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Homeschooling your preschooler has never been easier - especially when you consider the availability and convenience of prepackaged kits. Each month, new lessons, projects and supplemental materials arrive at your door in one neat, little package.
So how does one choose just which kit to go with? The first step would be to review the program's curriculum, to see if their curricular goals match your own. One other consideration would be the cost. Finally, you will want to determine what, exactly, is included in the purchase price. While some parents really like a program where all of the materials are readily made available, others prefer the flexibility of choosing their own ideas and activities.
What follows here, is a brief description of two popular home preschool kits - and specifically, the monthly options - for homeschooling preschoolers.
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Early Beginnings, which may be found at www.earlybeginnings.com, is a great place to begin your search. Since its inception in 1994, the Early Beginnings Preschool Program's focus has been based on the philosophy that "young children learn best in an environment that affords them the opportunity to explore, discover, and enjoy the learning process." Its creator, Dr. Melissa McNeil, has logged over 25 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education.
Lessons are organized by month, and the curriculum for each is clearly laid out on the website. As an added bonus, each month also includes a flannel board story lessons, finger plays, stories, rhymes, poetry and a musical component paired with large muscle movement. The program truly does provide everything you need to get started - right down to the cotton balls and metal brads needed for a project! As an added bonus, Early Beginnings runs on a two-year cycle, so parents looking for a homeschool program to cover 3K and 4K will not have to worry about curriculum components overlapping.
Besides the curriculum manuals, individuals purchasing the program are given a reproducible Parent Newsletter and a Daily Activities Calendar.
Parents looking to try the Early Beginnings Preschool Program may order a three-day sample for only $9.95. it is important to note, however, that the three-day sample is intended for three children, so duplicate materials will be included with every order.
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Mother Goose Time
Another popular option among preschool parents looking to homeschool is the Mother Goose Time preschool program, which may be found by visiting www.mothergoosetime.com.
Like Early Beginnings, Mother Goose Time shipments contain everything you need for a month's worth of lessons and activities. Each registrant gets 1 Starter Bag per year, 1 Teacher Tool Bag per month, and 20-23 Day Bags per month.
The Teacher Tool Bag contains items such as a family newsletter, theme web and lesson planning book, while the Day Bags include hands-on letters, a journal, surprise shapes for practice, participation studies, a class book, activities for cutting practice, sorting and matching practice activities, American Sign Language practice, numbers practice and so much more! Lessons for skill building center around the areas of language, math, science, creative development, social-emotional development, physical development.
Although the cost of this program is slightly higher than that of Early Beginnings, both programs come very highly recommended.
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While there are certainly other home preschool kits, monthly programs for homeschooling preschoolers are not always available for just one child. Often, the programs are only available for ordering when there are three or more children. While this is okay for daycare or even true preschool settings, it is not useful for parents looking for homeschool options. Each of the programs listed above does provide pricing when ordering for just one child - making them viable options for parents simply looking to homeschool their own preschool child.