We’ve had the privilege of reviewing Junior Kindergarten by Memoria Press this fall. My 4-year-old was beyond excited when we got the Memoria Press box in the mail.
I have so much to say about this curriculum, I almost don’t know where to start!
First, I am completely smitten by the beauty of these materials. I have always been a Memoria Press fan. We have used Prima Latina with success and I absolutely adore their cursive and copywork books.
I also, in theory, love the fact that they have complete lesson plans to go with their grade level packages.
Oh, and the read-aloud programs! I want to buy them in every level because they just look that delicious.
Let’s get to the bottom line. Did Junior Kindergarten work for us? I would say YES, but with modifications.
Here is what didn’t work for us:
- The curriculum manual – it was lovely, but it didn’t work for us for two reasons: 1) I am quite busy teaching my older three and managing a toddler. Adding in another “formal” activity proved to be a little stressful. 2) This particular 4-year-old girl is, shall we say, precocious? While she loves to learn and “do school” like her older siblings, she wants to do it in her own way! I found that asking her to do a specific activity at a specific time was like trying to fit a round peg into a square hole. A lesson in frustration for both of us! It didn’t take me long to realize that I needed to ditch the curriculum manual. That’s not to say there isn’t value in it. There are suggestions for recitation (memory work), bible verses, poetry, and enrichment.
Here is what we loved:
- The workbooks. Love them! These are gorgeous, high quality books. We are using them at our own pace, when we feel like it. We usually pull one out everyday. But if not, I don’t sweat it. She is four! We have lots of time:-)
- The Read-Alouds. I am head-over-heels for these book selections. One of my big goals for the year is to do lots of reading-aloud. This takes deliberate intention on my part because it is easy to push it aside. Having a list of books to focus on is a great help. We have been through several of these books, all of which I have been able to check out at the library (if not already owned). Also of note, The Book of Crafts includes a craft to go with each of the read-aloud books. We won’t do every single one since I loathe crafts, but I do love having the option there just in case I take the notion.
- Other highlights include Richard Scarry’s Mother Goose, the Rod & Staff workbooks, and the alphabet flashcards. She digs the flashcards.
That’s about it! My little 4-year-old keeps me on my toes. She is my most “challenging” child but can be delightful as well.
What are you using for preschool? How is the year going?
As long as we’re on the preschool topic, here are some my favorite things for keeping my little preschooler positively productive:-)