Preschool Instructional Materials

About us

Welcome to the Project Ready! section of our website. This is set up to share the preschool instructional and support materials that are being created as part of the Project Ready research project. It is a work in progress as the project is ongoing and new materials and revised materials are added as they become available. The project consists of 4 parts: A core preschool curriculum, (Joyful Discoveries), Playful Interventions, Family Education, and Teacher Professional Learning.

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Research article on the development of Project Ready! 
was published in Reading & Writing Quarterly.


Research presentation handouts 2019 Division of Early Childhood Conference in Dallas

The core curriculum consists of 12 Units plus two small group routines: Alphabetics and Telling Terrific Tales. Four units are still in development. These will be added as they are edited/created. The curriculum is designed to be used across a two-year preschool cycle with children ages three to five. Each year eight units are done across the year (4 units are repeated in both preschool years (and 4 are unique).

Original artwork throughout the curriculum was created by Jenny Kathmann.

contact

If you have any questions about the use of the materials or the Project Ready! research project please contact Rosie Warburg, Project Ready! Project Manger, rosanne.warburg@msj.edu 

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All Project Ready! Instructional materials are copyright protected. Copyright © Dr. Amy
Murdoch, 2019. You are welcome to use these free materials in your educational practice and
to share with other educators or parents. The materials are not permitted to be sold
commercially or use in any commercial endeavor.

Instructional Materials

Curriculum Guide

Small Group Materials

playful interventions

Family Materials
The Family Take Home Packs

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Family Take Home Packs

The key objective of the family literacy packs is to create positive language and learning interactions between child and parent. The family literacy packs go home at the end of each preschool thematic unit in the Project Ready curriculum (once a month). They consist of fun language, literacy, and math activities for children to do with their families. All of the activities are things the children have done in the classroom (or a slight variation) and this is an opportunity for the child to show their parent what they have learned. It is designed for the child to “teach” their parent about the new knowledge they have learned. The family literacy packs are wonderful for all families and were designed so that any adult, regardless of the adult’s literacy level or English language fluency, can use with their child ...

Take Home Bags

Activity Type


Book Title/Activity



Materials Needed


Letters

Playdough letter cards


  • First 5 letters cards in series (small version of posters used in lessons)
  • Rings to hold letter cards
  • Playdough
  • Bag to contain all materials (including number cards below)

Numbers/Math

Playdough counting cards

  • Number cards 1-10 with circles for placing and squishing playdough balls
  • Rings to hold number cards
  • Playdough (same as above for letters)
  • Bag to contain all materials (including letter cards above)

Theme-Based

Me on the Map- draw a map of a familiar place


  • Book
  • Crayons
  • Piece of white paper

Wordless Book

A Boy, A Dog, and a Frog

  • Book

Puppets

Three Little Pigs


  • Blackline masters of puppets
  • 8 pack of crayons (same as used for map drawing above)
  • Glue stick
  • Popsicle sticks (4-5)

Activity Type


Book Title/Activity



Materials Needed


Letters

Wiki Sticks letter cards


  • First 10 letters cards in series (small version of posters used in lessons)
  • Rings to hold letter cards
  • Wiki Sticks
  • Bag to contain all materials

Numbers/Math

Star counting

  • Worksheet with numbers 1-10 on front and back.  Circles for placing stickers.
  • Star stickers (at least 55 each)

Theme-Based

Planets- draw a picture of the planets in our solar system

  • Book
  • Crayons (same as used for puppets)
  • Piece of white paper

Wordless Book

Field Trip to the Moon- draw a picture from the book

  • Book
  • Piece of white paper

Puppets

Three Little Kittens who Lost their Mittens

  • Blackline masters of puppets
  • 8 pack of crayons (same as used for map drawing above)
  • Glue stick
  • Popsicle sticks (4-5)

Activity Type


Book Title/Activity



Materials Needed


Letters

Letters in name

  • Personalized name activity (full size page with name and boxes for each letter, letter cards)

Numbers/Math

Shell Patterning

  • 3 pattern starters
  • Individual shells for continuing patterns

Theme-Based

Rain Forests- create a rain forest

  • Book
  • Crayons (same as used for puppets)
  • Rain forest coloring picture
  • South American animals stickers

Wordless Book

Wave- draw a picture from the book

  • Book
  • Piece of white paper

Puppets

Town Mouse, Country Mouse

  • Blackline masters of puppets
  • 8 pack of crayons (same as used for map drawing above)
  • Glue stick
  • Popsicle sticks (4-5)

Activity Type


Book Title/Activity



Materials Needed


Letters

Playdough letter cards

  • First 10 letters cards in series (small version of posters used in lessons)
  • Rings to hold letter cards
  • Playdough

Bag to contain all materials (including number cards below)

Numbers/Math

Playdough counting cards

  • Number cards 1-10 with circles for placing and squishing playdough balls
  • Rings to hold number cards
  • Playdough (same as above for letters)
  • Bag to contain all materials (including letter cards above)

Theme-Based

Me and My Amazing Body- create a sidewalk chalk outline of your body or your shadow

  • Book
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Pictures of child doing activity 
  • Bag to hold chalk and picture

Wordless Book

Hug- animal memory game

  • Book
  • Animal memory cards
  • Bag or rubber band to keep cards together

Puppets

Tortoise and the Hare

  • Blackline masters of puppets
  • 8 pack of crayons (same as used for map drawing above)
  • Glue stick
  • Popsicle sticks (4-5)

Activity Type


Book Title/Activity



Materials Needed


Letters

Stretchy String

  • Cards for letters that are easy to make with stretchy strings (C, G, I, J, L, M, N, O, S, U, V, W, Z)
  • Rings to hold letter cards
  • Stretchy String
  • Bag to contain all materials (including number cards below)

Numbers/Math

Over in the Grasslands- count animal pictures on strips

  • Book (same as below for theme-based)
  • Strips with numerals 1-10 and animal pictures associated with book
  • Ring to hold cards together

Theme-Based

Over in the Grasslands- create an African savanna

  • Book (same as above for numbers)
  • Savanna coloring page
  • Crayons (same as for puppets)
  • African animal stickers

Wordless Book

Hug- animal memory game

  • Book
  • Animal memory cards
  • Bag or rubber band to keep cards together

Puppets

Tortoise and the Hare

  • Blackline masters of puppets
  • 8 pack of crayons (same as used for map drawing above)
  • Glue stick
  • Popsicle sticks (4-5)

Tools for Implementation

Administrator Walk Through Forms