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    My daughter recently turned four and I am planning on beginning a PreK homeschool routine with her in January. I have been looking into different curriculums vs piecing something together myself. I really liked Moving Beyond the Page, but it is so expensive (especially for a preschool curriculum). Is there a more affordable curriculum that is similar to it?

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    You can buy just the lesson plans from Moving Beyond the Page and then either use the library or buy the books used or just a few at a time as you need them. Here's the link to the MBtP Preschool lesson book:

    Age 4-5

    MBtP is aimed at gifted children, especially at the lower end of the age brackets recommended for each package. If your daughter struggles or doesn't seem interested in it right now, don't be afraid to drop it for a while and come back in a few months or so. There is no need to burn out before she even becomes school age.

    Some other options you might like for pre-k might be Five In A Row/Before Five In A Row. There is some Christian content but it is confined to the lesson manuals for the most part. There are a couple of Before Five In A Row books that have Christian content but it is pretty easy to see which ones and they are easily skipped if you don't want Christian content. I've used the complete Five In A Row curriculum completely secularly so it is possible.

    Memoria Press Enrichment Guides are similar in nature to MBtP and Five In A Row but they use different books. Their preschool and junior kindergarten programs are also worth a look and you can buy just the guide books and use the library for the books.

    You could also piece together yourself at this age very easily.

    If she is interested in learning to read, choose a phonics program. There are so many it's hard to recommend any particular one without knowing more about what you want from such a program but the price tags on the range from free to several hundred dollars and everything point in between. If she's not interested, skip it for now. It won't hurt to wait but it will hurt to force her when she's not ready.

    Play with numbers, count everything, introduce the idea of addition and subtraction through casual word problems (i.e. I put two plate on the table for dinner, how many more do we need so that everyone has a plate? I gave you two cookies, you ate one, how many do you have left?) introduce skip counting with obvious examples like pairs of shoes, fingers and toes etc, introduce the idea of half and whole when you cut her sandwich in half or an apple in half. There are tons of math workbooks and worksheets to work on if she has an interest again, at every price point from free on up.

    If she isn't already, work on writing her full name, starting with her first name and then add her last name. Focus on proper pencil grip and letter formation. Again, tons of free options here. I have my 4yo, he will be 5 in January, working almost daily on a worksheet of my own design that is just writing his first name. I put it in a page protector and he just has to wipe and try again.

    Other than that, just read lots of books with her, go to the park, the zoo, children's museums, children's events (lots of farms around here are doing hayrides for school groups and the general public), if she asks a question, look it up with her NatGeo for kids online is colorful and gives information on all kinds of things in bite size pieces. Investigate nature, put up a bird feeder to watch, grow some plants, do simple science experiments, play with playdoh, gook and slime. Let her do process art and other art projects. Listen to lots of different kinds of music and dance or sing with her. Watch The Magic School Bus together, both the old episodes and the new reboot on Netflix.

    There is plenty of time ahead for seat work but her time of just being little is quickly going to come to a close. Some sites worth looking at:

    Deep Space Sparkle

    Art For Kids Hub

    Little Bins For Little Hands

    Science Sparks

    Hands On As We Grow

    Homeschool Share

    BrainPop Junior

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    I'll second doing Five in a Row. The religious content in FIAR is confined to a supplement. In general, one of the nice things about FIAR that I don't feel is true of MBtP, is that it teaches you to teach the FIAR way. So once you've rowed a number of books, you may feel more confident going out on your own to row some other books that aren't specifically in the guides. As well, there's really a wealth of stuff out there for FIAR families online - people sharing ideas and so forth.

    Memoria is not secular, though it may be like FIAR - easily made secular. I'm not sure.

    Build Your Library has a preschool curriculum as well. It's more CM leaning and not like the unit studies approach of MBtP or FIAR.

    I'll also second getting a phonics program if you feel she's ready. But keep it gentle.

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    Thank you for all of this information! I have saved all of those websites. :-)

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    I would never buy the year's curriculum for MBtP. I really like MBtP and use it, but for all of my kids we have never gotten through the whole year. I take unit studies and mix them with other things and usually get the books through the library. Plus for preschool, there are so many free resources. Whenever I google things for older kids, the plethora of stuff for the littles is staggering.

    If I could do it over and start with homeschooling when my were preschoolers. I would plan on library day when they do the group reading. A day at the zoo, farm, park. Outside time everyday, discussing the sky, the weather, the interesting insect on the ground etc. Also some arts and craft projects, cooking and of course PBSkids time. My dd could not understand fractions and it was baking that finally made her comprehend them. Just my two cents worth. Good luck!
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