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Which Curriculum Do I Choose? 

While they look similar, there is a big difference between each of the 5 ABCJLM Curricula. Follow the recommended guidelines in the table below to decide which is best for your child or students 

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Unless the child has delays or is close to a birthday, I suggest that you begin with the age-appropriate curriculum (i.e. a 3-year-old child use the 3 Year Curriculum). No matter which curriculum you choose, begin on Week 1 since each of the curricula builds upon themselves.


The 4 Year Curriculum prepares a child for kindergarten. The 5 Year Curriculum is for those children who are ready for kindergarten level work, but missed the cutoff due to their birthday or are red-shirted.  Only use the 5 Year Curriculum is the child is able to write almost all letters and numbers without much assistance.  

For children who are halfway between birthdays, I encourage you to compare the Objectives learned in each curriculum.  Use the  Objective Checklist to determine what the child currently knows.  I recommend the child know at least 75% of each section of the Objective Checklist before moving to the next curriculum. If your child seems to be in between two different curricula, fall back to the curriculum that is a step below.  

  Age Years until Kindergarten Child Can: Notes:

1 Year Curriculum


4 or 5

The child is not talking very much.  This curriculum is an introduction to learning the Bible and academic concepts.  Retention is not expected.

2 Year Curriculum


3 or 4

Child is talking, walking, and can sit quietly and listen for a few minutes. This curriculum is an introduction to learning the Bible and academic concepts.  Retention is not expected.

3 Year Curriculum


2 or 3

Count to 10, Say ABC's, help with basic chores, can perform basic self-care, knows names of family members, knows basic Bible songs and stories, has the fine/gross motor strength and maturity to learn to correctly trace letters and numbers. Note from Heidi:  Even if a 2-year-old know several of these academic objectives, I only suggest the 3 Year Curriculum for children 2 3/4 years and older.  

4 Year Curriculum


1 or 2

Write name, name and phonetic sounds of letters, can trace all letters and numbers, colors and shapes, demonstrate spatial concepts, sorting, patterns, knows basic Bible stories, sing Bible songs, quote a few Bible verses Note from Heidi: This curriculum is especially important for children who are starting kindergarten soon.

5 Year Curriculum


1 or may be used as a Kindergarten Curriculum

Write all letters and numbers; understands the phonetic meaning of letters; understands basic Bible stories; knows full name, address, and phone number; use the phone and call 911; is ready for basic sight words and may be ready to begin reading; has a greater attention span

This curriculum was written for children who are more advanced or "redshirting" kindergarten due to their birth date, maturity, or other issue.

Advice from Others:

I am starting the 3 Year Curriculum this Fall with son. He already knows a lot that the 3 yr curriculum will cover (uppercase letters, shapes, colors, most letter sounds) but not all of it (some lower case letters, some letter sounds, tracing letters). However, rather than jumping ahead to the 4 yr curriculum I am focused on giving him a good foundation and grasp on these basics. So here is my advice...  If your child seems to be in between two different curricula fall back to the one that is a step below. This way a solid foundation will be built, rather than a year of constant challenges and struggles which might lead to frustration.  ~~Ashley

I am in the same situation as Ashley and I agree with her. This is not just in the academic aspect but also in the Bible learning side.  ~~Cherry