Over the summer I had a lot of time to think about how I wanted to school my youngest two. Although there are 29 months between them I have decided to school them together, personalizing only the basics to each of their levels. I did ACE with my older ones and knew I wanted something different with the younger two. I have talked about BFIAR before and we have already rowed two books. BFIAR was a curriculum I bought for my older ones but I really only read them the books and chatted about them.
This year A3 and I rowed Jesse bear and Caps for Sale. I did lap books and many activities. Whilst we thoroughly enjoyed doing this, I found it took up too much of my time. I pretty much plan and write my own curriculum for the older three and already put in many, many hours. Also A3 is doing a separate curriculum, which has colouring in and worksheet type activities for her reading, writing and maths. I have, therefore, decided to choose a group of BFIAR books based around one topic and do a unit study on that topic. Without any printables or cutting out or sticking…… Do I feel like I’m copping out? Yeah, a little. But I think right now it’s the best I can offer.
So, for our first term (5 weeks) I am doing a bunny unit study. The BFIAR books we will row each week will include The Little Rabbit, Runaway Bunny, Goodnight Moon, ABC Bunny and Play With Me.
I will row one per week. Our go alongs will include Brer Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Where’s my Fuzzle, The Velveteen Rabbit and Guess How Much I Love You? We will read as many of the books as A3 and B1 want for half an hour in the morning with maybe an activity squeezed in at the end. After, they will have half an hour to work their way through three trays each. They have been doing tray activities for a year now and love them. I have searched through all our school and non school bits and pieces and found a surprising number of Bunny themed activities. I think, even without the printables and lap books, we will have enough stuff to put out on the trays.
I am also going to link our muffin tins to our topic and they will be bunny themed for the next 5 weeks. I will also try to put together a sensory bin for each book, which will be particularly useful for B1. All in all, I am really looking forward to an easy and stress free preschool year.
Also on the BFIAR blog roll: http://delightfullearning.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/fiar-blog-roll-and-link-up.html