I was so excited to have a chance to review Flowering Baby. The program was designed for you to work with your child anywhere from 20-40 minutes per day, which is perfect for your young child, since, as you know, young children don’t usually have long attention spans.. For this post, I am reviewing the Four to Five year with my son, Lucas, who is just over 4.
The Four to Five year is broken down into general work which includes Math, Science, and Language. There is also themed work that includes twenty-four mini theme studies, and Flowering Baby suggests doing 2 of those per month. One thing I love about this curriculum, is, you can start ANY place you want. We began with Day 1 for January, since, well, we started in January and also went through the February lessons. January and February each have 13 lessons, so this worked about to be about a full month’s worth. Each month gives you a list of supplies and books you will need to complete that month’s work. There are lots of books to choose from, so if you can’t get ahold of something, don’t fret, because you will likely be able to get one of the other choices. My only complaint about the books choices, is most of what I was looking for for January was not available on Kindle, since I have one and prefer to get books that way. That isn’t even a curriculum complaint, though, just an inconvenience with the books’ publishers.
At the beginning of the Monthly Curriculum Guide, there are lists of what you need for the WHOLE year. These lists include: favorite websites, favorite books to read, Science books used, and supplies needed for the year. I love this because 1. I have just recently started to love lists and list making, and 2. I’m not always very organized or creative, so I love that suggestions have already been made for me, and I have lots to pick and choose from! January has 13 lessons, so you could do one every other day, spread out a day’s lesson over 2 days, or just do a lesson a day and get through a little faster. Go with how your child responds and learns. That’s the beauty of the curriculum!
The books we chose for the month are: Blue Sea (we really liked this book, and it’s very, um, blue!), The Listening Walk, The Snowman, Berenstain Bears: Too Much Junk Food, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Colors and Shapes, Los Colores y Las Figuras. All of these books were purchased from Amazon, but you could also check your library. All of these books also fit in with the January themes, and were in the recommended books lists. I have to say, the books were Lucas’ favorite part of the curriculum. He absolutely loves to try and read, and for me to read with him. His favorite new book is Three Billy Goats Gruff. 🙂
January’s Monthly Themes were Aquarium & Artic Life, and Dinosaurs. February’s themes were Musical Instruments and Transportation. The Themed Curriculum has fewer lessons for each theme, about 5 or 6, and are listed in alphabetical order instead of by month. The themes are super fun to do, and also include lists of suggested books, activity supplies, and even field trip ideas! These are more fun than actual work, but your child will still be learning
Flowering Baby 4-5 can be purchased for $38.00 on CD-Rom. That breaks down to just over $3 per month! If you’d like to see a sample month, go here and scroll all the way to the bottom. Flowering Baby is currently offering a 10% discount when you order! Please use code Blog10 when ordering to get your discount. 🙂 This offer is good only on the Flowering Baby website.
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.