Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ideal Curriculum ~ TOS Review

Some members of the TOS Crew received one unit from Ideal Curriculum to download, use, and review. Ideal Curriculum offers 9 monthly kits for preschool-aged children. Each kit covers literacy, math/calendar, and science/social studies. Each monthly kit costs $30 for the downloadable version or $55 for the print version.

When I finished downloading one kit from Ideal Curriculum, I had a total of 4 files:
1) Teacher Manual
2) Read Files (things to read w/ your child)
3) Print Files (printables for your child)
4) Music Files (mp3 files of songs that correspond with the lessons)

Each week is well planned, and a wide variety of activities are offered in the lessons. So far, we have spent time doing a couple of math lessons. While doing the math lessons, my husband and I discovered that our preschooler cannot count BACKWARDS from 10! So, we're working on that using the elevator game recommended in this kit, and it makes it a lot more fun! We have also done a few of the literacy lessons that focused on vertical, horizontal, curves, and diagonal lines. My preschooler is very much an auditory learner, so a song like, "Letter Lines" really suits her personal learning style!

I believe this is a well rounded preschool curriculum. I like it because it is a nice, gentle and fun approach to learning, and that fits our family's learning style quite nicely. Personally, for our family, I could never justify spending $30/month for a preschool curriculum. But, I do think purchasing a kit or two and sharing the expense and learning experience in a homeschool co-op setting would be a good option.

The entire month of May, Ideal Curriculum is offering a valuable coupon code for 10% off. The coupon code is welovekids.

To read what other TOS Crew members have to say about Ideal Curriculum, please click over to the TOS Crew Blog page to read more reviews.

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