After everything that has gone on in the world in the past few months, we have decided to homeschool Camden and Ella for preschool! I was raised by a public-school teacher and my husband and I both went to the same public-school district, homeschooling is something I never saw us doing but I am really excited. I am determined to make this year fun for them! I know all parents are in the same boat this year, so I am thinking of you all and I know you will make the right decision for your child(ren).
The Curriculum We Selected
This past year we did a “curriculum” that I found to be too much preparation time for me and I wasn’t happy with it. So, I decided a new one for preschool was a must!! I did a lot of research and decided on The Good and The Beautiful! A friend actually recommended it to me (Thanks, Sarah!) and I was immediately drawn to the concept! I love their mission and how it doesn’t require much prep work on my end! Working from home, making sure two toddlers are happy and healthy, and maintaining a home keeps me busy enough…I was all about ease but still wanting to make sure Camden and Ella have a good year of preschool! The Good and The Beautiful met all of OUR family’s needs.
The Good and the Beautiful
“The Good and the Beautiful was founded by a homeschool mother who wanted to find beauty, joy, and powerful academics in homeschool, but was becoming overwhelmed and finding that no curriculum was working the way she had hoped. As a professional writer herself, and with the resources to pull in a group of experts, and a vision of what homeschool curriculum could be, she began creating her own curriculum. Now the team of over 70 writers, experts, reviewers, educators, and editors are working daily on the goals of making homeschool: easy, beautiful, affordable, academically solid, character building, and joyful.” –taken straight from their website. You can learn more about their curriculum here.
Here is a photo of one of the lessons so you can get an idea about how the Course Book is laid out.
They also have an additional site where you can find dozens of free narrated audio books!
If you’re wondering which level is right for your child, you can find the assessment here. We decided to go with the Pre-K program.
We are doing the Pre-K program and these are the materials they recommend:
This is what we ended up ordering for our twins (note: some things I ordered 2 of because we needed 1 for each child):
-Pre-K course set (2 copies, this includes Course Book, Pre-K Activity Packet, and Pre-K Flip books)
-Doodles and Pre-Writing for Littles (2 copies)
-For Littles Mammals Bundle (1 copy)
-Creative Arts & Craft Projects (1 copy we LOVE doing crafts)
-7 Books from Level 1
Wish Us Luck
We received everything a few weeks ago and I am so excited to start this with the kids soon. I know they are going to love it. I promise to give updates once we get into it! I know I made the right decision choosing The Good and The Beautiful curriculum…I am just amazed at all the details that went into this and how it is laid out…it’s going to be easy for me as a mom that went to college for business and not early childhood education and more importantly, it’s the right program for my children!!