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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10 Children’s Books about Rainbows

It’s March and that means…it’s time for lots and lots of rain. But, the great thing about rain is that you also get to see plenty of rainbows! As the days get longer and we enjoy more sunlight, we’ll (hopefully) get to observe these beautiful phenomena with our kids.

So, this is a great time of year to talk about rainbows! And what better way to introduce them to our kids than with books? Today, we’re sharing 10 children’s books that are all about rainbows!

10 Children's Books about Rainbows

What is a Rainbow?

A rainbow is actually an optical illusion that occurs when sunlight is refracted (bent) through water droplets in the air. As you probably know, the colors of the rainbow are Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet (ROYGBIV). Do you know why red is always listed first?

It’s because the color red has the longest wavelength of all colors, so it bends the least. As a result, it always appears on top of the rainbow. By contrast, violet bends the most, so it has the sharpest curve. That makes violet the lowest color in every rainbow. Neat, huh? You can find out more about the science of rainbows from the NOAA.

10 Children’s Books about Rainbows

And now, 10 children’s books about rainbows! These are great for kids of all ages and include fiction and nonfiction selections.

A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman

All the Colors of the Rainbow by Allan Fowler

What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann Schwartz

The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt

Chasing Rainbows by Tish Rabe, Aristides Ruiz, and Joe Mathieu

Elmer and the Rainbow by David McKee

Rainbow Stew by Cathyrn Falwell

The Colors of the Rainbow by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos and Marta Fabrega

Geckos Make a Rainbow by Jon J. Murakami

Ruby’s Rainbow by Grosset & Dunlap Books

For even more spring learning fun, check out our free Busy Bee Scissor Skills Printables, free Spring Flower Flashcards, and our unit study “All About Flowers” at Look! We’re Learning!

Do you have any great children’s books about rainbows to share? Post your suggestions in the comments!

 
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Selena is a homeschooling graduate, a former tax accountant, and a homeschooling mom to four super special kids. She and her husband, Jay, practice eclectic homeschooling to keep their ADHD learners engaged! You can keep up with Selena by following her blog Look! We're Learning! on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google Plus.


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8 Classic Christmas Read Alouds

Guest post by Tonia of The Sunny Patch.

Christmas is a wonderful time to create family memories and new traditions. Many of our favorite family moments involve books. Christmas is no exception!

There are so many fabulous picture books (and chapter books!) about the holiday season that make wonderful family read alouds. A beautiful picture book doesn’t only have to be for the preschoolers and early elementary kids. We still enjoy many books that are filled with wonderful pictures (and stories). Below you’ll find some of the best books to read this Christmas season.

classic christmas books

8 FAVORITE HOLIDAY READ ALOUDS

The books below cover a wide range of ages – from picture books to chapter books you’re sure to find a new favorite!

A Christmas Carol

The quintessential Christmas story – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A memorable story of change, forgiveness, and redemption. Don’t avoid this one just because you think it will be too hard for your children to understand. Start with the wonderful Focus on the Family audio dramatization. This story really shouldn’t be missed.

The Polar Express

This is one of those not-to-be-missed more recent classics (if you still consider 1985 to be recent!) written by Chris Van Allsburg, who also wrote Jumanji. Who wouldn’t love to hop on a train and head to the North Pole? This classic tale of Christmas magic is one that even older kids can appreciate.

A Visit from Saint Nicholas

I’m sure many people could quote large portions of this classic poem that begins with the famous line – ‘Twas the night before Christmas… It’s certainly earned it’s place in Christmas lore and legend. One neat fact – it actually predates A Christmas Carol by 20 years.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

My first introduction to this classic Seuss story, like many people, was the 1966 animated version featuring Boris Karloff as the voice of the Grinch. A few years ago we received a beautiful hardcover copy of the book and now enjoy the story every year.

The Gift of the Magi

I just love this story by O. Henry. A young married couple sacrifice their most prized possessions to give the other a special Christmas gift. We love watching the Mickey & Minnie version on Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas.

The Story of Holly & Ivy

Written by Rumer Godden and published in 1958, it’s the story of a young orphan wishing for a home and family. Look for the version illustrated by Barbara Cooney (one of my favorites).

Letters from Father Christmas

This is a new-to-us book this year. We love many of Tolkien’s books so we’re excited to spend some time with him this Christmas season. If you’ve read it let me know your thoughts!

The Bible

Christmas Eve is the perfect time to read the second chapter of Luke. Turn on the Christmas lights, sip some hot cocoa, and remember why we celebrate this blessed season.

Do you have a favorite Christmas read aloud?

Every member of my family has a different Christmas favorite so we end up sharing a few memorable books over the holiday season.

And I’m always on the lookout to add to our collection. I’d love to know what books you read together during the holiday season.

Tell me about your family’s favorite Christmas read aloud!

 

Tonia writes about homeschooling life at The Sunny Patch. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.

 

 

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