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Each week, I receive several emails which all have the same theme: Moms want to know how they can educate their older children while still spending quality time with their younger children.
My own kiddos are currently 10, 8, 6, and 4 1/2, so I can really relate to this struggle! It is a very real issue for those of us who homeschool multiple children.
There are several ways that I make sure I spend quality, educational time with each of my children. One strategy that helps me do that is using a purchased, pre-planned, ready-made preschool curriculum.
Last year, I had the privilege of reviewing Ready-Made Preschool Seasonal ABC’s – Level 1. It was the perfect choice for my then 3-year-old who was still learning letters and numbers.
This year, Ready-Made Preschool was kind enough to let me review the entire first 10-weeks of Ready-Made Preschool Seasonal ABC’s – Level 2. It has been nothing but a sheer delight to work through this curriculum with my 4-year-old!
Ready-Made Preschool Seasonal ABC’s – Level 2 is at just the right learning level for my youngest child. She’s continuing to learn lowercase letters, numbers up to 20 and beyond, and is reading great literature in the process!
Level 2 is a bit more advanced than Level 1, and is preparing her beautifully for our phonics curriculum she’ll start in Kindergarten.
If you’re looking for a ready-made preschool curriculum for your young one, read through my favorite features of Ready-Made Preschool and see if it would be a good fit for your family as well!
Preschool that is completely planned and ready to go!
Ready-Made Preschool makes my life as a homeschool mama much easier, in that the planning and preparation are completely done for me.
All I have to do is find what week we’re on, pull out the correct manila envelope of supplies, and off we go.
** I do have to make sure we have the week’s book on our shelf, as the program does not include the reading books. The books are easy to find at our library, however.
The Instructor’s Guide is laid out very well, including a book list and weekly guide, instructions on how to complete each learning game and activity, and each week’s lessons organized by day.
I never have to pre-read the activities that Anna and I are going to work on. I literally just open the Instructor’s Guide to the current day and go.
From a planning perspective, it could not be more easy!
Materials are prepared and ready to use
Once I determine which book we’re reading for the week, I simply move the week’s supply envelope to the front of my stack for easy access.
I don’t take the time to remove the week’s items from the envelope because I don’t have anywhere else to store them. Because the items are so well-labeled, it takes me all of 5 seconds to locate exactly what we need.
I pull out what we need for our activity, and my daughter and I get right to it!
There’s no cutting or copying or printing on my end. It’s literally pull-out-of-the-envelope and go.
Materials are well organized and don’t take up much room
I already mentioned how much I appreciate the materials being so well organized. Each week’s items are stored in separate labeled baggies, so all I have to do is locate the item I need in the correct envelope.
I also appreciate that the entire 10 weeks of supplies can easily fit in my desktop file folder holder.
We have a very small school room, so I can’t have supplies that take up an enormous amount of room.
Activities are varied and just the right length
My 4 1/2-year-old is fairly typical in that she doesn’t have an extremely long attention span. It’s certainly lengthening as she grows older, but it’s still the attention span of a preschooler at this point.
Ready-Made Preschool has chosen just the right length of activities for each assigned day. It truly is just the right amount of activities for her to complete and not lose interest.
Also, the activities are quite varied from day to day, so it seems like there are new activity surprises each day. I love that it keeps her on her toes!
She works on letter sounds and recognition in a variety of ways, plays many different learning games, and enjoys crafts associated with the theme of the week’s book. It’s an excellent combination of learning activities each day!
The activities are just plain fun!
I left my favorite reason until the end: the activities in Ready-Made Preschool are just plain fun!
At this point, my daughter and I have completed many of the activities, and she has loved each and every one. The activities encourage her to explore, think, create, and use her imagination.
There is nothing more special to me as a homeschooling mama than seeing my child enjoy a true love of learning!
Because Ready-Made Preschool takes all the planning and preparation out of my schedule, it leaves room for me to enjoy these love of learning moments with my daughter.
What a gift to me as her mother and teacher!
Summary of our experience with Ready-Made Preschool
I am in a season of life where I just don’t have the time to consistently plan a well-rounded preschool experience for my daughter here at home. While I do wish I had that kind of time, reality proves that I just don’t.
Instead of feeling guilty about that, I’m choosing to utilize a curriculum that does the planning and preparation for me. It’s much more important to me to have that one-on-one relationship-building time with my daughter each day, using a curriculum that is rich in literature and hands-on activities.
Those memories I’m building with her are precious to my heart! Having a ready-made curriculum allows me that privilege.
I’m thrilled and thankful to have found Ready-Made Preschool and will continue to use it until she starts Kindergarten!
Are you interested in Ready-Made Preschool?
If you are interested in Ready-Made Preschool, you can download a sample at their website.
To download a Letter H sample of Level 2, click on the blue box in the link.
To download a Letter F sample of Level 1, also click on the blue box in the link.
Note that there are several purchasing options: you can purchase the complete kit in either Level 1 or 2, only a 10-week packet, and separate sibling kits.
Do you have questions about Ready-Made Preschool? Ask away and I’ll try to answer them!
Edited to add: If you’re interested in the book list for Level 2, you’ll find the titles listed below.
alphabet rescue by Audrey and Bruce Wood
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms by Christine Kole MacLean
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Chicka Chicka 1 2 3 by Bill Martin, Jr.
David & Goliath from a Children’s Bible
The Very First Thanksgiving by Rhonda Gowler Greene
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Christmas Story (The Bible)
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodking
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
A Pocketful of Kisses by Audrey Penn
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Nursery Rhyme Book (by author of your choice)
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston
Umbrella by Taro Yashima
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg
See the Ocean by Estelle Condra
Zero by Kathryn Otoshi
alphabet mystery by Audrey and Bruce Wood
The Scarecrow’s Dance by Jane Yolen
The Mitten by Jan Brett