Horizons for Three's Set
Prepare your three-year-old for preschool with a program precisely designed to address your child's cognitive development, pre-reading and numeracy skills, language acquisition, and school readiness. An expansion of the Horizons Preschool program, Horizons Preschool for Three's also strengthens children's social, emotional, and spiritual development by leading three-year-olds to know that God made them and gave them great gifts.
Featuring 40 weeks of lessons and activities presented in one student workbook, a workbook companion, a teacher's guide, and a brightly illustrated Bible story reader, Horizons Preschool for Three's gives students practice in language skills, as well as matching, sequencing, counting, and more.
For those looking for a complete program that will jump-start your little one with basic skill development and Bible knowledge - Horizons for Threes might do the trick. This program includes the elements of fine and gross motor development along with cognitive advancement in an age-appropriate style.
The Bible Story Reader includes 40 stories from both the Old and New Testaments that correspond to each of the 40 lessons in the program. Each story is a one-paragraph summary of the longer story (more appropriate for the listening abilities of a 3-year old), and is followed by "thought questions" and a "prayer" that complement the story. There is a full-page, color picture for each story and some of the "thought questions" are about the pictures.
The Student Workbook contains the worksheets that correspond to each lesson. There are four pages to complete per lesson and activities vary - coloring, counting, finger tracing, matching, etc. The full-color workbook pages are intended for reinforcement of the lesson content. All pages are labeled at the top of the page with the corresponding lesson and worksheet number.
The Student Workbook Companion includes additional worksheets (one per lesson) for each lesson. These are full-color, printed on a bit heavier stock, and include activities that encourage skill development - cutting, pasting, coloring, lacing. All pages are labeled at the top of the page with the corresponding lesson and worksheet number.
The Teacher Guide for this program begins with an explanation of the curriculum and how to use each component. There is also an explanation of fine motor skill development for the purpose of handwriting. A suggested five-day schedule will help you plan your week, and short summaries of each part of the lesson aid in lesson planning. There are 40 lessons, 1 per week, and each includes a list of supplies, Bible reference and concept, corresponding story in the Bible Story Reader, memory verse (NIV, NKJV, KJV), corresponding worksheets found in the Student Workbook and Student Workbook Companion, and suggestions for expansion. Expansion activities vary from lesson but incorporate science, language arts, phonics, math, shaps, colors, physical education, cooking, social studies, music, arts/crafts, health/safety, and much more. Memory verse cards in all three versions are included at the back of the book. Parents/Teachers can make copies of the version they prefer for classroom use. These lessons are very straightforward and easy to use; there is no guesswork in executing the lessons.
The Horizons for Threes Set includes the Bible Story Reader, Student Workbook, Student Workbook Companion, and Teacher Guide. The kit is complete for one student. The pages of the workbook and workbook companion are not reproducible - purchase would be necessary for additional students.
This curriculum is research-based and incorporates techniques that work well for young children; however, there is a wide range of skill development among 3-year olds, so adaptation of the content might be necessary. Overall, this is a very well-done, complete curriculum for young children and a great starting point for teachers or parents who prefer an all-in-one early-learning program. ~ Donna
While not totally necessary, I have enjoyed having the complete set. The teacher's guide has several valuable ideas for additional activities each week that integrate with the current topics being taught. The Companion book has an art project or something similar (one for each week) that you might want to save (more than workbook pages) or put on the fridge. Several of these have been matching "games" with "cards" that you cut out that have received a lot of play in our house.
The Bible storybook is ok. It is well integrated into the week's lesson through the workbook and teacher's guide. Each week's story is only about a paragraph. Some of these stories are difficult to distill into such a short passage. Additionally, I find that, especially for the Old Testament stories, the characters and situations were difficult for my preschooler to understand or identify with. Nevertheless, I like having this attached to the program and would probably be even better for a slightly older child.
While letters are introduced (in ABC order) and there is a page of practice for forming each letter, there is not a significant amount of repetition - nothing close to the repetition that would be required to learn to write. However, I find it easy to supplement as needed in this area. Letter forming is introduced just before the half way point in the program.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the quality and depth of this program, especially for the price. I would highly recommend it.
over 6 years ago