Saturday, September 24, 2011

Zero is the Leaves on the Tree

Fall LOVE is here for me again this year. I love this season and just couldn't resist sharing one of our new favorite fall reads. It's called Zero is the Leaves on the Tree by Betsy Franco and illustrated by Shino Arihara. It takes you through all the seasons starting with fall and on too summer sharing all the many instances that there are zero like leaves, kites in the sky, sleds on the hill and so on through the seasons. Its deals with so many wonderful conceptual lessons like that of zero but also seasons and the five senses too as some of the 'zeros' to be found include sound as well as sight and touch. The drawings are soft and muted in their color palette as they charmingly depict young children at play.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My First Hands-On Bible

My First Hands-On Bible from Tyndale Kids is a great family devotional for those with preschoolers. The illustrations are charming, simple and colorful. There are two ' character friends' that follow along through the book, a little kangaroo named, Pocket, and a lamb named ,Cuddles. They are at the end of each story with activity suggestions and a prayer. My two love finding Pocket and Cuddles. While it isn't a complete copy of the NLT Bible there are numerous scripture passages that are taken directly from scripture. I would say they achieved the goal of creating a very hands on experience with focus on engaging and connecting young children with the story. Small hand prints are throughout the text that suggests activities to do that relate and highlight what is being read throughout the story. For example in Joshua 6 when they are marching around the walls of Jericho some of the during the reading activities are to count to seven, the number of times they were to march around the wall, and to all shout together as they did after their seventh time. It's been great for keeping my children's attention and engaged with what's being read. There's a prayer, talking points and a few activity suggestions for each story. Everything is very doable and some are really quite simple. There is also a connection note that links the teachable lessons from the verses to Jesus, it's called the Jesus connection. While overall e are really enjoying this book I have to say that the NLT is just not one of my favorite translations, I also wish there was a scripture verse suggestion for memorization. This is a book we will revisit for our Bible time, to use as a devotional and just as a resource for ideas for teachable activities.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale for the purpose of this review.