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Old 08-20-2013, 09:23 AM
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Default Curriculum and Age Group

I am going to be trying a new preschool program and like many others it is 2-3 yr olds and then 4 & 5 yr olds, well I have both, which one would you purchase?? I can't do both, they don't really do the same things so it would be too hard. I have mostly 2 & 3 yr olds and then I have a 3 yr old that will be four in Sept and a 4 year old who will be 5 in Nov. Now the 4 yr old I think would be fine doing the 2 & 3 yr old stuff since he's not really advanced but the 4 yr old I think it might be too simple for him BUT he's only here 3 days per week...So what would you get??
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:33 AM
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I bought the younger kits, then supplemented with online stuff and things from our environment for the olders.

I let the kids take the subject matter in their own direction, once they have exhausted interest in the basic version.

IMHO, that is the only way to provide a structured curriculum AND a child led curriculum without breaking the bank. Two boxes checked.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:32 AM
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I do the opposite of Cat Herder. I order the curriculum for older kids, then adapt for the younger ones. But only because if I'm ordering, I don't want to have to research and do a lot of supplements to the curriculum. I always save any curriculum I order and reuse for future years, so when the little ones are older I could use it again as it was designed and not have to do a ton of prep.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:55 AM
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I've tried lots of different programs and always struggle with this issue. It is just so expensive to buy two programs for my group. I recently found a new curriculum called Gee Whiz Education. They actually have activities for all my ages from infants to school age in one curriculum. Their website is I've been using them for a couple of months and have been happy. Are you a member of NAFCC? If so, you can get a discount. Hope this helps!
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