I bought this book almost on a whim. I had heard from a friend that it was really nice, but I rarely buy a book without trying to peak inside first, so I wasn’t quite sure what I would end up getting here. This book is part of a larger group of books like Art Lab, Outdoor Science Lab for Kids, and Gardening Lab for Kids. I also plan on buying Art Lab for Little Kids pretty soon if I can swing it.
So I’ve been on the hunt for a fun and easy curriculum for my little one. She is intensely interested in numbers and letters, so I have been trying to find ways to keep her learning without pushing. I had been trying out Education Expedition but I did not like the random religious content. It was a couple of items like songs but I am not inclined to use something with religious content of any kind if I don’t have too.
I spent a good amount of time recently redoing the pages of my website. I wanted to make things a little easier to read and find. I also added in entire new sections (educational apps for kids and useful apps for homeschooling parents) for added information. I am hoping that it is becoming a fairly fleshed out resource, and I am constantly trying to add new things as I find them. It is quite a bit faster to add one new item than to surf through my backlog of saved materials.
I was recently given the opportunity, along with many others, to get a free month of pre-k curriculum from Education Expedition. We are a focus group to give feedback on the current curriculum to look for any issues and offer ideas for improvements. We got curriculum for the entire month of May. I am hoping to get a review written up at the end of the month, with possible weekly posts as well to document our experiences.
It seems fun and easy so far, but I will have to jump into it before I have any solid opinions. It includes videos you can access from their website, weekly lesson plans, a calendar of daily activities, a slew of support documents for use with the curriculum, and a supply list for the entire month. If you are interested in try this out they offer a free week of curriculum for download on their homepage.
I did not know before I started researching intensively that in many states you are not required to send your children to kindergarten. So I am now regarding pre-k and kindergarten as my trial run time. Continue reading
I am slowly solidifying my curriculum choices. I have discussed my science choice R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey already. The motivations there are very clear, as you’ve probably already read. I also like the fact that it is very experiment based which should be great for my visual learner. Continue reading
Recently I had some questions about science curriculum. In the wider homeschooling community you won’t hear the term neural science, but it is something you have to watch out for. Continue reading
My child is a visual learner. If you think trying to just plain find secular curriculum is hard, finding it in the learning style you need is even worse. I have been spending so much time researching, second guessing, and just plain stumbling around on homeschooling websites. Continue reading