I have two 3 and 4 year olds tagging along with an informal preschool using Tapestry of Grace. To be honest, My family is studying year 4. I refuse to cover modern history with 3 and 4 year olds.
It’s a personal decision as I have no intention of discussion World War 1 and trench warfare, the Great Depression, or World War 2 and concentration camps with my innocent babies at this time.
We could concentrate on major figures such as Babe Ruth, Walt Disney, and the Chaplin Brothers, but why? We’ll still have 3 cycles through this era before they graduate high school at 18. There’s no rush.
Preschool Using Tapestry of Grace
So what are we doing? Tapestry of Grace has a lovely literature line-up for the lower grammar years. This week the recommendation is Horton Hears A Who! This is our read aloud for the week.
As I enjoy the concept of Five in a Row but prefer to use my own books, I’ve designed our preschool around the Tapestry of Grace lower grammar literature selection for the week. I’m able to target my children’s interests and aim our discussions at their current level. It works well for us. This is what this week’s line-up looks like.
Monday: we’ll read Horton Hears a Who! and color a coloring page. We’re going to talk about being nice to people. Were the kangaroos, monkeys, and eagles nice? How about Horton, was he nice? How do we treat people?
Tuesday: we’ll read Horton Hears a Who! and read about elephants in The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia (Kingfisher First Reference). We’ll color an elephant coloring page as well.
Wednesday: we’ll read Horton Hears a Who! and talk about sizes. There’s the tiny speck of dust, the small flower, big monkeys, and the giant elephant. I found a wonderful African Animal Sorting print-up for the little ones to sort animals into big and small.
Thursday: we’re going to read Horton Hears a Who! yet again. Today the activity will be making paper plate tambourines. Can we make as much noise as the Whos did?
Friday: we’ll read Horton Hears a Who! and talk briefly about Titles. What are titles? What are some titles of your favorite books? We’ll walk around the house looking at books and discussing titles.
This was a quick peek at how we use Tapestry of Grace in the preschool. We center the preschool around the Tapestry of Grace lower grammar literature readings instead of the history studies, and I choose activities to augment our literature readings. At this stage the goal is to preserve enthusiasm, learn a little, and encourage a love of reading.
Read other posts in the series: How I Use Tapestry of Grace
Part one: How I Use Tapestry of Grace: Books
Part two: How I Make Purchasing Decisions for Tapestry of Grace.
Part three: Placement in Tapestry of Grace
Part four: What Subjects to Choose From Tapestry of Grace’s Buffet
Part five: Crazy Friday Approach to Tapestry of Grace
Part six: Preschool Using Tapestry of Grace
Part seven: Upper grammar with Tapestry of Grace
Part eight: Tapestry of Grace at the Dialectic level
Part nine: Tapestry of Grace at the Rhetoric level