Today I’m sharing what a typical preschool homeschool lesson consists of in The Good And The Beautiful Language Arts Curriculum.
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Why Did I Choose This Curriculum?
If you are a homeschooling family then chances are that you have heard of The Good And The Beautiful. It is a relatively new faith based curriculum but in a short amount of time it has proven to be a favorite among many!
This is our first year homeschooling and I had a few things in mind when shopping for a curriculum. I wanted it to preferably be faith based, eye catching, simple, and with a bit of Charlotte Mason feel to it. I browsed a TON of popular homeschooling curriculum websites and spent a lot of time reading reviews. Although a few close contenders, none completely matched up to The Good And The Beautiful for Language Arts.
My favorite thing about The Good And The Beautiful is that there is no “fluff” within the lessons. Everything in there is informative, repetitive in creative ways and such beautiful art!
What Should You Expect Out Of A Good And The Beautiful Homeschool Lesson?
Repetition Of Sounds and Letter Names
Level K-Primer introduces several concepts that I feel like is too advanced for Preschoolers, but the neat thing is that they are simply introductory. The Good And The Beautiful does NOT expect 4 year olds to master everything taught within the lessons. They DO however expect them to sing the alphabet alone as well as instantly recognize all letters, their sounds and be able to tell you if they are uppercase or lowercase. That’s it!
Because of the strong focus on letters and their sounds you’ll find lots of repetition of this within every lesson.
Learning Short Words
Again, its completely OKAY if your preschooler has a hard time putting short words together. We don’t typically spend a whole lot of time working with Wyatt on learning words. He quickly becomes frustrated so I am very lax about it. Sometimes he knows them but a lot of the time he doesn’t and it’s not a big deal.
I do love how The Good And The Beautiful includes learning short words within their K-Primer level. What I love more than that though is that it is not the focus.
Touching On A Bit Of Math
Within most lessons you’ll find a bit of math here and there. The level K-Primer focuses on mastering numbers 1-15. In this particular lesson there was a dot-to-dot and gives the child a chance to color the picture. Can you tell by the photo above that my kid isn’t big on coloring.
Working On Handwriting Skills
I personally feel like handwriting is SO important and I’m thankful that The Good And The Beautiful thinks so too. In lesson 26 the handwriting portion is combined with learning short words too. If you watch the video that goes along with this post then you’ll see a cute little example of Wyatt feeling so confident he knew a word. I am so happy for his enthusiasm! Although he didn’t get the word right I’m glad he felt confident enough to give it a good try. He mixed up the word “fat” with our last name, “fox” which is completely understandable!
Basic Vowel Sounds
The lessons briefly go over vowels and their sounds. Wyatt is still pretty confused on this most of the time so naturally he doesn’t care for this part. I still quickly go over it anyway so he will at least be familiar when it is truly time to learn in Kindergarten-1st Grade.
Now to the really fun part! Wyatt looks forward to this in each homeschool lesson and sometimes we have to go back to previous lessons to do their activities again. He loves it that much! In lesson 26 it gave me a list of random objects in the home that a kid might use. I picked about 6 and lined them up in front of us. I gave Wyatt a letter and he had to match it to one of the objects. For example, I told him letter B and he picked up the block.
What’s It Like To Home School a 4 Year Old?
Boy, oh boy do you really want to know? Well for starters, if you haven’t watched our video at the top of this post go right ahead and skip to 8:14 for a prime example. Four year olds are like no other. They can be so attentive at times but for the most part their “sit down” learning consists of many distractions. Even when I think that I’ve cleared the table from all distractions he will find one by playing with his toes.
You never know what you’ll get by homeschooling a 4 year old. For those of you really interested I’ll give you two examples of what days we may have.
Example One “The Perfect Wyatt”
In example one Wyatt asks to do a homeschool lesson during Wren’s nap. He is really interested, calm but also excited. We go through the lesson with a couple of distractions or maybe a “I want a snack” but that will be it. We will finish the lesson within 15 minutes and move on with our day.
Okay, now here comes example two…
Example Two “A Meltdown Waiting To Happen”
In example two it’s approximately 10:30 at night. The toddler is already asleep and Wyatt is exhausted but not that type of exhausted where they pass out while eating or something. No, he is WILD. If you are a parent you already know what I’m talking about. It’s that type of exhausted you typically see right before a meltdown.
For some reason this seems like the PERFECT time for my 4 year old to do school work. Silly me will pull out his lesson and sit down at his request. Remember example one where he is calm and attentive? Hahahahaha! Forget that in example two.
I begin by starting the first section and the kid is already in the kitchen doing somersaults. He will answer 1-2 of my questions and before I get to even think about the 3rd he is gone again playing with a toy. Naturally, example two absolutely didn’t get finished and in most cases we barely got to begin.
So what’s my advice for homeschooling a 4 year old? Make sure they are ready for example one and never attempt example two.
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