When it comes to homeschooling the early years, I believe a gentle approach is best. Children learn through play and there’s no reason to rush into strict academics too soon. That being said, I like to have resources on-hand to encourage an early love of reading and to foster the natural eagerness to learn new things during the preschool years. When my youngest daughter asked to “do school” like her sisters, I certainly wasn’t going to tell her no. “Doing school” to her meant having her own special books and learning activities.
I was sponsored by Blue Manor to review their Christian Preschool Curriculum and am excited to share my experience as well as an awesome giveaway! All opinions are mine alone. For more information please read my full disclosure.
Blue Manor Christian Preschool Curriculum offers just that for children ages 2 and up — their own books and comprehensive learning activities geared just for the preschool years.
Blue Manor Education describes the objective of their preschool curriculum this way:
Our Christian preschool curriculum will not only prepare your children for kindergarten, but will also lay a strong physical, intellectual, and spiritual foundation that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. The best part is that our lessons require zero preparation and zero teaching experience. Give your children an elite foundation and be amazed by the ripple effects.
What is included in the Blue Manor Christian Preschool Curriculum?
The Christian Preschool Curriculum eBook Set includes:
- A Quick Start Guide
- Learning Schedule
- Level 1 Certificate
- Teacher Handbook
- Responsibility Charts
- Bible Verse Memory
- Learn to Draw and Pre-Draw Worksheets
- 23 Individual Book Titles in a Variety of Categories
Each item can be used in any order.
Quick Start Guide
The Quick Start Guide is a simple how-to as well as an explanation behind the scope of the curriculum.
Although you don’t have to complete the books in any certain order, this Learning Schedule can help you keep track of what has been completed as you go. You can see your child’s progress in this calendar format.
Level 1 Certificate
This is a fun printable certificate to help reinforce a child’s sense of accomplishment when they complete the level.
This handbook is full of teaching tips and great suggestions for presenting all of the materials. If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow guide with no guesswork on your part, this is it.
Great tools to start your child on the path of responsibility and accountability. Record tasks and rewards.
Bible Memory Verses
Key verses of the Bible are presented for memorization, along with a system to accomplish this.
Learn to Draw and Pre-Draw Worksheets
These worksheets are designed to help your child learn and practice making the movements with their hands so that they can eventually write their letters and numbers. Good fine motor activities to develop those handwriting muscles!
The 23 eBooks are grouped together by theme with matching colored covers; however, each book is its own individual unit with learning objectives.
Some of the eBooks included are:
- Alphabet Letters
- Drawing and Art (Learn to Draw and Pre-Draw)
- A Bad Dog (Phonics reader)
- Basic Anatomy
- Basic Colors
- Basic Shapes
- Bible (6 stories from creation to plan of salvation)
- Cat and Rat (Phonics reader)
- Concepts (opposites like old/young, excited/bored, etc. demonstrated with stock photos)
- Counting and Numbers
- Five Senses
- Money Recognition
- Phonics Reading
- Pig’s Pen (Phonics reader)
- Crab’s Band (Phonics reader)
Most of the eBooks (other than the phonics readers) include real photos rather than cartoon drawings. I thought this was especially good for children with special needs (like autism) who need visual cues to understand vocabulary word meanings. It’s particularly helpful in the Professions ebook.
However, I did not like one of the photos in the Fitness ebook depicting an overweight man as a “slob” who overindulges in junk food. I don’t want to perpetuate stereotypes and prejudices and I think there are better ways to communicate that eating junk food is not healthy.
My youngest daughter really enjoyed the phonics readers. She is just beginning the process of learning to read. She enjoyed these books and the “funny drawings” as she called them, especially in Crab’s Band. We looked at them together on my computer in pdf format.
Remember that these are digital books, so you must either print them, view them on your computer, or read them on a tablet. I know many would appreciate the benefit of portability this way. Nothing to get lost or take up space on your bookshelves!
I believe that the Blue Manor Christian Preschool Curriculum is very thorough in its scope and sequence for preschoolers. All basic skills are covered, including early reading phonics. If you want an open-and-go easy to follow plan for preschool that includes Bible and character lessons, this is definitely a great option. I was impressed with all that was included for a very reasonable price.
Blue Manor eBook Curriculum Giveaway ($39.99 value)!
Would You Like To Win a Copy For Yourself?
Blue Manor Education has graciously offered a giveaway for one of The Homeschool Post readers to win 1 Curriculum Set of your choice (PreK, Kindergarten, or 1st grade) worth $39.99.
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