My Little Trees: Preschool Science and Learning Through the Bible is a comprehensive one year homeschool unit study curriculum designed for children ages 2-5.
The correlating Bible Story and Science focus of the curriculum offers an integrated approach to instruction that allows children to build connections between a world that grabs their curiosity, the Bible stories that offer the foundation for all knowledge, and the preschool concepts necessary for early childhood education.
The subjects and objectives covered in these units are as follows.
Since Bible is the foundation of knowledge and wisdom, this curriculum uses Bible stories as the foundation of these units. All other subjects relate in some way to the Bible story that is the focus of each unit.
Moms are encouraged to prepare for the week by reading the passage in their Bibles that connects with that weeks’ learning.
As shepherds of our little children, it’s important to also feed ourselves and hear from God on what it is specifically that he wants us all to be learning.
The teaching objectives for the Bible learning are:
- During the summer and fall, students will learn old testament stories that display the character of God.
- God is Powerful
- God is Creative
- God is Holy
- God is Faithful
- God is a Redeemer
- God is a Protector
- God is Sovereign
- God is a Savio
- During the winter and summer, students learn about the life of Christ and more specifically:
- Jesus Shows Us How to Obey God
- Jesus Shows Us How to Love Others
- Jesus Shows Us Compassion
- Jesus Offers New Life
- Jesus Tells Us to Share with Others the New Life He Offers
This curriculum touches on all three major fields of science – Natural Science, Formal Science, and Social Science, with a bit of an emphases on natural sciences.
Because the the students are young, the goal is to feed curiosity through exposure to a wide range of scientific topics.
For a comprehensive list of all the science topics paired with the Bible stories, see At a Glance: Bible Stories and Science Topics
The goal of the literacy activities here is to build skills to aid in reading, but it doesn’t stop there. There is an underlying goal of building familiarity with a wide range of literature and confidence towards written communication.
The literacy activities provide students with opportunities to:
- Begin recognizing letters
- Associate letters with sounds
- Begin reading using a phonetic approach
- Work on memorizing sight words
- It also provides early “writing” activities where students are encouraged to express their ideas verbally while the teacher records them. In reading the students writing back to them, they start to develop confidence in their ability to express their ideas to others.
- Using “living books” as a core part of learning also fuels understanding of literature and familiarity with various genres of writing.
The math activities are designed to provide students with opportunities to:
- Begin recognizing numbers, shapes and colors
- Associate numbers with counting
- Expose students to reading calendars, time, measurements
- Introduce logic concepts like sorting and sequencing
There are several ways you can use this curriculum.
- Follow the curriculum outline for the year and cover all the Bible stories using the lesson plans provided.
- Choose from the unit outlines which Bible stories you would like to cover.
- Use the unit outlines as a starting point and add your own fun teaching ideas!
- Or simply use these unit outlines as a template or a way in which to plan your own Bible story unit studies.
The goal with each unit outline is to incorporate various types of learning to cover the same material. These teaching methods include multi-media approaches to instruction since learning from and navigating through material provided technologically is such an important part of our culture.
Psalm 1 says:
“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.”
It is my prayer that this curriculum provides a vessel through which the life giving water of the Word of the Bible can water the hearts of you and your children as you grow together, deepening your roots and growing into those strong trees God longs for us to become.