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Early Education at Home Paperback – January 1, 1992
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Jean Soyke's curriculum is affordable, hands-on, and interactive. It covers all the basics: Numbers, letters, colors, shapes, language, math, science, music, social studies, stories, safety, health, manners, snacks, and even 'field' trips.
'Early Education at Home' takes you through a school year in one-week-increments. It supplies a two-page, basic outline for each week's topics or themes, to which you add your choice of activities. For example, week four will cover: The letter 'D'; the color green; the number three; science - Autumn, safety - street safety, and character quality - courage. At the end of the page is a list of library books which tie into that week's topics, and both Snack ideas and Trip ideas to reinforce that week's lessons.
You can use her suggestions or you can pencil in your own ideas in the space provided. There is also room to write down any supplies you will need, and circle the books you want to pick up at the library. It does help to read a few weeks ahead.
Jean also includes some suggestions for schedules, if you are just starting out. Her curriculum has a skills checklist, covering gross and fine motor skills, social skills, body awareness, language, cognitive, and mathematical skills. Ways to develop these skills are built into the activity suggestions. There is also a list of suggested materials. Most are very inexpensive - a handy help for those on a tight budget. The appendixes cover ideas for learning centers, tangrams, Daily planning sheets (if you are more detail oriented), and week-at-a-glance sheets.
The first year did take more initial planning. The second time through was a breeze. The third time we used the book, was when my eldest began teaching a small pre-school class.
We loan out this book, but we won't be selling it. It's too good of a resource.
What a great way to get your child to learn their abc.