*** All rewards will now ship in December 2017! ***
Please pledge your support today to help improve children's experience of early childhood! We are raising funds to publish curriculum books designed to empower parents to teach their children inspiring preschool lessons at home!
The Block Plan Preschool is an approach to early education that helps parents preserve time for free play, reduce structure and outside activity commitments for young children, and still ensure that children are challenged, inspired, and ready for school. At The Block Plan Preschool, we believe that learning is a social experience and that parents are an integral part of motivating children to learn, regardless of what educational programs they may attend outside the home.
Drawing from established preschool resources such as The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence, A Head Start on Science and Common Core State Standards, The Block Plan Preschool: Preparing Your Child at Home for Kindergarten is a fun, comprehensive, easy-to-use, thematic, daily curriculum empowering parents to teach their children play-based preschool lessons at home!
The Block Plan Preschool philosophy is based on research by educational psychologists and child development experts that suggests:
The curriculum prepares children with all the knowledge and skills they need before entering public school including extensive lessons in literacy, math, art, music, science, play, motor skills and character development. But more than that, The Block Plan Preschool is designed to bring families together, protect the things we love about childhood and still make sure children are ready for school. For more information please visit our website!
1. The Block Plan Preschool: Preparing Your Child at Home for Kindergarten. This is the full length 440+ page book including all the curriculum, book lists, philosophy and lessons!
2. The Block Plan Preschool Parent Handbook. The full text book is big, but this one is not. The handbook is perfect for tossing in your bag and taking it to the library when you're picking up books from the book list or to the park when you might get a moment to read. It's an abridged version with all the philosophy and book lists, but without the bulk of the daily lessons.
3. Focus Page Pack. This pack contains beautiful color pages for each month, pre-printed so you can just hang them up or get them laminated for durability. No need to print or copy them yourself!
4. The Block Plan Preschool Printables Pack. The curriculum contains activity pages for art projects and literacy lessons that need to be copied for your child to use. The Printables Pack is an eBook in PDF format and makes it possible to print the activity pages directly to a home printer instead of using a copy machine.
5. PDF Raising a Critical Thinker. This is an original article written by Katy Harder about raising children to be critical thinkers, ideas to help you do it and why it's important.
We can't wait to meet our fundraising goal and get moving on getting your excellent rewards delivered to you. The more sharing you do the more likely our success! Thanks for your support!
"I am a happier mom and have much more time to enjoy the actual learning process, instead of spending time worrying about what I should be doing with my kids. This is a must have for every family with children under five.”
– Courtney Brinks, Kindergarten Teacher and Stay-at-Home Mom
“As we introduce new learning tools, The Block Plan Preschool has been an excellent guide with both a straightforward pace to support learning and rich assembly of content. The curriculum’s schedule is also very practical as working parents because the design supports consistency. The program allows us to have intentional time dedicated to our son’s learning without spending all day forcing him to ‘do school’. We have particularly liked Katy’s way of incorporating projects like baking, field trips to the fire station or camping, and gardening into her curriculum. Kids and parents learn effectively and are able to apply that knowledge when it is hands-on, fun and varied.”
– Cathlin Jones, Physician Assistant, and Adam York, PhD Educational Psychology
What if we really knock it out of the park? These stretch goals will automatically apply to all backers if we reach far beyond our minimum fundraising goal. Tell your friends and help us reach our goals!
Your generous funds (thank you!) are used for printing the first copies of the curriculum, shipping costs, publishing costs and contingency.
Publishing costs include: paying lawyers and professional editors, procuring appropriate asset licenses, registrations including copyright, and administration costs including purchasing ISBN and barcodes.
Timeline revised 12/5/17:
- October-December - fund raising campaign, content editing and lawyer review, line and format editing
- December - funds received, final draft approval, print and ship for second half of 2017-18 school year!
Katy Harder is the author of The Block Plan Preschool and creator of the program. She is a trained, experienced early childhood professional educator qualified by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services as an Early Childhood Teacher with a Level IV Early Childhood Professional Credential.
Katy is a graduate of Colorado College where she studied on the Block Plan and has extensive experience as a Pre-K curriculum developer, preschool director and teacher, child care center director, kindergarten paraeducator, Pre-K sports instructor, and stay-at-home mom. Katy wrote the preschool curriculum for Avid4 Adventure, the only outdoor adventure sports day camp for preschool-age children in the United States.
Risks and challenges
The risk for this project is low. The content for all rewards has been written and formatted and draft copies have been ordered. We need backers for the final stages of editing, review and publishing, but the initial drafts of the work have already been completed.
The timeline for this project is generous to allow for delays in any of the final stages. Our shipping goal of May 2018 (now December 2017!) should be easily attainable given the amount of work remaining to complete all rewards. I look forward to communicating with backers on our progress, especially if any delays do come up, so there will be no surprises!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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