Answers for Preschoolers Curriculum from Answers in Genesis {Review}

Answers for Preschoolers Curriculum from Answers in Genesis
Preschool Curriculum for ages 4-5
Teachers Guides, Student Workbooks, Resources and Music CD
Date Published: 2009
Publisher: Answers in Genesis and separately Alpha Omega

Preschool has never been so good!

Regardless of how your kids are going to be educated—public, private, or home school—one thing that all children have in common is the need to learn. What better place to begin, than at the beginning!

This complete multi-subject curriculum for preschoolers and very early readers includes 180 fun, engaging, hands-on lessons that introduce children to the Bible, social studies, language arts, math, phonics, and science. Like other preschool curricula, Answers for Preschoolers includes lots of fun activities, coloring pages, easy teacher-friendly ideas, and full-color illustrations galore. But unlike other preschool curricula, this one also affirms the truth of the Bible and uses Genesis as the basis to help precious children know God’s love while exploring health & safety, music, arts & crafts, and even physical education activities.

Designed to make the teacher’s job easy, and the student’s job fun, this foundational curriculum is flexible and can be adapted to any schedule. Order Answers for Preschoolers today and start your children’s education on a solid biblical foundation. It’s never too early to teach your children truth!

As AppleBlossom gets older I’m thinking more and more about what we’ll do in her education. I do not want to force early education on her, but she loves structured learning and so I think the sooner I work at something preschool related the better. When I started searching for preschool programs that I could implement at home it was startiling with just how much is out there. But I did not want to just use any program. I wanted something that would be multi-subject with various types of activities. I wanted something that would be started and center on the message of the Bible. I also wanted something that was flexible. Something that I could get ideas from and go from there, but also to be fairly structured on it’s own.

The two programs I found were Alpha Omega’s Horizon’s Preschool and Answers for Preschoolers, which according to ChristianBook.com and Rainbow Resources, these are the same basic guts of a program. I went with Answers for Preschoolers with enthusiasm.

Your preschooler will love learning with the Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set. This Christian homeschool curriculum teaches math, phonics, language arts, and other subjects with fun activities and games you’ll both enjoy. The set includes 180 lessons in two student books, two teacher’s guides, a music CD, and a resource packet with manipulatives.

As soon as the kit arrived I was very excited. There are two Teacher’s Guides with a yellow tab on one and a blue tab on the other, then there are two Student Workbooks with matching tabs. This is great to have things divided up in a part one and part section so that I do not have to get out one big resource each time, but can use the one we’re in at the time. The cover image is so bright and enchanting that it brings the idea of the Garden of Eden to life. And what better place is there to start when you’re using a Biblical based approach to education?

At first while I was reading the Teacher’s Guide I was a little overwhelmed because there is a section in there in “Determining Your Type of Program” where it says “It has been necessary to assume in designing this teacher’s guide that the preschool teachers who will be using it have experience, training, or knowledge of how to run a preschool program.” I have to admit that I had a moment of panic. This program is created in a way that many different environments may use it. Whether it is an organized school with many students or a homeschool situation with a few or even just the one – you just change this or that to fit you. But it goes on to say, “There is enough here in the guide to give you direction but not enough to dictate what is done every minute of the preschool day. The guide suggests the concept to teach.” As I went on, the panic dissipated and I realized that this is what I was expecting and I read it wrong at first thinking it was less than it is, but no. This is wealth of information with just enough of inspiration and direction to get you going, but it’s not a planner with the hours laid out in the day. It had just what it needs to and even a little more. (There is however a schedule suggestion depending on half-days or all-day schedules.)

Shortly on the components. Teacher’s Guide – Detailed daily lessons with activities. 180 lessons total separated into two books 1-90 and 91-180. Black and white print. Student Workbook – Consumable materials for the student for all topics. Also separated into two books, lessons 1-90 and 91-180. These are 4-color book pages with perforated edges for ease to tear out. Many are front and back, while a few are 1-sided for crafts. Resource Packet – Now this is an exciting feature! This packet includes full-color teaching aid and black line masters for reproducibles. This includes Memory Verse cards in KJV and NIV, Alphabet Puzzle and Flashcards. Lasting in my kit there is also a Sing-Along CD with the songs that reinforce main subject areas. (Child singers) There are also other options of multimedia items that one could add to their kit including videos, CDs and software also available from Alpha Omega for complementing the Preschool Curriculum.

Answers for Preschool 4s

Answers for Preschoolers and Horizons Preschool for 4s.

Answers for Preschoolers is very well laid out and very teacher friendly. My background does not include teaching preschool, but I have taught 2nd Grade and older and I am confident that I can do this with the aide of the Teacher’s Guide. The format is easy to follow and there are plenty of activities. There are enough activities to fill a day, but there is also levity to move things and add something else if need be. I am impressed and very confident that this is the right program for us. Having subdivision of Bible Lesson, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts, Phonics, Reading, Writing, Memory Verses, Math, Shapes, Colors and Story Time as well as Music, Arts & Crafts, Physical Education, Outdoor Actvities, Creative Cooking, Health & Safety, Field Trips and more I’m delighted. Not having to figure everything out on my own for each subject is a relief and Answers in Genesis is a company that I trust and know that we can rely upon.

*Thanks to Answers in Genesis for providing a kit for review.*

 

 

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Answers in Genesis is an apologetics (i.e., Christianity-defending) ministry, dedicated to enabling Christians to defend their faith and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus particularly on providing answers to questions surrounding the book of Genesis, as it is the most-attacked book of the Bible. We also desire to train others to develop a biblical worldview, and seek to expose the bankruptcy of evolutionary ideas, and its bedfellow, a “millions of years old” earth (and even older universe).

AiG teaches that “facts” don’t speak for themselves, but must be interpreted. That is, there aren’t separate sets of “evidences” for evolution and creation—we all deal with the same evidence (we all live on the same earth, have the same fossils, observe the same animals, etc.). The difference lies in how we interpret what we study. The Bible—the “history book of the universe”—provides a reliable, eye-witness account of the beginning of all things, and can be trusted to tell the truth in all areas it touches on. Therefore, we are able to use it to help us make sense of this present world. When properly understood, the “evidence” confirms the biblical account.

For an elaboration of AiG’s presuppositional thrust check out our Get Answers section—for example, learn how the Bible offers the best explanation of the world’s geology, anthropology, and astronomy. Also, for information on the issues we deal with and which ones we don’t, see Where Do We Draw the Line?

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her Kindergartener AppleBlossom, newborn Almond Blossom (the boy!) and toddler OrangeBlossom in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.

6 Comments

  1. I LOVE Answers in Genesis. I’ll have to check this out for my son.

    I’m glad you found Rainbow Resources. I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed when I first received their phone book sized catalogue but their prices and selection are great.

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  3. The Answers in Genesis site no longer carries these books. Do you know where I could find them?

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