Our Year With The Peaceful Preschool-A Guest Post

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As I write this post we just finished up with Letter V and are on the home stretch to finish up our first year with The Peaceful Preschool curriculum. I knew when we started this curriculum that I would be repeating it again, and my kids and I are already getting excited to start again with Letter A! 

 

At the beginning of last year when I was considering whether or not I could homeschool my children, a good friend of mine suggested The Peaceful Preschool curriculum. I decided to purchase it, not sure if we would use it or to what degree. The introductory pages to this curriculum, which provide a family vision sheet and suggestions for daily rhythms, were so inspiring to me. I felt excited and had so much peace and comfort from having everything clearly defined and laid out for me. After purchasing the curriculum I then began reading several Charlotte Mason and Montessori inspired books, websites, and blogs. After having a clearer grasp on our family's goals for homeschooling I felt even more certain that The Peaceful Preschool was the best guide for us in the early years, which Charlotte Mason describes as "a quiet growing time." 

 

The Peaceful Preschool lessons are engaging, gentle, and fit fluidly into our regular daily rhythm (which I recently blogged about here). The preparation is minimal; most supplies can be found around your home or you can easily find a suitable alternative. You only need to find 2-3 books at your library for each week's lessons, but if your library isn't great, you will not regret purchasing any of the books on the booklist! The curriculum also will not break your budget: I had to spend money up-front to gather basic supplies (I really did not have much before starting preschool at home), but on a week-by-week basis there is very little to no requirement for spending money on additional materials, or even burdening you with extra cost of printer ink. What a blessing!

 

For this past year, I structured our weeks so that we could spend two weeks on each Letter Unit, enjoying two days from The Peaceful Preschool each week. The other days of the week I would add some  based on my children's interests (for example, B is for Birds or C is for Camping). 

My memories of our time spent with The Peaceful Preschool are rooted in reading and re-reading the books that come from the weekly booklist. The books are, in my mind, the heart of the curriculum. The stories are rich, most have stood the test of time, and are what Charlotte Mason would describe as twaddle-free. My kids have latched on to so many of these stories in lasting ways. 

Okay, so the books are wonderful, the prep is manageable, the activities are simple and engaging, but really the core reason why I plan to do this curriculum all over again is that it fosters connection with my children. The activities are not simply tasks to check off on some academic-attainment list; they are invitations to take a break from the adult world, be present, connect with your children, and come alongside them in a slow and purposeful way. When we engage in these preschool activities, my children receive the message that they are valued and who they are matters. Plus, it's fun!! What could be more fun than gathering every hat in your house and stacking them all on your head like the "Caps For Sale" peddler? Or, playing Follow the Leader, acting out animals from stories, and building a fort? Preschool is the best!

I do also add on a few things to the curriculum over the two-week-per-letter period, like 3-Part Cards for our letter learning, other Montessori-based resources, or just fun ideas I find on Pinterest or Instagram. 

I also consider our weekly Bible lessons and daily outdoor time as essential elements to our Preschool at Home. For each Letter Unit, I chose to add on a Bible lesson using The Jesus Storybook Bible -- you can view these lessons on my blog here. These are based on Letter Unit themes and sometimes nicely pair with the memory verses from The Peaceful Preschool. 

For our daily outdoor time we have lots of unstructured outdoor play in our yard, and we also walk and explore each day. My family lives on a camp property in Indiana where my husband works -- it is situated on 2,500 acres of woods with lots of trails and a lake. We feel incredibly grateful to give our children a childhood like this where they can explore the woods so easily each day and already know so many trees, birds, and plants with not much effort on our part. With that in mind, it always brings me joy to see how many activities in The Peaceful Preschool coincide with our desire to be outdoors. Many activities in the weekly plan are intended to be done outdoors, and even some of the counting skills and fine motor skills can be completed using natural materials. Build a fairy garden, collect wildflowers and make an arrangement, gather leaves and make leaf rubbings, etc.

Again, I am so grateful to have a curriculum that fosters connection with my children, and am excited to repeat it again next year! For the first 3 years of my oldest child's life, I would have never considered homeschooling. This last year has been such a confidence-builder for me in all the right ways, giving me the encouragement and inspiration to view home education as "an atmosphere, a discipline, a life" (in the words of Charlotte Mason) and not just public-school-done-at-home. Lastly, I am grateful for the community of homeschooling moms I have as support through The Peaceful Press Facebook group and the Instagram community as well. It is a true gift to know I am not alone.

Written by Sarah Street

https://www.instagram.com/the.silvan.reverie/

You can check out the full booklist for The Peaceful Preschool Here

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Summer Reading and Projects

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Summer is nearly upon us, and we are excited about all the memories we will make. Each year I grow more aware of how fast the precious years of childhood are flying by, and I am doing my best to make the most of them. 

Although every summer is a little different; sometimes we school through the summer, and other years we take the whole season off, this year we will continue working on literacy and math, while staying close to home. We will be starting The Precious People curriculum in September, so I'm excited for the opportunity to plan for our fall celebrations and learning.

We found some great summer themed books we wanted to share so you can make the most of this season with your children as well. We have even paired the books with easy activities to build sweet memories in your own family.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Activity: Find a body of water and look for minnows, or head to the ocean and see if you can spot a Swimmy in the tide pools.

The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice by Wendy Pfeiffer

Activity: Find a map of the world and show your littles the different time zones. What time is the sun setting in Iceland? In India? Is there any sun in Antarctica in July?

Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd

Activity: Go on a scavenger hunt, make it a competition or an expedition.

The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing

Activity: Find a trampoline or spread out some blankets, can you find the first star in the summer sky, the big dipper, or make your own constellations with dot paint on black construction paper.

S is for S’Mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James

Activity: Make s'mores. How many different types of chocolate and biscuit combinations can you use to make a s’more?

Summertime in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Activity: Find a local farm to pick some stone fruit or a field with blackberries or raspberries.

For more fun with The Little House on the Prairie, check out our The Playful Pioneers curriculum.

Join the conversation and share your favorite books and ideas for summer fun! 

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Charlotte Mason and The Playful Pioneers-A Guest Post

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Going into this past school year I was really feeling lead to more of a Charlotte Mason approach as I put together our curriculum. I wanted something that would incorporate fine art, scripture, poetry, narration, living books, practical skills, and hand crafts into our days in a way that would allow for short lessons that wouldn't overwhelm our days. I was also looking for a curriculum that all of my children could join in and that would be fairly open and go for my sake. 

I was elated to find that The Playful Pioneers was all of this and so much more! 

My children, a mix of girls and boys, range from ages seven through eleven and with The Playful Pioneers there was something for everyone. 

The younger ones used the print copy work while the older ones used the cursive pages. In addition to the basic daily coursework my older children read from the American and World History recommended independent reading book lists during their daily quiet time. 

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One of the first things that attracted me to Playful Pioneers was the main spines that are studied were from Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House series. As a family we had read through the series once before and my two oldest had read them over and over again until the poor books showed how well loved they are. 

What a blessing it was to share my love of the Little House books with my children as I had with my own mother growing up.  

I knew that we would be incorporating many living books into our days so one of the things that we enjoyed was listening to our Little House read aloud each day on audio book. My older children followed along in the books and my younger children would work on their copy work or illustrations while they listened to the story.

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My children loved the invitation that The Playful Pioneers presented to dig deeper into the history of Laura's prairie days! 

From the timeline that plugged in other events in American History alongside of the Ingall's lives and travel, to tracing the Ingall's journey across the United States, to the fantastic living books that brought the time period to life, this curriculum quickly won over our hearts and minds. 

For the timeline I printed one set for each child, hole punched one corner, and held them together with a ring. We don't have a lot of space in our home to display the timeline so this was a compact way for them to each have their own. 

We enjoyed many handicrafts and recipes along with practical skills which are so important for children to learn for useful lifelong skills. We enjoyed dyeing handkerchiefs with natural dyes, rolled beeswax candles, made butter, lemonade, ricotta cheese and so much more.  

We even learned many homemaking skills that were not only relevant in Laura's day but for us today as well. 

We have come through this year with so much more then any other year thus far and we have done it through short lessons full of beautiful memories in so many areas of learning. 

What a blessing The Playful Pioneers has been for our family!

Guest post by Kristin Dahman-The Quiet Way Home

Learning With The Playful Pioneers-A Guest Post

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Late last summer, just before we were set to start back to schooling our little Miss 6 and Miss 4...I stumbled upon The Peaceful Press.  When I researched The Playful Pioneers curriculum and saw that it was based on The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, it spoke to me right away.  I grew up reading this series over and over again and wanted my girls to experience that life changing adventure for themselves.  I loved the appeal of one curriculum for both girls and that our whole family could be included in the activities!

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Our expectations were far exceeded as we have now completed our year with The Playful Pioneers.  Our way of life has changed, a peace has fallen over us...our "school work" has blended so seamlessly with the rest of our day that we don't feel the rush to "get school done" like we used to.  An education happens continually, in every facet of your day...you are always teaching your child even if it is just by your actions or by allowing them the freedom to play or dream. 

Imagine your childhood days filled with handiwork...weaving, sewing, knitting, embroidery...

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Learning about life on the farm, artist studies, and self care.....

 

baking fresh simple recipes...

and learning where your food comes from...

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Learning about the world, and nature, and all its gifts...

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S.T.E.M activities, and inventions and advancements,

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and so much more, all with your best friend(s) by your side.

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We loved the freedom this curriculum offered us...we could delve a little deeper into subjects that sparked an interest and we could leave out any activities that didn't fit with our family at that time.  Everything was prepared for us, the materials needed were simple to find and the books were easy to access.

As expected, the girls fell in love with Laura Ingalls and her free-spirit, yet kind heart.  What I didn't expect was the amount of emotion they would feel with each passing chapter.  We discussed topics that I am sure we wouldn't have otherwise...not for years to come at least.  They felt the pain and hardship that continually afflicted the Ingalls family. Yet they noted their positive attitudes and how they always made time for music, laughter and stories together.  I now see these stories and lessons resurface in their play and the way they interact with each other, it has forever changed their hearts.  

I also, as a mother, deeply connected with Laura's dear parents.  I loved the way Pa took the time to stop and explore nature with his daughters, to patiently teach them how and why things needed to be done and most importantly, true acceptance of others.  I also loved the way Ma, although stern at times, taught her daughters to look out for and care for one another, how to be happy with little and the importance of an education.

Somehow we lived and learned more simply this year yet our "harvest" from our studies was so rich, full and completely irreplaceable. I can't thank "The Peaceful Press" enough for this gift!

Sue

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Our Year With The Peaceful Press-A Guest Post

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We started the Peaceful Preschool when my daughter was three. She was simply ready for structure and a course that appealed to our gentle parenting style already in place. The Peaceful Press was my first introduction to some kind of homeschooling system, environment, and schedule. It profoundly set the tone for us and more than that, it gave me the confidence in knowing and feeling that I could actually do this! I remember the opening letter and the great comfort it was to me, along with the resources, the guides and planning sheets, even the menu ideas were all so helpful! It all felt as if I had this wise, soft-spoken friend gently guiding me through this incredibly overwhelming endeavor as I was first starting out!

The following year, we started with the Playful Pioneers as a pre-K guide and “enrichment course” as I call it. We fell in love with the book suggestions, the gentle guide into US history and so forth. We worked at our own pace and gleaned from every step along the way. I particularly love how intentional about beauty it all is and how everything comes together so well, from the literature to the poems and themes. 

Now my daughter is five, and my son is three and we’ll be using the Playful Pioneers again this fall and more heavily as they’re older now. The amount of confidence I have in this journey still amazes me! Our home and schoolroom is filled with living books, organized Montessori manipulatives, a nature shelf, and so much more! The Peaceful Press has absolutely given us the foundation and building blocks to help us reach our homeschooling goals at this point. Our school rhythm is simply one we look forward to every single day, and when I will inevitably hit those road bumps, I know I have the support and help through this beautiful community.
 

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This is what a typical school day looks like for us. We gather around our school table after self care and breakfast. Our Morning Time shelf/basket is prepared well in advance and ready to go. We always start with Scripture, a hymn, and prayer. We then do some memory work and discussion. If we have a nature study on the table (currently caterpillars) then we’ll observe and talk a bit about that. Next is a picture study, then a read aloud from the lovely Little House series or a few letter themed books. While I read, they are working on an activity of some sort; a handwriting/student sheet for my daughter, or their US map puzzles, lacing, wooden beads, etc. After I finish a chapter, we all go and get dressed for the day! Morning time is a luxurious one to two hours for us.

If the weather is nice, we usually grab a snack and head outside and romp around for a half hour or so. We then gather again for an AAR phonics lesson for my daughter and the daily preschool activity for my son. After lunch, we usually curl up together on the couch with a book. Once the baby (10 months) takes her afternoon nap, we then work on a little project, puzzle, or painting/drawing together, sometimes it’s a felt interactive or a recipe, and once a week it’s poetry teatime! Once the baby wakes up, it’s sometimes a nature walk or free play outdoors! Then we call it a day.

One thing that is important for us in raising our children at this stage is not only limiting screen time completely (except for the occasional family movie night) but also establishing a strong family bond and a nurturing home environment that stimulates imagination and provides ample opportunities to learn together. I know planting these kinds of seeds will reap a beautiful harvest later on in our family life together. The Peaceful Press has been the ideal resource to help guide our family and homeschool in the directions our hearts have always envisioned. 

by Christina Umbriaco- https://www.instagram.com/wildandfree_inutah/

 

Learning About Trees- A Guest Post

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As the end of the school year approaches, we often get burned out and I find that it is the perfect time to change things up and create a unit study for us all to enjoy, explore, and learn together. Often, we explore something that has been the topic of recent conversation, but with Arbor Day and Earth Day both falling in April I thought it would be the perfect time for a month long unit study on trees. 

Whenever we plan a unit study, I usually start by breaking it down into a few basic categories (or weeks) of learning. For a study of trees, I broke it into these categories, these will be broken down into daily lessons.

Beginning- The study of the beginning of plants and trees.

Identifying- Becoming aware and informed on the different parts, types, and purposes of trees.

Habitats- Learning about the habitat of a tree, as well as a forest ecosystem.

 Exploring and Adopting- Putting our knowledge to work by both adopting a tree we can observe in all seasons and adventuring out to see what we have learned and what we can identify.


We meet together in the mornings, around the table, for family studies. We sip tea, we talk, we ask questions, and we learn together. The baby eats way too much in his high chair as we linger over books and journals, and the preschooler is often kept busy with activities just for her when she is growing tired of sitting and listening.  In this case we pulled out The Peaceful Preschool letter activities that could work well with our theme so she was making similar connections, but in ways that could keep her hands busy and more importantly, keep her included. 

We started our tree unit at the beginning, understanding the importance of the tiniest seeds to the deepest roots. When you begin at the beginning it brings a fuller, easier understanding of why and how. I always want to make sure that we have as many questions answered as possible. We talked about nurture, as well as nature, and how they both play a role in the growth of a plant, as well as in the growth of us. We talked about how we can play a role in the growth of plants and trees, as well as in the growth of those around us. We planted seeds, observed seeds from different trees, and we journaled the seed cycle. 

Resources:

A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Aston

From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons

Because of An Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer

Next, we began to identify the tree as a whole, as well as each individual part of the tree, the roots, the trunk, the bark, the leaves. And in doing that we discovered how unique and different each tree is, and how they tell stories of their pasts in their growth. It reminded us how we are all left with marks, scars, and evidence of what God has done in our lives, too. And how special and important that is.

Breaking it all down, comparing and contrasting, and spending time poring over living books and field guides, will help us when we are exploring outside, whether a hike in the mountains and forest, or just in the backyard, to make connections with confidence. It will create a more excited and thoughtful explorer, a more eager learner, which is my ultimate goal for a unit study. I am always looking at how the unit study can impact us for future learning. 

Resources: 

Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Play the Forest School Way by Peter Houghton and Jane Worroll

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Trees, Leaves and Bark by Diane Burns

The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown Ups by Gina Ingoglia

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A study of habitat was important to add mindfulness that we are not the only ones that enjoy trees and forests. I pulled out our favorite living books that gave us a fuller picture of life within a log, a tree, and the forest. Creating food chains, playing games, building dioramas, and pulling out our nature journals to make notes of tracks and evidence of life to look for when we head out to explore, all add to our unit study. 

Resources:

Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

A Log's Life by Wendy Pfeffer

The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward

In Woods and Forests by Tessa Paul

A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry

Game: Into the Forest

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As we head into Arbor Day and Earth Day, we plan to complete our journey with packing up special arbor themed nature packs and heading out into our backyard, a forest hike, and a local park, to see if we can put together all we learned and test our knowledge. I think the best tests have more to do with seeing it play out as you experience it, and not what you can answer on paper. Lastly, we plan to adopt a tree to visit and observe over the course of a year, season after season. And as we adventure and grow over this year, so will the tree. 

Resources: 

Play the Forest School Way by Peter Houghton and Jane Worroll 

Arbor Day Square by Kathryn O. Galbraith (I highly recommend this if you are studying The Playful Pioneers!) 

Post by Lisa Wilkinson, you can find more of her resources here-

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The Precious People Book List

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The Scope of

The Precious People

Week 1-The Beginning of Recorded History

Creation by Cynthia Rylant

Who Eats What by Patricia Lauber

2-Ancient Holidays, Mesopotamia, Animal Classification

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Deborah Heiligman

The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale by Eric Kimmel

Let’s Classify Animals by Kelli Hicks

Week 3-Family Rules and Rhythms, Pyramids, Mammals

On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

National Geographic Readers: Pyramids (Level 1) by Laura Marsh

Week 4-Harvest Festival, First Farmers, World Geography

On Sukkot and Simchat Torah by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

Week 5-More Ancient Holidays, Ancient Egypt, Hemispheres, 

The Story of Hannukkah by David Adler

Week 6-Ancient Egypt, Pharaohs, Pyramids, Foods

Week 7-Ancient Egypt,The Exodus, Hieroglyphs

The Longest Night by Laurel Snyder and Catia Chien

The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

Week 8-Ancient Egypt, Human Anatomy, Medicine

My Body by Patty Carratello

Week 9-Famous People of Ancient Greece, Heart Health

Week 10-Greek Alphabet, Politics in Ancient Greece, Greek Feast

Week 11-Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Olympic Games, Greek Myths

Week 12-Hanukkah,The Roman Empire, Home Life in Ancient Rome, 

The Story of Hanukkah by David Adler

Week 13-Art and Industry in Ancient Rome

Week 14-Christmas Festivities

The Friendly Beasts by Tomie de Paola

The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats

The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watson

Room For A Little One by Martin Waddell

Week 15-Goal Setting, Months of the Year, Imaginary Animals, Birds

Brother William’s Year by Jan Pancheri

Around The Year by Elsa Beskow

Week 16-World Geography, Countries and Cultures, Transportation

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

Week 17-Weather,Israel, Poetry

National Geographic Readers:Weather by Kristin Baird Rattini

Week 18-Korea, Seeds, Map Asia

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Week 19-Japan, Geology, Cartoon

A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston

Drawing From Memory by Allen Say

Week 20-Haiku, Map China

Hi Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack

Week 21-Latin America, Rainforests, Spanish Language

The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell

Week 22-Latin America, The Andes, The Periodic Table

Up and Down The Andes by Laurie Krebs

The Periodic Table by Sean Callery and Miranda Smith

Week 23-Africa, The Periodic Table

One Hen by Katie Smith Milway

Week 24-The Middle East, North Africa, Continents

Deep In The Sahara by Kelly Cunnane

Week 25-North Africa, St. Augustine of Hippo, The Apostle's Creed

Week 26-St. Patrick, Bees, Gardens

St. Patrick by Tomie DePaola  

The Saint and His Bees by Dessi Jackson

Week 27-St. Francis, Italy, Wolves

Francis, The Poor Man of Assisi by Tomie De Paola

Week 28-St. Elizabeth, Butterflies, Europe

Roses in Snow by Dessi Jackson

Week 29-Passover, Food Allergies

The Longest Night by Laurel Snyder

My First Passover by Tomie de Paola

Week 30-India, Country Report, Trees, Nests

Finders Keepers by Robert Arnett

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston

The Gift of the Tree by Alvin Tresselt

 


A few notes about the book list-

You will need the read aloud selections, but many are available at the library.

For the remainder of the books, you could find them at the library, on YouTube, or substitute for a title with a similar theme. I feel it is worth owning many of them, but I also understand that we are all working on a different budget, and I tried to keep the book list as simple as possible.

A study of ancient history will naturally contain some graphic material and nudity. I did my best to choose books that minimized the intensity of this and kept a lighter spin on ancient history, but please glance through the books for yourself before handing them to your children.

Ancient history studies also cover a wide variety of religious perspectives. While I am an Apostle's Creed confessing, non-denominational believer, I feel that studying the beliefs of other people of the book, such as Jews and Catholics can enhance our own understanding of God. I hope that both Jewish and Catholic families can feel at home with this curriculum. In fact, several weeks of the curriculum focus on Jewish feast days. The Jewish culture has outlasted most other cultures that shaped the ancient world, and learning from them can help us shape our families to be influential in our own era.

With that being said, there are many other religions represented in a study of ancient history. A few of the weekly picture books will represent these other religious viewpoints, so that whatever your perspective is, you can learn to understand the people who inhabit our world.

"Seek first to understand before you seek to be understood."

Stephen Covey

I hope that however you believe, your family can sense the love in these pages, and can create beautiful connection with your family as you learn about the ancient world and other cultures together.

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Learning With Laura

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This school year has been full of delight for our family. Having done the hard work of gathering resources for The Playful Pioneers ahead of time made each week so simple and fun and full of learning. This was my third or fourth time reading through The Little House on the Prairie series, but because I had the projects all planned out ahead of time, it felt like a first time, and yet, the beautiful attitudes that Ma and Pa displayed through adversity, spoke to me as much now as they did when I first read the books aloud so many years ago.

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Another aspect of The Playful Pioneers that was helpful for me this year was the integrated poetry and artwork. I love learning with Charlotte Mason principles, but in past years, it had seemed haphazard to pull poetry and art into whatever time period we were studying. I was very deliberate about the pieces I selected for the year, and was delighted again as we read through such beautiful pieces as "A Cherokee Traveler's Greeting", "Hope is a Thing With Feathers", and "Picture Books in Winter". The art and poetry made so much more sense when it was connected to what we were reading in our chapters for the week.

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While I wrote the curriculum with 5-8 year old students in mind, my children, who turned 9 and 11 in December 2018, were challenged and engaged with the lessons. I added All About Reading and Spell to Write and Read for my 9 year old, along with an Analytical Grammar workbook and I.E.W. U.S. History Based Writing Lessons curriculum for my 11 year old. I also added math resources such as Teaching Textbooks, Right Start Math, and Smarttick for both of them.

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We even added a few extra read alouds from the included independent reading list. I had read some of the Little House on the Prairie series aloud last spring as I was writing the curriculum so this year while we were doing our copy work, we listened to some of the stories on Audible. This bought me some extra read aloud time which I used to read several other titles. My daughter and son added several more of their own independent reading books.

We also engaged in lots of hands on learning this school year, following prompts in the curriculum to sew moccasins, grow a garden, bake bread, shake butter, sew a doll, build a tipi, and generally have fun while learning valuable engineering and comprehension skills. 

Hands on learning isn't just about having more fun; it's a valuable way to teach children to actually do something with all they are learning. 

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We are closing in on the end of the school year, and at the same time gearing up for our upcoming school year with The Precious People, but our study of American History has been a delightful one, and has shaped our understanding and compassion for the people who shaped our nation, and given us excitement about how we can be pioneers in our own time.

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What others are saying-

"I'm the mother of three little boys, my oldest is only 6 and between K and 1st grade academically. I wondered if Laura Ingalls would interest my boys the way it did me as a young girl. I have been in awe at how this curriculum transformed our home. We read the books as a family, bake together, memorize poetry and find comfort in bringing a bit of pioneer life into our home. This curriculum has helped us to slow down, let learning happen organically and encouraged us to spend more time outdoors, many times with our book in hand. This is material for the whole family! There are so many ways to adapt or expand this material for your child's needs, which is why I look forward to using it again in the future!" -Nicole

"We have used the Playful Pioneers this year as the foundation of our curriculum for my three 2nd graders. Each of my children is at very different levels. This beautiful curriculum has worked for all of them. We have enjoyed the read-aloud time, the gentle narration prompts, all the history and science activities, and most especially the enrichment crafts, recipes and art. On days when we have more time, we have had opportunities to explore, and on days with less time, we have been free to do a minimum, and still feel like the day wasn't wasted. My children and I have really enjoyed the journey with Laura and her family! This has been our best homeschool year yet! Thank you, Peaceful Press for your vision, and heart for us, homeschool mamas and kiddos!"

-Jody

 

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