Many families are using our one month nature guides as a transition from The Peaceful Preschool to The Playful Pioneers, The KInd KIngdom, or The Precious People for 4-6 year old children, and we wanted to give you a few tips for making a transitional kindergarten plan that is sustainable and developmentally appropriate.
“In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother’s first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet and growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it for the most part spent out in the fresh air.”
The Nature Guides all include a read aloud selection, phonics and counting skills activities, fine and large motor skills, art and practical skills centered around nature themes. To create a complete kindergarten year, you could just use a different guide for each month, and if your child was getting through the activities and needed more learning opportunities, you could add in extra math or phonics, and a read aloud selection.
Simply start your day with a morning time rhythm that includes your read alouds for the day, and then move on to the activities, alternating seat work with more active tasks so that young children can stay engaged. In a Charlotte Mason homeschool, the formal learning would be done by noon, leaving plenty of time in the day for imaginative play, naps, and some alone time so that mama can regroup.
Chapter Book Suggestions
Sky Guide-The Drinking Gourd by F.N. Monjo (coming fall 2019)
Farm Guide- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (coming fall 2019)
The early childhood years should be delight led, and as you center your learning around great books, fun activities, and togetherness, you are laying a foundation for learning that will infuse your child with the confidence to pursue their dreams and the skills to learn.
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