We also use a curriculum called Hands on Homeschooling. This curriculum was created by a woman named Terri. She is a preschool teacher & Sunday school teacher turned stay at home mom. She brought her knowledge of teaching preschoolers into her home and started teaching her children what they would need to know for school. Soon people started seeing how much her children were learning and asked for her program for their kids. So she developed a curriculum for children ages 2-5 years old that helps prepare children for preschool/kindergarten.
What I love about Hands on Homeschooling is her motto and the way she includes learning about God. Her motto is “Play with a Purpose”, which is wonderful for young kids! I hope that I can use the curriculum to foster a love of learning in my children that will continue on until they are adults with children of their own. She also includes a bible verse to memorize for the month and each day there is a bible story to help children learn about the great God that is here for them. I love that she included this in her curriculum!
The other thing I really love about this program is how straight forward and easy it is to use. She organizes EVERYTHING. All of the months are broken down into weekly and daily activities making it really easy to plan out your weeks. She even includes a blank spot to write in the supplies you may need to buy or prepare. This puts everything you need to know in one convenient place.
On her website there is also an option to purchase the additional Idea Book. This large book comes with hundreds of additional activities to really make the best of your homeschooling adventure! She even breaks it down into different subjects which makes it even easier to find the perfect activity. I can’t wait to get started using the Idea Book and possibly even adding a few of my own.
If you are interested in checking out or purchasing the curriculum yourself, be sure to check out her website at handsonhomeschooling.com!
I absolutely love Pinterest. Period. BUT, with that being said, when I went to start looking for more activities and a structure for our day, Pinterest was so overwhelming. That is why I took to a more straightforward approach with Preschool Prep and Hands on Homeschooling. Now I use Pinterest as a side site to get additional ideas. It helps because I can look and see exactly what my children will be learning in the curriculum and then specifically search Pinterest for something that corresponds to the week’s lessons. I have found many fun ideas on Pinterest and I will be sure to pass along any idea that I think are extra fun! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest by clicking on the link to the right!
I hope this helps you understand what we are working with over here at the Motley house. And again, if there is anything you have found extra helpful, be sure to tell me about it in the comment section!