What to Look for in a Curriculum
When Teaching Pre-K…
Ready to start teaching pre-k at home, but overwhelmed by the curriculum choices? You are not alone!
If you really want to homeschool preschool using a curriculum, it’s important to choose one with a simple approach – not only for your child, but also for your sanity.
Teaching pre-k doesn’t have to be elaborate.
Young preschool aged children aren’t made to sit at a desk all day, so short and sweet lessons are a must!
When looking for a preschool curriculum, make sure you find one that focuses on building important foundation skills, while encouraging simple hands on learning.
While I feel like a light curriculum is a must when teaching pre-k students, I also love to lean on those hands on learning experiences for find motor skills and creativity! Check out all my favorite hands on activities for teaching pre k at home.
Finding the Right Curriculum Fit…
When I first started homeschooling I had no idea what I was doing. Our journey started with my kids in private school, then online school (which was not a good fit), and then eventually fully transitioning over to full time homeschooling 2 year later.
I was completely lost though.
How do I even find a homeschool curriculum for my children – let alone the right one?
Want to know more about the journey that lead us here? Check out Online Schooling Pros & Cons for all the details!
Teaching Pre-K at Home
Using The Good and the Beautiful K Primer…
When we left the K12 program last winter, our whole family was in need of change and I was on the search for something beautiful.
I researched, asked other homeschool moms what they were using, then researched some more.
The one curriculum I came across and kept going back to?
The Good and the Beautiful.
I spent a lot of time on The Good and the Beautiful website, looking over sample PDFs of the courses and watching all the videos I could. There was just something about the idea of simplicity and beauty that stood out to me. I seriously couldn’t stop thinking about this curriculum!
After tons of research and much needed prayer, I came to the conclusion that I needed to take the plunge and try it for our family.
I absolutely loved the idea of bringing beautiful art and poetry into a language arts program, along side good values and amazing literature!
The thing I was most looking forward to though?
Using only 1 book per student – seriously a huge win for this homeschool mom!
Coming from the K12 program, where my elementary aged son was using 5 different course books for language arts alone. I absolutely loved the idea of spending less time on school work and more quality time enjoying the learning process together.
S0, I jumped in head first and you know what?
I was not sorry!
This amazing curriculum was a total game changer for our entire family.
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Peek Inside The Good and The Beautiful
K Primer Language Arts Course…
Before starting this curriculum, I had been teaching pre-k using all the things and I was completely overwhelmed!
I way over complicated the whole preschool thing, which ended in complete disaster!
I felt like I had failed my young daughter in some way, so I took a little time off and attacked her pre-k year with a whole new approach!
Needless to say, The Good and the Beautiful K Primer was a welcomed change for us!
8 Reasons to Teach Pre-K
Using This Curriculum…
#1 – There’s No Prep Needed
Seriously, this was a huge deal for me!
When we first started our homeschool year, I spent several hours each week printing, cutting, and preparing my pre-k daughters school work.
It was exhausting to say the least!
I mostly used online resources or created my own lesson plans, but let me tell you — it got old real quick!
I slowly began letting things go or putting stuff off because I just didn’t have the time or energy to prep every single little thing each and every week.
The fact that this curriculum is open and go is incredibly amazing.
Huge win in this homeschool mom’s book!
#2 – It Doesn’t Require Supplements
The Good & The Beautiful Level K Primer is a full language arts curriculum course, no supplemental material are required!
While it may look small, this primer was the only language course I used and needed for the second half of my daughter’s Pre-K year and it met all of her needs! I say second half only because we switched curriculum mid year.
With that said, because of its simplicity and shorter lesson times, you can easily incorporate other supplemental activities if you wish! I throughly enjoyed adding hands on activities, story time books, and lots of outdoor play to this course.
However, I also completely loved the fact that I didn’t need to add any additional book work or other curriculums to the lineup! The rest of our homeschool year was super simple and light – I not only loved this, I embraced it.
This preschool curriculum has all the core foundational skills for language arts built in – it even touches on math and art!
#3 It’s Beautiful
YES! This is one of my absolute favorite things about The Good & The Beautiful curriculum as a whole – not just the K primer.
Even the simplest of lessons became something to look forward to because of the art that was involved.
As silly as it sounds, my young daughter would squeal and smile when she saw a new painting coming up in her book.
I never thought that discussing art with a 5 year old could be such a joy, but it quickly became my daughter’s favorite part — and mine too!
#4 – It Teaches Responsibility at a Young Age
Who knew that something as simple as a check box could teach your preschooler responsibility?
It wasn’t something I expected when we first started, but I fell in instant love with the concept once we dug deeper into this curriculum.
Throughout the lessons you will find these simple little “completed” check boxes listed next to each and every activity.
This quickly became my daughter’s responsibility — and she totally loved it, you guys!
She knew we couldn’t move on till the box was checked and it kept her motivated.
Love, love, love this!
Nothing accidentally gets missed or skipped over.
Plus, my daughter has become aware of responsibility and order at a very young age.
Stuff like this totally makes my heart super happy! I’m a huge fan of list making and checkbox marking – not even joking!
#5 – The Perfect Price Point
If you’ve been homeschooling long, you probably already know that most curriculum options can certainly break the bank!
One of my favorite things about The Good and the Beautiful curriculum as a whole, is the fact that I don’t have to spend a ton of money to give my children the quality education they deserve.
Language arts levels 1-5 are completely free for PDF download!
This option makes it a wonderful choice for those that are just starting out, working with a small budget or simply want to test out the curriculum before buying.
Honestly, it’s what had me sold on this curriculum in the first place. Even though none of my children were currently in one of those levels, being able to download a full copy to look over helped me make that hard decision – and I immediately knew it was something we had to try.
#6 – Amazing Core Values
While the k primer book doesn’t have nearly as much content as some of the older levels, the content that is there still has wonderful values and morals tied into it.
I recall one activity in particular where a family was donating money for hurricane relief victims. Not only was my child learning coin concepts, but she was also learning about giving from the heart!
This was completely incredible to me.
Such a welcomed change to the typical “Sally had 5 candy bars and ate 3, how many does Sally have left” math scenarios my older boys always had in school.
#7 – It’s not Common Core!!!
While common core methods usually start in kindergarten or first grade, I knew with certainty I didn’t want to start my young daughter on a curriculum that would eventually follow those standards.
Considering I was shopping for new curriculum for all of my children, I had to find something that not only worked for preschool — but something that would work for beyond preschool as well.
I wanted to start my older boys on something that was already non-common core based and make sure my daughter was lined up to experience the same.
The Good and the Beautiful curriculum delivered huge on that front — it is free from common core standards. YES!
I cannot even begin to describe how great that has been for our homeschool in general! Common core is simply not something I was willing to play around with when choosing a curriculum for my kiddos.
Skipping common core means my children are understanding and retaining information at a much faster (and enjoyable) rate.
#8 – Less Time = More Learning
Sounds strange, but it’s so incredibly true.
I totally found myself spending less time working on school with my daughter each day, and yet by some miracle she was actually retaining more information than ever before!
The approach is simple and gentle, allowing children to learn in a whole new way!
Preschool language arts was no longer over complicated and complex – huge win!
This Same Feel Applies
When Teaching Older Levels…
The feeling of ease certainly carries on throughout the older levels as well.
My boys take in so much information in a single lesson, but it’s never overwhelming or frustrating – and somehow they retain that information, use it in future lessons, and continue growing and learning every day in small increments of time!
All my kids love sharing and talking about all the new things they are learning in the course book! The topics brought up, stories read, and things studied all become such great talking points in our homeschool! I find that we are all learning together sometimes!
Our K Primer Story
The Results We Got After 5 Months…
This is the good stuff you guys!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t taught to have a love for literature and struggled with reading my entire childhood! So teaching a child to read was literally one of my biggest fears as a new homeschool mom.
Thankfully, the K Primer took that fear and completely demolished it!
My Goal for Preschool Was Simple…
- Know all colors and shapes
- Recognize numbers and letters
- Get most letter sounds down
I had absolutely no idea that my daughter might actually be reading by the end of it!!
I was totally shocked…
We took things super slow and I only opened our K Primer course book when my daughter felt like doing school. She worked through this course at her own pace and finished it around the 5 month mark.
During this time she learned and memorized how many letters are in the alphabet, how to easily recall the difference between vowels and consonants, say the sounds of all her letters, as well as read short sentences!
Yes, I said it — my recently turned 5 year old was reading within a few short months and I didn’t even plan it.
There wasn’t a single day we sat down to do language that I had to force my daughter or beg her to do her work.
She thoroughly enjoyed using this preschool curriculum and was incredibly proud when she made it through to the end!
If you are craving something simple and beautiful for your preschooler, this is where it’s at!
Need More Homeschool Preschool Helps?
While The Good and The Beautiful is wonderful completely on its own, there are always other fun add-ins that can complete your homeschool routine!
Check out some of the other things we used before, during, and after my daughter’s pre-k year!
- How to Homeschool Preschool
- When to Use Workbooks for Preschoolers
- Mega List of Preschool Workbooks
- Homeschool Quiet Time
Bridge the Gap
Between Pre-K & Kindergarten…
If you’re looking for a supplemental reading program to use alongside or after this curriculum, check out our favorite!
We used Usborne’s My First Reading Library to bridge the gap between my daughter’s pre-k and kindergarten years! This was super simple to start over the summer and we will be finishing it during her kindergarten year.
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