150306 curriculum planning-002At the beginning of this year, I was preparing to restart homeschooling after a long holiday break.  In reflection of the earlier few months, I knew I wanted to add B4FIAR to ladyBug’s homeschool.  Boo and I loved our time rowing these books and created some wonderful memories.  B4FIAR is known as Before Five in Row.  It is a reading program for 2 to 4+ year-olds based on good quality literature.

“Before Five in a Row opens up the world of learning through great books and creative play…. These play activities for your young children help build the foundation for early learning and encourage a flood of warm memories.”  

At the time of my planning, ladyBug and I were in the middle of her alphabet study and so, I wanted to combine what we were already doing, God’s Little Explorer (GLE) and Letter of the Week (LotW), along with Before Five in a Row (B4FIAR).

LOTWBinder

It was easy to combine GLE with LotW since each mini-unit for GLE included a letter to study.  I simply matched each LotW letter activities to the corresponding letter for GLE with the Bible story and theme study.  Now I just needed throw in B4FIAR.  I searched through the wonderful and extensive world wide-web, and I could not find a single complete outline that combined all 24 B4FIAR books and the 26 letters of the alphabet.  Yes, I know 24 and 26 are not one-to-one.  However, the plans I could find were missing more than 1-3 books from the list or missing more than a handful of letters of the alphabet.  I wanted more.  That surprised me since B4FIAR and the alphabet/LotW are pretty popular curriculums during those early homeschool preschool years.  I expected some homeschool parent would have combined the two already and posted their plan already.  Nope…

So after several very very late nights of charting and reading, I am very happy and excited to say that I was able to coordinate all 24 B4FIAR books with the remaining 19 letters for LOTW.  Also, as a by-product, I was able to coordinate the entire alphabet with all B4FIAR books, some Five in a Row 1 & 2 books, and a handful of other books from our home library.  With this later schedule, it will be perfect for when owBop is ready to delve into some great books and learning the alphabet.  Right now, one of her most favorite activities is sitting next to her little bookshelf and pulling out books, plopping down on the floor, and flipping through the pages.  Makes my heart warm  =)  Leave me a comment if you would like to see this this complete 18 months schedule that includes all 24 B4FIAR books and all 26 letters of the alphabet.

*note – If you know how to make my embedded table easier to read, please let me know how.  I’ve been tinkering with the html code and I can’t figure out the borders.

So here’s my tentative plan for this year…  I’m planning to keep this post updated so you can refer back to it to see what we’re rowing and how!

2015 Preschool Scope & Sequence

week of

LotW

GLE Week: Theme

GLE‘s Bible Story

B4FiAR book

focus words in book

2-Feb

N

Week 16: N is for Name Jesus Calls the Disciples
9-Feb break (owBop’s 1st birthday party prep week)
16-Feb Week 16: N is for Name Jesus Calls the Disciples Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown night
23-Feb

Y

Week 23: Y is for You
Jesus Welcomes the Children
Yellow Ball, by Molly Bang
yellow
2-Mar
9-Mar

S

Week 25: S is for Servant, Community Helpers
The Last Supper
Jenny’s Surprise Summer, by Eugenie
surprise, summer
16-Mar
23-Mar

E

Week 26: E is for Excited, Emotions
Jesus is Alive
The Big Green Pocketbook, by Candice Ransom
empty
30-Mar
6-Apr break
13-Apr

U

Week 27: U is for Up in the Sky
The Ascension
The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss
up
20-Apr
27-Apr

Z

Week 4: Z is for Zoo
Noah’s Ark
Play With Me, by Marie Hall Ets
zigging zagging
4-May
11-May

T

Week 5: T is for Tent
Abraham
The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown
tent, turtle, tree
18-May
25-May break
1-Jun

I

Week 7: I is for Insect
Moses
I Am an Artist, by Pat L. Collins
I
8-Jun
15-Jun

Q

Week 8: Q is for Quail
Moses, Manna, and Quail – God Provides
The Quiet Way Home, by Bonny Becker
quiet
22-Jun
29-Jun

K

Week 10: K is for King
King David and King Solomon
Katy No-Pocket, by Emmy Payne
Katy, kangaroo
6-Jul
13-Jul

B

Week 17: B is for Boat
Jesus Calms the Storm & Jesus Walks on the Water
My Blue Boat, by Chris L. Demarest boat, blue
20-Jul Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, by N. W. Carlstrom bear
27-Jul
summer break
3-Aug
10-Aug
17-Aug
24-Aug

H

Week 18: H is for Hungry
Jesus Feeds the 5000
We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen hunt
31-Aug The Red Carpet, by Rex Parkin hotel
7-Sep

L

Week 19: L is for Love
The Good Samaritan
The Little Rabbit, by Judy Dunn little, love, ladybug
14-Sep Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey little, long
21-Sep

V

Week 20: V is for Vision: Five Senses
The Blind Man Sees
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats coVered, Very, V-shaped footprints
28-Sep The ABC Bunny, by Wanda Gag view, valley
5-Oct break
12-Oct

O

Week 21: O is for Opposites
Mary & Martha
Angus Lost, by Marjorie Flack other
19-Oct Corduroy, by Don Freeman overalls
26-Oct

P

Week 22: P is for Pig
The Prodigal Son
Prayer for a Child, by Rachel Field prayer
2-Nov If Jesus Came to My House, by Joan Gale Thomas palace, prayer
9-Nov

M

Week 24: M is for Money
Various Bible Stories about Money
Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina money, monkey
16-Nov Ask Mr. Bear, by Marjorie Flack mother
23-Nov

AtoZ

Week 28: Review Week & Party!!
Nov30-Dec25 Advent – Truth in the Tinsel
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