Simply Classical Curriculum: Level B
Essentials, Etiquette, & Ear Training
Ages 3-4 (Chronological Age or Skill Level)
Level B emphasizes the essentials, including fine-motor skills needed for writing, art, and daily living tasks. If necessary, these skills can be accomplished with hand-over-hand instruction. In Level B, the child also learns essential manners. Through books, activities, and crafts designed to help teach the sounds of letters, the child gains the essential ear training necessary for learning to read.
- Prayers for Children (included in Level A Package)
- Simply Classical Curriculum Manual: Level B
- A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories
- A Child’s Garden of Songs CD
- A Child’s Garden of Verses
- Back to the Garden CD
- Best First Book Ever
- Bible Pictures to Color
- Big Thoughts for Little People
- Do It Carefully
- Everywhere We Go
- How Can I Help?
- My Big Animal Book
- My First Body
- Please and Thank You
- Prayer for a Child
- Adventures With Books
- Counting With Numbers
- Numbers Coloring Book
- Alphabet Coloring Book
- Alphabet Flashcards
- My First ABC Book
- Simply Classical Crafts: Book One
Level B can be challenging, because of the emphasis on attention to detail and fine-motor skills. For this reason, each day is bathed in prayer and Bible stories. The child learns to say simple prayers of thanksgiving, mealtime prayers, bedtime prayers, and prayers of petition. Even the nonverbal child can participate by folding his hands, bowing his head, and listening, as you pray for him.
Order and Routine
Lessons in Level B, if conducted in the same order each day, will provide structure and routine to the child’s days. If needed, feel free to divide the lessons in Level B into two time segments each day, perhaps morning and afternoon.
In Level B the child learns to memorize. If he is nonverbal, say these for him and encourage approximations whenever he is able to participate. The daily repetition will assist his memory, even if his oral language has not yet developed. For the child with adequate oral language, insist on standing and reciting daily with good posture and no fidgeting. This practice develops poise, even as he strengthens his memory.
Letter Identification and Letter Sounds
To develop ear training, we work all year in Level B on the names and sounds of letters. Athough flash cards are introduced, you will not labor over these. Instead, you will guide the child through the visual review quickly, as with an enjoyable game or contest.
Number Identification, Number Concepts, and Counting
We work all year in Level B on the names and values of numbers. We incorporate fine-motor activities into these lessons, because so many children with special-needs require extra practice with fine-motor skills. Level B’s lessons help you teach the vocabulary for quantity (numbers, shapes, and sizes).
Enculturation and Literature
In Level B, we help you teach the games, songs, stories, and rhymes “every child should know.” Enjoy these! They serve a dual purpose of enculturation and a welcome rest from so many fine-motor activities!
Etiquette and Manners
Special-needs children benefit from instruction, coaching, and practice in being courteous. The child learns to say please and thank you, to say, “I’m sorry,” and how to take turns. Manners instructions and practice are woven throughout Level B in books, activities, and lessons.
Enrichment and Therapies
In the Level B planner, we include space in the lesson plans to record your own child’s therapy exercises. For those who do not have such therapeutic assistance, we offer suggested enrichment ideas.
“I can’t tell you how much more empowered I feel to teach my son with this curriculum. We have wanted to homeschool our family since we got married, but when my second child was diagnosed with autism I was sure I couldn’t handle it and would have to put him in a special school. We are on week 4 of Simply Classical Level B (mostly for motor skills to catch up and because he likes the alphabet) and have been slowly figuring each other out. It’s nice that I can focus on teaching him rather than worrying about WHAT I am teaching him. I know even if the day was a bad day, we can just pick up where we left off and as long as we stick to that he will get the best education he can possibly get.” – Aurora
Cheryl Swope and Memoria Press