In addition, to these two full-color books mentioned in the last paragraph, we also received a square picture book by the same author titled Doodling Dragons: An ABC Book of Sounds. The book retails for $15.00. This has become my two-year-old daughter's favorite accessory and she is seldom seen without it. We also were blessed with the iOS Doodling Dragons App that I have used on my new iPhone 5C in the OB waiting room on numerous occasions and most recently on our family hand-me-down first generation iPad running iOS 5.1.1. The book is is about 10x10" and a quality hardcover. Each page spread contains a set of American Alphabet phonograms and a matching set of illustrations and words to example the phonogram sound. They are silly and fun and definitely have both of my girls (ages four and two, nearly five and three) entertained and in love. It is colorful and full of delight! The app is more than just the book, while the book is in the app with the ability to be read by the child or narrated to the child... there is also a phonogram legend where individual sounds can be selected and played aloud, as well as a game using the pages of the book where a student hears the sound then clicks on the picture what word is being blended. This review was originally posted on Creative Madness Mama....more
The illustrations are perfectly appropriate for my kinder. Lots of animals on a page, but I'd like to have more than one alphabet coloring book and noThe illustrations are perfectly appropriate for my kinder. Lots of animals on a page, but I'd like to have more than one alphabet coloring book and not just animals. ...more
This is definitely a book for animated out loud reading. It's fun and will be even more fun if your child can read one part and yoJacketed hardcover.
This is definitely a book for animated out loud reading. It's fun and will be even more fun if your child can read one part and you the other. Letters A-Z and numbers 1-26 and maybe a re-read with colors! Oh the learning possibilities.
This is a cute alphabet book telling the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The letters are woven in so well it almost seems as the original stoThis is a cute alphabet book telling the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The letters are woven in so well it almost seems as the original story were meant to be highlighted by letter. The illustrations are bright, fun and funny while Goldilocks appears a little odd to me as her hair is bigger than she is and her skin is definitely darker than any golden blonde I've ever seen but all in all it's vibrant and interesting to look at. This is a neat way to work on a fairy tale and the alphabet for early learners.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.*
This is an amazing bedtime book and one that I would eagerly recommend on anyone's gift list for new babies, older toddler, preschoolers and beyond woThis is an amazing bedtime book and one that I would eagerly recommend on anyone's gift list for new babies, older toddler, preschoolers and beyond working on animals and their alphabet. I love the title, and getting my preschooler to pick out all the letter A's is a ton of fun and that is only the beginning. The text through out is lyrical and keeps a good rhythm and rhyme that is pleasant to read and would not be bothersome to read again night after night. The images are full of variety and calm soothing colors that would entertain a child to look at them alone or in a lap for story time bedtime or anytime read alouds. Then there is the alphabet. Every pages is filled with that letter and appropriate words, from the animal to descriptions to other items and more the letter is used in multiple ways and it is a fabulous learning tool. The other thing about the words chosen is that they are not your average ABCs, they are unique or words not as often used and all around a great introduction to so many new things that the "other" ABC book definitely did not cover. With the exception of the page X not having a single word to begin with X and only have the words: "expecting and exceptionally excellent night's rest,..." that is the only place where I was disappointed and still I think it's a full star book.
*Thanks to LB Kids for providing a copy for review.*
This is a beautiful book and I was really excited to see that by varying authors there are lots of topics to choose from in what appears to be a similThis is a beautiful book and I was really excited to see that by varying authors there are lots of topics to choose from in what appears to be a similar series. However I'm so saddened by the fact that B is for Big Bang, followed by "D is the Dinosaurs... but when a might comet struck, they would no longer roam." Alas, not at all what I want to teach and so sad that it is shared as plain fact and not theory, otherwise it would be okay. Glad it is just a library book, but I doubt I'll look at the rest of the series choices. ...more
We bought this as a former library book a little while ago and I'd say it was a $0.25 well spent. It is library binding, so it's that odd really hardWe bought this as a former library book a little while ago and I'd say it was a $0.25 well spent. It is library binding, so it's that odd really hard stuff, but it is quite the same size as a board book with typical paperback pages. So it's an interesting mixture. While the size is right for OrangeBlossom, the text is right for AppleBlossom in emphasizing certain letters per page. It reminds me of the Richard Scarry Colors book that I only have as a Nook Book, but wouldn't mind having in person. I'd have every Richard Scarry book there ever was if I could. ...more
This is an adorable book. Would probably be wonderful for a family with an older kiddo studying the first five books The Little House Collection withThis is an adorable book. Would probably be wonderful for a family with an older kiddo studying the first five books The Little House Collection with bits and pieces alluding to the others. So far we have only read A Little House Christmas Treasury: Festive Holiday Stories but enjoyed it so much that I look forward to jumping into the series. Our library has several of the My First Little House Books so hopefully this will be a great way to start. ...more
When I was deciding options for schooling I knew that classical Christian education was at the top of my list from a time w Prayers & Devotionals
When I was deciding options for schooling I knew that classical Christian education was at the top of my list from a time when I was a long-term substitute in a cottage/private Classical Christian School. Yes I love the classics, but the best part is being able to include and combine Christian education into all the rest. It is a part of our lives and definitely something we want to teach our children in their school and education. So of course, the next thing I want to tell you about is the Prayers & Devotionals. It is my understanding that Memoria Press is working on adding Bible stories to the curriculum as well, but as of yet for Junior Kindergarten that has not been added. There are however 26 verses, one for each letter of the alphabet to learn and possibly memorize with your child included in the lesson plan appendix.
Morning Prayer Now before I run to play, Let me not forget to pray To God who kept me through the night And wakes me with his morning light.
Help me, Lord, to love Thee more Than I have ever loved before, In my work and in my play, Be Thou with me through the day. Amen
Prayers for Children, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin, p. 2
Each day in the lesson plans it starts with a prayer and ends with a prayer as well. These prayers come from the Prayers for Children book illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. This is just a small Little Golden Book, but it is packed with beautifully illustrated prayers that are perfect for memorization. This is actually one of the things that first surprised me so much, because we were reading the Morning Prayer, day after day and then one day AppleBlossom was just there reciting it on her own. It was an amazing parenting experience, because I wasn’t even trying to make her memorize it or quote it, I was just reading it to her day after day and she got it and kept it to heart. From this it has merged over into other daily parts of our lives and she is interested in learning different meal prayers and a bedtime prayer.
The beautiful Prayers for Children book offers the classic prayers memorized by children for generations. The opening and closing prayers are memorized first and recited throughout the year. Additional prayers are introduced and memorized periodically. Prayer time should be an exercise in devotion, memorization and formal recitation daily.
Our enjoyment of Eloise Wilkin’s Prayers for Children has branched over into loving the Eloise Wilkin’s Stories Collection as well as A Child’s Garden of Verses, both also Little Golden Books (although the collection is a special high quality hardcover) which has “The Shadow” in it one of our poetry options for during the year. Another treasure for us was found in this artist because of the recommendation from Memoria Press in their curriculum.
In a typical school day following the opening prayer suggestion is the devotional. The devotion time is taken from a really great book, Big Thoughts for Little People: ABCs to Grow On by Kenneth N. Taylor.
Big Thoughts for Little People is a deceptively rich book offering Scripture, instructional moral adages, introductory phonics work, observation exercises, and ear training. be sure to read the preface by Kenneth Taylor in the front of the book to put it to its fullest use.
At first I was not sure what I would think about this one, because I have the Family-Time Bible in Pictures by this same author and I’m not overly impressed with it in comparison to others we have seen. However, I was greatly impressed with Big Thoughts for Little People. This is a wide book with colorful and fun illustrations with plenty to look at and discuss beyond just the text. Each page has a letter and a verse and little devotional lesson to go with that letter. For instance, “A is for asking. We ask when we pray. God is happy to answer. And help us each day.” And this is followed by a lesson and verse and then about three discussion questions that brings focus to what the meaning is as well as the illustrations. A fun detail about this book is the ladybugs that you will find on every page. Once AppleBlossom caught on to this she absolutely delights in picking them out.
In the lesson plans, most weeks are one letter on both days. However on review days, there are a handful to go back through and visit again. Personally in our family, this is a book we visit often even outside of school time or relevance. While we do not just sit down and read this book cover to cover, it is well loved here.
At the end of each day of lesson plans we close with another prayer, again from the Prayers for Children book. So far every day it is the same prayer, and such a good one to endorse.
I thank Thee, Lord for quiet rest, And for Thy care of me; O let me through this day be blest And kept from harm by Thee. --- Mary L. Duncan Prayers for Children, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin, p. 3
Through these two books, my young preschooler daughter is getting a heart of prayer and a foundation of devotion time fairly regularly. She loves to memorize and recite prayers and this is such a precious time and set of memories for me that was helped to form and be created from the organization and recommendations of the Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten Curriculum. I doubt I would have discovered these gems without them. I purchased these for our own purposes, but I fully give credit to Memoria Press for the recommendation and pass it on. Part I – Lesson Plans Part II – Phonics Part III – Math Part IV - Poetry Part V - Prayer & Devotion
“From sweet April showers that make our hearts sing, may you feel every blessing of God’s gentle spring.” K is for Kite has to be my favorite of Kathy“From sweet April showers that make our hearts sing, may you feel every blessing of God’s gentle spring.” K is for Kite has to be my favorite of Kathy-jo Wargin’s God’s Seasonal Alphabet books so far. While we love P is for Pumpkin, F is for Fireflies, and S is for Snowman, K is for Kite is the best. The illustrations from Kim Gatto and fun and breezing and perfect for this weather. The verse on each page to accompany each letter is delightful and fun to read. I wouldn’t be opposed to having these be memorized by a preschooler and used as alphabet flashcards.
Going from the color choices on the background of a page to the fun phrases, I love it all and my daughter delights to read it again and again. It is our favorite read this spring for sure.
*Thanks to Zondervan for providing a copy for review.*
When Kathy-jo Wargin was a young girl, each night after dinner, her mother let her choose between washing the dishes or writing a poem. Before long, she decided that if she grew up to be a writer, she wouldn't have to do any dishes. She has since learned that even though she has published more than twenty award-winning books for children, she still has to wash the dishes. Kathy-jo lives in Minnesota with her husband and her son. Go to her website www.kathy-jowargin.com Author Website: http://www.kathy-jowargin.com
As a child, Richard Johnson was always happiest with a pencil and a scrap of paper to scribble on. He decided to pursue his passion for art and went on to study illustration at Loughborough University of Art and Design. Some of the books he has worked on include Aesop’s Fables, If Elephants Wore Trousers, Around the World in Eighty Tales, The Peter Pan Jigsaw Book, and his own story, My Grandpa’s Amazing Inventions. Richard currently lives in Lincolnshire, England. This review was originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.
Every book from Kathy-Jo Wargin is a delight to add to our shelves. I'm not crazy about F is for Fireflies, but it is fun and a great way to use elemeEvery book from Kathy-Jo Wargin is a delight to add to our shelves. I'm not crazy about F is for Fireflies, but it is fun and a great way to use elements of summertime and God's love to share the alphabet with your child. I'm really not a fan of this type of artistry, but it is different and whimsical. Each page makes one yearn for summer days to come again soon!
*Thanks to Zondervan and DJC Communications for providing an ARC for review.*
As Goodnight Moon is fast becoming a favorite staple bedtime book, it was nice to find an accompanying book. Goodnight Moon ABC is a fun little boardAs Goodnight Moon is fast becoming a favorite staple bedtime book, it was nice to find an accompanying book. Goodnight Moon ABC is a fun little board book that brings to memory for AppleBlossom our normal reading of Goodnight Moon, but also something different and educational. Through each page some word for each letter of the alphabet is found and brought from the Goodnight Moon book. I think it is a fun, and as she grows will cause her to point out the letters when we also read Goodnight Moon. I think it was probably a fun project to do and I am curious how the Goodnight Moon 123: A Counting Book will be as well.
My only qualm is that for somethings they really had to stretch a letter a bit like "O for Outside" and "P for Paintings" and the worst one in my opinion is "U for Under the covers". Yet then I guess that was all they had to work with. Overall I like it.
*Thanks to Arianna of HarperCollins Children for providing a copy for review.*...more