Monday, July 13, 2009

Around the world with a pre-schooler

One of the things I was looking for in a curriculum this year was a way to include my three-year-old in our studies as much as possible. Little Man desperately wants to do whatever Z-Man is doing.
Several curriculum plans that I looked at did allow for teaching multiple ages, but generally not as young as three. So, since I enjoy pulling things together on my own anyway, (compulsive planner, remember?) I decided to look for world geography for the younger set.

We'll already be using a lot of picture books and our art, music and Bible (minus some of the missionary stories) will work for both kids. I'll post those plans with each individual country. But take a look at these BEAUTIFUL books from Sleeping Bear Press!! What a find! They are beautifully illustrated and each page has a short rhyme (suitable for the little ones) and a sidebar with more information for older kids. Each one is presented in an ABC format - great for those just learning their ABC's.

Also in the series so far:

C Is For Ciao: An Italy Alphabet

K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet

M Is For Maple: A Canadian Alphabet

S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet

P is for Passport: A World Alphabet

And it gets even better: Each and every book has its own free teacher's guide here!

Life is good.


  1. Awesome post Val, I have never seen this site. I am thinking of ordering, share more...

    -M. Green

  2. Hi Mary!
    Isn't that company cool?! They have tons more ABC books - for all the states, and even some of the biomes we're going to cover - like "A is For Anaconda: A Rainforest Alphabet" and "W Is For Waves: An Ocean Alphabet" - and all with teacher's guides. I have to get that science post written! Thanks for visiting!