But that's a lofty (and sometimes overwhelming) goal, right? I mean how do I possibly create a new learning experience every day? I could (and still do) scour the Internet and Pinterest, but I was spending so. much. time. trying to do that. After flipping through their binders, seeing their booth, talking with them both several times - I felt a calm wash over me. I can't explain it in any other way. I just felt the peace of the Holy Spirit. My kids don't need to sit with flash cards and phonics worksheets - they need to read books and ask questions and make their own books.
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Before I start here, let me be clear: I'm not paid in any way to say these things. I need to share the A Year of Playing Skillfully curriculum with you. They took what I know kids need - new experiences - and put it into a curriculum. This is constructed knowledge at its finest. And I don't have to spend hours developing objectives and activities or hunting down How-to tips and coordinating recipes (and then getting behind and spending a couple of days mostly with sit-down activities and workbooks). I saved myself SO much time. The full curriculum covers September-May. It is comprehensive (but not overwhelming). And reusable! Because it's an experiential process it won't look the exact same two years in a row. I have shared it with several other moms so far and their responses were so similar I was surprised: It's so simple but I never even thought of this stuff!
I also encourage you to take a look at their book (which I will review in full and giveaway soon) - The Homegrown Preschooler. It isn't nearly as comprehensive as the curriculum, but I've started blending ideas from the book into our life. So helpful!