Friday, May 14, 2010
Ideal Curriculum (TOS Crew Review)
As a member of the 2009-2010 The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew, I received a free download from Ideal Curriculum. Now, this one is a bit different. Ideal Curriculum offers a full school year of monthly kits (9 altogether) just for preschool. You can get a print version of each monthly unit for $55 or a downloadable version for $30.
I received the downloadable files for the first month/unit, which is Transportation. In the downloads there are things to read on the computer, things to print (yes, that's right! There is a FILE of things that you can expect to print so there is no guessing!), music files, and teacher files. The curriculum covers early literacy, math, science, and social studies.
I found the program to be well organized and expertly directed... if you want a formal preschool curriculum. We don't particularly, but if we did, this would be one of my first choices! There is a schedule, a teacher's guide, and a wide range of activities and advice for orchestrating this curriculum in meaningful and fun ways. In the teacher's guides, there are educational tips for parents that may not know all the ways children learn through play. I happen to, but I was impressed that the makers of this curriculum cared to offer that information.
So, although we're not going to rush out and purchase these kits to finish out the year's topics, I can say that if you are looking for a more structured preschool curriculum, this one is probably for you! To check out what my fellow Crew Mates had to say about it, click here.
Disclaimer: I was provided with Month 1 of the Ideal Curriculum preschool program at no cost in order to use and review it. This review is my honest experience with the program.