samples per semester, and we try to keep at least that many in a file.

School at home can be so much fun, but one important aspect is taking the time to prepare your home to be a place where children can focus on their work, find supplies, and do the research they need to do, in order to be well prepared young people. Organization isn't just about having a nice looking room, it is also teaching our children good mental sequencing skills and making our homes more functional places to learn.

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A few favorite tools for organizing-

Book Buddy-an inexpensive app for cataloguing your home library

Brother Label Maker-label your shelves and supply boxes to streamline clean up.

Wide Mouth Mason Jars- cheaper at a local hardware store, but great for organizing paint brushes, pencils, and markers. We use the shorter ones for crayons.

Silverware Caddy-we keep a caddy similar to this one for storing all writing/painting/drawing implements.

Bookcase-our hall closet contains an 8 cube bookshelf for storing and organizing books by subject. A former home had multiple built in bookshelves, a home educators dream, but we make do now.

What are your best tips for organizing your homeschool area?

Click here for a favorite blog and A view of a well organized school room.

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The Kind Kingdom

We are excited to introduce the book list for our newest resource, The Kind Kingdom.  This resource will provide a 30 week overview of European history, using the Narnia books, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare as a spine.  The Kind Kingdom could be used along with Classical Conversations Cycle 2, or as a stand alone Charlotte Mason inspired resource.

We are excited to introduce the book list for our newest resource, The Kind Kingdom, which will be available in May. This resource will provide a 30 week overview of European history, using the Narnia books, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare as a spine. The Kind Kingdom could be used along with Classical Conversations Cycle 2, or as a stand alone Charlotte Mason inspired resource.

As with our other resources, The Playful Pioneers and The Precious People, The Kind KIngdom includes Bible, language arts, science, history, art, practical skills, and cooking. We also include a monthly hymn, and bi-weekly poetry selection. The student sheets include mapwork, and copy work corresponding with our Bible or poetry reading, along with quotes from inspiring people in history.

Some have suggested that we assign the Narnia readings in the order in which they were originally published, and while we researched the question, and its appropriate answer, we eventually came to this quote by C.S. Lewis,

“I think I agree with your order for reading the books more than with your mother’s. The series was not planned beforehand as she thinks. When I wrote The Lion I did not know I was going to write any more. Then I wrote P. Caspian as a sequel and still didn’t think there would be any more, and when I had done The Voyage I felt quite sure it would be the last. But I found as I was wrong. So perhaps it does not matter very much in which order anyone read them.”

If you disagree with the order, and prefer to read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe first, feel free to do so. The Narnia readings can stand alone without affecting the flow of the curriculum.

As you read through the book list, you will see that each month has a theme. This is to allow you to approach it as a block study, and to give you a framework for extra reading over the time period. You can easily find all of the books on Amazon (links are included) but we hope that families will borrow books from their local library, and you are free to substitute any of the science and history books for another book on the same subject. For instance, if the subject is Gutenberg and the printing press, you can find a different book about it, or even search a Youtube video for kids about it.

While we aim to make reading the larger part of our homeschool routine, one of the benefits of living in modern times is the ability to not just read about a subject, but to actually see the workings of machines, and nature, through the many amazing educational videos available. We recommend limiting screen time to allow for reading and imagination to develop, but interjecting a few minutes a day for educational videos is a fantastic use of technology in our opinion.

Weeks 1-4

Middle Ages, Botany, Harvest, Bees

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis Box set-29.99

The Holy Bible This link has a $10 version, but you probably have one at home..

Kings and Queens of England and Scotland by Pamela Egan Prime for 9.99, used for $5.

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston Amazon Prime for 7..99, used for $3.50

A Favourite Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales Illustrated by Anastasiya Archipova 14.25, used 8.68

Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman 10..50

St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges, Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman 8.00, 1.50 used

What Will The Weather Be by Linda DeWitt 8.27, 5.20 used

Draw Europe by Kristin Drager 15.64

The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman  8.58, 2.95 used

Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root, illustrated by G. Brian Karas 7.40, 2.40 used

Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall 15.83 Prime, .99 cents on Kindle, also available free online.

King Alfred by Christina Dugan 11.53, you could also read about King Alfred from Our Island Story

Explore My World:Honey Bees by Jill Esbaum 4.99, 2.50 used

A Medieval Feast by Aliki 7.48, 2.30 used

Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow retold by Robert D. San Souci.  from 1..90 used


Weeks 5-8

Kings and Queens of England, Homes, Seasons

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Holy Bible

Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall (also available free online)

A Year in a Castle by Rachel Coombs 7.50, used 2.50

Castle by David Macaulay 9.19, 1.28 used

How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons  7.99, 1.84 used

A Favourite Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales Illustrated by Anastasiya Archipova

The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane by C.M. Millen  14.99, 8.00 used

Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley 8.45, 2.41 used

Brother William’s Year by Jan Pancheri (Jan is a gardener at Westminster Abbey and is getting the book reprinted now, so hopefully it will be more affordable. You can choose an alternate season book until it is available). 22.95 now

Around the Year by Elsa Beskow 8.26, 4.28 used

You Wouldn’t Want To Work on a Medieval Cathedral by Fiona MacDonald 9.93, 6.85 used

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Week 9-12

Renaissance, Solar System, Gravity

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

Holy Bible

Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall (also available free online)

Leonardo da Vinci by Diane Stanley 7.48, 86 cents used

A Favourite Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales Illustrated by Anastasiya Archipova

Michelangelo by Diane Stanley 7.48, used from 1.48

Starry Messenger by Peter Sis 8.99, 1.49 used

A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky by Michael Driscoll 16.31, 2.01 used

William Blake’s Inn by Nancy Willard 7.00, 1.12 used

World History Biographies: Isaac Newton by Phillip Steele 7.81, 3.46 used

The Moon Seems to Change by Dr. Franklyn M. Branley 6.99, 2.05

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Weeks 13-15

Reformation, Printing Press, Christmas

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

The Holy Bible

Fine Print by Joan Johansen Burch  9.99, 1.25 used, this is a short chapter book about Gutenberg. I also loved this picture book version if you can find it.

Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press by Bruce Koscielniak

Marguerite Makes a Book by Bruce Robertson  16.49, 9.47 used

The Life of Martin Luther by Agostino Traini 13.50, 4.87 used

The Legend of St. Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall 11.30, 1.20 used

The Clown of God by Tomie de Paola 6.21, 5.21 used

Good King Wenceslas by John M. Neale used from 3.64

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 5.99, free online


Weeks 16-19

Exploration, Ships, Antarctica

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
The Holy Bible

The Endurance by Alfred Lansing 11.55, 3.60 used. Families with younger children can choose a simpler version such as the two mentioned here-

Shackleton’s Journey by William Gill 17.54, 3.50 used

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong 9.09, 42 cents used

DK Eyewitness Books:Explorer by Rupert Matthews 13.59, 3.00 used

Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare for Children by E. Nesbit  10.52, 1.99 Kindle, free online here

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Week 20-23

Revolution, Flight, Nursing, World War I

The Silver Chair

The Holy Bible

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown 7.99, 1.65 used

The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provenson 14.99, 1.99 used

National Geographic Readers: Planes by Amy Shields 3.99, 10 cents used

or- The Story of Flight by John Holcraft

A Picture Book of Florence Nightingale by David A. Adler 6.21, 3.00 used

You Wouldn’t Want To Live Without Nurses by Fiona MacDonald 9.95, 7.00 used

War Game by Michael Foreman 14.95, from 1 cent used

Where the Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Ann Robinson 12.51, 3.00 used

Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare for Children by E. Nesbit 

Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book Four edited by Edward J. Shewa 17.89, 2.45 used, available free online here


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Weeks 24-27

World War II, The Holocaust, Invention

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

The Holy Bible

Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II by Marisabina Russo 10.49, 1.99 used

Star of Fear, Star of Hope by Jo Hoestlandt 8.99, 1.99 used

Diana’s White House Garden by Elisa Carbone 11.97, 4.38 used

Burn by Darcy Pattison 9.99, 4.53 used

The Little Ships by Louise Borden 4.39, 1.99 used

War Boy by Michael Foreman 13.40, 5.51 used

Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare for Children by E. Nesbit 

DK Eyewitness Book: Invention by Lionel Bender 9.82, 2.30 used

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot by Margot Theis Raven 14.86, 2.47 used

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming 17.09, 5.13 used


Weeks 28-30

The Cold War and Communism, Spring, Baby Animals

Animal Farm by George Orwell 12.50, Kindle 1.37

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne 12.19, 1.36 used

The Holy Bible

From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer 6..99, 2.93 used

How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan 6.98, 2.92 used

Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman 14.00, 8.48 used

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner 10.98, 3.98 used

The Passover Lamb by Linda Elovitz Marshall KIndle, 5.99

Spring, An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur 40.00, 12.85 used

Where Do Chicks Come From by Amy E. Sklansky 5.99, 1.94 used

So how much does the curriculum cost? Well, if you were able to find none of the books at the library, and no substitutes, you could still purchase all the books for around $300 for used copies, and build an impressive home library in the process. That, in addition to the $49 for the parent guide, student sheets, art, and recipes, plus whatever resource you are using for math or phonics would make a complete homeschool plan for the year.

However, we’ve organized the curriculum in such a way that you can easily do it with a very slim book budget. Each month has a theme and so if you are on a super tight budget, you can borrow the Narnia books from the library, read the free online version of Our Island Story, and even find free online versions of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare. Then, you just borrow books from the library that fit the theme for the month. If we are studying the Queens and Kings of England, ask your librarian for a stack of books on the subject, read those books that engage you, do the projects in the parent guide that correspond with the theme, and enjoy diving into history with your children.

Our resources are meant to bring families closer together, to spark new areas of interest, and to spread a feast of learning before your children that inspires them to dream big about how they too can impact the world for good.

Please e-mail us with questions as you get started, hello@thepeacefulpress.com.

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A Day in the Life of The Playful Pioneers

Here you will find one day of lessons from our sample week of The Playful Pioneers. Take a break from your regular homeschool program to observe your children as you provide a framework of literature based activities, while also offering some free time for them to develop interest led learning.

Homeschooling with The Peaceful Press is meant to be life giving for parents and children. We offer lesson plans that provide a framework, but that don’t overburden families, so that you and your children can chase the spark of ideas and imagination together.

 

Below you will find one day of lessons from our sample week of The Playful Pioneers. Take a break from your regular homeschool program to observe your children as you provide a framework of literature based activities, while also offering some free time for them to develop interest led learning.

Morning Time:

Bible Time:

Sing a favorite hymn or chorus

Read the Jesus Storybook Bible pgs. 222-227

Review Memory Verses

Pray

Read Aloud

Read Chapter 3 of By The Shores of Silver Lake By Laura Ingalls Wilder “Riding in The Cars”

 

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Language Arts

Illustrated Copywork “Locomotive”

Ask your child to narrate the chapter

Point out that Laura was describing things for Mary who could not see. Act out that part of the story and take turns describing your surrounding for each other.

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Science/History

Read Locomotive by Brian Floca.

Boil a kettle of water and point out the steam to your children. Early locomotives were powered by steam

Add a train drawing to your notebook, along with notes about steam propulsion.

Break/Active Play

Math:

1 Math Lesson (you can choose your own math program, but we love Right Start Math)

Phonics/Spelling/Handwriting:(we recommend All About Reading for emerging readers)

Dictate New Spelling Words

Review Sight Words

Free Reading:

20-60 Minutes a Day (check out this post for history based readers)

Practical Skills/Art

Picture Study “Railway Carriages” by Vincent Van Gogh

Ask your child to describe the picture

Make your own copy with watercolor paints

 

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When you have finished with a simple day of lessons with The Peaceful Press, take a few minutes to observe your children, and take note of the ways that they continue engaging with the content in their free time. Learning to observe your child can help you see how much they have actually absorbed.

Would you like to try a free week of The Playful Pioneers? You can download a free sample and enjoy!

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The Garden Guide

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We’ve have a new guide here at The Peaceful Press and we are excited to share it with you. Spring is here and we have combined this wonderful season with a focus on the outdoors and gardening. This four week guide will delight you and your young child with its engaging literature selections, fun activities for developing motor skills, recipes and hands on application out in the sun.

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As we head towards the warmer seasons it can be hard to keep going through the homestretch but adding in interest led studies can help your children renew their love for learning, and keep developing skills while enjoying the hands on fun that leads to a gentle approach to homeschooling for the whole family.

In this unit you will find a basic introduction to gardening, including beautifully illustrated living books that bring the garden to you, as well as activities and life skills that bring the fun of the garden to your home. 

Lisa Wilkinson again contributed her amazing ideas to this guide, and the collection of books she curated is a lovely way to introduce young children to the beauty of the garden (click for Amazon link). We hope you can find most of these at the library, but feel free to substitute if necessary.

How A Seed Grows by Helene Jordan

From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Up In The Garden and Down In The Dirt by Kate Messner

The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

A Child’s Garden of Verses (optional)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole

Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn

Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Lisa also offered a bonus lesson based on the book, The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.

  • Read The Tiny Seed

  • Practice sounding out the word “seed”

  • Make a Tiny Seed sunshine craft-In The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle you will notice that bright shining sun. You can take time to talk about how the growing seeds need that sunshine and create a paper plate sunshine to remind you what your plants will need. Paint a paper plate a bright, sunshiny yellow.  Next, add yellow, orange, and red strips of construction paper to the outside of your paper plate to create sun rays with a glue stick or stapler.

  • Hang a bird feeder

  • Plant sunflower seeds

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Field Trips are another important part of learning with preschoolers, and the garden guide sparks some wonderful field trip ideas.

Here are some field trip suggestions for this guide:

  • Visit a Local Farm. Discover what is planted in the gardens, how they care for the seeds and plants, and how they share or sell the harvest with others. 

  • Visit a local Farmer’s Market. Discover what can be grown and harvested in your area. Try new foods you find as your visit the stands full of beautiful color and variety.

  • Visit a Farm to Table Restaurant. Find out where they source their food locally and what ingredients come from what kinds of farms.


We are so delighted to offer you another unit to encourage you and your preschooler to grow together! Happy Gardening!

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Handcrafts in the Homeschool

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When I was a little girl I would often look to escape, whether into the woods to build industrious forts or into the wondrous, intricate writings of Laura Ingalls. So when I was introduced to the Peaceful Press through my Instagram family, I was delighted! It has been such a nourishing addition to our family rhythms.

Fitting in perfectly with our love of outdoor adventure, and fruitful, enriched learning, the curriculum is brought to life through wonderful literature, art and handcrafts.

Charlotte Mason said,

“… my object is to show that the chief function of the child—his business in the world during the first six or seven years of his life—is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his 5 senses..”

I completely agree, and this curriculum makes it easy to follow an interest led approach full of multi-sensory, learning fun!  

Reading and writing came naturally to me, so watching my oldest and youngest struggle with it was discouraging. After years of intervention with my oldest, he was finally diagnosed with Orthographic Dyslexia. This means his brain has trouble processing the relationship between spoken and written language. Since there is a genetic component to it, and I am seeing similar signs, it would be a safe to say that my youngest does too. Fear not! She is an incredibly clever girl, creating epic habitats or grand castles out of random trinkets and doodads. She can spot patterns, and tell fascinating stories, but reading and writing were not bringing her joy.

As soon as we started doing our read aloud from “The Farmer Boy” she was enthralled. We start our morning with bible study using “The Ology” and “The Jesus Storybook Bible”. We sing and dance, worshiping to the hymn of the month! After breakfast and chicken chores, Olivia can’t wait to see what Almanzo is up to, marveling and balking at his daily routine, asking questions like, “how can a yoke help drive the cow?” or “why does he have to do so many chores!?”

These questions, along with the wonderful narrating prompts that are provided on the daily schedule evokes thoughtful conversation. I feel so blessed to share books from my childhood, that encourage respect, hard work and humility. I can see that she is encouraged by Almanzo’s tenacity, and she can relate bashfully when he is mischievous.  She enjoys working on the correlating coloring pages along with simple copy work, while I read our chapter, which has been perfect for my reluctant writer!

As much as she loves to be taken on adventures through Laura’s descriptive tellings, her absolute  favorite part of this curriculum is the handcrafts! We have had so much fun retaining what we learn by using our hands and imagination! I am going to share a few activities that were so delightful for us.

Ma Ingalls was a very wise woman knowing the importance of good work habits being embedded into the tapestry of a child’s youth, so the whole family was involved in chores and running the household. One of which was the process of making clothes, from shearing the fleece, skirting the wool (which means to pick out all the organic bits and pieces) washing, then carding, and finally spinning! Olivia was immediately enthralled at the process.

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I found the sweetest mama on Instagram, Arielle, who sells a beautiful little kit with handmade carding brushes, freshly sheared wool, and wonderful instructions on how to prepare it! We got right to work, Olivia crinkling her nose while picking out little pieces of hay and inquiring about the “funny smell” which lead to a discussion about lanolin and how it is used today. The smooth, wooden carding brushes were the perfect size for her to use and she really enjoyed making the wool look like little “clouds”! Much to my disappointment, we do not have a loom to spin the wool into yarn but we were able to wet felt star ornaments and balls for garland, using just some hot water, soap, a fork and cookie cutter!

I had mentioned above that Olivia loves to build things, she is a thinker and has such an inquisitive spirit! When we were reading about Almanzo’s ice house we decided to build one of our own! We gathered the tools of the trade ( popsicle sticks, a hot glue gun, and some pine shavings from the chicken coop) then, after  concentrated construction, and alternating layers of ice and shavings. It was time to put it outside! Now we did this lesson in October, and we were having unseasonably warm weather so it was in the upper 50’s that day, but IT WORKED!! YAY! 

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I could go on and on, telling of potato stamp art, and watercolor masterpieces in our nature journal, using the beautiful references in Julia Rothmans “Anatomy” series. I have happy tears in my eyes thinking of my girl making bread for the first time in her poncho and sombrero. moments of hysterical laughter while vigorously shaking cream until we both almost faint! My 6 yr old may not show much interest in reading and writing but she can tell you who Benjamin Franklin is and what he added to his kite before he flew into that thunderstorm! She even assembled her own kite and hung it next to her fun timeline card that is provided for a great visual reminder. We have been inspired by poetry and classical art, exploring life with a newly found zeal! This curriculum has been like a perfectly timed hug, gently guiding us on our journey, introducing us to rich living books and an intentional, thoughtful education.


Warmest wishes

Ashley Taunton @3littlelambshomestead 

resources:

The Playful Pioneers Curriculum

PP Timeline Cards

Julia Rothman Anatomy Series

"The Ology" By Marty Machowski

"Jesus Storybook Bible" Sally Lloyd Jones

Wool from Arielle @our_enchanted_journey

Nature journal from Alice @twigandmoth 


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