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ABC Fun & 1-2-3

Designed for ages 3-6 years, ABC Fun & 1-2-3 is a story-based preschool curriculum with printable alphabet worksheets, weekly lesson plans, easy kids crafts, nursery rhymes and more - all to make learning the ABC fun!

A preschool curriculum for learning about the alphabet and concrete math skills.

What it will do for you

About this ABC & 1-2-3 fun program

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Stress-free, gentle, relaxed learning for little ones...

Preschool child drawing with stencils

"A mother's first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet and growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it for the most part spent out in the fresh air." ~ Charlotte Mason

Mothers are always worried that they aren't stimulating their little children enough and that their children will be 'behind' their peer group. They also need the security of a curriculum that gives them age-appropriate activities to do with their children in order to stimulate them and lay a good foundation in their children's lives - a foundation that will also benefit their children later, when formal learning begins.

After almost 20 years of homeschooling my five SIX, I've seen how important the freedom of childhood is for children, yet how laying a solid foundation of necessary skills helps so much, when formal learning begins. Research actually shows that small children need a lot of time to play freely in the preschool years and that this free play develops the part of the brain responsible for academic learning. You see, when children are playing freely, their imagination is stimulated, they formulate rules for their games, they solve problems they encounter and they engage the frontal cortex, which is required for later learning.

This is why I always say that its the moms that need a curriculum, NOT the children!

However, there ARE certain activities which parents can encourage which also make a significant difference to how children's brains develop. While young children DO NOT have to be rushed into learning phonics and developing reading skills (this could be detrimental), they DO need to be READ to on a regular basis.

Regular reading aloud by a parent or caregiver ensures that children are being exposed to the complexities of language and this develops language and many other skills they need.

ABC Fun & 1-2-3 combines both of the above in an adult- & child-friendly weekly program that gently introduces children to the letters and sounds of the alphabet and exposes them to good children's literature.

Children discover learning ...

My kids catching frogs and tadpoles My kids find a tiny frog Baby frog in my kid's hand

Just like babies learn to walk and talk in their own time, with very little help from their parents, likewise, children who are read to and encouraged to explore their world, want to learn to read and write in their own time, and often require much less 'teaching', if they are not pressured to do so before they are ready.

"There is reason to believe that the thrill the youngster finds in experimenting with the natural things about him at home is soon stifled by the distractions and regimentation of the typical school program."
~ Raymond Moore, Better Late Than Early

What ABC Fun will do for you

ABC Fun & 1-2-3 preschool homeschool curriculum
1. ABC Fun & 1-2-3 is stress-free

Using stories and age-appropriate activities, ABC Fun helps children learn about the alphabet and numbers in a relaxed way - its fun, not work!

I have a 5 year old son with Down Syndrome and we have really been working on his writing this summer. Your worksheets have made it so much more fun for him than just writing letters. Thanks to you and your book! Thank you for helping him over the hump!

Michelle (USA)

2. Children love stories and stories are good for kids

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." ~ Emilie Buchwald

If your children have role models (like you), who share the love of books with them, they will be enthusiastic about learning to read.

"Kids need to see their parents reading, and they need to be read to themselves as early as possible. Young school-aged children benefit from responsive reading of stories with their parents. Such literacy-nurturing activities have been shown repeatedly to foster optimal language development." ~ Mel Levine, A Mind at a Time

3. ABC Fun & 1-2-3 provides age-appropriate activities

"The idea that parents should hurry reading, spelling, writing, or math ahead of children's normal development is not supported by a single replicable research study in the world or by any clinical experience in history. All history, research and common sense points in the opposite direction! We repeat: Any who push the three R's early deny the readiness the Creator built in - reasonably mature vision, hearing, taste, touch, smell, reason, brain growth, coordination ..."

~ Raymond and Dorothy Moore, The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook

Research has shown pushing children into formal learning activities before they are developmentally and emotionally ready is detrimental. However, using the correct methods you can encourage interest, stimulate exploration and lay a foundation for later on when children are ready to begin with formal schooling.

ABC Fun & 1-2-3 was written with the Moore's advice (left) in mind. It will spark a love for books and a passion for learning in your children, without the stress that is typical of other educational materials.

It includes reviews of good quality stories (not twaddle) that you can read to your kiddies.

DO NOT COPY THIS SALES PAGE. DO NOT COPY. PAGE PRETECTED BY COPYSCAPE 4. ABC Fun & 1-2-3 simplifies your life because it

  • gives you a weekly programme to follow,
  • saves you time planning and browsing for lesson ideas,
  • helps you establish a routine in your home or preschool and
  • gives you confidence and security
  • gives you a solid plan that you can show others too, something your children can take pride in!
  • gives you practical preschool activities that are "possible" (very little mess and fuss)

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A mom and preschool teacher's experience:

I recently purchased ABC Fun & 1-2-3 from Shirley, which comes with my highest recommendation! I taught for 2 years, and thought that homeschooling meant that everything had to be perfect and that I had to provide everything for my children that they would be getting if they were attending a nursery school and put so much pressure on myself that I spent half my life prepping lessons and programmes that I was too tired to give to my children ...completely defeating the entire point of having them at home with me!
Anyhow, what I love about Shirley's programme is that she gives an outline for the week, providing structure, which I need, and the activities are great and most of the stuff you will have in your home, and it is flexible.
It also introduces the alphabet in such a gentle and informal way and yet both my children recognise and point out letters wherever we are and are delighted that they can recognise them! I am relaxed, they are enjoying it! And learning!

~ Eloise, Mom to Matthew 4, and Amy 3 (Australia)

About ABC Fun & 1-2-3

DO NOT COPY THIS SALES PAGE. DO NOT COPY. PAGE PRETECTED BY COPYSCAPE ABC Fun & 1-2-3 is a tool to help you teach your little children about the alphabet and counting, including practical activities, picture books and nursery rhymes to create a complete linguistic learning experience for preschoolers. Designed for children between the ages of 3 and 6, it can be adapted for use with slightly older and younger children too.

Reading on a chair Your book has been a prayer answered - your suggested programme fits our lifestyle / current routine just about perfectly. I was desperate for something, other than seat work, for my curious little girl - and you've thought of everything to inspire her without the rigidity of school. Many many thanks!

~ Sarah, Mummy to Emma 6, Rebekah 3, and Jessie 3mo (South Africa)

ABC Fun & 1-2-3 is age-appropriate, offering a variety of learning activities and great stories to read together, which will stimulate learning and development and not 'burn out' little ones. DO NOT COPY THIS SALES PAGE. DO NOT COPY. PAGE PRETECTED BY COPYSCAPE

ABC Fun & 1-2-3 is the combination of a variety of good ideas and teaching tips, that the author, Shirley, has accumulated during 20 years of homeschooling. They have been formatted into a preschool curriculum that is easy for busy moms (and teachers) to follow. It has been used in preschool classrooms too! DO NOT COPY THIS SALES PAGE. DO NOT COPY. PAGE PRETECTED BY COPYSCAPE

It includes reviews of over 100 high quality stories, listed alphabetically, which should be available at your local library, so that you don't need to buy them all. You are free to use substitutes for any that you can't find! DO NOT COPY THIS SALES PAGE. DO NOT COPY. PAGE PRETECTED BY COPYSCAPE

ABC Fun & 1-2-3 means less time wasted searching for suitable preschool activities and more time with your children, doing the things you love! In just a few seconds, you could have ABC Fun & 1-2-3 at your fingertips, ready to start using with your children TODAY! DO NOT COPY THIS SALES PAGE. DO NOT COPY. PAGE PRETECTED BY COPYSCAPE

Order your ABC Fun & 1-2-3 preschool homeschool curriculum now and get instant access to the 220 page ebook containing 26 weekly lesson plans (140 pages) plus 3 sets of printable worksheets (80 pages), which include the following preschool activities: DO NOT COPY THIS SALES PAGE. DO NOT COPY. PAGE PRETECTED BY COPYSCAPE

Weekly Preschool Lessons Plans

For under $1 per week ABC Fun & 1-2-3 provides 26 weekly lesson plans, including following preschool activities: DO NOT COPY THIS SALES PAGE. DO NOT COPY. PAGE PRETECTED BY COPYSCAPE

  • Introduction to the letter of the week (large printable letters)
  • Stencil sheets - for easy kids art activities
  • Alphabet collage - your child gradually creates her own ABC book
  • Pre-writing tasks - tactile and gross motor activities
  • Worksheets - beginner writing worksheets and patterns
  • Story time - reviews of recommended stories to read aloud
  • Memory pictures - for pictorial narrations
  • Nursery rhymes & songs
  • Food and easy recipes to try
  • Fun activities and games
  • Number fun - concrete counting activities
  • Bible characters - Christian stories (optional)
  • Visual identification

Please note: This is NOT a grade 1 phonics/reading programme. It is intended to be used as a fun introduction to the letters of the alphabet with preschool-aged children that are not yet ready to learn to read using a formal phonics programme.

Neither is this a math curriculum. It simply gives suggestions for fun ways for children to experience number concepts in the concrete world of their home environment.

In addition to all of the above there are also chapters offering:

  • Advice to new homeschoolers
  • Useful internet resources
  • Tips for homeschooling with babies and toddlers
  • Encouragement for when doubts come!
  • Reviews of other resources
  • Lesson planning tips - to help you gently schedule your day
  • Overview of learning activity categories

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Take a look inside...

ABC Fun & 1-2-3 preschool homeschool curriculum Preview of chapter: Lesson Planning

Sample Weekly Lesson - Week J

Sample Stencil Sheet - J

Sample Alphabet Sheet - J

Sample Writing Worksheet - J

To access these sample files and the ebook, you will need to have installed Adobe Reader.


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Printed Copies

Printed, wire bound copies of ABC Fun & 1-2-3 are available in South Africa.

NEW! Non-South African clients can now purchase a hard copy online via Lulu.com in the USA. Click here to order a printed copy.

If you live abroad and the shipping costs make it expensive, then rather buy the ebook and have it printed and spiral bound at your local copy shop.

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"I love the idea, love the way the learning takes place, love the books and poems recommended, and love that I feel a freedom to add to and take away according to the bent of my daughter, but most of all, I love the results.

This is one tool that I as a preschool mom would not be without and certainly something that I love to recommend to other mothers."

(April, NC)

If I was only allowed to pick one early learning resource, then ABC Fun and 1-2-3 , by Shirley Erwee would be it! We had lots of fun times and created a lovely keepsake and precious memories. This resource gets a definite thumbs up from us.

Eloise (Australia)

"Leticia and I enjoy using your ideas. We started with the letters of her name earlier this year when she said she wanted to learn letters. I decided to repeat them, doing whole weeks for each letter as you suggest. It's really working well."

(Lida, South Africa)

"I want to say thanks for creating such a great preschool program. My 5 year old wants to do school just like her big brother but is just not ready for the grade 1 program we are using. We have only started your book but already she is much more content because she is doing school. I've never bothered with e-books before as I have preferred to have a printed book in front of me but I have to say that I am impressed with ABC Fun & 1-2-3. I am happy do give a more detailed review when we arefurther in to the book. But so far, so good!"

Davina (USA)

"When you buy ABC Fun & 123 the greatest benefit is that you do not only buy a curriculum for your little one, you "buy" Shirley's veteran experience and mother's heart."

~ Wendy Young (Cape Town, SA)

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