A Christian Preschool Curriculum We Loved!

A Christian Preschool Curriculum We Loved!

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If you’re looking for a good quality Christian preschool curriculum for your homeschool, I know the feeling.

Having our children take in good quality education filled with wonder, purpose and fun are something we want for our kids. I was so thankful to find God’s Little Explorers!

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A Preschool Christian Curriculum: God’s Little Explorers

Review Summary: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Grades Used: PreK
Pros: Loved the interaction, activity, fun and all the learning!
Cons: It was a bit more involved on my part.

Preparation

I began with reading the beginning pages of the curriculum to get to know what was expected of my child and I. The sections to read included:

  • Table of Contents
  • Welcome to God’s Little Explorers
  • How is God’s Little Explorers Christian Preschool Curriculum structured?
  • What else will I find in the program?
  • Internet links
  • Assessment
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!

Detailed Review

PROS:

  • Biblical Adventure. First and foremost, I loved that this Christian preschool curriculum was about an adventure to find God and His Word. What a fun way to learn! It was hands-on and practical right from the get-go.
  • Bible. I chose the Read & Learn Bible based on the two recommendations from this curriculum, and it was a choice I was pleased with. I have a complete review of the Bible here.
  • Structure. The organization, plan and format of the curriculum is wonderful. It keeps things moving for a preschool-aged child and provides lots of options for me. The website links provided in the PDF were amazing as it gave printables, helps and so much more.
  • Songs. Songs are wonderful in helping children memorize, learn and have fun. With the songs being Bible-based, I found that my kids were memorizing scripture, too!
  • Life Application. This is so rewarding as we help our little ones apply what they’re learning, educating them about helping the family, responsibilities and manners.
  • Optional sections. There are so many options of learning including book bags, learning bags, hymn study, composer study and artist study.
  • You are not limited! There are so many learning ideas included in this curriculum!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!

CONS:

Preparation. Although the preparation wasn’t difficult, it still took some time, though the value in what this curriculum offers did not deter me from this fact.

Preschoolers also need the most hand-holding with everything, so there’s really no way of getting around what’s needed for this age.

Our Approach

Being that I’m not a very creative person when it comes to education and ideas, I like that this curriculum has it all including an organized plan.

We didn’t do everything as suggested by the curriculum whether it was for a lack of time, too much prep or we didn’t have the supplies on hand.

Finally

Enjoy the wonder, discovery and adventure that your children are on as they find God, learn and practically apply what they’re learning through this amazing Christian preschool curriculum, God’s Little Explorers.

I’d love to hear if you’ve used this curriculum or have any questions about it; I’d be happy to answer them!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

19 Ways To Make The Bible Fun For Kids

19 Ways To Make The Bible Fun For Kids

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I’m guilty. At times, I’ve let learning the Bible with my kids slide in our home. But, there are ways to make the Bible fun for kids and to get them excited about God and His Word!

The Word of God should be of utmost importance in our families.

But how often do we take time to intentionally and purposefully be students of the Word? Do we dive into the Bible with our kids? Or make learning about God a real thing?

We are blessed with so many great resources to help our children engage with the Word in a fun and practical way.

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Fostering a love for God in our children

God is not just Someone we learn about on Sundays; He wants a relationship with us AND our children every day, all day.

As parents, WE are responsible for cultivating and fostering in our children a love for God.

But, at times, we don’t know what to do to help our children learn about God.

Some of us have had experiences where learning about God is dry and boring. Or we’ve grown up in a religious home where our life is about works and our salvation is constantly on the line. Maybe you’ve just never grown up in a loving Christian home, and have no idea where to start helping your children learn about God.

Whatever your reason is or experience, you have a choice you can make today for the sake of your family. You get to bring light (the Word of God) into your home.

So where do you start?

Below are some ways to make the Bible fun for kids with a variety of engaging tools and resources.

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19 Ways to Make the Bible Fun for Kids

1. Bible journaling

2. Watch a Bible story on RightNow Media

3. Read out of an easy-to-read Adventure Bible

4. Bible story discussion prompts

5. Scripture writing

6. Sing Bible songs. Include actions if possible to help retain memory.

7. Narrate the Bible story to a friend

8. Memorize scripture

9. Activities and crafts

10. Games

11. Coloring books

12. Do a daily devotion

13. Bible app for kids

14. Act out the Bible story

15. Rewards/incentives for completing a scripture reading, memory verse, etc.

16. Bible reading plan

17. Pray out loud and/or write in a prayer journal

18. Bible study for kids

19. Object lessons

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As parents, we cultivate and foster in our children what we want them to know, love, believe and value about God, family, themselves, church, and the world around them.

Our investment in our children is crucial and a matter of their destiny.

Among these ways to make the Bible fun for kids, which ones will you implement (or have you implemented) in your home? Share with me in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

REVIEW: First Language Lessons Level 1

REVIEW: First Language Lessons Level 1

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I was looking for a gentle approach to grammar for grade 1.

We are relaxed homeschoolers meaning we use curriculum that works for us as a family and each individual child following no specific homeschooling style. I was pleasantly surprised with First Language Lessons Level 1. It ended up being amazing for not just my grade 1 daughter, but also my preschool son!

FIRST LANGUAGE LESSONS LEVEL 1

REVIEW SUMMARY: 5 out of 5 stars

  • Grades Used: Grade 1 (and unintentionally PreK)
  • Pros: Gentle, easy-going approach
  • Cons: None
Review: First Language Lessons Level 1 - Is this curriculum right for your homeschool? Find out here!

CHILD’S LEARNING STYLE

What’s important to know (because in homeschooling we get to choose materials based on our child’s learning style), is that my daughter:

  • is a perfectionist (is hard on herself when she doesn’t get a concept immediately)
  • prefers a predictable schedule
  • can sniff when you don’t know what you’re talking about
  • black and white is calming to her

Based on my daughter’s learning style, personality type and my teaching style, below is my detailed review of First Language Lessons Level 1.

There was no exchange for product in this curriculum review. All thoughts expressed are my own.

WHAT’S IN FIRST LANGUAGE LESSONS LEVEL 1

Review: First Language Lessons Level 1 - Is this curriculum right for your homeschool? Find out here!

PREPARATION

First Language Lessons Level 1 is an all-inclusive book meaning it has both the Teacher’s and Student portion included. Isn’t that amazing!?

I began with the opening pages of the book to gain an understanding of how to use it, which includes:

 

  • Table of Contents – I wanted to know how many lessons we were conquering in the year. There are 100 Lessons.
  • How to Use This Book – the various sections included were so helpful and really imparted wisdom. Included are these subsections:
    • General Thoughts on Teaching Language
    • The Method of This Book
    • Goals for Grade 1
    • The Tools Used in This Book: The “Four Strand” Approach
    • Using the Lessons
    • Materials List
Review: First Language Lessons Level 1 - Is this curriculum right for your homeschool? Find out here!
Review: First Language Lessons Level 1 - Is this curriculum right for your homeschool? Find out here!

DETAILED REVIEW

PROS:

  • Scripted. This is just what I need! It indicates Notes to Instructor and what the Instructor needs to say.
  • There are 100 lessons. It suggests planning 2-3 lessons per week, which is such a gentle approach and one we loved.
  • Repetition = increase in memory. At the beginning you don’t know how your grade 1 child will be able to memorize a poem or definitions, especially with only doing 2-3 lessons per weekj. But just through the nature of repetition, it comes naturally. And then the surprise was suddenly hearing my preschool son say definitions and poems aloud for memory, too! I was so amazed to see what happens when you gently approach something, add repetition and application, the result is beautiful.
  • Amazing poems and stories. This book is based on good quality literature, which we value. The poems were easily memorized, and the stories are memorable with good morals. My daughter (and preschool son) LOVED listening to the stories.
  • Narration. Because there was such amazing literature, my daughter (and preschool son) found it easy to listen to the stories and recall them in their own way. They were easily able to answer the questions provided. The critical thinking part of the picture narration was an enjoyable experience for both my daughter and I.
  • Copywriting. This is not my daughter’s favourite part only because she doesn’t enjoy handwriting. We have a separate notebook for keeping her work (as was suggested in the “How To Use This Book” portion. Although my daughter doesn’t particularly like handwriting, she saw the value when it came time to doing some projects, like writing up an envelope to be mailed with the mailing and return address.

CONS (which isn’t really a con):

  • USA material. This is so minor that it doesn’t feel worthy to mention. It’s so easy to replace US material with Canadian whenever it does come up, which is seldom. (For example, it talks about state instead of province). This didn’t affect whether I’d use this book.
Review: First Language Lessons Level 1 - Is this curriculum right for your homeschool? Find out here!
Review: First Language Lessons Level 1 - Is this curriculum right for your homeschool? Find out here!

Have you tried First Language Lessons Level 1 in your homeschool? Are you considering it?

I’d like to know what were your successes and challenges with the curriculum if you did try it. Leave a comment below to let me know.

And yes, First Language Lessons Level 2 was certainly included in our Grade 2 curriculum picks.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

Why I’m Adding Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B

Why I’m Adding Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B

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Although choosing our homeschool curriculum is done at the beginning of our homeschool year, we also love adding new curriculum along the way. The reason for this is to change things up, work on new areas and refine skills.

So, I’ve decided to add Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B to my son’s kindergarten curriculum for the year.

Why I’m Adding Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B

With my son in kindergarten, we’ve been working on letter recognition and sounds.

He’s doing so well and understanding fairly quickly. But, I feel like I need to take a few different angles to help fill and prevent any gaps.

And Evan-Moor’s books are great for applying this thought so I’m incorporating the Basic Phonics Skills Level B.

Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum

REVIEW: Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B (and how we’re using it)

Listen for…

The first page to a letter begins with recognizing the sound that the letter makes. This helps to identify the sound being learned by saying the word for each picture.

This works well for my son because he’s a visual and auditory learner.

I also say the word for the picture accentuating the sound. Once we’ve gone through the pictures, I do it again to make sure there’s understanding and confidence.

Handwriting with the letter sound

Anytime a page involves handwriting, my son resists.

I’ve added handwriting to what we do, but it seems to have to be on my son’s terms right now. He resists and is unwilling to do it if I point out the instructions. A benefit of homeschooling is to take this kind of thing slowly.

So I’m approaching the handwriting portion of Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B book in a different way. This is in part to keep my son’s attention in learning, but to also prevent him from not wanting to do what I know he can.

How we do handwriting…

When it comes to the handwriting portion, my approach has to be creative. So I get my son to write letters on the whiteboard or chalkboard, he air-writes them, uses bands with a geoboard, or even using teddy bear counters.

We talk about the words we’re seeing and emphasize the letter sound.

When any of the pages are asking to identify if the letter sound is at the beginning or end of a word, this becomes trickier for my son, but a good challenge as he masters his phonics.

Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Basic Phonics Skills, Grades K-1 (Level B) - Print
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum

Interactive activities

These types of pages my son loves, whether it’s matching, cutting and pasting.

Phonics readers

Although we haven’t gotten to the phonics readers at the back of the book just yet, I’m excited to have him read these little books and know that he is reading and can do it!

A bonus for me!

Tracking my child’s progress is important to me which is why i love the Student Record Form. It allows you to identify and write down the progress of your child. This is why I also like that this book comes in an E-book format.

Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum

If you’re looking to help your child with phonics, the Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B is a great resource!

Have you used this book in your homeschool?

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

REVIEW: Evan-Moor Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book

REVIEW: Evan-Moor Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book

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I was looking for a resource that would supplement and provide extra support in helping my child with phonics and reading. I found that Evan-Moor has a Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book, and thought it might be a good fit and I was pleasantly surprised!

I had the pleasure of reviewing Evan-Moor’s Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book in exchange for my honest review.

The Struggle With Reading

My daughter has found reading to be a challenge. Although she can easily tell me individual letter sounds, it’s reading blends and sight words that have been a bit of a struggle.

She’s been so disheartened at times.

I see her lack of self-confidence and the disappointment in herself for just having to work so hard to get what she feels like she should already know.

So to avoid any resentment towards reading, we have slowed right down and chosen to be intentional in what we do to help her read.

With that, I’ve decided to add in reinforcements and supplements to my daughter’s grade 2 curriculum helping her see quick wins and build confidence. This has proved to be a great decision using Evan-Moor’s Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-Book!

Evan-Moor Daily Phonics Grade 1 Curriculum Review E-book

How We’re Using Evan-Moor’s Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-Book

Our approach and goal in using this curriculum is to:

  • reinforce the phonics that have already been learned
  • help build my daughter’s memory work
  • develop confidence
  • see quick-wins
  • move at our own pace

Because this is our approach, the e-book works best for us. (The HP Instant Ink subscription has been a life-saver!) I just print out the sheets we need as we go along.

How We're Using Evan-Moor's Daily Phonics Grade 1 Our approach and goal in using this curriculum is to reinforce what's already been learned and to help build my daughter's memory work. Because this is our approach, the e-book works best for us. (The HP Instant Ink subscription has been a life-saver!)  Based on what we're working on during our reading lessons, or the review we're doing, I print out the sheets we need. We don't go in order of the book, although, that can work, too if it's being used as a complete curriculum.
How We're Using Evan-Moor's Daily Phonics Grade 1 Our approach and goal in using this curriculum is to reinforce what's already been learned and to help build my daughter's memory work. Because this is our approach, the e-book works best for us. (The HP Instant Ink subscription has been a life-saver!)  Based on what we're working on during our reading lessons, or the review we're doing, I print out the sheets we need. We don't go in order of the book, although, that can work, too if it's being used as a complete curriculum.

The Pros of the Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book

  • Lessons are short. This made the curriculum approachable for both my daughter and I. With shorter lessons, it also brought quick wins, which is exactly what I was looking for.
  • You set the speed. Although we could follow the lesson plan (which is daily for 32 weeks and simple to follow), we found that we could also do what worked for us. So we sometimes combined 2 days into 1 or skipped some days if my daughter had the concept mastered.
  • Lessons are simple to understand. There’s no confusion as to what was being asked of each lesson.
  • Language Arts fundamentals are included. I’m fond of the multi-sensory approach involving listening, reading, writing, speaking and spelling.
  • Print what you need. If extra review was needed, I could print out extra copies easily.
  • Scripted Teacher’s Manual. I like a scripted format when it comes to a teacher’s manual, and this curriculum has it and it’s easy to follow.
  • Answer Key. Found at the back of the book. It’s a great inclusion if needed.
How We're Using Evan-Moor's Daily Phonics Grade 1 Our approach and goal in using this curriculum is to reinforce what's already been learned and to help build my daughter's memory work. Because this is our approach, the e-book works best for us. (The HP Instant Ink subscription has been a life-saver!)  Based on what we're working on during our reading lessons, or the review we're doing, I print out the sheets we need. We don't go in order of the book, although, that can work, too if it's being used as a complete curriculum.
How We're Using Evan-Moor's Daily Phonics Grade 1 Our approach and goal in using this curriculum is to reinforce what's already been learned and to help build my daughter's memory work. Because this is our approach, the e-book works best for us. (The HP Instant Ink subscription has been a life-saver!)  Based on what we're working on during our reading lessons, or the review we're doing, I print out the sheets we need. We don't go in order of the book, although, that can work, too if it's being used as a complete curriculum.

The Cons of the Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book

  • Nothing. We didn’t find anything that both my daughter and I didn’t like, although a colour option would be a great alternative.
Daily Phonics, Grade 1 - Teacher's Edition, E-book

For your copy of the Evan-Moor Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book, get it here.

What products have you used to help your child with phonics?

Have you used Evan-Moor’s Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book? How did it work in your homeschool? Let me know in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

How To Develop Godly Character In Our Kids

How To Develop Godly Character In Our Kids

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Homeschooling has amazing benefits and one of them we view as a complete advantage, and that’s to help develop Godly character in our kids while we homeschool.

For our family, character development is very important; it’s what sustains us through our lifetime.

And in particular, Godly character is what makes us as children of God different than the world; it’s really the yeast in the dough, the light on a hill, the salt of the earth that others will see.

Being that we have this amazing advantage, we don’t want to waste any opportunity that we have to teach and train our kids.

Find out how to develop Godly character in our kids

How To Develop Godly Character In Our Kids

What we help develop in our kids when it comes to Godly character will be something our kids will take with them the rest of their lives.

Here are some ways to help develop Godly character in our kids:

We can help them think

What we think about has a huge affects on us, whether it be negative or positive.

Self-talk is a huge component of life as a child or adult. Our mindset would prefer the negative because it’s easier to think about. But the Word of God tells us that we have the mind of Christ and an ability to think on certain things.

We can be a good example

Teaching our children isn’t enough; we must model Godly character.

Children are great learners. They observe their environment trying to understand it and will explore their boundaries. The way they do this is by practicing the learned behaviour or attitude to see if it’s acceptable.

Homeschooling provides an environment where as parents, we get to be that good example. We also get to also talk to our children about their character if something needs to be addressed or encouraged.

For the rest of this post, join me over at Minnesota Country Girl where I have the privilege of guest posting for the 30 Days of Gratitude in the Homeschool series!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie