Saturday, February 16, 2013

Whole Child Development with Flowering Baby.

Flowering Baby LLC is a company that was created by moms.  The curriculum they provide is for children from Birth to age 5. 

You may think that Birth is to young to start teaching a baby.  That is something amazing about this curriculum.  It is intentional living curriculum.  Each month has 10 to 15 days worth of activities planned. 

The main one I am using is Volume 4.

Volume 4: Three to Four Years, is the level that I used with my 3 year old son.  There are 2 parts to Volume 4.  A monthly lesson plan and a theme lesson plan.  We used all of January’s lesson plan and part of February’s, (we are still working on it).  However for the theme plans I went ahead and did December’s in January.  Yes, it is that easy to switch around.  P1231080

The monthly guide has 10 to 15 days worth of activities per month. This makes it simple to fit right in with real life. 

There are 25 themes, each one with a suggested month to do it in.  There are about 5 days worth of activities for each theme. 





The monthly curriculum has some themes to it as well,  there are book suggestions, and holidays for that month listed. 

The plans are laid out for each day and very easy to follow.  The daily plans have simple ideas such as a book to read, a song to sing, an activity to do.  Not very many extra supplies are used.  Most things are common in a household with a preschooler. P2121177

We chose to do the monthly plan on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We did the theme plan on Friday and Saturday.

Each day took us about 30 minutes. There were days when I decided, either because my 3 year old struggled be interested or because I was busy to break it up into 2 fifteen minute sessions.  I found that having this curriculum had me be more intentional and accountable when it comes to teaching my 3 year old.  My 3 year old loved the time we spend together doing this.  It is his special school, that doesn’t ruin the fun of learning for such a young age.  P2131178

I am glad that I tried Flowering Baby out.  I was/am one of those parents who think, “let your kids be kids”, so I was worried about to much of a “school” feel for my 3 year old.  This curriculum proved to me that you can intentionally teach your child through guided play. 

I did take a look over the other volumes, in particular the Birth to One Year volume.  I was interested to see how you would go about teaching a newborn.  That is not what this is like at all.  It goes through and tells you what songs to sing, what classical music to listen to, what books to read to your baby, also some fun, loving, interactive ways to spend time with your baby. P1271118

Here is a list of the volumes.  At the bottom of each page is a sample month for that year.

Birth to One $30
One to Two $30
Two to Three $30
Three to Four $38
Four to Five $38

You can purchase all 5 volumes for $132

To see what others think of this check out this post. To see a wide variety of reviews check out our crew blog.


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.

1 comment:

Jen said...

I really enjoyed your review! I am thinking about purchasing this just to have on hand. This is something I could use with one of our foster children. I really miss the preschool age.


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