People are starting to ask us "the question."
"So, do you think you'll send her to public school or private school...or will you homeschool?"
Our daughter will turn three this fall.
Since her birthday is in September, we actually can't put her in kindergarten for another three years, which means we still have ample time to make that decision.
That being said, I reflect on that question often. I think there are pros and cons to each particular scenario...and I think each individual child's personalty and disposition toward learning needs to be taken into account. Of course, the quality and proximity of available schools are also factors...so there is much to consider.
One thing that we are almost completely certain of is that we will homeschool for preschool. For starters, preschool programs are quite spendy. Secondarily, I am 100% confident in my ability to teach my little girl and prepare her for kindergarten. Finally, she already has plenty of opportunities for social interaction so there is no lack in that area either.
Alpha Omega Publications recently sent me their Complete Preschool Curriculum & Multimedia Set to review. Although we've just been using parts of the curriculum as of late, I plan on jumping in to the program with greater vigor later this fall.
Following please find my review:
Horizons Preschool Complete Curriculum & Multimedia Set by Alpha Omega Publications (on sale now for $322.96)
If you would like to homeschool for preschool and would like an extensive curriculum to help guide you, the Horizons curriculum is designed to give you (almost) everything you need for a full year of learning fun. The kit features 180 lessons and comes with a HUGE selection of DVDs, CDs, and CD-ROMS to supplement the activity workbooks that are provided.
The program is truly comprehensive.
The hefty "Teacher's Guide" comes with detailed instructions for planning activities for Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, Science...even Physical Education, Music, Creative Cooking, and more! Since Alpha Omega is a Christian publishing company, a majority of the lessons also feature a Memory Verse or Bible Story.
The good part about this program is that you can do as much or as little as you want. There's no shortage of information. You'll find ideas for corresponding crafts, creative recipes ideas related to the day's theme, and more.
The downside of this program is that there is a lot of text in the teacher's guide and it actually requires some preparation. If you are a Type A personality or just generally love putting together lessons, you'll be in homework heaven. If, however, you just want to jump right in and do a little teaching without prepping, that might prove to be a bit more difficult.
This curriculum would be perfect for a small preschool program or daycare, but it can also be used by individual parents as well.
Overall, I would recommend the program.
In an ideal world, I would design my own lesson plans and come up with creative supplemental activities individualized for my child...but the reality is that I really appreciate having ready-made lessons available, especially since I'm usually holding a baby during "school time."
I'll leave you with a picture of my daughter enjoying one of the character-building DVDS from the Horizons curriculum (Note the title of the film - "OBEDIENCE" - I sure hope she's taking that message to heart!):
She's watching rather intently. That's a good sign. :)
YOUR TURN: Do you/did you use a preschool curriculum with your child? Why or why not?