Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Flowering Baby {A Review}

Photobucket Flowering Baby is a whole child developmental approach from birth to age 5.  It is sold in five separate units: Birth to One, One to Two, and Two to Three are $30 each. Three to Four  and Four to Five are $38 each. The whole curriculum is $132. The product is available as a pdf download or as a CD.   I had the opportunity to look at the whole curriculum, but only used the Three to Four product.  You can find all the information about Flowering Baby on their website, www.floweringbaby.com

I looked through the entire curriculum.  It would have been helpful if I had had this when the little guy was an infant.  I was always a little lost and lot exhausted when my children were infants.  Having something like this to say do this activity or that action for just a few minutes a day would have been great.

PhotobucketI used the Three to Four year old product with my three and half year old son. In the earlier sections, through age two, the program is organized by age month. At the age Three to Four it changes to a calendar month organization.  In the Three to Four and the Four to Five products there are two parts, a monthly curriculum guide and a theme curriculum guide. In the monthly curriculum guide each month is organized around several topics, for instance January topics are blue, ears, cold days and healthy foods. Each day there are short activities and books to read.  There is not a whole month's worth of days, January only had 13 days, with the idea that this curriculum can "fit in" wherever there is time.  

We used it as we had time in a day.  We did all the activities all at once, usually in the afternoon, when big sis is done with her one to one time with me.  This made the Little Dude feel like he was getting some "school", just like his sister.    Some days are busier than others, so it was good that there was some flexibility with the time requirement.  Little Dude enjoyed the activities and stories recommended.  He especially liked the activities that involved his whole body, like walking

around the triangle on the floor.  Most of the activities were age appropriate, but I had to modify something nearly every day because of where my son is developmentally. For instance, I know he can hold a pencil properly, so I skipped the how to hold a pencil properly activity.  On the other hand, his speech is delayed so when I asked him to retell a story I got the "are you crazy lady" look.  Every child is different and learns different things at a different pace.

The theme curriculum guide is based on themes like dinosaurs, bodies of water and arctic life.  We chose to do the aquarium and arctic life. I thought some of the activities were far above what a three year old could do.   Writing whole words and  drawing an aquarium scene was beyond what my son could do.  We completed it with some modification.


Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


  1. We also tried to do all the activities at the same time. Most days several activities were below my daughter's level, but we still had a nice day of completing appropriate ones.

  2. I was really interested in the lower levels too. Just having "activities" written done as a remember would have been nice when mine were babies.

    I found the all of the writing to be a bit advanced too. I'm really surprised that it was in the three year old level too.


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