I checked out the sample curriculum on this page and thought it looked really good: http://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/book/bxpp.asp. Seems pretty comprehensive and like it would require less prep time than some of the other stuff you find online. The sample is 30 pages, so you get a good understanding of the program.
I also was interested in the Before Five in a Row curriculum for preschool: http://www.fiarhq.com/fiveinarow.inf...iveinarow.html
In the end, I decided we wouldn't do a formal homeschool curriculum yet. We moved to another country for a couple of years, and I enrolled her in a montessori based "nursery school" 3 days a week (primarily for language emersion and b/c I have to work) and also bought the Montessori at Home book for ideas for activities to do at home. (I also have this book for ideas.)
I'm one who doesn't think preschool aged kids need a structured school day, as long as they are being read quality books frequently and regularly and engaging in a variety of different activities. But I think some of the preschool curriculums are especially helpful to give parents some structure in guidance in making sure the kids get that variety of learning activities.
For the social stuff, look for library storytimes, local kiddie gyms (doesn't have to be something like Little Gym which can be expensive, but there are some places that just have "open play" hours for toddlers and preschoolers during the week), try to schedule regular "field trips," and like someone else mentioned, look for local homeschooling coops. They often will have programs where you can send your child once or twice a week for a couple of hours to spend time with other homeschooling kids. Instead of thinking of things in terms of what your child is missing out on by not being in school, try to think about all the things your child will be able to do because she is not in school, like have more opportunities for social interaction with various age groups, the opportunity to take more trips during the day to the park, library, museums, etc. If you have extended family in town, try to incorporate them into "school" by setting aside special "granny time" or "auntie time" etc.
Last edited by mohop; 09-20-2011 at 02:35 PM.
Mom to two little girls (born 6/08 and 2/11) and another on the way.