Monday, August 13, 2012

Homeschool Preschool: Choices, Choices

I have spent a lot of time the past few months thinking about what we can do for preschool. My son is three years old and loves to do "school." Now, I'm not trying to make him into a genius child. I don't think that preschool is necessary for his development. Here's why I decided to do homeschool preschool:

We're bored. 

That's it! When my son is bored, he gets into things. When he gets into things, I get irritated. When I get irritated, I stop being productive. When I stop being productive, I don't get things done... my house is a mess, my husband's not happy... SO, we do school to keep our sanity.

This past spring I purchased Sonlight's P3/4 program ($269).


TMSP 

I didn't get all the books, just my favorites. We've really enjoyed reading through them, but we had read them all after a few months. We needed something else to do. 

I purchased Sonlight's P4/5 program ($339). 


These books are also awesome, but this program is MUCH more advanced. In fact, it was TOO advanced for my son. So I sold it and kept looking (I also wasn't crazy about the lesson plans... pretty much all you do is read, read, read, without many hands-on activities!).

Since my son already knows his letters and sounds, I was interested in My Father's World Kindergarten Program ($206). 


This looks like so much fun! There's even an ant hill and a butterfly garden and classical music study! However, my son doesn't have the fine motor skills necessary to begin handwriting, so I decided to wait until next year. 

I started to feel like Goldilocks. 
Sonlight P3/4? Too easy. 
Sonlight P4/5? Too hard. 
MFW K? Too hard. 
What to do?

Then I stumbled across Heart of Dakota. We purchased their preschool program: Little Hands to Heaven (LHTH) ($79.99). 


We've only done two days of it, but it's been so much fun! We read Bible stories, do little rhymes, do crafts (that use simple household items), and sing songs! My kids' favorite part so far was our "A." We made a masking tape "A" on the floor and the kids walk their stuffed animals ("A, A Animals") along it to learn how to write an "A" while they say "A, A, A." Even my 14 month old sees it and says "A" now!

The lesson plans are laid out differently than in any other curriculum I've seen. You can see an example HERE

I hope to take some pictures of us enjoying LHTH and share them on here soon!

Another program I recently discovered is Teach my Preschooler. For only about $50 you can teach your child reading, printing, numbers 1-100, addition and subtraction. I'm thinking about getting this. 

Teach My Preschooler

Have you ever done a preschool program with your children? What are your favorites? What didn't work? 

7 comments:

  1. We're using Heart of Dakota's Little Hands to Heaven as well :) This is my third time through it and I'm more focused with it because I'm schooling my older two as well and my daughter (not quite three) BEGS for lessons. I'm enjoying it so much more this third time around! I have added in the Rod and Staff About 3 books. They are helping her with those fine motor skills you were talking about and it makes her happy to have something to write like her sisters even though she's not really ready to write yet. They are also very inexpensive. Have a fun year!

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  2. I will be started it again with my third child soon. I love LHTH. It is a wonderful program.

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  3. I am visiting from the HOD Blogroll and wanted to share a weekly HOD Highlights meme that I am starting to inspire and encourage others using HOD.

    I hope that you will share your HOD posts and link up with others. I am looking forward to seeing how everyone is using Heart of Dakota.

    Many Blessings, Tamara
    http://allofakindfamily.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Tamara! I've been trying to get an invite to your blog :) We are so much of the same curriculum (FIAR, Sonlight, HOD, Expedition Earth) and I just love so many of your ideas that I have seen on Pinterest. Only bummer is that every time I try to click on one, it says I need to be an invited reader. Is there anyone way I can perhaps get an invite? Please send to moneysavingmomma@gmail.com or butterflykisses_92984@yahoo.com Thanks SO much!!

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