I’m terribly late with this curriculum review. But time has only heightened my appreciation for Heidi Franz’s “ABC Jesus Loves Me” (ABCJLM) curricula.
We’ve used all four of ABCJLM’s curricula: 2-year to 5-year. Here’s how we began:
During our first year of homeschooling (read here), I wasn’t sure if things would work out. Hannah was then barely two. All I knew was, I wanted a Bible-centered curriculum. And it has to be affordable.
So clueless me googled “homeschool curriculum for preschool”, and read many blogs and homeschool forums. Then I cried.
Some curricula were terribly expensive (shipping fee not factored in)! Others were too overwhelming. How was I to do my laundry, cook, mop the floor…. I just wasn’t sure if I could complete all the things in the checklist within a week.
I prayed and prayed. There’s a tug in my heart to embark this journey. But how Lord?
Finally, I landed on “ABC Jesus Loves Me” website. It’s bible-centered. Check! The lessons seem doable. Check! It’s comprehensive. Check! It’s FREE!! Hallelujah!
Some friends whom I spoke to were skeptical about the quality of a free curriculum. So I did more research. Having read many good reviews about the curriculum, I held my breath and took the plunge.
Four years on, I’m glad I took the first step.
“ABC Jesus Loves Me” curriculum offers more than just academic development. It teaches about gross and fine motor skills.
I especially like that it incorporates tips on basic manners, self-care and information a child ought to know. Being a first-time mom, I wasn’t sure what to teach and when without overwhelming my child. So having weekly objectives were definitely welcomed!
Following a weekly objective helped pace our learning. I didn’t have to follow a daily lesson plan or checklist rigidly. The activities and crafts were adequate.
Of course, I’m very, absolutely grateful that Heidi offers ALL lesson plans to homeschool families for free.
While you could have the lesson plans and workbooks printed for you, I had several concerns. Firstly, I wasn’t sure if homeschooling works out for us. Secondly, the international shipping fee
was is a BIG concern for me. The currency exchange rate is another major factor. USD$60 = nearly SGD$90 (excluding shipping fee).
Without a doubt, having everything printed allows me to have more sleep. 🙂 I might consider this option when teaching Elijah.
Early this year, Heidi introduced the 1-year curriculum. We’re several weeks into the curriculum for Elijah. So far so good! Elijah has picked up basic sign-language. His learning pace is vastly different from Hannah’s. This new curriculum certainly provides me with much needed tips and ideas.
I find it difficult to teach Hannah and occupy Elijah at the same time. I’ve tried setting up independent activities for Elijah but he doesn’t play on his own for long. He’s more interested in his sister’s work!
Having started on the 1-year curriculum, I find that I’m able to teach both children. Hannah enjoys helping her brother in his work. And she gets what she enjoys: more “school” time with me.
I still struggle to carve out time to prepare activities, borrow books and print activity sheets for both children. Nowadays, I’m so drained by evening that I end up in bed with the kids. If you have any tips or suggestion on how to better manage time, please drop me a line. Suggestions very welcomed!
Ok, I’ve digressed…
All in all, if you’re looking for a flexible, Bible-centered, quality preschool curricula, then check out ABC Jesus Loves Me.