God’s Little Explorers: Week 1

**As shared a few weeks ago, I will be reposting our lessons from last year each week.  If you want to follow along with us, we’d love to have you!

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What I’ve decided to do at this point (while I’m still figuring out the best way to do this) is to share photos from a few of the activities we did for the week.  At the end of each post, I’ll share the link to the downloadable lesson plans.  The printable lesson plans will have more than I’ve included in the post, but I wanted to give you an overview of what we did.

home preschool curriculum

This week’s theme for God’s Little Explorers is “X” Marks the Spot.  This is really a kick-off week!  We won’t be exploring any particular Bible stories this week.  It is basically setting up the supplies and getting ready for our study in God’s Word and World for the year.

God’s Little Explorers Week 1

  • Theme:  “X” Marks the Spot
  • Letter:  X
  • Shape:  Rectangle


Letter X Activities for Kids:

Go on an “X” Marks the Spot Treasure Hunt for the supplies to fill the Explorer’s Kit (see below).  Mark the hiding places with tape or paper X’s.

Decorate an “Explorer’s Kit” to hold supplies (school supplies, flashlight, binoculars,  Read And Learn Bible, etc.) for our adventures.  We used a drink carrier and covered it with construction paper, stickers, and added my daughter’s name.  We also covered it with contact paper so it will last longer.  You could also use a shoe box or other small box.

Make an “X Marks the Spot” Cracker snack.  Talk about rectangles and the sound of the letter x (“ks”) while you make them.

Make small x’s all over the printable X (found in the download below).  Cut-out and hang.  We’ll be adding a new letter weekly to this area.

Make a treasure map from a large grocery sack to record the adventures along the way.  Each week, we’ll add a visual reminder for the week.  This week, my daughter drew a rectangle on one-half of an index card and added the word Bible.  We put it at the beginning of the map and drew an X at the end of the map.

Glue together jumbo craft sticks to make X’s.  Draw a tic-tac-toe board with sidewalk chalk and use five of the craft stick x’s along with five rocks to play tic-tac-toe outdoors.

A few other ideas and activities for the letter X:

See the other recommended resources for week 1 over on the God’s Little Explorer Resource Page.


Download God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum WEEK 1 Lesson Plans here.
Please note:  There is a typo on the Letter of the Week — it should say X, but it says A.


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  1. Cherie says

    I tried to download the lesson plan, but when I open it the first 3 pages appear scrambled?

    • Stacie says

      Hi, Cherie!
      You might go back to the post and try the alternate download I just added. I’m unsure what is going on for a few of you — do you use a Mac? If you are unable to get it, feel free to email me and I will send it to you. Thanks!

  2. Tara H says

    Definitely signing up for the emails! Thanks again! The “x” activities look like something all my boys will enjoy!

  3. Jennifer says

    Wondering why when I download week 1 all I see is black fuzzy lines where the Lesson Plans should appear. I have a MacBook Pro. This happens every once in a while when I download a file, but most of the time I get everything fine. If there’s any way that you could email me week 1 I would really appreciate it. Thanks!! Looking forward to doing this with my preschooler. :) Jennifer

    • Stacie says

      Hi, Jennifer,
      I added another upload to see if that solved the issue for my Mac users. You might look at the post and try the alternate download. If you can’t get it, feel free to send me an email and I’ll send you the download that way.


      • Jennifer says

        Thank you Stacie!! This is amazing!! This is going to work great for us and I’m very excited to begin this with my daughter.

        Thank you so much!

        God Bless You Always,

  4. Crystal says

    I clicked the download link for week 1 but it showed up blurry. I cannot read any of what it says. Am I doing something wrong?

  5. Sandi P says

    I’m having the same problem, and I tried both download links. So sad. :( (BTW, I’m a Mac user, but if it’s a PDF should that matter?)

  6. Sandi P says

    Downloaded Adobe Acrobat Reader and used that…it worked just fine. :) Thanks so much for all your hard work!!

  7. Olivia Hamilton says

    Love your ideas and plan. This will work great for my youngest and our co-op class. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Elizabeth H. says

    I was wondering what age these lessons are geared for? My son will be 3 in November. Do you think most of these lessons will be above that level?

    • Stacie says

      Hi, Elizabeth! They are aimed at 3-4 year olds. I tried to make everything pretty adaptable to the various ages since all preschoolers differ so much in abilities. Feel free to add or change ideas depending on your own child!

  9. kristie cabral says

    Hi Stacie, thank you so much for sharing this, with all of us!! After 8 years of doing home daycare, I have decided to stay home (temporarily close the daycare) with my 4 years old till he goes to school for kindegarten next year. I have always done a curriculum with them, but this is great for the one on one time I will have with him, and I am so happy it is Biblically based!

  10. Erika Sutherland says

    I just want to tell you how wonderful I think your curriculum is. I’ve read through the first several lessons and let my son look through some of the pictures on here and he was sooo excited! We can’t wait to start tomorrow. I taught 8th grade so I can see how much work you have done on this. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Stacie Nelson says

      Thank you so much, Erika! I hope you’ll have fun with it and learn about God’s Word together!

  11. says

    I love your ideas and the preschool material, God’s little Explorers! Is there anything for four year olds who already know their alphabet well?

    • Stacie Nelson says

      Hi, Amy,
      I did this with a four year old who knew her letters. I added in a simple reading program and some handwriting practice! You may also want to consider starting a kindergarten curriculum with them (like My Father’s World) if you feel that they are ready.

      I really wrote the curriculum so it could be changed and adapted as fits your child!

  12. Malia says

    We just started Week 1 on Monday, and my daughter (who will be 4 in a few weeks) LOVES homeschool :) She went to preschool last year two days a week, but this year I wanted to keep her home and see how it went before “real school” rolls around next year. The treasure hunt theme has gone so well…I think we’ve had at least 7 or 8 treasure hunts this week, one ending with a “pirate booty” snack and another ending with an X on the tub where a bubble bath was waiting. Thanks so much for putting this all together. The projects and activities are all easy to do, but I can tell how much time and effort you put into organizing it. Many blessings to you!

  13. Roxanne Minor says

    Hi, Stacie,

    I am excited to use your preschool curriculum! I subscribed but did not receive the activation email. I bought your booklet and am looking forward to continuing the journey!

  14. Melissa Dilone says

    I have a 2.5 year old who is super smart and I have been looking online for weeks for a good, easy to use, bible oriented curriculum to start homeschooling her at least for her preschool years. Mind you, I am a teacher myself, but I’m a math high school teacher, so when it comes to teaching a preschooler I am literally LOST! But in this “God’s Little Explorers” curriculum I find everything I need step by step. I am so excited to begin!
    I know it will require lots of patience and prayer as I am a working mom so I will be working on this in the afternoons after I teach my high school students and I also have an 8th month old baby, but God is my strength and I will do it with his help.
    Thanks so much for providing this for us!

  15. Melanie says

    Thank you for this awesome curriculum! Just got it printed and it
    looks amazing. I can’t wait to start it. You have done such a great job
    putting this all together. So detailed and fun. This will be such a help for
    the fall. People can print this at staples for just $25. I got most b/w and
    aprox 23 in color, all 3 hole punched for that price.
    Thank you for offering this!

  16. Holly says

    I just purchased the preschool curriculum and can’t wait to start it with my daughter next month! I am amazed at how much work you put into this. It’s clearly not just a curriculum, it’s your heart and passion. Thank you so much for sharing it! My husband and I are thrilled we found something biblically based that seems fun and organized! Schooling isn’t going to just be about learning, it’s going to be fun :) Thank you again so much!

  17. Kelly says

    Hi Stacie,
    I recently purchased your curriculum to use with my preschool program at church. I’m anxious to get started, but confused as to how I receive my curriculum. Since I bought the $35 version that gives me the rights to use it in a classroom setting, where will I find all of these materials? Is there a link to download this version?

    • says

      Hi, Kelly! The link is automatically sent by eJunkie to whatever Paypal address you used to purchase the curriculum with! Please email me if you can’t find the email/download and I can resend it to you! motherhoodonadime @ gmail dot com

  18. Kelly says

    Thank you for your quick response! I can’t seem to find the email :(. Would you mind resending? Thank you so much for your help!

  19. Kelly says

    Hi Stacie,
    I seem to be having troubles contacting you via email. I still have not received your download and I purchased it several weeks ago :(. I would really like to get started planning. Could you PLEASE contact me or just resend me the download link? Thank you so much!!

    • says

      I reactivated and sent the download link three days ago. I also just resent it. You might want to check your spam because it appears my emails must be going to your junk mail folder!

  20. Kelly says

    I’m not sure what is going on… I’ve checked and checked BOTH of my email addresses and junk mail, and nothing seems to be turning up :(. I’ve looked under eJunkie, motherhoodonadime, and Stacie Nelson, and still NOTHING. Is it eJunkie that I should be looking for? Ugh! I’m sorry to be such a pain! I’m just SO looking forward to using your curriculum and can’t figure out how to get started :(.

    • says

      Do you have any other email you can use to email me with? I really don’t know what to do because I’ve responded and resent several times. I just tried resending it again.

      Do you have Facebook? If you go here, you can send me a message and I can email you the download link through there! http://www.facebook.com/stacieanelson

  21. says

    Hi, thanks for this I have just started the first week and my three year old and I are really enjoying it! I’m so excited to go through this especially as we explore the idea of homeschooling, it’s great to have a curriculum to follow!

  22. Beth Anderson says

    I Love your site and Love what you do with our kids. My printer went down. Would you be willing to print our lesson plans and send them through mail. I can pay you for the plans and printing them!

    • says

      Unfortunately, I don’t have the time or a good enough printer to print them for you, but if you’ve purchased the download version, just send me an email and you can get permission to print them at Staples.

  23. says

    Hi Stacy,

    I used this curriculum with my very precocious daughter 2 years ago and we loved it! Just wanted you to know that we’re back again, going through it a second time alongside her brother. My oldest is almost 5.5 now and we’ve continued to homeschool – she’s working on 1st grade this year! She obviously won’t be doing all of the activities with us, but I love that we can all start the day with God and some common Bible-based activities. Thanks so much for the blessing of your hard work!

      • says

        Ha! No one ever knows how to spell my name! :)

        Thank you for your encouraging words! It’s so awesome to me that even years after I wrote it, people are still using it and making great memories with their kids!

  24. Sarah says

    Hi Stacie,
    I just started your curriculum this week and I love it, but I’m having a hard time finding the letter x printable. Or any of the alphabet printables. Can someone direct me to the right place? Thank you.

    • says

      Any printables for the free version are included in the lesson plan download at the bottom of each lesson. If you’ve purchased the curriculum, all printables are in the back of the download. Hope that helps!

      • Sarah says

        Thank you! I hadn’t scrolled down that far yet. My daughter is loving the curriculum. We started yesterday. This morning she asked when we get to do preschool!

  25. Ashleigh says

    Apologies if you answer this within the blog, but I have not run across it. I know that your cirriculum is intended for preschool, but can you give an age range. I am looking for something to enhance my day with my 4.5 year old. We opted out of VPK this year and I was hoping to supplment. Would this be approriate for his age?

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