Thursday, May 29, 2014

CHALK Preschool Online Curriculum - And It's FREE

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CHALK Preschool started in 2004 when 3 people with a shared ambition came together to create an educational curriculum, environment and space that would create a new standard for all preschoools. CHALK opened their doors in 2005 in Illinois and began providing well-rounded, structured education, enhanced with play and creativity. As you can imagine the demand for CHALK preschools across the country began to grow and so CHALK decided to create an online preschool!! Now they can share the gift of education not only with the entire United States, but also the entire world. And guess what? It's all FREE!

A moms review:
My children love online learning and educational videos. So I had a feeling that CHALK Preschool would be a huge hit, and I was right. Signing up for a FREE account was very easy and only required entering my name, email address and a password. After that there was a brief introduction video explaining how to use CHALK. Finally I entered my son's name and birthday. It literally took less than 10 minutes and he all set to take his first lesson.

CHALK is great for any child in the preschool age range which is 2-5 years old typically. However it is totally up to the parent to decide if their child is ready for the CHALK preschool lesson plans. I created an account for my 6 year old son who is a little delayed in some areas. However the videos are so much fun that even my 8 year old wanted to watch them and get involved. And you know what? There was definitely information in the program that was a good refresher for her too. She also loved the letter worksheets!

The CHALK lessons, games and activities are all tons of fun and prepare your child for kindergarten. Each day there is a different lesson plan which covers core subjects such as math, science and literacy. There are also supplemental subjects such as art, music and even dance. Lessons can be completed at any time of the day from any device that has internet connection, including mobile devices. It took my children about 45 minutes - 1 hour to get through the daily lesson plan.

Some of the topics covered include:
  • Numbers
  • Letters/Alphabet
  • Shapes, Colors & Sizes
  • Recognize Patterns
  • The Weather
  • Days of the week
The system is so easy to use and features large easy to use navigation buttons. For my children I simply created a short cut icon their computer so they could just click on it and do the daily lesson at their leisure. Very little parent involvement is needed for children in the 6-8 age range, that's how easy it is to use. All children need to do to get started is click on one of the subject buttons on the left and then hit play on the video player or they can select play all over on the left. If they don't select play all they will need to continue hitting play after each video completes (it will automatically advance to the next one in line). For each daily lesson there are printable worksheets as well as recommended craft projects to enhance the lessons. Each video is just a few minutes long and very engaging. There are also fun games and songs throughout which help your children learn and remember. 

At the top right corner of the video player is a light bulb icon and "Parent Tip." Here parents will find helpful tips and suggestions to enhance their child's learning.

There is also a "Free Play" area where children can listen to songs. And a "Parent Portal" where parents can get helpful information on everything from hands on learning to tips for getting the children to help out around the house. You can also download a materials checklist and cooking lesson recipes in the parent portal.

Both of my children love CHALK and access it just about everyday completely on their own accord. The program is fun, interactive, engaging and thorough and it's a great fit for all learning styles. As a homeschool mom it is important for our family to have access to quality online educational programs especially ones that are affordable and it doesn't get much more affordable than FREE! 

Be sure to also check out the CHALK Preschool Blog, CHALK Preschool Newsroom and don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Rowyns review (age 6):
I really like the video lessons. They are fun and teach stuff. I like the worksheets and crafts too. They are fun to do with mommy and Gwyn.

Where to enroll:
I highly recommend you give CHALK Preschool curriculum a try! It's great for children already enrolled in a preschool program as well as homeschoolers. You can use it as a supplement or full curriculum. And since it's completely FREE so you have nothing to loose!

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