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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Ironclad Rules for Instant Homeschool Success

Ironclad Rules for New Homeschoolers

Dear New Homeschooler,

Congratulations and welcome to the most amazing and rewarding realm of planet Earth!

Whatever your reasons for “opting out” of the system, trust your decision, trust your instincts, you were 110% right.

Now…

Ironclad Rules for Instant Homeschool Success

1) Don’t Waste Time

You just clawed back an enormous amount of free time. School takes up 2 hours a day of a child’s/parent’s life just getting ready for school, getting to school, getting home from school, and recovering from it all.

Not to mention all the time wasted at school and dealing with homework!

But a major risk is squandering all this liberated time. Why would you want to do that?

Be VERY CAREFUL about increased TV watching, video game playing, organized sports participation, or over-scheduling as I’ve seen them poison many homeschooling families’ experiences.

2) Don’t Buy Complete Curricula

Too many families, partly out of fear and partly out of just ignorance/innocence, think they need or can benefit from a so-called all-in-one, purchased curriculum.

For one thing, this essentially just re-creates “school at home”. While there are kids/parents/situations and specific curricula where this may be fine….I think you can do much better (and cheaper!) by cobbling together your own curriculum.

For example…

Use Khan Academy for math, Susan Wise Bauer for English, and Charlotte Mason book lists for history and science.

Maybe throw in a foreign language tutor at LanguageConvo for $12 an hour, musical instrument lessons, a penmanship workbook, and some supplements from HomeschoolShare.com.

Enroll in a couple local homeschool classes on top of all that you’ll be good-to-go. Plus you’ll maintain the ever-important flexibility a thriving homeschool family needs.

3) Seek Out and Heed Veteran Advice

Newbies should lean on the grizzled veterans for all things – for curricular matters, to help break into the homeschooling groups, and for much needed support. We all started out knowing nothing and can all relate to the fears and worries of the new homeschooler.

Continually pick the brains of every single homeschool veteran you can. Some will have different styles and goals than you and may seem of little help but I want to encourage you to never rest on your laurels.

Listen to us. Trust us. We are the ones who’ve SURVIVED and THRIVED!

4) Create a House of Reading Maniacs

The benefits of extreme bibliphilia for children cannot be underestimated. Bookworms are much better behaved, have long attention spans, are never bored, and can much more easily do their academic work.

Even though I am a crazy-passionate math teacher….my number one suggestion for can’t-miss homeschool success is to do everything in your power to create book addicts.

How do you pull this off?

It’s very simple – PUT YOUR TELEVISIONS ON THE CURB.

Do this and yours will be drawn to books like moths to a flame.

No DVD movies, no Netflix, no mindless YouTube watching either!

You have to understand that education is all about what goes on between your children’s ears and that TV doesn’t just dull the mind, it FRIES it. Even “just an hour a day” has a hangover effect of 5 hours after the tube is turned off. So there’s no way you can “manage” or “control” or “moderate” TV’s deleterious effect on your precious children.

Every single time I work with a struggling student – whether homeschooled or in traditional school….there’s a TV in the equation (and/or Minecraft). EVERY SINGLE TIME.

And every single child I’ve met who grows up in a ZERO-TV house has been extremely thoughtful, well-behaved, and passionately interested in many things.

5) Keep Learning

Read homeschool blogs and never stop Googling your brains out. There are just so many amazing resources and insights within the homeschooling community – and more every day. Have you seen our Pinterest page yet?

Constantly think about how your children are doing and what type of future you want for them.

My Ironclad Rules aren’t simply “one approach” or just my opinion. They are the conclusion of much empiricism and following them is the most sure-fire way to ignite your homeschool with ideas, competence, and success.

Homeschooling, done right, should get easier and more rewarding every single year.

If you aren’t experiencing positive momentum….you are definitely doing it wrong. Revisit the guidelines above.

Still stuck? Ask for help. Reach out to me at HomeschoolDad.com. I’d love to hear from you. This is what I do. It’s my passion!

 

 

Dan (13 Posts)

Husband to Inez. Father of John and Christine. Homeschool Coach, Accelerated Math Teacher. Former derivatives trader and future scratch golfer! Follow our learning adventures at HomeschoolDad.com.


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Encouragement for New Homeschoolers

 

Our theme at The Homeschool Post this month is Advice and Encouragement for New Homeschoolers.  Everyone has a unique path to homeschooling — whether it’s special needs or homeschooling unexpectedly due to circumstances at public school or homeschooling from the very beginning — but most homeschoolers have some common fears or concerns from time to time.  Or maybe you’re a seasoned homeschooler who just has some doubts or is beginning to second guess decisions about homeschooling.  Whatever your current situation, we hope to offer some encouragement and advice from our own experiences to help you out.

Encouragement for New Homeschoolers

Encouragement for New Homeschoolers

Renee has gotten us off to a good start this month with her post 6 Revealing Questions for New Homeschool Moms.  Have you read it yet? I think it applies to both new and veteran homeschool moms!

Some other posts that might help encourage you:

Three Encouraging Truths Every New Homeschool Mom Should Know by Davonne

Three More Encouraging Truths Every New Homeschool Mom Should Know by Davonne

Advice for New Homeschooling Dads by Fletch

Carnival of Homeschooling: Encouragement and Inspiration (round up of related posts)

How can we help encourage you today? If you have a question for us, we’d love to help! Just let us know in the comments, on Twitter, or on our Facebook page.

 

 

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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