I believe books should be a huge part of a child’s life. This is one of the reasons why I have filled the ABCJesusLovesMe Preschool Curriculum with quality, time-tested books. But it has only been in the past few years I realized I was only providing my children with half of the learning that a book provided. We were loving the story lines but I was missing the incredible learning available in the illustrations.
If you were able to join us for last week’s Periscope Broadcast you learned the incredible value of Picture Walking through books. Without ever reading a word of the story, the child expands his imagination, learns about pragmatics, increases comprehension, and begins the first steps to reading on his own. If you missed it, be sure to check out the ABCJLM YouTube Channel to view the video.
As wonderful as Picture Walking is, it will only as be powerful as the quality of the book. After many library trips, I have found myself frustrated at the poor quality of books that we chose from the shelves. There are some really – really – bad pictures books. Seriously amazed how some of them got published! I created the Book of the Week reading lists for each curriculum to save you the time of having to hunt for quality stories and supportive illustrations. (2 Year List)
There is one more resource that I want to encourage you to explore, and that is Usborne Books. No, I am not a consultant. But, I have yet to see an Usborne book that I didn’t like.
Sheena, who is a consultant for Usborne, contacted me with the desire to share with the ABCJLM family some brand new Spring books. Any time that I can share quality books…count me in!
The first book is How Do Flowers Grow? ($14.99). Immediately upon holding the book I was reminded of the quality of books that Usborne publishes. As a lift-the-flap book, the vibrant colors jump out at the reader, begging the child to learn more about plants. Why do plants have flowers? Where do seeds come from? Who plants all the seeds? These are just some of the topics covered. This books would be a wonderful addition to several topics covered in the ABCJLM 4 and 5 Year Curricula: plants, seasons, and Creation.
Each of these books are part of a larger collection covering so many more topics. Use the links above to find out more, or you can connect with Sheena on Facebook.
Sheena would like to give away one of these books to three people. The first winner to respond will have his or her choice of book.
on the rectangular image below to enter. This giveaway will
end on Monday April 11th @ 12:59 p.m (CST). Winner will be announced April 12th on this blog so be sure to come back and see if you have won!
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