Picture Book Preschool

Posted by Sherry on 8/12/2008 in General, Picture Book Preschool |

Since it’s that time of year, getting ready for school and all that jazz, I thought it might be a good idea to feature a post with a little information on my book, Picture Book Preschool. Also, it seems to me that Picture Book Preschool would be a good resource for All of you parents of preschoolers, homeschoolers or not.

You can order the curriculum book through Cafe Press for $12.99. The curriculum book consists of a weekly list of seven picture books that deal with a specific theme. Go here for an example of one week’s listing.

The book mainly consists of these lists, one for each week of the year. You should be able to find most of the picture books listed in Picture Book Preschool at your local library. If you can only find five out of the seven or six out of the seven for a given week, that should be enough to keep you busy. I have collected many of the picture books listed in Picture Book Preschool for my own children by browsing used bookstores. So when I read these books to Z-baby, I read some that we owned and some that I got from the library.

As far as comparisons go, I am familiar with the curriculum Five in a Row, and I like it very much. In Five in a Row you are encouraged to read one picture book, such as Lentil by Robert McCloskey, for five days in a row. (Children generally love to read favorite picture books over and over again.) For each day of the week this curriculum gives lesson plans related to the books of the week covering science, mathematics, history and geography, and language arts. Five in a Row is a fully developed curriculum with loads of activities to keep your homeschooled preschooler or kindergartner busy and happy.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) for my preschooler, I am homeschooling six older children. I don’t have time to do all the activities in Five in a Row, and I like the variety of picture books we read with Picture Book Preschool. Picture Book Preschool introduces your child to the best of children’s picture books, and it takes only a few minutes each day to read the book for that day, talk about it, and see where it leads you. Maybe you’ll pretend to run away from home with Frances or stack caps like the peddler in Caps for Sale or make up a poem of your own after reading The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown. I suggest a few activities in Picture Book Preschool, but it’s left up to you and your child how far you want to go with each book and with the theme for each week.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the curriculum book, Picture Book Preschool click on the ad in the sidebar or on one of the links in this post. I think you’ll enjoy the extra guidance in picking out books for your preschooler or kindergartner and the low-pressure homeschool-friendly suggestions in the book.

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  • […] Picture Book Preschool. Picture Book Preschool is a preschool curriculum by Sherry Early based on picture books that she has been reading to her children for the past twelve years. 100 Best Fiction Books of All Time from Semicolon. 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall. Arukiyomi’s 1001 Books spreadsheet lists the 1001 books and gives you a way to record what you’ve read and calculate how many books you should read per year to finish the list. Book Lust by Nancy Pearl. Book Crush by Nancy Pearl. WORLD Magazine. WORLD has lots of book reviews, book columns, author interviews, etc. Sonlight catalog for a list of quality children’s books, whether or not you use their curriculum. Veritas Press catalog. Ditto the Sonlight blurb. Lots of great blogs feature book reviews and book talk. Check out my sidebar under Book Blogs or Kid’s Lit. Or try the links found at the Saturday Review featured each Saturday here at Semicolon. […]

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