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Favorite Curriculum Choices – How to answer that???

So here I was, minding my own business and updating my “Previous Curricula” page. Then I was drafting out a “plan” post for the summer and fall to come this year when I stumbled upon the calendar for the TOS Crew where I had the option to participate in a blog carnival with the theme of sharing my Favorite Curriculum Choices. How appropriate that my mind is already here!? I figure that I could just think back on this last year and share my favorite choices, but that seems unfair especially since I’m considering my earlier and past choices as my younger daughter gets closer to truly starting “school”. So I figure I’ll give you levels and my choices within. Also if you’re curious, you might want to step back and read my Wrapping Up the End of the Homeschool Year (2013-2014) post as well for more details. Link backs:. . .

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Toddler Adventures ~ 29 1/2 months

The toddler adventures have been running full steam around here, even if I am still sick. (I just cannot seem to kick this sinus infection!) Monday was great with the Enginerd home (in and out of the garage working on projects) and we got to see several foxes traipsing through the yard. Tuesday was especially eventful as in the morning AppleBlossom and I discovered that a brilliantly red Cardinal is building a nest in the Crape Myrtle right outside the nursery window. (I’ll try to get a photo). This is very exciting to me, and I hope that it will stay and be a successful nest and maybe we’ll get to see baby birds a while later. Then later in the morning, while in the kitchen through the dining area widow into the backyard we saw deer! Tons of deer, an entire herd of deer. There were like twelve. AppleBlossom. . .

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Tot School in the new year…

So glad it’s only two-year old preschool, or Tot School, or Blossom School as I plan to call it. I wanted to start back in August/September with a real school year, but it just didn’t happen. There were so many things lacking! I’ve had a lot of success though. I now have my laminator, hole punch, circle punch, glue stick, school glue, foam glue, foam sheets, construction paper, kid scissors, mama scissors, pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Felt Tree and Letters (both upper and lowercase) as well as the book. We’ve found the Letter Factory DVD in a set for a bargain and even got the Crayola Activity Center (although apparently the wrong one – but I wanted blue!). I’ve been laminating and printing worksheets. Although not much has been organized yet, she does like to draw all over pages, and knows what coloring pages, and do-a-dot. . .

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Blossom School – January 5, 2012

Attempt. Here we go. AppleBlossom is 29 months old. Today we ventured in with a real attempt at “school”. We started out using our calendar (a work in progress). The board is a cardboard project board (~$2). The calendar set (including the Days of the week and Season/Weather chart) is Dots on Chocolate made by Creative Teaching Press. I bought both from a local store called The Knowledge Tree, but I have seen the calendar set on Amazon here. The color of the day is from Carisa at 1+1+1+1, and the Pledge is from Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations. Then at the bottom you see the flashcards – colors, shapes and Letter of the Week Bible verses – those are all part of the LOTW Curriculum I bought and downloaded from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. There are other features I plan to add once we’re ready for them. Now. . .

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Little Seeds by Charles Ghigna

In this poem, children discover that planting seeds is an exciting adventure that is good for the Earth, too! Beloved and award-winning author, Father Goose (Charles Ghigna) inspires young children to take care of the planet with his delightful poems. Part of the My Little Planet series. Ages 2-4.

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AppleBlossom Preschool A is for Apple

Today we had our first semi organized day of preschool for AppleBlossom. She is only two, so really nothing need be structured and I guess I could just call it Tot School. The plan was to follow the Animal Play Curriculum  and go from there, but I’m not too happy with it or doing so well. One of the main worries and concerns I had when getting organized for this curriculum (which I bought at 50% off FYI) is that there are “recommended resources” that I do not have. We did buy two of the big ones including the Rhyme Storybook Bible and Alphabet Art, but I do not have the 5-minutes for Devotions nor do I have the little books that it recommends and some others. Some of them are plain expensive and/or not available. Since the lesson plans say “read about ants on page such and such” it’s. . .

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AppleBlossom Preschool and the Good Girl

So today in AppleBlossom Preschool… (anyone want to make me a button for that?) This morning I put my Well Planned Day Planner to good use and started thinking about the reviews I have coming up and what I want to do about preschool play for AppleBlossom. I have a main curriculum that I plan to use for this age two to three year, but I still need to get a few books that the curriculum is based on. About $20 and I’ll be good, I think. We started the morning with my latest Paperbackswap.com find: One Year Book of Devotions for Preschoolers by Crystal Bowman from Tyndale Kids. I came to like Crystal Bowman’s organization to share Bible stories with children through her I Can Read! Series from Zondervan, so I was excited to get this devotional book with cute illustrations through PBS. At first I read yesterday’s devotion,. . .

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