I’m currently using The Peaceful Preschool for Judah. I really like the curriculum and the activities are mostly low prep and engages multiple areas like practical skills, arts, science, language, numbers etc). It’s alphabet-based and literature-based. We do a letter each week. I supplement activities from Simply Learning too.
How did I know about TPP?
It was from Simply Learning Kids blog that I learned about TPP, I may have stumbled on her blog on Pinterest. I downloaded the free sample and within a week, bought the curriculum. The feeling when you know you’ve found something good and just gotta have it.
Before that, I would search on Pinterest on activities pertaining to the alphabet I want to do. But it was getting difficult because I have to do all the lesson plans myself and I don’t know where to start.
Sadly, I don’t have access to many of the books in the book list. We also don’t have children libraries in Chiang Mai. I really wish I’m in Singapore for this, then we would be able to borrow most of the books. I’m not sure if I want to buy them because it is ALOT of money. We have been using Youtube videos of the book titles to learn instead. Not the best, but at least it gives a focus as to what Judah is watching.
I like it that after using this curriculum like the name of it suggest, Peaceful Preschool, it has brought Peace into our learning. I have a guide for what to do, and I don’t feel guilty that I don’t know what to do. Some days or week, we do all the books and activities and have great pictures to show. Some days or week, we just do one book or a few activities and it’s fine. Every day and every week is different, each day the needs of our child is different, we just have to see what would work and what would not.
Some days we go with the flow of the child. If Judah picks up “Pancake Pancake” by Eric Carle and says he wants to eat pancake, then we will read it and let him make pancakes for lunch.
The good thing is after I’m done with all the alphabets, I am likely to repeat it and so Judah gets to learn more when he is abit older, so I am not going to beat myself up if he is not able to write all the alphabets or know the phonics now. The key is to spark the learning light in him!
Many people ask if Judah is going to school yet. I’m thinking maybe in Jan 2018, we might send him to a Christian preschool for a few days a week.
But we are having so much fun at home, I feel like we don’t have to send him to school!