07 May, 2014

Chalk Preschool Online Curriculum Review

This is a sponsored campaign with Mums the Word Network and Chalk Preschool . All opinions are my own.

     Baby Bee had a birthday yesterday.  She is officially a big four year old or as we like to call her, "an old lady" and she will be starting Preschool in the fall.  She is so excited, she already knows her teacher's names and is starting to learn her alphabet.  I wasn't sure the best way to teach her her letters though.
     We tried writing our letters, words, and names in the air with our fingers at night while we drifted off to sleep.  It worked pretty well and she learned to write her name, but I worried that it would lose it's appeal after a while.  Luckily I was introduced to Chalk Preschool, an online preschool with videos and printables as well as activities.  While I don't have a printer to print out any printables right now, we find that we can save the printables and use them in paint to do a lot of the fun stuff you could if it were on paper.
     Chalk Preschool allows you to have multiple children of different ages in school at the same time.  So I signed up Baby Bee, Lil Man, and for fun I signed up Streaker, even though she is in Kindergarten and a bit beyond the lessons in most cases.
     The program offers videos called Dailies which are all about months, seasons, and days of the week.  The next video category is Weather.  The site has a printable weather graph and temperature graph that you can use to track the weather with your children.  You could stick it inside a sheet protector and wipe it clean each week or print a new one each week and add them to your child's preschool folder.
     The next category is Literacy.  Here Baby Bee watched the ABC Song and videos about what vowels are, the letter of the day and word of the week.  It also allowed her to trace the letter with her hands.  Streaker enjoyed the hands on aspect that the site gives with it's lessons.  It also suggested that parents make dotted letters that the children can trace on paper.  Coincidentally we had just done that earlier while we waited for the girls to get home from school.  Baby Bee was excited to see something familiar.  It was nice for us both to get that confidence and knowledge that we are doing things right, even when we are away from the computer.
     The next set of videos is Math and Science.  With these Baby Bee learned about addition and patterns.  It offered activity ideas and hands on math lessons.  Baby Bee helped count insects and raced against time to count them all before the video shut off.  She almost beat it!  Then she followed the instructions in the hands on video and counted cereal to find out what groups of cereal will equal when added together.  She found out that 4+4 is 8 and 6+4 is 10.
     The last set of videos is art.  Baby Bee had fun working with shapes.  We used a paint program to create shapes and fill them in with color.  We made 10 different shapes like the video asked.  Baby Bee learned that a shape can be anything from a banana to a witch's hat, as long as the outline is complete and color will not seep out.  She also learned about lines and how sometimes lines may look like shapes, but really aren't.
     We also had fun checking out the Chalk Preschool Blog.  We saw lots more fun videos with wonderful activity ideas that Baby Bee got really excited about.
     We love Chalk Preschool.  We love that each day is a new set of lessons especially made for Baby Bee.  We love that we are accountable to log in each day so that we don't miss lessons, it helps us to be excited long term and to log in even on lazy days.  I definitely recommend Chalk Preschool for any parent looking for a great Preschool Curriculum, are wanting to to help their children prepare for Preschool or who's children can not attend preschool and want to prepare their children for Kindergarten at home.
     For more, check out the Chalk Preschool Newsroom to find out what's new and for more season appropriate activities (Pssst, Dads!  You know it's almost Mother's Day... right?).

Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.


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