Hi moms, I need help. I sent my 4.5 yr old to preschool last year, and it just isn't goi g to work out this year. I have decided to homeschool him this year, and he will go to kindergarten next year. The kid is dying to learn. He knows all shapes most letters and pretty much all numbers. I think he could be reading within a year. I have been lurking on this forum for a while, and checked out many different curriculums. My "perfect" curriculum would be:
-a complete lesson plan laid out (math, reading art, etc)
-not faith based (don't agree with all the teachings) however I do like virtues and things like that
-and not a 900 Calvert program (although I love) no more than a 100 or so.
I don't mind putting together my own curriculum but I am SO overwhelmed at all the options. I really just want to provide stimulation for him and have fun. When he is bored his behavior is horrible.
I just want some organization but not too rigid. Thank you for all your thoughts!
08-31-2012, 05:47 AM
Education.com has loads of free worksheets for almost every subject. And for a small fee, you can download workbooks. This, plus a library card, plus a good place for nature walks is really all that you need at this point. Hth.
08-31-2012, 06:52 AM
Abeka is very all inclusive but more expensive than you're looking for...maybe you can search around for used.
Honestly, there are so many things on the internet you could really put together something that is right inline with what he needs very cheap.
08-31-2012, 08:20 AM
I don't think there is one perfect curriculum. What is perfect for one isn't necessarily perfect for another. Also, when buying "boxed" you may find that you love one aspect and loath another.
I would "bits and piece" together what you want to do.
For phonics, play on starfall.com, Explode the Code works and is fairly cheap, Hooked on Phonics is also fairly cheap if you look on ebay for older versions (do not buy the old old old version that is in a white case), and also leapfrog videos are awesome. Buy some fridge magnets or make some letter cards for you kiddo to make words with without the frustrations of writing.
There are some great cheap preschool workbooks out there. Comprehensive Curriculum and On the Road through Preschool are two that come to mind. Read lots of books on a variety of topics and you have it all taken care of. Some of our favorite series are Let's Read and Find Out (science topics), MathStart, and also book sets like Read and Grow Library that is a set of Disney books (we have quite a few different sets like this, an Arthur one that has values in it, a Winnie the Pooh book that has preschool basics covered in them, etc).
Play a lot, get dirty and have fun :)
08-31-2012, 08:55 AM
Abeka has a full curriculum for K-5yo for like 75 you can find it a little cheaper on ebay has phonics, letters+sounds, writing, and numbers plus a little more.
Also starfall is GREAT!