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Old 09-27-2012, 02:24 PM   #3
AVeryHappyMama
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Re: Curriculum choices? Overwhelmed...

I use Flowering Baby. There are five levels: age 0-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, and 4-5 (prek). The first three levels go by what month age-wise your child is, and the 4th and 5th levels, starting a month after your child's 3rd birthday, are written by month of the year. There are 12 months in each level.
I love it because it is play based, has a wide range of activities, cultural exposure, literature, nature, music, 123s and ABC, fine and gross motor skills, and uses things found in most homes and the library. The literature is varied. Some may be your picture books like Brown Bear Brown Bear, some a more informational book (DK Elephants for example), some may be a longer read (we read Winnie the Pooh in July at age 3; I have it on tape so he listened to it at rest time). It's also really easy to incorporate into the day. It'd be really easy to use one level for each child
http://floweringbaby.com/ is the website, and you can see samples of each level here
1-2 years old http://watermark.currclick.com/pdf_p...983-sample.pdf
2-3 years old http://watermark.currclick.com/pdf_p...984-sample.pdf
You can see examples of things we do in their age 3 curriculum on my blog weewonderings.blogspot.com It doesn't include a Bible component so I add in Bible instruction on my own. I looked ahead and saw there is a unit on Christmas in December in the age 3 curriculum (includes both secular and Christian book recommendations, and would be easy for you to just use the ones you wanted) and a unit on other religious holidays in that same month. That's the most I've seen in it by far.

Seasons of Joy is a homeschool 0-5 year Waldorf based curriculum. I own the autumn guide which is delightful. It uses a lot of real art and real crafts as opposed to the common cut and paste crafts, has you narrate fairy tales to the children, gives ideas for them to act them out, incorporates rhymes and songs into quite literally everything, and has cooking activities too. It doesn't include math or ABCs because in Waldorf you don't introduce those until later. An example from autumn would be one day you paint just with red, and while your child paints you inspire him by reciting a little nursery rhyme about Tippity-Toes the red squirrel. It's very different.

Winter Promise starts at age 3 with their I'm Ready to Learnnand Journey to Imagination packages. They do include Bible but it's not incorporated and thus easy to leave out. There are four units, and the units are inspired by a Williamson Little Hands activity book. They are very cute, crafty (traditional preschool sense), and they teach what needs to be taught well.

Letteroftheweek.com follows the one-letter-each week method of learning the alphabet and sounds. It is free. There is an outline of what is to be taught each week or every other week. It includes music, vocab, books, language, activity ideas. I loved their Brightly Beaming Baby and Brightly Beaming Toddler levels. When it came to their Prep Curriculum and up (starting age 2) I realized I am not a fan of letters taught in isolation and the slow pace of one a week, or all the printed work pages used for such youngsters, so that's when I parted ways with Letter of the Week.
Age 1-2 http://www.letteroftheweek.com/nursery_age_1.html
Age 2 http://www.letteroftheweek.com/Preparatory.html

Cnfessionsofahomeschooler.com has another popular letter of the week curriculum.

Although a Christian curriculum (integrated throughout, so no hope of removing content) from k and up, the preschool bundles in My Father's World shouldn't be offensive at all. They include a bible memory bundle, but you could leave that out. They are bundles of educational toys with teaching suggestions to use all those educational moments.

Timberdoodle does something similar, with a much more varied bundle. Looks quite fun.

If you are interested in Montessori, you might want to try the Montessori at Home ebook, and get hold of the book Mommy Teach Me. Totally secular.
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