Searching for the best preschool curriculum can be a daunting task. If you committed to thoroughly examining each and every preschool curriculum on the market before making a selection, your little one would graduate high school and you’d only just be getting a good start. So, to make your task a little less stressful, here are 5 tips to help you quickly narrow your search.
5 Tips to Help you Find the Best Preschool Curriculum
1. No Messes Please! A curriculum is suppose to organize and structure the learning process. If the curriculum looks like someone dumped a garbage bin on a table, took a picture, and labeled the photo “preschool curriculum,” don’t buy it! Let them clean up their own mess – you want structure!
2. No Craft Books! Crafts are fun and can really enhance your preschooler’s learning. However, many preschool curriculums are nothing more than glorified craft books. Before you decide to purchase a preschool curriculum that is heavily saturated in crafts, make sure that the curriculum actually covers all the basic preschool learning requirements. Then decide if you are comfortable spending loads of time and money on materials, preparation and clean up! We do crafts in our preschool, but definitely in moderation.
3. No Cartoons! Just because a “preschool curriculum” is endorsed by your little one’s favorite cartoon character does not guaranty it is a great match for your child. Elmo’s personal endorsement should have zero effect on your decision to purchase a curriculum. You need content – not characters.
Also, I have found that educational books that are loaded with cartoons are the hardest to teach from. Instead of enhancing the learning process, they often serve as insurmountable distractions from the essential information. Your children’s attention will immediately be drawn to the cartoon and you will have to fight tooth and nail to get their focus back on the actual lesson.
4. No Crazy Lesson Plans! It goes without saying, if you have a preschooler you are already extremely busy. The last thing you need is a curriculum that requires hours of lesson planning. You want something that you can open and immediately begin teaching from!
5. No Baby Books! Children as young as two-years-old are capable of reading, writing and basic arithmetic. So be careful not to select a curriculum that is loaded with coloring books and nursery rhymes – just because you can’t believe how fast your baby has grown up. Your little ones are super-natural sponges, so find them a preschool curriculum with lots of substance to absorb!
I hope that you find these tips helpful. If you are currently searching for a great preschool curriculum, be sure to check out my Christian Preschool Curriculum. Happy hunting!