|If You Give a Moose a Muffin puppet craft|
I came upon this curriculum at the CHAP Homeschool Convention when my oldest was starting pre-school at age four. At that point in my life I didn't want to spend money on a curriculum and decided to just do things on my own. Unfortunately, we ended up doing less than half of what I wanted to do because I never had time to figure out the projects, get the items needed, or prepare lessons for him. That being said, with the next one I knew I didn't have time to prep since I am now homeschooling a 1st grade student and I have a part-time job in the evenings. This curriculum looked like it would help me with time management and still get time with my little one. Guess what else happened? After I purchased the curriculum, I found out I was pregnant. I was so relieved to know that I had purchased this because now I am going to be really busy this year!
|Her first project (bottom right), a "marvelous me" portrait (left), and a coffee filter leaf (top right)|
We have been using the curriculum for four weeks now. Kaelyn LOVES school time. At the end of lessons she is always asking for "more kool peez!" It is time that we get to snuggle and read a book together, do some crafts, and get to have some one-on-one time without stress. The fact that everything is ready to go is such a relief for this busy working momma. This will be even more useful when the new baby comes in February. Because of how well this is going, I am already sold on the fact that I will be purchasing the 4 year old curriculum next year for Kaelyn. We have just been having a blast together!
Each week has a basic formula. You read the same book each day, to improve comprehension and because kids LOVE repetition. Letter introduction is day one and Do-a-Dot letters are day two. My daughter loves the Do-a-Dot book, and I think I need to buy some others for her because after she finished the letter she likes to make pictures with the Do-a-Dot markers.
|A few of our projects over the past few weeks.|
Here is the run down of the Level I program (for 3 and 4 year olds) (taken from the website, http://ready-madepreschool.com/seasonal-abcs/)
Seasonal ABC's - Level 1 (3 and 4 year olds)
- Capital Letter Recognition
- Alphabetical Order
- Introduction to Letter Sound
- Number Identification to 10
- Ordering and Counting to 10
- And Much, Much More!
Each day’s lesson is fun, age appropriate and takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. Price: $275 + $29 shipping
Level II is for 4 and 5 year olds and includes lower case letters, numbers to 20, letter sounds, and more. Level II requires 40 – 50 minutes a day to complete and will prepare your child for a phonics based reading program. Price: $340 + $33 shipping
There is also a continuation kit for Level II, for customers that purchased the Level 1 program. It uses some supplies that were in the Level I kit, and the price is $310 + $28 shipping.
They also offer sibling kits, for kids that are close in ages and want to join in on the fun. Level I Price: $210 + $23 shipping and Level II Price: $280 + $28 shipping.
For more information, and to view a sample lesson, visit http://ready-madepreschool.com/
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*I was not financially compensated for this post. I bought the curriculum with my own money and all opinions are my own.*