Formal or informal preschool? ACE?

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Do you use a formal curriculum for your preschooler, a variety of activities, or do you focus more on extracurricular?

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Formal or informal preschool? ACE?

Postby ttclark2 » Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:11 am

We have 2 preschoolers this year (a 3 and a 4) so I'm not heavy into purchasing full curriculums yet. I am a shopper though, I like to take my time making these decisions.

Anyone have any experience with the ACE system? My husband went to a private elementary school that used the system, and for his learning style he really liked it... But that was a long time ago. Anyone used it lately?

I already know my oldest 2 have different learning styles, so I'm hoping to find one curriculum that allows flexibility for both of them. Just looking for suggestions! I'm just beginning this quest.
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Postby Theodore » Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:21 am

Preschool doesn't involve enough schooling per se to be worth doing with a curriculum, imho. It's really just common-sense stuff like letters and numbers and lots of hands-on play and reading to your child. Kindergarten is plenty soon enough to start trying formal instruction.

(I know this is a bit off the topic of your original post, sorry)

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Postby JoshCHS » Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:12 am

I prefer the Lifepac system to the ACE system. Similar in styles (worktext based), but the Lifepac seems to involve more critical thinking. The ACE system is a good bible based curriculum, but probably not quite as challenging as some of the other options out there. Lifepac doesn't start until K.

As far as PK, it is a lot of common sense teaching. With 2 kids, you might want to consider purchasing something that helps you organize and save you time. I like the Horizons program as it allows you choose between the activity based model or the worktext based or both. Also, it does have daily Bible lessons.
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Postby elliemaejune » Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:18 pm

You didn't have my preference: none of the above. For little preschool-age children, most mothers already do more than even what published programs suggest.
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Postby Jazzy » Thu Aug 20, 2009 2:49 am

For my dd, I used Rod and Staff A-B-C workbooks. They have a bunch of coloring, cutting and pasting activities that she really enjoyed.

The workbooks were really just a supplement to things we already do in every day life - counting, identifying shapes, identifying letters, reading, etc.

So I would say that a curriculum really isn't necessary, but can be a fun add-on for a child who is interested and ready. My dd saw her older brother doing school, and really wanted to do some book work, too. We only spent about 15-20 minutes of it.

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Postby Darlin77 » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:24 pm

I agree a purchasd curriculum isn't always necessary, but I do think planning and preparation is. Preschool years are so important to the learning process and can't be ignored. Everyday learning experiences should be happening, but I also agree with working on letter/sounds, math concepts, etc. They don't always need to be done with worksheets. There are fun, hands-on activities to teach these things. Just don't underestimate the importance of teaching during these critical years.

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