Friday, June 29, 2007

Review: Daily Lesson Plans: Preschool-Kindergarten (Catholic Heritage Curricula)

Daily Lesson Plans: Preschool-Kindergarten
2006, Catholic Heritage Curricula, 246 pages, Catholic

This one package offers lesson plans for both preschool and kindergarten.

Preschool segment: (124 pages)

Rather than traditional lesson plans, which would be too confining for such young children, CHC offers an "activity calendar and record book" along with weekly activity suggestions and a monthly theme page that offers simple suggestions for liturgical year activities, art and craft ideas related to special days and more.

Here are samples of the weekly calendar pages and monthly theme pages (click for larger view - shown smaller than actual size of 8 1/2 x 11):

The preschool segment also includes 10 adorable coloring pages (by Anna May McCallum) and a 31 page booklet for parents by Sandra Garant on cultivating creativity.

Kindergarten Segment: (122 pages)
The basic texts used in these lesson plans are as follows:
Little Folks' Letter Practice by Nancy Nicholson
Little Stories for Little Folks by Nancy Nicholson (Lesson 1)
Little Folks' Number Practice by Nancy Nicholson
Modern Curriculum Press Mathematics, Level K
God's Love Story by Poor Clare Nuns
Who Am I? Kindergarten Workbook
Also included in the lesson plans are recommendations for supplemental materials (also available from CHC) and a list of recommended read-alouds.
Here are sample pages from the Kindergarten lesson plans. Note that the "core subjects" are shaded in order to prioritize formal lessons. Click on samples to view at a larger size - actual size is 8 1/2 x 11.

Also included in the Kindergarten Lesson plans are illustrations to make into a chore chart, "Catholic Math Activities" by Mary Ann Grobbel (19 pages), a month-to-month calendar planner (2 pages) and several beautiful certificates to honor your child's efforts.

Reviewed by Alicia Van Hecke (6-29-07)
Available from Catholic Heritage Curricula

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