Gentle + Classical Primer (formerly Preschool 2) has been designed for students Kindergarten through 1st grade to explore literature, scripture, catechism, math, poetry, art, music, and fun nursery rhymes in a gentle, classical way that follows the "Formidable List of Attainments for a Child of 6" set forth by Charlotte Mason.
Who is it for?
This robust program fulfills anyone's requirements for literature, music, art, Bible, and math memorization for children through early elementary students. Many families use it for their children under 8, adding any formal phonics instruction and formal math instruction at each child's level.
In this BUNDLE, you will receive the following items:
- Teacher's Guide- The Primer Teacher's Guide is the heart and soul of the program. This guide serves as one part educational tool and encouragement and one part material to implement. We sincerely hope you will not skim over this gem and enjoy the encouragement that's included! (Digital Bundle: 146 pages; Physical Delivery Bundle: printed on sturdy stock paper and wire-o bound, full color)
Kindergarten Morning Binder (print and cursive options in digital)- This activity set keeps the most foundational skills right at your fingertips at a moment’s notice. Easy and FUN to utilize, your kiddos will be asking for it. This new binder is designed for children 5-7 years who are beginning to learn to read and includes the practice of sight words, beginning letter sounds, calendar skills, an emotional assessment, weather observation, and so much more! (Digital Bundle: Print set 134 pages, Cursive set 134 pages; Physical Delivery Bundle: 128 pages and EXCLUDES the ten-frames associated with Kindergarten Math with Confidence as well as alternative options to the first (name/emotions) page; UNBOUND)
Memory Statement Cards- Creating a Memory Statement Board in your home really brings this entire program to life and has been integral in the success of so many Mamas utilizing Primer. ALL cards related to Primer are included in this bundle: Math, Character + Catechism, Scripture + Bible, Art + Music, Poetry + Wonder Tales and Nursery Rhymes. (all topics; 130 pages; Physical Delivery Bundle: printed on 100lb satin cover stock, cut and ready to go)
Watercolor ABC Flashcards- These gorgeous flashcards feature realistic watercolor images that engage your child’s imagination. Each letter features multiple image options, including both soft and hard letter sounds and long and short vowel sounds. There are also 19 cards devoted to blends and digraphs making this set beautifully correlate with Levels 1 and 2 of All About Reading. (Digital Bundle: Receive PRINT and CURSIVE, each set 44 pages; Physical Delivery Bundle: PRINT font only, printed on 120lb satin cover stock, cut and ready to go)
Art + Music Pack- This package of activities, detailed instructions, and encouragement is INTEGRAL to implementing the Art + Music Portion of Gentle + Classical Primer. It includes instructions for each unit along with high-resolution art prints in 8.5x11” that correlate with our studies. Montessori 3-Part Cards further artist, instrument, and art element studies. Lastly, it includes the 6 elements of art posters that are so helpful in teaching our little ones. (Digital Bundle: 96 pages; Physical Delivery Bundle: Art + Music Guide saddle-stitched with high-quality art posters printed on 100lb cover stock and two decks of pre-cut Montessori 3-Part Cards on 120lb satin cover stock)
Storyboard Set- Nothing brings narration to life for children like the tools to act out the stories and rhymes they are experiencing. Children often love to “tell back” as well as older children but can sometimes struggle with being as detailed as they would like due to language development. This kit of storyboard manipulatives gives them the tools to “act out” and recount the wonder tales we read during our year such as: The 3 Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, The Velveteen Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Ugly Duckling, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and more! (Digital Bundle: 83 pages; Physical Delivery Bundle: Printed on 120lb satin cover stock, NOT pre-cut)
Gentle + Classical Planner with Morning Time Itinerary- This set of planning pages has several options, all of which make planning your weeks smooth sailing. Grab this planning page and your curriculum guide each week, fill in the blanks, and you’re done. The included itinerary will make Morning Times go all the more smoothly as well! (Digital Bundle: 8 pages; Physical Delivery Bundle: one set included for copies)
- A very convenient "Getting Started" Checklist to walk you through specific printing and organization of the bundle.
- Scheduled BOOKS are NOT included in this bundle or any other G+C Bundle.
Want Day-by-Day Planning?
We have created a brand new offering for Primer! You can now get all 36 units scheduled out in a 5-day schedule to make implementing Primer that much easier! Learn more about the grids HERE.
Teacher's Guide + Book List
The Teacher's Guide to Gentle + Classical Primer is completely FREE for PDF download. It's highly suggested that you download and read through it first before making any purchases. You will find a detailed book list included in the Teacher's Guide.
You can also download the Book List HERE.
Scope and Sequence
Once you’ve grabbed your Bundle, be sure to check out the Meaningful Primer Menu that is perfectly aligned to this Primer program, as another tool in your toolbelt for making your Gentle + Classical Days all the more fruitful!
Looking for Handicrafts?
I often receive requests for handicrafts related to the stories featured in Primer. Amazingly, my friend Meghann at Rooted Childhood had already decided to curate a collection featuring many of the classic stories from Primer. Her Storybook Soiree is the PERFECT compliment to Primer. Check it out HERE.
I went to a home school seminar held by my church and this program was highly recommended. I wanted to do something that would enrich my granddaughter's summer and just the time we spend together on a daily basis. I am not disappointed. She is 4.5 and is really enjoying it so far. I am just confused by the 3 part art and music cards and I am not sure quite what to do with them. I have read the guide and not finding it clarifying.
Thank you for your review, Lisa! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you find those instructions for the three-part cards ;).
We've been so blessed with this curriculum. We switched from a textbook based program and it was nothing but tears. I switched mid year to Gentle and Classical primer and now my girls don't even realize we're doing school! They just think we hang out and have fun with good books, art and music. My kids are 7, 5 and 4
I have been homeschooling for about ten years. At the beginning of the year I had a 3 year old, 5 year old, and 7 year old at home. We have been completing this program together with just a couple of add-ons for the 2nd grader. This program is AWESOME for bringing together multiple ages and abilities without making the little ones feel left out. This has been a lifesaver this year, I was going crazy before trying to keep them progressing with different programs and without tantrums. I feel like they are learning MORE, even the 2nd grader who is technically going a little below her grade level. The morning binders are fabulous and a great way for us to start our school time, even if I'm not quite ready to help them. Very adaptable to your needs, lots of options, and very well rounded... love it!!!! Now we need more for the upper grades!
G+C Preschool Level 2 Full Program has been the best curriculum for our family. This is my first year homeschooling my little one and it has been so fun and easy for me to use it, and then teach my daughter. Your kiddos will learn so much and enjoy reading together at home.
I ABSOLUTELY love this program and this bundle. It has helped me to teach my two year old better than I could have ever done by myself. He loves what he has been able to get his hands in, and I love the graphics, the ease of planning, I could go on but I will spare you.