Harvest Time Preschool/Kindergarten Curriculum

Harvest Time Preschool/Kindergarten Curriculum

The full updated version is now available through MagCloud. The original version with updated Weekly Schedule and Craft List is available below.

Harvest Time Second Edition

Simple Seasons Homeschool Companion Guides: Harvest Time Second Edition

Harvest Time is a 12 week long, literature based, hands-on curriculum that has been designed to be used with 4-6 year old children as a gentle introduction to their school years. This seasonal based unit includes literature, social studies, art appreciation, crafts, and science. It is the first…

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Harvest Time 12 Week Curriculum
(Preschool-Kindergarten / Ages 4-6)
CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL PDF

 

CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED WEEKLY SCHEDULE WITH BOOK & SUPPLY LIST (updated Fall 2014)

New Crafts Links for the updated schedule

I developed this Harvest Time curriculum when my oldest was in kindergarten and my middler in preschool (originally published Aug 2008 Nature’s Way Learning). It is the first term of a 3 term year schedule that focuses on the rhythm of the seasons with a special emphasis on holidays and nature. To complete the year you will also need to download (coming soon) Winter Wonderland (term two) and Bees, Butterflies and Buds (term three). This program was designed as a gentle way to introduce my children to the world around us. We read, baked, and crafted together. We did great big messy art and made a long lasting Harvest Quilt that is often fought over when we snuggle on the couch. It was a wonderful year that we all enjoyed thoroughly. I’m now dusting it off in preparation of using it again with my youngest and wanted to share it with our readers. I thought some of you might enjoy learning along with us this fall. I am also working on updating the other two terms and will have those curriculum guides posted later this summer.
The Original PDF can be downloaded HERE.

Week One Notes – Tops and Bottoms
Week Two Notes – Beatrice’s Goat
Week Three Notes – Rusty, Trusty Tractor
Week Four Notes – The Little Red Hen
Week Five Notes – Pelle’s New Suit
Week Six Notes – Johnny Appleseed
Week Eight Notes – The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree
Week Nine Notes – The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

 

 

Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art

35 Comments

    1. Thanks for the lovely curriculum – even more reasons to be excited for the arrival of Fall!

  1. Thank you for sharing this–it is just the inspiration I need for the fall for my two boys!!

  2. Thank you for sharing this. So wonderful! I just got VERY excited about the Fall!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing. It looks lovely.

  4. this is awesome!! I will definitely be using lots. Thank you soo much!!

  5. This is lovely! The term is laid out so nicely – very basic and to the point (and with 4 children, to-the-point is exactly what I need!). I I love that you have a variety of activities that can reach the gamut of interests, and it’s not overwhelming at all – just enough! These are things that my 9 year old would enjoy doing alongside her 6,4 1 year old siblings!
    Thank you so much for your generosity in freely sharing this with us all!

  6. Wow! Thank you for sharing your wonderful curriculum! It is amazing…can’t wait to begin!

  7. I just placed my orders with Right Start, and Amazon…

    I have always felt drawn to homeschooling, my husband has always been strongly opposed. I was happy with the school we enrolled our daughter to start kindergarten in, then I found your curriculum. Its so pretty, and so inspiring! I felt in my heart that having my girl home is the best option, and sending her to a school is just felt wrong. In a turn of events I couldn’t have seen coming my husband (totally out of the blue) says he wants to try homeschooling… and here we are!

    Thank you for having such a timely blog post, thank you for all you hard work, thank you for you generous gift of curriculum, thank you for this whole website, and thank you for having a hand in my family starting on a path that just feels right!

    much love
    Amanda

    1. For me, I found that the hardest part about homeschooling was making the descion to do so. It was a rollercoaster of emotions in my eldest’s preschool years… But once we embraced it, we’ve never looked back. It is just the most natural fit for our family. I’m glad we were able to offer some inspiration. Good luck in your journey!

  8. This is quiet interesting and I had no knowledge that you could develop your own curriculum. This is a great and fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing how your children benefited from it and how you developed this idea.
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  9. I just found your site and am so glade I did! Your Fall Harvest curriculum is just wonderful, I can’t wait to start!!I have already passed your link along to friends. I was though you mentioned under supplies to see Craft suplly list for more details where can this be found? Thank you.

    1. Opps… forgot that I had left that in there (I took it out of the Winter Unit). I started making a supply list but threw in the towel because I couldn’t decide what to include and what to assume everyone already had… especially since there is so much ‘in the kitchen’ stuff. I may address it in the future but do not plan to have it ready before the fall at this point. I’m busy trying to get the other units user friendly. You will need to leaf through the projects and making your own weekly shopping list.

      If an industrious reader would like to go through and type up a weekly shopping list for the Harvest Unit and email it to me I would gladly up loaded and share it with the rest of our readers.

  10. Thank you so much for posting this lovely curriculum! I’ve been searching for some new kindergarten material for my nearly 6 year old. He’s not yet ready for 1st grade and we were needing some inspiration to stick with kinder for his second year. Thank you!

  11. Thank you a million times for this beautiful curriculum. It is so kind of you to share it with the world so generously. I will be starting it with my 3 and 4 year old boys within the next couple of weeks. It’s just so lovely and right up our alley in terms of pace and aesthetics.

  12. Thank you for sharing this wonderful curriculum! I especially love that it’s tied to the seasons and nature. I am looking forward to using this with my son!

  13. On page 4 it says that you have a variety of journal pages available on WeeFolkArt.com, but I can’t seem to find them. Can you please point me in the right direction?

    1. Sorry… I haven’t had a chance to get them up yet. There is one included in the curriculum but I do have a variety of others. I will add it to my do-soon list.

  14. Just curious how you use the art portion of your curriculum? Do you study the picture and talk about it, use it to inspire an art creation? I’m just a little uncertain how to get my four year old son interested in looking at art and learning about it!

    1. I use the Come Look with Me Books for Art Appreciation. The kids look at the pictures while I read the short text about the image. Then we use the discussion questions in the book to talk about the art in more detail. Sometimes we will do a project based on the image but since we do so many other arts and crafts I’m mainly using the books to spur constructive discussion about the images.

      If you are looking for a more in depth Art Program I highly recommend Artistic Pursuits. I have used their preschool and level one books mixed in with our other curriculums. Book one includes art from ancient times and the middle ages which has worked in well with our classical history program.

  15. What wonderful developmentally appropriate ideas you have! I am borrowing a few and I wanted to say thank you! The salt dough veggies will be such a hit!

  16. This is our first year of homeschooling and we are quite financially constrained. Thank you for sharing your hard work putting this together. It is beautiful and will make such a difference to us getting started.

  17. I want to thank you so much for this. My youngest just started kindergarten (half day) and I am still wondering about homeschooling. This program you have put together is a wonderful way to see what homeschooling would be like, even if I am just doing it loosely. Thank you for providing this curriculum for free. One of the things holding me back has been paying for a curriculum and then for some reason discovering that it would not work for us. This way I can test the waters without breaking our budget. I truly appreciate your hard work.

  18. Excellent stuff of curriculum! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post. I am borrowing a few of them for my pre school in india. I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such great information being shared freely out there.

  19. Thank you for sharing this curriculum! Our son will be four soon…I am looking forward to using this gentle approach for preschool. (Our first year of homeschooling.)

    1. You are very welcome. Hoping you and your son have a joyous year!

    1. Thanks for sharing. Hope your family thoroughly enjoys their autumn activities! Keep linking. We get busy and don't always make it to our reader's blogs. If you leave a comment we always try to "stop by for a visit" 🙂

  20. Thank you so much for showing us your curriculum.  I’ve recently (just) opened up a Waldorf-inspired Family Day Care at my home and I’m so excited to see how many resources there are available on the web, user-friendly for myself, my children and their parents.
    I have no idea why I think so, but are you NZ based?  There seem to be a lot of great things in NZ.  
    Your ideas are soft and inspiring and work well in the rhythm of the day.  I appreciate your sharing.  Bless

    Regina





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