Preschool is such a fun stage! So much of what they will use in the years to come is founded upon what they learn in the early preschool years. I just love seeing those light bulbs come on for the first time as they discover something new or finally make the connection with a concept in which they’ve been earnestly trying to learn. From homemade play dough and fizzy paint to writing their name for the first time, preschool is an age of unlimited firsts and experiences that result in memories that will last a lifetime.
Finding the right curriculum or products to use in the early years can be hard. Many parents are still trying to figure out the child’s learning style at this age. Thankfully, there are programs out there that are truly multi-sensory. We received Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set ($129.95) from Alpha Omega Publications for review.
Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set Review
In the set, I received:
- Teacher’s Guide 1 & 2
- Student Book 1 & 2
- Resource Packet with Manipulatives
- Music CD
First, let me say that there is no shortage of instruction with this teacher’s guide! Everything is laid out so plainly that there is absolutely no worry of leaving something out or doing things incorrectly.
Beyond the actual lessons, some of the helpful resources in the teacher’s guide include:
- Insights into the preschooler’s mind
- Helpful tips and ideas on creating a “classroom”
- Scheduling suggestions
- Internet links
- Reading resources
- Supplies that will be needed- general and weekly needs
There are 179 lessons. Each lesson is formulated to flow smoothly, discussing the same subject throughout, and giving the child opportunities to explore, through various senses, the world around him. They strive to teach the child HOW to think rather than WHAT to think- which I LOVE.
The lesson structure of Horizon’s Preschool
- Bible reference
- Bible concept to present
- Bible lesson
- Social studies
- Language arts
- Memory verse
- Story time
- Health and safety
- Arts and crafts
- Outdoor activity
- Physical education
That’s quite a list isn’t it! See… I told you it was multi-sensory.
Cutting, pasting, drawing, tracing, writing, and reading are all skills that are regularly used. The pages are brightly colored (when not meant to be colored on) and fun to look at.
From the very beginning, the emphasis of every lesson is God’s creation. Learning about the amazing things He has done and memorizing His word are the foundation of the curriculum. I appreciate that every lesson teaches so much more than the ABC’s and 123’s. They begin to build a foundation on which the child’s faith will be built.
When speaking on the subject of school environment they write, “The first step to successful education in early childhood is discipline. You need to discipline your students with a Godly perspective. They need to know the limits you have set. This gives them a sense of security, a sense of being loved.”
How we used Horizons Preschool Curriculum
My four year old, Max, worked in the student book while I used the teacher guide to progress through the lessons. Our first memory verse (Genesis 1:1) was the foundation on the first few lessons. As I said earlier, everything is founded upon His creation.
I love listening to my littles repeat and memorize scripture. It does this mama’s heart good!
We learned new songs like the Three Little Ducks, Daddy We Love You, and Around the Circle We Will Go. My family is a musical one where each child and adult has their own musical abilities. My husband and oldest son play several instruments, my oldest daughter plays piano, and I sing. I cannot wait to see what the littles’ musical abilities will be. For now, they are content learning new songs and experiencing new instruments.
He already knows his alphabet, shapes, and colors and can count to 20 on his own. So some of the material was review. But that’s okay.
Horizons Preschool Curriculum is a fantastic product that I highly recommend. Its emphasis on Creation is just what these littles need to start building that firm Foundation early.