Learning Resources for Thinking Toddlers & Preschoolers

Favorite Learning Resources for Thinking Toddlers and Preschoolers

I’ve always been a big fan of experiential learning.  Every year I publish a list of the our curriculum for the following year, and I frequently recommend great Christian books and curriculum. In addition to intentionally choosing good books and curriculum, we make an effort to set up an environment that encourages active learning, critical thinking, and family bonding. Over the next year I plan to put together a list of our family’s favorite learning tools (which sometimes look like toys!) for your perusal.

This list will include some favorite books for toddlers and preschoolers, as I’ve been asked for such a list several times. For all other ages, feel free to review to the Book Review indexes in the tab above.

For this age, I prefer a Montessori approach of natural learning and exploration. We have a shelving system with baskets containing learning toys organized by type/focus so that we can rotate. The girls have learned to play quietly for an hour while the boys and I read aloud in the morning. Mid-morning, the boys do individual work while I spend time with the girls. During the afternoon the girls rest while the boys and I work together on history and science. [Read more…]

Web Wanderings ~ November 18, 2014

Web Wanderings - Links to Christian Articles

This week and next, I will be taking a break from publishing the weekly curriculum and notebooking pages for Bible Road Trip Year Three. I pray that you have a joyous and restful Thanksgiving remembering the blessings of the Lord upon your life.

“But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord! ~ Jonah 2:9 ESV

Books We’re Reading This Week [Read more…]

44 Animals of the Bible by Nancy Pelander Johnson {Review}

44 Animals of the Bible by Nancy Pelander Johnson

I want to thank Master Books for providing me with a copy of 44 Animals of the Bible in return for my honest review.

I’m always on the lookout for great books to use in for our daily read-alouds right after we read the Bible. We read on a wide variety of topics from a Christian worldview. For my boys I read chapter books, but I’ve been on the look-out for books that would be interesting to the girls as well. My toddler nieces love animals, and I expect they’ll love 44 Animals of the Bible by Nancy Pelander Johnson (Master Books, 2014) as well. The gorgeous watercolors by Lloyd R. Hight will catch their eye and the description of the animals will teach them more about God’s world. The Bible verses on each page will help them understand where each animal fit into the Bible, as will the dialogue.

44 Animals of the Bible - Peek Inside [Read more…]

The Christmas Story by Carine Mackenzie ~ Review & Giveaway

The Christmas Story by Carine Mackenzie

I’d like to thank Christian Focus 4 Kids for sending me The Christmas Story by Carine Mackenzie in return for my honest review, and also for providing a book to give away!

The Bible does a wonderful job of telling the Christmas story. It is, after all, God’s Word. The Bible is all about Jesus.

Here’s what I love about The Christmas Story: The Bible Version by Carine Mackenzie (CF4K, 2014): [Read more…]

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{Free Printable Notebooking Pages} Bible Road Trip Year Three Week Fifteen

{Free Printable Notebook Pages} Bible Road Trip ~ Year Three Week Fifteen

Here are the Notebook Pages for Year Three Week Twelve of Bible Road Trip ~ Acts ~ Part One. I’ve posted these by level (Lower Grammar, Upper Grammar, Dialectic) – that way, you can print exactly what you want. To access the free sheets, just log into your subscriber account and click on the link below the titles.

The Notebooking Pages are designed to be used with Bible Road Trip. Bible Road Trip is an exciting journey which places you and your children in the driver’s seat! Aimed at youth grades PreK-12, Bible Road Trip will allow your family to survey the Bible cover-to-cover in 3 years ~ with breaks for summer!

Don’t want to download Bible Road Trip week-by-week? You can also purchase full-year PDF downloads at the Bible Road Trip Store. [Read more…]