When our daughter was four years old we started looking at homeschool curriculum. I had already been organizing her days and doing a little craft and singing time with her but she was anxious to read so we started looking into using BJU Press Homeschool K4 Foundations.
Homeschooling runs in our family and when our daughter was 4 she expressed some interesting in “doing school” like her cousins.
At the time my nephew was using BJU Press for his high school years and was enjoying it so much. He told us about the skits and the different personalities of his online teachers. Some the interesting things he was learning and the books and videos also offered by BJU Press.
BJU Press is a Christian company that also publishes books and films.
We were intrigued and so I ordered a sample DVD (they used to send those out in the olden days).
When the DVD came we watched it, and watched it, and watched it. Our daughter was in love! She couldn't get enough of the sample lesson for Kindergarten 4 and because the DVD we had went up to 6th grade she watched the lessons for ALL the subjects up to 6th grade.
So we prayed and talked it over, asked our daughter, and decided it was worth the small investment to see how Bob Jones Online Homeschool worked for us.
I had done all this reading and research and decided our daughter was a visual audial learner and that the colorful videos were just right for her.
I'll admit I was a nervous beginning homeschooler. I didn't want to miss anything so I felt a packaged product was best for us.
Using the Video Lessons
Since she was four the first product we started with was K4 Foundations.
It was an awesome year. Our daughter loved every class with Miss Liston and Mrs. Lawson. These two women captured my daughter's heart and she was hooked. She learned about her colors and numbers, heard stories and sang songs. We purchased the K4 mascot Chester and enjoyed it when he came to class as well.
Being a new homeschool mom when I saw the … of what our daughter would be learning that year I didn't believe. It looked like way too much and I could not fathom how her little brain would grasp all that. But learn she did and had incredible fun at it. We also supplemented with field trips and extra crafts (you can never have too many crafts).
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What you Get
When you order K4 Foundations from BJU Press you get …
- Student Handouts
- Activity Packet
- Access to the Videos
K4 Foundations is a nicely timed production. Each daily lesson is about an hour not including the time to complete projects or worksheets.
Your child will start with Miss Liston in learning numbers and learning colors. And then land is Mrs. Lawson's storytelling center where they will listen to a cute story and do things like singing the alphabet and start learning about the different letters.
We learned to make play clay, a new alphabet song, all about colors and so much. And BJU Press Homeschool is a Christian company. There is scripture in every lesson.
Your child's teachers are naturals in front of the camera. The lessons are filmed with the homeschooling child in mind and the teachers are speaking to your child instead of filming a classroom. And your child's teachers share a tiny bit from their lives so you can get ot know them a little bit better.
Back then we ordered the DVD version but these days the online lessons are a better idea in my opinion. Keeping track of the DVDs and which one to use next became a problem in laters years but not so much for this short sweet program.
It was pretty fun and we really enjoyed K4. There was some prep that I would do the night before but for K4 it's not that bad.
It's been a few years since we had those fun K4 Foundations lessons with teachers who are my daughter's favorites to this day.
This program is great for homeschool families who are ready to start their young children in homeschooling. While I completely did all lessons with our daughter for parents wanting less video time you might consider the BJU Press program Footsteps for Fours.