Flowering Baby is exactly what I needed for my preschooler in this stage of his life. He isn't quite ready for me to throw workbooks at him and set him off on his own, yet being the youngest of six I don't have the time to invest in creating a school program for him.
Flowering Baby allowed me the opportunity to work with the program as written, giving much needed interaction and the basics in several subjects. If time allowed I was able to take rabbit trails and branch off for even more education in the area if I could.. I love rabbit trails.
The ease of the program even allowed for my 17 year old to step in and do a few days with his brother as well.
Flowering Baby is broken down into months, as they utilize the holidays and seasons for some of the subjects. You can start at any month, no need to back track if you purchase mid year. We were able to start in January which was helpful in learning the Alphabet and writing letters. I think even if we jumped in mid way we would be able to catch up with the letter writing, or practice mid alphabet without any trouble.
January had us learning about the color Blue, Ears, Cold Days, and eating healthy. We also learned colors & shapes in Spanish and wrote letters A-M. New Year's Day and Martin Luther King Jr Day were holidays we learned about and worked with as well.
I loved how each month their is a story, or a fairy tale type of book that we work with. January was Three Billy Goats Gruff. My 17 year old and preschooler had so much fun making a lego bridge and walking the goats across. We used a gorilla as the troll under the bridge! They acted it out in different ways and it was fun to see them working together on it.
February found us studying Ground Hog's Day, Chinese New Year, and Presidents Day and Valentine's Day! Busy month of holidays. We looked at the color white, our eyes, snow and firestations. Our spanish was numbers this month and Mav is still saying some of the colors and animals he learned last month in a beginner spanish book.
Flowering Baby gives you suggested book titles for each subject, and I was able to find some of them, and others I just looked up topics at the library and came away with a plethora of books. Mav really enjoyed the groundhog study and had us reread a couple of the books! I didn't even know how the holiday began so it was fun for me as well.
Flowering Baby has covered every base with this curriculum, for an entire year!! All the planning is done for me, all I needed to do was pick up a couple of supplies, and get my books from the library. That was all and it has made such a difference to my preschooler. He feels like he is getting some 'school' done, and he is learning without my having to do a lot of prep.
Flowering Baby has 5 volumes of curriculum, one for each year of development which you can purchase here for $30 each, with the last two being $38 each.
Birth to one
One to Two
Two to Three
Three to Four
Four to Five
My son had just turned 5, and with a December birthday I opted to not start kindergarten. This program through Flowering Baby does do much of what a kindergartener would do I think. We have so enjoyed it. If I were to have more kids come along I would be checking into the younger years as well.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.