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What curriculum is best for starting out with a 3yr old...HELP!

Posted by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM
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I am new to homeschooling and I wanted to get my 3 yr old started in Sept. but I am not sure what curriculum to go with. I have looked at Sonlight, I like what I see but it is expensive and just want to make sure it is worth it. Also, I looked at Horizon. I do know there is free curriculum that you can use online but since I am new I am afraid that I would miss something that my DD would me needing.  Any suggestions? Thanks.

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by Head Admin on Apr. 11, 2012 at 8:34 PM

There are quite a few free curriculums online.  The one that's going to be the best for you is the one you and your daughter like the best and will use.  My first time purchasing a curriculum, I picked one that looked really good, but when I went to use it, it just didn't didn't work for us.

Here are some of the free curriculums that I've come across/used:

abc jesus loves me

hubbard's cupboard

letter of the week

by owner on Apr. 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

 I am not sure I would buy a 3yr old curriculum. They are going to learn colors,shapes,letters,numbers. Here is some website for you to look at.

Rod and staff have some great little workbooks for 9.00 for age 3&4. I bought them and Hannah loved them.I do have ABEKA preschool program for k3-k4. I will not say that i hate it cause I love it but most of it was given to me it can get up in the hundreds with them. I would not put a lot of money in it. You have to pay pout so much for the older grades until I would wait. there is some cool programs online for little kids. Starfall and abcmouse is great.also I have a friend who owns a group online and they have a lesson that a bunch or people contribute to every week you can send in a worksheet or website or an idea and they compile all those things and on Friday you can download from a file share. It is great. here is the website. make sure you tell her Machelle Mclane sent you


by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Thanks for all the great info.
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by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 2:58 AM

There is a program with my fathers world that looks really great for preschool, I don't know what all is included with it (I unfortunatly found it after my son was in 1st grade) but I love what I am using now with them and I have already purchased next years and it looks great. I will definatley be using them for all curriculum from now on and if I have another child will be purchasing the preschool curriculum to use as well.

by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM

The dollar store sells workbooks...

at three, they really need lots of fine and gross motor skill practice, letter skills, patterns, numbers, etc...

oh and don't forget lots and lots of BOOOOKS!!!    I would make preschool library hour part of my preschool curriculum.  

Do a letter of the week... number of the week, color shape, etc...  work on the simple sounds that letter makes... play games online together.   there are several preschool games out there that are very educational.

I was so busy when my son was old enough to start learning his letters really well, and he watched PBS kids during the time when Word World was on and Super Why...   he learned so much about his letters through those shows...

You are going to be paying for curriculum the rest of his school carreer.  

for early curriculum (formal curriculum) I have a really good 1st grade phonics program, then I start in the second grade with a formal math.   However, I have a pretty good handle on teaching them their prek-1st stuff otherwise.   In third grade I start a formal "english" and just dabble with books, writing, reading, cheaper language arts workbooks before that.

Mine are all reading before 5... reading for understanding, too... and they are 2-3 grade levels ahead for math and at least 1 grade level ahead in english. 

Phonics, reading,  and math are important to me in grade 1.    In grade two, really solidifying their ability to handle mathematics is key as well as improving independent and oral reading and reading for understanding.... then we start to really "work" in the third grade.   I would suggest a hand writing curriculum, but that's only because my handwriting is terrible, so I am horrible at teaching it.  I know that my eldest hates writing anything and it holds her back in that way sometimes.

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