Monday, August 20, 2012

My Homeschool Pre-K Curriculum Choices!

As you all probably know by now, my husband and I have decided that we feel it's best to homeschool our daughter for pre-k. I've written a couple of posts previously showing off our newly organized 'school room' and our detailed daily schedule.  We're in our third week so far and I'm loving it!  Tonight, I wanted to talk a little bit about the curriculum I'm using.

I've had a lot of people asking me about my choices because they would either like to homeschool their child or supplement at home with some extra things.  My personal outlook on pre-k is that it needs to be fun.  Education, yes?  But, most of all fun.  This is the time when our children are excited to learn, soaking up information.   But at the same time, at 4 years old they are not capable of doing the amount of work expected of an older child.  Their fine motor skills are not as developed as they will be in a couple of years, therefore writing can be difficult.  The last thing I want to do is make her frustrated and disliking school before we ever even really get started!  

For this reason, I've chosen curriculum that implements a lot of fun activities that involve fine motor skills such as cutting, gluing, coloring, some letter tracing, lacing with beads, number pegs, etc.  We purchased the pre-k curriculum from My Father's World when we attended the homeschool convention.  I like this one because it is all 'hands on.'  It's a lot of playing, but at the same time it is educational play.

However, I did want to start her with a little more in-depth stuff because I felt she was ready.  She is eager to learn and is excited to ask what we will be doing next.

For this reason, I've also chosen to do the Letter of the Week Curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  I absolutely LOVE this curriculum!  It's only $10 for a complete curriculum with lesson plans and all of the worksheets, puzzles, games, basically everything you can think of!  It's an amazing curriculum and super value! I highly recommend it!

We are using the Letter of the Week curriculum because it's more for 3 and 4 year olds that don't yet know letters or numbers.  It teaches each letter and number recognition!  We learn the sounds of each letter and learn to identify capital and lowercase.  Each week's lesson plans includes creative ideas of foods to eat, movies to watch and games to play that go along with the letter of the week!  I love it!   She has made it so easy to use.  All you have to do is download it and print it off and your set!

She also has the K4 curriculum for older 4 year olds or 5 year olds that already recognize letters and numbers!  This curriculum also looks wonderful and is complete with 34 weeks of lesson plans which include every subject needed at this age!  We will most likely be following through with this curriculum after we finish the Letter of the Week program!

My personal goals for this year are to instill an enjoyment for learning in our four year old, grow closer to her and have fun with her.  I want her to be able to recognize all letters (capital and lowercase) even if she can't write them all....that will come in kindergarten.  I want her to recognize all numbers 1-20.  And of course, know her shapes and colors (which she already knows).  Most importantly, however, I want the foundation of our education to be the Bible.  We start off each day with prayer, Bible story & discussion, and a weekly memory verse--this reason alone is my favorite part of homeschooling!

I know this was a long post, but I hope it helps you if you were wondering where you could find some affordable Pre-K curriculum!  

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  1. I found this blog while doing a search on homeschooling curriculums. I was wondering if you did go ahead and use this one for K4 from Confessions of a Homeschooler. I looked it over and it looks good, but I am soooo new to this homeschooling thing. I need help, lol! Would you mind giving me a little review on it? I am considering buying it but I would love some input from someone who used it.

    Thank you so much! :)

    1. Hi Michelle, Thank you so much for your comment! :) We did go ahead and use the K4 from Confessions of a Homeschooler for my 4 year old daughter's pre-k. I really liked it! She has everything laid out--all the plans premade and very easy to follow! I liked that it had a memory verse to go along with each week and loved how the Letter of the Week stuff was set up. I didn't go in order, instead, I looked at all the letters ahead of time and kind of set them up by seasons. For example, P is for Pumpkin, J is for I did those at the time of those holidays. Really the only thing I didn't prefer about it was having to print it all out each week. It used a lot of paper/ink, but I did just print it in "ink save" mode and sometimes I didn't print every single thing (especially if it was something she had already mastered and I didn't feel that we needed to keep going over).

      Basically, for Pre-K, you just want to introduce them to learning and the main thing is having a lot of fun with them! I started out expecting way too much from her, but as time went on, I relaxed and we had a great time. By the end of the year she knew all her numbers 1-20, All letter names and sounds, colors & shapes she knew previously. We also worked on some calendar/days of the week stuff and some sight words in addition to this curriculum.

      I really did like the curriculum, and for $10 you can't really beat it. It's pre-planned which saves you time from having to piece things together and plan it yourself. Just be prepared to print each week's lessons. :) Hope that helps. If you have any other questions just let me know!

      Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  2. Hi Shayla,
    I was wondering if you could tell me how many hours and days per week you do My Father's World and the K4 Curriculum? My son will be attending preK days a week for 1/2 hours, he is just needing a little supplementation. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Kelli! Thanks for your comment! We did Pre-K last year with my daughter and honestly we didn't do much of the My Father's World stuff. It was mostly toys/puzzles and my younger daughter (2 years old) played with that while we did the K4 from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Since it was just one on one, we really didn't need that long to go through everything. Counting everything we did (calendar, Bible, K4 Letter of the Week Curriculum, Music, sight words, etc) I probably spent 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours a day. We did it 5 days a week, unless we had to miss a day for something. Sometimes it was even shorter than that. Sometimes it depended on whether there was an art project included or not. Those took my daughter a little longer to complete. :)

  3. Hi,

    Thank you for this post. I know that the K4/5 program has lesson plans, but I was wondering something else. When you download the material for the K4/5 curriculum, is it in the order of the lesson plans, or do you need to go in search of every piece for every day, though "units" of materials. In other words, is this a print and go curriculum, where all work sheets are in the order of the lesson plans. If they aren't in order, it seems like an incredible amount of work to pick and sort through everything, if you are following her lessons plans, which I plan to do, as we have 5 children, 4 whom I am homeschooling. I also want to take the next couple of weeks and print out everything at once over the course of these few weeks. I do not want to be doing things weekly. We also have our home on the real estate market, and things are crazy busy. I am not talking about the letters of the week program, but the K4/5 from Confessions of a homeschooler. A few other posts from a few years ago said it was very difficult to sort, but I'm hoping she has changed this as of late, and hoping it is more organized. Thanks, in advance.