Is there such a thing as Ideal Curriculum? Well, even though there is no way to find a perfect curriculum, there is a company with this name that provides Preschool/Kindergarten curriculum for those that are looking for something to use for their young children.
Basically, this curriculum provides 9 monthly kits that are designed for classroom teachers but can easily be used my homeschoolers. The program is downloaded right to your computer (or you can order a printed copy) with plenty of content providing student workbook pages to print, songs, charts, cards, teacher manuals and ideas that you can read or print off to use.
“Our monthly kits, are designed to thoroughly cover early academic concepts in the areas of literacy, oral language, math, calendar, science, and social studies. Our activities and lessons are based on music, play, art, and movement, so learning is fun!” Those words from the Ideal Curriculum website give a pretty accurate description of what I have found to be true by looking over this program. Although I don’t have young children this age to test it on, it is a solid program.
As with any curriculum, the teacher manuals are the heart of this program. They are divided into 3 sections – Literacy, Science, and Math/Calendar. They tell you what to print for the whole class and what to print for each student. Each week or lesson has bold headings for Why is this Important, Preparation, Direct Teaching Lesson, and Practice During the Day.
If you like to know exactly what to prepare and what to say, then you will love this approach to teaching. They have a good amount of pictures, charts, cards and games throughout the manuals.
You receive monthly and weekly goals along with a possible daily schedule. The also provide an assessment for the end of each week so that you can evaluate whether your child learned what they were supposed to learn that week.
When you purchase this curriculum, you get a chart of what is covered each month for the three areas – Literacy, Science, Math/Calendar. You will know exactly what you will be focusing on for that month. The Literacy program is phonics based and looks pretty solid. The Science program includes dramatic play, retelling, and reinforcing what they learned by dictating a story to you.
This is not MY style of teaching, but does provide all the necessary parts that a teacher would need to be able to teach young children. If you want a program that holds your hand throughout the day and gives you almost everything you need all in one place, then you should like Ideal Curriculum.
You can purchase one month at a time or all 9 months at once. For the month of May 2010, they are offering TOS homeschool crew followers a 10% discount. The monthly Ideal Curriculum kits are $30 for download or $55 for a printable copy sent to you.
As a member of the Homeschool Crew, I was given this product to review. I was not paid for this post and do not have to return the product to the vendor. The opinions expressed in this post are those of the blog owner (me).