I love making book lists. As my daughter Strawberry is now gearing up to learning, I am thinking it is time to start thinking about organizing our reading topically. It’s time to plan ahead a little bit. I am working on making a list of subjects to explore together.
Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t plan on making her sit down for seat work yet. I don’t plan on doing much formal in general for her preschool years. For my son, I did send him to preschool. Since I have decided to homeschool Raisin, however, I am not certain formal preschool will be the decision we come to with Strawberry.
The ideas below, then, are just ideas to get me started as I begin planning for Strawberry’s formative years. For each subject to explore listed below, I hope to develop a book list along with an activity list so that when we’re ready to explore, we can do so. It will be as easy as putting a hold on library books to pick up for the next week!
I already have a gazillion ideas on which books to add to these categories. (I’ve added links when I posted about a subject.)
In no particular order, here are my ideas.
- Space (sun and stars, the moon)
- Clouds and the water cycle
- Fairy tales
- Plants in general
- Family (relationships)
- Growing up (learning things)
- Local community helpers
- Safety (fire, chemical, vehicles, etc.)
- Groceries and cooking (where does food come from?)
- Cars and trucks
- Up in the air (airplanes, hot air balloons, birds)
- Birthdays and babies
- Fall harvests (apples, pumpkins, corn, etc)
- Winter (hibernation)
- Dinosaurs and fossils
- Antarctica and penguins
- World cultures and continents (basic intro)
- Australia and kangaroos
- American symbols
- Farm animals
- Butterflies, bees, and other insects
- Money fun (buying and selling, ownership)
- Ocean animals
- Africa and desert animals
- Jungles and jungle animals
- Ancient Egypt
- Pond life (ducks, frogs)
- Coral reef systems/animals
- Earth science (rocks and volcanoes)
- Human body (senses, muscles, bones)
- Computers and electronics
I can’t wait to get started on making these book and activity lists! When I’ve made a list for toddlers, I will come back here and update this list when I can.
What am I missing? I will add to this list. Which book lists would you be most interested in seeing first?
Do you want more ideas for teaching a toddler?