- Lesson Plans: 8
- Materials: 10
- Price: 4
- Content: 5
- Usefulness: 5
- Ability to finish: 0
When I started to homeschool, I, like all parents had stars in my eyes and too much hope in my heart.
I wanted our kids to the the picture-perfect homeschooling family, so when it came time to pick a preschool curriculum, we attempted Calvert Preschool.
I was attracted to Calvert because I had seem my mom use it with favorable results, and I liked the fact that all of the necessary equipment came in one box and lesson plans were already done.
At nearly $400, I thought it was expensive, but since it came with everything, I figured it would be worth it. Turns out, with ADHD kids, boxed curriculum doesn’t work. How can an in-the-box program work for out-of-the-box kids?
Even with all our hidden issues, Calvert still started out well. Monkey enjoyed the first few lessons and they were simple enough to complete. She was able to learn some colors, shapes, patterns, and other reading readiness activities that I think most preschools do.
The problems started to occur about two months into the program.
Both of us got really bored. I was frustrated by the emphasis on nursery rhymes and fictional stories, while she was bored by the endless repetition (we didn’t know it at the time, but a classic sign of ADHD).
I did not understand why, if they were going to focus more on listening to stories, that they did not use true stories. Many of the activities were craft related, and I thought that Calvert could have put a lot more science projects and basic social studies into the curriculum.
We basically stopped doing the lessons after February. They were too boring and we moved on. I felt that I was able to teach her more just talking to her and reading picture books (real picture books of animals and bodies and such).
That pretty much ended preschool.
Here is my overall Calvert grade for ADHD kids (on a scale of 1 – 10):
So, that was our preschool curriculum experience. Rather than trying a different preschool curriculum, I decided to try and start teaching her to read during the summer (which failed terribly, which is why I now follow the Finnish school model).
Next, I’ll share why I decided to homeschool, then we can explore what we used in Kindergarten with my ADHD girl.