What to Look for in a
Looking to homeschool your preschooler, but overwhelmed by the preschool 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). After all, 4 year old children aren’t made to sit still at a desk all day. Short and sweet lessons are a must!
Finding a preschool curriculum that focuses on building important foundation skills, while encouraging hands on learning is also key!
Finding the Right Fit…
When I first started homeschooling I had no idea what I was doing. Our journey started with my kids in private school, then after my oldest’s 5th grade year we found ourselves signing up for an online school (which was not a good fit), and then we finally fully transitioned over to homeschooling 2 year later.
I was completely lost.
How do I even find a curriculum, let alone the right one?
The Good and the Beautiful…
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 videos. 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!
Coming from the K12 program, where my son was using 5 different course books for language arts alone, this seemed incredibly inviting to me! I absolutely loved the idea of spending less time on school work and more quality time enjoying the learning process!
S0, I jumped in head first and you know what?
I was not sorry!
This curriculum was a total game changer for all of us!
When it finally arrived, it was one of the most exciting days in our homeschool. We were all ready for a new start and these books were seriously gorgeous, you guys!!
Peek Inside The Good and The Beautiful
K Primer Language Arts Course…
Before using this curriculum, I had been homeschooling my preschooler with all the things and I was completely overwhelmed. I was way over complicating the entire preschool thing.
Needless to say, The Good and the Beautiful K Primer was a welcomed change for us!
8 Things to Love
About This Preschool Curriculum…
Seriously, this was a huge deal for me!
When we started our homeschool year, I spent several hours each week printing, cutting, and preparing my daughters school work.
It was exhausting!
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 everything each week.
The fact that this curriculum is open and go is incredibly amazing.
Huge win in this homeschool mom’s book!
#2 – Doesn’t Require Supplements
This is a full language arts curriculum course, no supplemental material 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 PreK year (we switched over mid year) and it met all of her needs!
With that said, because of it’s simplicity and shorter lesson times, you can easily incorporate other supplemental activities if you wish too!
This preschool curriculum has all the core foundation skills built in, it even touches a little bit on math and art!
#3 It’s Beautiful
YES! This is one of my absolute favorite things about this k primer, you guys!!
Even the simplest of lessons became something to look forward to because of the art that was involved. As silly as it sounds, my 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 has quickly become my daughter’s favorite!
#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.
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.
Not going to lie, stuff like this totally makes my heart happy! I’m a huge fan of list making and checkbox marking, haha!
#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 of are even 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 the curriculum before buying.
#6 – Amazing Core Values
While the k primer is book doesn’t have nearly as much content as some of the older levels, the content that is there still has those 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.
This was incredible to me.
Such a welcomed change to the typical “Sally had 5 candy bars and ate 3, how many does Sally have left” type math scenarios my older boys had in school.
#7 – It’s not Common Core!!!
While common core methods usually start in kindergarten or first grade, I knew with certainty that if this preschool curriculum was a good fit for my child it would be later on as well!
All of The Good and the Beautiful curriculum is free from common core standards. Can I get an AMEN?!
I cannot even describe how great that has been for our homeschool in general.
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.
The approach is simple and she became completely engrossed in learning.
Preschool language arts was no longer over complicated and complex! Huge Win!
This feel 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. Yet 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 things brought up, stories read, and things studied that day all become such great talking points in our homeschool!
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!
In the Beginning
My goal for Preschool Was Simple…
- Know all colors and shapes
- Recognize numbers and letters
- Get most letter sounds down
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 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 it!
Need More Preschool Helps?
While The Good and The Beautiful is wonderful completely on it’s own, there are always other fun add-ins that can complete your homeschool routine!
Check out some of the other things we used when homeschooling preschool!
- Workbooks for Preschoolers
- Preschool Curriculum Aides
- Preschool Books That’s Not My Series
- 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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