Flowering Baby, LLC
Four to Five
For your four year old we have two parts to our curriculum, a daily general education guide and the theme studies.  The general guide includes math, language, science, physical, self-help and such.  The theme guides are twenty-four specific theme (mini unit studies) that you incorporate throughout the year.  We suggest you select two themes each month.  There are approximately six days of activities for each theme.

Using the general guide you will help your child learn more advanced language and math skills.  He will strive to recognize, write and sound out each letter of the alphabet.  With the math skills you will work on counting to fifty, counting by two's, and you will begin writing numbers.  He will play board games, put puzzles together, use paint, Play-doh and numerous other supplies to increase and solidify his knowledge.  We  have included many physical activities because he still has tons of energy.  There are lessons on self-help; your city, state and America; safety and community helpers.  You will listen to a wide variety of music, read dozens of wonderful books, sing songs, learn about weather and celebrate many holidays.  This is a magical year, enjoy sharing this great world with your child.

The idea behind the theme guides is that at this age your child wants to discover more about specific topics and enjoys delving into things in more detail and for an extended period of time.  The themes range from holidays, to seasons, animals to sports and more.  There are books and activities included for each theme.  The idea is to have fun and learn about topics that are of interest to your child and important in his world.  Themes for age four are similar to age three yet more challenging activities are included and several additional books are read.

Below is an example of our curriculum.  You will see that each day there are multiple activities covering a variety of educational topics from language to math, science and beyond.  The second section is an example of one of the theme units - Bugs and Birds.  

Our activities are designed to use household items, typical children's toys and standard supplies.  We recycle and use many household items and focus on educational value and fun, not expensive name brand items.

Within each year we list all books, music and supplies necessary to complete each of the activities.
  

A typical day in January:

Day 5:

ABC’s: Practice writing E, e. Look for items that start with the letter ‘e’.

Math: Find some stairs, walk up/down and count how many stairs there are.  Try to find stairs with at least ten steps.

Cold days: Read The Snowman and complete Learning Through Stories page. Using dolls you have dress them for the cold weather.  If you don’t have dolls dress yourself.  Discuss the clothing we wear on cold days and why. 

Healthy foods: Read book. Discuss some healthy food choices. Look in your kitchen for some healthy food choices and identify what type of food they are (fruit, grain, etc).

Following directions: Give your child three commands and ask him to follow them.  The commands need to be related and reasonable.  For example, “Go in your room and get your red sweatshirt and tennis shoes.”  Or, if you would like a slightly more difficult command, “Get a pair of white socks out of the top drawer and jeans out of the third drawer.”

Spanish:
count to ten in Spanish.

Physical: Using a large soft ball (at least six inches in diameter) toss it to each other.  Work on your child’s ability to catch today.  He should be catching the ball using both arms and hands. Then bounce the ball to him and see if he can catch it as it comes up toward him.  Enjoy this activity but observe his skills and work on improving them.


A few days of activities from Bugs and Birds Theme Unit:

Day 1:

Read a book on bugs and birds.

Make a butterfly.  Using a coffee filter (round style); have your child paint with different color watercolors.  Let it dry and then squeeze the middle together with a clothespin.  Add google eyes to the clothespin and pipe cleaners for antennas.

Write bug words. We write: bug, butterfly, bee, insect, worm, fly and ant.  You may choose to spread this task out over a few days.  Since we do this in the summer we write it outside with sidewalk chalk or in our sand table using our fingers.

Day 2:

Read a book on bugs and birds.

Discuss being kind to animals.

Using an empty egg carton cut it in half long ways.  Turn the carton over and have your child paint and decorate it as a caterpillar.  Add google eyes and pipe cleaners as desired.

Day 3:

Read a book on bugs and birds.

Go outside and hunt for bugs.  It is best to have something to catch them in and a magnifying glass so you can examine them for a few minutes.  Keep a list of the bugs that you find.

Using celery, peanut butter and raisins make “ants on a log”.  Spread the peanut butter on the celery then place the raisins on top for the ants.

For a sample of a full month: Click here
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