Start your preschooler's early childhood education with the Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set! This curriculum introduces preschoolers to formal learning with hands-on activities and games that can be easily adapted to your daily schedule. Laying a solid foundation in Christian values, each lesson starts with Scripture and flows from a biblical theme that incorporates social studies, language arts, math, phonics, science, and more! Plus, each enduring lesson is filled with arts and crafts, music, story times, health and safety, and other exciting learning adventures!
The Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set from Alpha Omega Publications also includes step-by-step teacher guides that provide detailed lesson plans for each day's activities. In addition, the teacher-friendly format is flexible and allows you to add your own ideas and studies to specifically customize your preschooler's education. A sing-a-long music CD and engaging manipulatives also reinforce lesson concepts. Comprehensive and captivating, this Christian schools curriculum has everything you need to give your preschooler a complete education. Start your child's education off strong and order the Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set today!
Designed for versatility, this colorful, well-organized, easy-to-use curriculum starts each lesson with a biblical concept and then flows into activities and academic subjects. There are enough choices provided with each of the 180 lessons to be used by a five-day-a-week, whole-day preschool. Just as easily it could be adapted for half-days; three-days-a-week; or homeschool. New concepts are introduced on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th days of each week. The 2nd and 4th days expand concepts and provide additional practice. It can be used with either an activity-centered program or one more academically centered. Activities include arts and crafts, music, story times, and outdoor excursions. Subjects include social studies, language arts, math, phonics, and science. All are integrated and relate to the themes in the Bible lesson. Bible lessons cover the days of Creation and Noah and the Flood and are written from a nondenominational perspective.
Student Workbooks (two) are consumable, 4-color, perfect-bound with perforated pages. Teacher's Guides (two) contain detailed daily lesson plans and are black and white with coil binding. The Resource Packet contains both full color teaching aids (flashcards and pictures) and black line masters (memory verse cards and an alphabet puzzle). Flashcards for numbers, letters, colors, shapes, time, seasons, months come in both hand-size and display size. The sing-along CD keeps classtime lively. ~ Janice
The curriculum comes with 2 teacher manuals- one for the first half of the year and the other for remainder- and 2 student books- that has multiple worksheets to work on each day, also broken up into the first and second half of the year, a cd with some songs, and a loose packet of reproducibles, flash cards, extra material, etc.
First of all, even though very detailed, the lesson plans in the teacher manuals are very lengthy and time consuming just to read through. Then materials for each lesson need to be pulled from the work book, and the loosely bound packet, and prepared (which sometimes involves cutting the flash cards, making copies because the pages are both front and back and cannot be cut, or getting extra construction paper ready to use with that page).
Next, many of the activities listed in the lesson plans involve whole class work (I bought this to homeschool one child so these do apply to me) and some require a great amount of extra supplies. Some of the supplies are as available in your home as aluminum foil or paper plates, but some list a recorder, a calendar system, a globe, things that may not be readily available and are costly.
The lesson plans list up to 11 or more subjects, which can be easily simplified into just a few. If these subjects, sometimes there is a song, poem or story that can be read from the lesson plan, but then the teacher would need to come back to that page in the lesson plan book to read it- it would be much better if that piece were in the work book where the teacher could just pull it out and have it on hand rather than having to pull out the teacher manual, find the page in the lesson it is on and read from there.
There are bible memory verse cards, that are in both KJV and NIV, if interested in knowing which translation of bible is used. The material taught in the curriculum are letters, colors, numbers 1-10, shapes and a few additional pieces such as season and time. I was hoping for a few more "themes"persay and was disappointed that there aren't any. I will need to supplement this curriculum with a great deal of reading.
Some things that I liked were there is a supply list located in the from of the teachers manuals and a book reading list, but when looking over the lists was discouraged by how much EXTRA I had to do to prepare. I planned the first week of this new school year following the lesson plans and preparing materials. There were many things I chose to skip and it still took over an hour of my time. For the cost of this curriculum and what is included, it is just not worth the money and time. I have two other children in elementary school and it takes 15 minutes or less to prepare both of their school weeks each week, so I would definitely recommend a different preschool curriculum for homeschool, even dollar store workbooks would be more time effective and cheaper than this. I can't comment on their media set or other grade levels, but pre-k 4 is just not worth it.
over 4 years ago