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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