What Curriculums do you use?

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    angncfl, have you ever checked out Gospel Light curriculum? They are wonderful.

    www.gospellight.com

    They have curriculums for Sunday school, preschool, half day, and full day/week programs. Something for everyone!
     
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    I have looked at their older materials for school age summer camp. I think I might go that route this year. The Bright Beginnings looks very similar to Essentials. I LOVE Essentials, it's only been out since 2003 and many people don't know it exists. It incorporates center based learning with relaxed play, and traditional education. It's just an all around good program. I felt like we needed something more for the four year olds, so we supplement with the Starfall.
     
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    I am also at a small non profit christian school and we use the A Beka curriculum. We love it, however we do suppliment it a bit with our own creativity. :p
     
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    curriculum

    Group Publishing has a lot of great materials.
     
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    We use creative curriculum
     
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    We use the houghton Mifflin reading program, Handwriting Without Tears, and Second Step.
     
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    We use Core Knowledge and Everyday Math. I'm on the lookout for another curriculum for our Kindergarten for the Language Arts portion. I'm considering Wilson's Fundations.

    When I homeschooled I used Abeka Christian Academy's curriculum. I loved it.
     
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    I like the HWT materials, but I don't believe in using it as a sole curriculum. How do you teach the children to write without being able to use lowercase letters?
     
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    I use funsteps and kapers for kids curriculums
     
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    Can you share some of the pros and cons about this curriculum? I'm thinking of buying it for next year, and would like to hear some user comments about it, good and bad. Feel free to share any and everything you can think of!
     
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    There really isn't anything that I don't like about it--except, in my opinion, the trainings are pretty expensive. I am very new to curriculum and haven't read all the materials yet. We JUST started to implement it. I like the focus on multiple teaching theories and the use of play.
     
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    I'm surprised at how many choices of good curriculums there are! It's so easy to get caught in the trap of only using the most popular choices, when there are quite a few other great options. Thanks so much for sharing your what you use!
     
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    I like Creative Curriculum because it is Deveopmentally Appropriate and allows the teacher to use a vast range of approaches and activities to develop the lesson plan. I feel CC is more of a guide than a curriculum, as the teacher still have to come up with the activities. What Creative Curriculum does is outline how to develop the curriculum based upon the children's needs.
     
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    That was going to be my response as well. It's a great guide, but you have to use your own creativity as well, which you should with any curriculum as well though and make it your own.
     
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    we use creative curriculum too, I couldnt agree with you more. Those are the same reasons I use it.

    I have never heard of the abeka(sp?) curriculum.. what exactly is it and what are the pros and cons?
     
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    From what I have heard Abeka isn't as "hands on" as other curriculums. I've never used it, but that is what others have told me. People I have talked to have to pull other resources together with it to better accomodate children's needs.
     
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    I love creative curriculum, I've had a class at college solely on it. I've got it on my list of curriculum for our school to consider for K.

    Abeka is a Christian curriculum. I used it when I homeschooled my daughter in 5th grade.
     
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    Abeka is an older curriculum and hasn't been updated to keep up with the current findings on preschool development.

    The Pros
    It has an awsome phonics program when used properly. Kids who have are auditory learners do very well. If they can memorize, then they're off to a great reading start.
    For Christian programs, it has a good Biblical basis.
    It's very structured and the lesson plans are simple to do, it's basically all layed out for the teacher to do...not much guess work.

    The Cons
    Mainly for the children who have to touch, feel, experience...will have a challenging time following the program.
    It's alot of worksheets and crafts, sitting, etc....only uses a traditional approach to education. It isn't for every child.

    Of course, these are all only my opinions on the preschool side of Abeka. Other feel very strongly that it's a wonderful program. For our center, we try to reach out to every family in the community, it wouldn't work well with at least half of our students.
     
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    thanks for the information! The reason i asked was because I work in a christian program but have never heard of it before. Thank you!
     
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    angncfl, I have heard a lot of the same things from many homeschool moms as well about Abeka.
     
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    We use the A Beka curriculum, and I can tell you that both from a teacher stand point and a parent stand point (I have one in K3 and one in 1st grade) that I love it. It just has to be taught right. I do bring in other resources to make it more creative and hands on. This doesn't really create a lot of extra work for me since, as stated before, the lesson plans are laid out step by step, so I have plenty of time to find extra resources.
     
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    I work in a licensed daycare center and we use Early Start Curriculum.
     
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    When I was in college, (I have a BS in child development), we never learned about commercial curriculums. The classes taught us how to design a curriculum based upon the developmental level of the child. We were free to develop our own materials. We did have lists and resources that told us what expectations and goal to have for each child. I guess that is why I like Creative Curriculum.
     

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