My favorite curriculum supplement for preschool

Before going any further, you should know that I write, and have been writing, my own curriculum for the classroom for over 30 years now. I haven’t ever used a store bought curriculum but not because I am opposed to using one but because I have always loved the challenge of writing my own. But I also enjoy supplementing my own ideas and curriculum with this one resource…

sMy Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

You got it! Scholastic classroom magazines (which I have always called “weekly readers”).  I use two different types for my classroom. For all of my students (Preschool and PreK), I love “My Big World” which you can view a sample of the magazine here. AND FYI: Scholastic is running a contest right now that you might like to check out. I am not associated with the contest but I have shared the details on how to enter their contest at the end of this post. 

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for Preschool

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for Preschool

For my oldest students (PreK and Junior K), I love “Let’s Find Out” which you can view a sample of the magazine here.

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreK

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreK

I have been using Scholastic children’s magazines in my classroom since I started teaching over 30 years now and each year, the magazine just keep getting better. Beautiful photos, fabulous topics, and a wonderful layout for discussion with my students. And just in case you are wondering – this is not a sponsored post.

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

Integrating Scholastic’s Magazines into the Classroom

Integrating Scholastic’s magazines into the classroom is probably one of the easiest things I do. The first reason is because the topics are almost always related to current seasons, events, and other topics that my students are already interested in.

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

The second reason is because the magazines promote discussion that naturally lead us to continue that discussion through play and exploration. Did I say that I love these magazines yet? Well I do so just in case you missed that point, I want to say it again. I love these magazines!

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

Introducing the Magazine

Introducing the magazine to our students is fairly routine in that we usually sit on the floor and start at the beginning. We discuss what the children see on the cover and any stories that they may to want to add.

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

We go to the middle of the booklet and walk our way through the framed photos on the page, taking both a picture walk and discussing the words in each frame as we go along. Each photo invites the children to tell their own stories of similar experiences so I don’t rush through the frames.

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

The last page of the magazine is a simple activity page that my students enjoy doing. We usually walk through the activity together but sometimes the children are way ahead of me and complete the page before I even get started! It may be completed in a way that makes sense to them but it is still completed and adds to the information we have explored through the discussion process. The activity on “Let’s Find Out” will be a little more challenging than “My Big World.”

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

Expanding through the classroom

Every Scholastic’s Children’s Magazine is easy to expand on throughout the classroom through play, creativity, and exploration. For example, we can expand the “Orange Autumn” magazine on our light table examining and tracing/rubbing orange leaves…

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

We can discover orange autumn by weighing, measuring, and opening up a pumpkin as part of our science exploration…

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

We can add orange sand to promote writing skills in the salt/sand writing box…

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

The list of things that our magazines inspire us to do is endless!

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

I always enjoy designing my own curriculum based on my student’s development, interests, and experiences I want to provide. I love how Scholastic’s magazines gives me a fabulous resource to share with my students and yet still allows room for us to expand the concepts in a way that is hands on and interesting to us.

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

PLUS it goes home to parents which extends our conversation about Orange Autumn at home too!

My Favorite Curriculum Supplement for PreSchool and PreK!

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Links to Grow On!

Scholastic’s Let’s Find Out – K Version

Scholastic’s My Big World – Preschool/PreK Version

Elephant ToothPaste : More with Weekly Readers

Another Look at Scholastic’s My Big World

 

 

By |2016-11-26T21:54:29+00:00October 25th, 2016|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

9 Comments

  1. francilia garcia October 28, 2016 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    I thorghly enjoyed your page you have some great ideas, do you have any advise for someone who is just starting in preschool education ?
    Thank you

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 30, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      What kinds of advice are you looking for:) I guess in a way, my whole blog is my attempt at giving advice but if there is something more specific I can share with you, please do let me know.

  2. Janice October 30, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Love your website!

    Was wondering if you have a recommendation. I currently have a K-8 teaching certificate and would like to receive certification in early childhood education as well. Can you recommended any accredited online program?

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful and inspiring ideas!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 30, 2016 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Janice,
      I sure wish I were the right person to answer your question but I know my expertise is not in that department. I do know that many local universities now provide lots of opportunities for online work. If I were you, I would check with an education counselor or professor and see if he or she could point you in the right direction. I am so sorry that I’m not much help:)

  3. Amy Curtis October 30, 2016 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I use My Big World in my classroom the same way you do. I love that little magazine!!!

  4. Teresa Starr October 31, 2016 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Hi Deborah,
    Thanks for all of your great resources. I’ve had a lot of fun following your blog and sharing your ideas with my preschool and kindergarten students.
    I wanted to share on of my favorite curriculum resources with you. Please let me know if you want me to share it here on this page or if you’d rather I send it to your email.
    Thanks again.
    Teresa Starr
    https://www.littlestarrlearners.com/

  5. [email protected] November 4, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I love My Big World too! The online resources are excellent as well.

  6. Community Helpers Firefighters November 4, 2016 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    […] I use Scholastic My Big World magazines along with Mother Goose Time. They offer wonderful little lessons that coordinate with the seasons. They often include important health and safety or nature lessons. Along with the paper magazine subscription, you get access to the online resources, even an archive of past issues. So we looked at some of those resources too, because video and really make a theme or idea come alive. The materials shown below are from Scholastic and require a subscription to access. They are wonderful resources! Read more about them on Teach Preschool. […]

  7. Jan November 9, 2016 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Hey, I don’t know a lot about teaching kids, but something I would love that my kids would get inside their curriculum in preschool is Meditation. I already use headpsace (a long time) and now they have headspace for kids, I think it would develop them great skills for future development if they already start at a young age getting used to meditation techniques. I’m not talking about sitting 20 minutes in silence because this is impossible, but like 1 minute of breathing exercises and such.

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