Blue Manor Christian Preschool Curriculum Review + Giveaway

 

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 Preschool Curriculum

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.

Blue Manor Christian Preschool Curriculum Review & Giveaway

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.

Learning Schedule

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.

Teacher Handbook

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.

Responsibility Charts

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!

eBooks

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
  • Animals
  • 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
  • Electronics
  • Five Senses
  • Food
  • Money Recognition
  • Professions
  • Phonics Reading
  • Pig’s Pen (Phonics reader)
  • Weather
  • Fitness
  • Transportation
  • Crab’s Band (Phonics reader)

My Thoughts

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!

Summary

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 Christian Preschool Curriculum

 

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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Sara (83 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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It’s not too late (plus 11 of my favorites from Build Your Bundle)

Doubtless you’ve heard of the Build Your Bundle Homeschool sale. It’s definitely been the talk of homeschool circles online. I admit that sometimes I don’t pay attention to these things just because I think I don’t have time to study the choices and I really don’t need any more digital curriculum that I might never get around to using. I can honestly say that’s not the case with the Build Your Bundle sale. It was supposed to end yesterday, but they’ve extended the sale until midnight tonight for anyone who wants to make a last-minute purchase (which is what I always end up doing).

To simplify your choices a little and answer any questions about the usefulness of the resources included, I’ve made a list of my favorites from the sale that I’ve actually used, reviewed, and can recommend. I’m not a high-pressure kind of salesperson and I won’t recommend anything I wouldn’t actually use myself. I really hope this helps as you’re planning for next year’s curriculum!

Top 11 Favorites from the Build Your Bundle Homeschool Curriculum Sale. Ends 6-2-15 at midnight!

My Top 11 Favorites from Build Your Bundle

WriteShop (3 different levels + StoryBuilders)
Girls of American History – American Girl unit studies
Write from History – Charlotte Mason style historical copywork
Homeschool Legacy unit studies
Mastering Essential Math Skills
A Journey through Learning lapbooks
A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers
Notebooking Pages
Heroines of the Past Bible study
The Wise Woman Literary Analysis
Too Wise to be Mistaken, Too Good to be Unkind

I’ve used more of the materials in the bundles, but I haven’t written reviews of everything and I wanted to narrow this list to make it as simple as possible for you to check them out in the last hours of the sale today.

Over 200 products in 19 bundles priced starting at just $10!

All of these resources are included in the bundles, or they can be mixed and matched by building a bundle of your own choosing. You really can’t go wrong. And if you’re not convinced about the advantages of digital curriculum, you might want to read this post for the reasons why I’ve learned to use it in our homeschool.

There are 19 individual bundles priced starting at $10, plus the BUILD YOUR OWN OPTIONS!!

These bundles are full of products from popular contributors!

 

  • Preschool-Kindergarten
  • 1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
  • 4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Notebooking
  • Copywork
  • Unit Studies
  • Just for Boys
  • Just for Girls
  • Character Bundle
  • Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
  • Fine Arts
  • Special Needs Bundle
  • Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle

 

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Don’t forget the Buy 2, Get 1 free offer!

You will be saving up to 90% off the regular prices of all of this great curriculum, plus get a free bundle when you purchase two!

 

 
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Sara (83 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Homeschool Curriculum in the Digital Age

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to save in our homeschool budget.  I try to use whatever thrifty resources I can, which often includes digital products. I was an old school holdout for years before I came to accept digital homeschool curriculum and books, but the practical side of me (read: frugal) won out.

Homeschool Curriculum in the Digital Age ~ 6 Advantages of Using Digital Homeschool Curriculum

 

Advantages of Digital Homeschool Curriculum

There are some advantages to digital homeschool curriculum that I’ve come to appreciate in the past few years:

  • it’s available instantly when you need it
  • it doesn’t take up room on your bookshelf
  • it’s easily portable (we like to read on our Kindle)
  • you can print what you choose when you choose
  • it can be used for more than one student and printed multiple times (depending on the particular copyright permissions of the material)
  • it is generally less expensive than print materials

Do you use digital homeschool curriculum? Why or why not?

 

Happy homeschooling,

 
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Sara (83 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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