Abeka 2's and 3's... This is an amazing program. It is available through Abeka or christianbook.com. So much good to say about this. After homeschooling my son for 17 years it had come to an end. Having taught at Montessori I already had a Montessori environment going on, more about that later, but suffice to say there was a level of education going on for our two year old already. I still felt the itch to do a bit more. Elizabeth was verbal at a bit over a month. Potty trained by one. Everything was early. She was always grasping for more. I poked for a curriculum geared towards my two year old thinking I was mad, but low and behold Abeka popped up. I was familiar with the school so I jumped at the opportunity. She loved it. She settled in to her daily class time quickly. We sang songs, did language development, counted, crafted and just had fun. Within the first couple of months she had a poem memorized. School time lasted about a half hour a day. Perfect fit for her developing attention span. As an aside, I think it was also special to her because it was daily, planned time that I focused on her. This is great for any child. There are no expectations. It gives each child broad exposure to various concepts from the letter Aa to how people live in Japan. I applaud Abeka for stepping outside of the box and broadening educational horizons for our little ones. The curriculum is also very well priced. With all the bells and whistles the 2's curriculum runs about $350.00, but the visuals and instructor guide is used in 3's as well. The guide is broken in two halves. The first is 2's and the latter 3's so when you begin the 3 year old curriculum you only need the new workbooks which run around $70.00. In other words it runs about two hundred dollars a year. AMAZING! Also noteworthy is that my 2 year old grandson was non-verbal in January. He was two in November. Other than uice for juice there was no progress being made verbally. My son and daughter in law were very concerned. We bought them Abeka 2's and in a short time there was a language explosion. I am glad to say that after 6 months he is speaking in phrases, knows his colors and says them by name. He is also counting to ten. The difference is night and day. We were in the process of getting him registered with early intervention, but he no longer needs it. The above curriculum is some of my 3's curriculum. I pull all my worksheet and visual aids in the beginning of the week for ease of use and keep them in a canvas bag ready to go. Parental preparation is less than 30 minutes a week and lessons are around 30 minutes as well. Lessons are well planned and laid out allowing you to focus most of your teaching energy on your child. As a fun bonus you will likely learn as you teach. The language development section is really informative, engaging and encourages conversation. We use youtube to expand on lessons. Whether it's donkeys or transportation, you will find small clips to enhance the lesson and if you type in Abeka Alphabet, the official Abeka alphabet song will pop with visuals. Thoughts or questions are always welcome. :) You can find Abeka products by clicking the link below.
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