Home school, private school, or public school? That tends to be a popular question now-a-days. I am not going to answer it here; even if it had an answer. What I am going to do is tell you about an amazing resource you can use regardless of your feelings on the above question. Besides, we all teach our kids at home even if they are not receiving their formal education from us.
It won’t be hard to tell how Confessions of a Homeschooler answered the above question. How she answered it though is a benefit for all of us. Outside of the amazing resource found in the postings on her blog, she also has tons of printables available. The real gem is the preschool curriculum (Letter of the Week) she has created and made available to download for $10. My wife found this about a year ago and decided that for $10 it was worth trying with our preschooler. We have appreciated it ever since.
To be honest, there isn’t much in the package that you couldn’t put together your self. In fact all the materials are available on her site for free if you want to track them all down (Here is the Letter A). You would probably need several hours a week to do it though. To simplify this, Confessions of a Homeschooler has done all the work for you and organized it in a nice downloadable package.. The curriculum contains lessons for each letter of the alphabet. Each lesson contains a themed subset of the following materials:
- detailed lesson plan
- letter tracing pages
- activity suggestions
- counting exercises
- motor skill exercises
- memory verses
- sorting exercises
- color and shape flashcards
- recommended reading lists
- coloring pages
A full description can be found at Confessions of a Homeschooler. Needles to say, there is a lot of material in the package and $10 is an amazing price for the thought, hard work and organization put into the curriculum. The only short falls we have found is that our son quickly advanced beyond the curriculum although he still enjoys doing the activities; this really isn’t bad though. The other is that it is strictly pre-reading and math. There is not a science aspect. At this age that is understandable. It would have been nice though.
Regardless of how you are currently, or plan on educating you kids, if you have a preschool child at home, Confessions of a Homeschooler can help you prepare them for their formal education. As a bonus, your kids will have fun in the process. I am curious if you have a favorite resource for educational activities? We are always looking to enlarge our resource library so if you do please share!