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A Year of Playing Skillfully Loose Leaf – Unabridged, 2015
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A Year of Playing Skillfully is a wonder based, developmental curriculum designed for children ages 3-7. Concrete themes and character traits have been carefully chosen for children to explore. Research based learning opportunities address the needs of the developing brain in the following areas: Language and Literacy, Math and Manipulatives, Science and Sensory, Art and Music, Gross Motor and Outdoor Play, and Social Emotional and Home Life Beautiful monthly printables help parents track each critical developmental area. Detailed instructions, supply and resource lists save precious time in planning for families with young children. The photo rich pages will inspire a sense of curiosity and enthusiasm for both parents and children. A Year of Playing Skillfully is the perfect resource to build a firm foundation for lifelong learning. "This curriculum is destined to become a treasured resource in families, the kind of book that is handed down from one generation to the next. Whether educating at home or not, the plethora of ideas herein will enrich the lives of young children and the people who love them. Weave the faith of your family into the texture of this book and then everything that is important to the education and development of a young child is here--and it's beautiful." Elizabeth Foss author of Real Learning & Small Steps for Catholic Moms www.elizabethfoss.com
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I've home schooled for over twenty years and highly recommend this curriculum for young elementary students, families schooling more than one student, adoptive families, and those with disabilities.
I'm hoping the authors are working on A curriculum to take the same concepts to the next level! You can also Google to find a sample- it's the whole month of September.
That being said, it's not for everybody and probably wasn't even the best for me. A lot of the activities are craft oriented. If you love Pinterest and hanging out at a craft store excites you, you will LOVE this! If you are overwhelmed by the craft store and Pinterest (because you aren't used to being crafty, or you hate spending money or because you have too many little ones) this may not be the best preschool program for you. It was a growing experience for me and we had fun. I don't regret the purchase, but I might have liked something less intense.
But, with my youngest approaching Kindergarten age, I desired to provide him with a different experience - a learning experience - not a workbook. When I found A Year of Playing Skillfully, I was enthralled! Its layout is organized and attractive. It pulls everything together, so that it's not exhausting to imagine saying, "Yes!" to all of the creative and wonderful hands on projects it encourages. There is a monthly theme, with related activities and book suggestions, a supply checklist, and a monthly (undated) activity checklist.The activities are absolutely doable on a budget, and can be modified for older/younger kids' ability. I also love the encouragement and reading suggestions for the parent!
TIP: I placed the loose pages in page protectors and put them in a 3" binder. I put the current month in a smaller 1" binder to have with me for reference, whether shopping for supplies, checking out library books, or prepping for the coming month!
For those of you who will notice: there are a couple of small typos, but nothing that impacts the content or is too distracting.
There are a lot of painting projects and some ideas that are too over-the-top for me (we haven't built sensory tables or play stores or light tables, though I'm sure they'd all be fun), but I definitely feel that it's worth the money as I'll be able to use it with all my kids and their varied ages.