When people ask me where to start with homeschooling little ones, I always recommend Rod & Staff preschool/kindergarten books. It’s where I have been starting for 9 years now! In fact, it is THE ONE piece of curriculum that has stayed constant in all my homeschooling years. That, my friends, is a big deal!
*They are Christian. While our family is not of the Anabaptist faith, we can still appreciate the modestly-dressed children and mission minded teachings of these books. Life in the Rod & Staff books is presented without the presence of computers and electronic devices. Children are shown working hard and alongside their parents. These are values our family holds dear and values that are hard to find in today’s curricula.
*They are simple. I like simple. There are no flashy colors to distract and the pages are a no-nonsense approach to teaching basic concepts.
*The books are interchangeable. The ABC series isn’t a progressive approach where you have to start with A and then move to B. You can go from book to book at will. When my 5 year old got “stuck” on learning his numbers, I moved to a different book for a time, then when that book reinforced what he was learning and I could see it was making sense to him, we moved back to the numbers book and he took off!
*It’s all there! Everything from cutting and pasting, to spatial skills, to tracing and word recognition, to eventually writing their name and writing letters and numbers are contained within these inexpensive little books. $20 and your school year is paid for!
I have more little ones coming up and as long as Rod & Staff is printing their ABC series, I’ll be using it with them as well!
Amy is the homeschooling mother of a couple of bigs and a whole lot of littles. You can read more about what she uses for the early years of homeschooling at RaisingArrows.net!
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