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Playing Preschool - Year 2: Unit 1 - All About Me

Updated: Aug 2, 2021

A Companion Guide to Busy Toddler's Playing Preschool Curriculum

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I'm Starting with the (Wo)man in the Mirror

A lot has happened in the last few months since we finished Year 1 of Playing Preschool in May. Not only have we have experienced a global pandemic, but a movement against racial injustice swept the land this summer. As a mother, I was compelled to listen and examine my own heart as well as what I was doing in my own home to prevent the spread of a cancer called racism. I thought I had been doing enough, but I felt I needed to do more. I was challenged and influenced by my fellow bookstagrammers to add more diversity to my bookshelves in order to prompt the kind of conversations with my children that could create real change.

Experts say children should read books that are "mirrors" (reflections of themselves) and "windows" (a glimpse into the lives of people who are different from them.) By doing to, they learn respect for themselves and others. - Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, How to Raise a Reader

It's August now and in light of all that has transpired, the first unit of Playing Preschool Year 2 could not have been more timely. In the first week "All About Me" we are examining what make us unique and at the same time appreciating each other's differences, which seems like the perfect place to start.

After finishing Week 1 of Year 2, I made the decision not to continue but to repeat Year 1 of Playing Preschool instead. You can read all about that here, but I wanted to go ahead and share the book list and activities I had compiled up to that point.

Suggested Books

*Books with an asterisk are my Top 5 Picks to Add to Your Home Library for this unit. Because this unit has two themes, I couldn't help but pick my Top 5 for each theme.

Additional Book List

Books in bold are also suggested books in another unit

Being Oneself/Appreciating Differences


Additional Activities

  • Developing Life Skills: Help your child learn what makes them unique with The Relaxed Homeschool's All About Me. Practice acting out and naming emotions like in the song If You're Happy and You Know It.

  • Snack Activity: After reading Chrysanthemum, have your child practice making the letters of their name with food using ideas from LittlesLoveLearning

  • Sensory Bin: Add foam letters and shaving cream to a bin (it doesn't take much) and have your child find and the letters to make their name.

  • Gross Motor Skills: The next time your child is feeling a little grumpy or restless, have a dance party to shake the blues or wiggles out. Ask them to notice how they feel before and after.

What was your favorite part of this unit? What other books did you read? What other activities did you do? Please share your photos and feedback in the Playing Preschool with Busy Toddler Curriculum Facebook Group in "Units" → Year 2: Unit 1 - All About Me

Until next time, may your coffee be warm and your toddler be busy.

Up Next: Playing Preschool: Year 2: Unit 2 - Animals

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