We have decided to homeschool our children for preschool. Kindergarten and beyond is still in question right now because we don’t know whether we still will be living in Silicon Valley or somewhere else.
So, after researching the internet for preschool curricula, I decided on Before Five in a Row. The reason why I chose this one is because of its flexibility. I really like the literary component of reading to your child every day of the week, and I like that it makes room for LIFE. It understands that you have other children to look after, and some days you will be able to accomplish more than others. It creates learning experiences out of everyday tasks such as going to the store, getting ready for dinner, and it is a program that spans several years (ages 2-4). You simply build upon the curriculum each year. No need for buying more materials and “reinventing the wheel” each and every school year.
I am in the process of organizing materials for this fall. I want to make it as easy as possible to continue this for years to come, so I don’t want to do a bunch of organization preparation over and over again each year because I was lazy the year before.
One of the first things we did was to set up an area in our house where I would do the majority of the lessons. In our house, that was in the kitchen/dining room. Since it is centrally located to most of the action in the house, this was the best option for us.
Since the only other spot in our house for our son to sit and work is our kitchen table, I needed an alternative for him to sit and work on something if I needed the kitchen table for lunch preparation or clean-up after breakfast. I chose right under the window, so we can use the window as a dry erase board.
I chose to use a display board for our calendar board, so it can easily be put away when we are done with school for the day.
One thing I am trying to do it to keep my eye out between now and August for good resources for a good price.
I created a file folder for each letter of the alphabet. I printed free lapbook pages from Homeschoolshare.com and decided which activities I wanted to use. I am planning on teaching him one letter a week.
I am accumulating a lot of the books in the Before Five in a Row curriculum. Some are out of print, so we are going to substitute those weeks for another book.
I am looking forward to going through these books with each of my children. Another bonus for this program is the books are CLASSICS! We will enjoy having these books in our house for years to come.
Stay tuned for more homeschool preparation to come!