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The Beginner's Bible Sticker and Activity Book: All About Jesus (Zonderkidz, 2015)

A Supplement to The Beginner’s Bible for Kids

Since our kids were born, we’ve regularly read out of The Beginner’s Bible (from Thomas Nelson publishers) together. It’s a superb starter Bible for reading aloud and for preschoolers to practice reading themselves.

The Beginner's Bible

So when I recently had the opportunity to review an accompanying activity book, I knew my kids would be excited.

The Beginner's Bible Sticker and Activity Book: All About Jesus (Zonderkidz, 2015)

The Beginner’s Bible Sticker and Activity Book: All About Jesus (Zonderkidz, 2015) is one of a series of sticker and activity books for preschoolers to accompany the Bible stories shared in The Beginner’s Bible.

In 16 pages, this activity book offers a fairly wide variety of activities. Each page offers an even shorter version of the (already shortened) stories in the The Beginner’s Bible. So while this activity book shouldn’t be used as the main Bible reading, it offers a superb, hands-on supplement to family reading/study. Some pages have the kids place stickers over grayed out spaces, some include word searches, some include counting activities, mazes, or coloring. The activities also provide a span of developmental skills, including reading comprehension, sequencing, and memory recall.

The Beginner's Bible Sticker and Activity book in action

How We Used This Book

My daughter is starting to offer her input on some of my review items. She says she particularly loves the “people stickers” (since they’re the same illustrations as The Beginner’s Bible itself), and she likes that we get to do all the activities together as a family. :-)

The activities included are definitely geared towards preschoolers, but elementary and older kids could “lead” family study or church youth group activities with preschoolers using these activity books as a supplement. My kids eagerly did the activities, which were simple in general, but had varied directions, which is always good to practice. The only issue they had was being able to get some of the stickers (particularly the puzzle-shaped stickers) off of the sticker sheet without ripping. We spread out the pages over about a week and used this activity book as our Bible study for the week. It’s perfect to use in conjunction with The Beginner’s Bible by reading the full stories there, then completing 2-3 corresponding activity pages.

There are currently five other activity books in this series, covering Easter, creation, and more. The price (just a few dollars) is pretty reasonable for an activity book that can be spread out over a week’s worth of family Bible study, add a tactile component to Bible study, or even provide an activity or a long car ride.

What activity books does your family love for family Bible study?

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher as a part of the BookLook blogger program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Jesus Calling for Little Ones

Three Favorite Family Bible Study Items

We’ve been testing out a few options for family Bible study to see what works for our kids as unique learners and us as a family. I’ve loved many resources we’ve been able to review or come across over the years. Some we’re saving for when the kids are older. But here are three we’re using right now and absolutely love:

1. GrapeVine Studies – We love the simplicity and interactive components of GrapeVine Bible studies! We’ve particularly used the traceable formats for our preschoolers, and they’re wonderful for young kids working on fine motor skills. The lessons are short enough for young attention spans, and also work well to spread a unit out over several weeks (with two or three days per week). I’ve reviewed some of the GrapeVine traceables studies on my blog in the past and included ways we adapt the lessons for our child with special needs. GrapeVine also offers studies for older students and multi-level studies for families to complete together.

Grapevine Summer Studies

Keep a watch with GrapeVine. Starting July 15th, they’re having a mega bundle sale!

2. Jesus Storybook Bible – I know I’ve mentioned this one quite a bit, but it’s just so wonderful. The poetic, yet age-appropriate and energetic, way Sally Lloyd-Jones writes this Bible offers a wonderful read aloud. Plus, every story, no matter whether it’s Old Testament or New Testament, focuses on God’s love and telling that story of love through His people and through Christ.

Jesus Storybook Bible

3. Jesus Calling for Little Ones – My daughter is in love with this book. I enjoyed the original version of Jesus Calling for adults and this board book version for young kids picks out some wonderful statements and verses. Each page spread has a sweet and colorful illustration, one focus verse, and 4-5 sentences in the trademark Jesus Calling style of God speaking to the reader.

For example of the style, one page reads: “If you look to the heavens, I am there. If you look to the bottom of the ocean, I am there. I am everywhere! You can be sure I am always with you.”

Jesus Calling for Little Ones

With a good mix of Old Testament and New Testament verses, this little book covers several themes: trusting through fear, prayer, gratitude, trusting God’s plans, joy, forgiveness, worry, God’s presence, and more. There are thirteen total spreads/stanzas.

My daughter loves reading each stanza aloud and talking about the illustrations. My favorite aspect of this format is that one page spread has just enough to allow preschoolers to hear the heart behind a verse and allows us to discuss it as a family and what it means in our daily lives. This board book is great for around ages 1-6, and for older siblings to read and “teach” to younger siblings.

Upcoming: In the next year, I’m very excited to try out the K-3 version of the PictureSmart Bible. I’ve read many good things about this program and was able to check it out in person at our homeschool convention this year, and I think it’ll be wonderful to combine a new tactile component with book overviews!

What are your family’s current favorite Bible study resources? Have you used one of the above resources? Share your experiences in the comments!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Jesus Calling for Little Ones from the publisher as a part of the BookLook blogger program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

I am an affiliate for Amazon Associates and GrapeVine Studies. If you click on an Amazon link or a GrapeVine Studies link and then make a purchase, I receive a small commission. This does not affect your final cost at all. Thank you for supporting this blog and my family!

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5 Picture Books on Season Transitions {undergodsmightyhand.com}

5 Picture Books About Season Transitions

It’s March 4th – the first Wednesday of March! And that means it is World Read Aloud Day!

LitWorld.org hosts World Read Aloud Day as a way to communicate the need and importance of reading aloud with students and children. Reading aloud provides a model for reading, improves literacy, facilitates connection between parent (or teacher) and child, and celebrates and encourages creativity.

Visit LitWorld online for more information about World Read Aloud Day, as well as resources for home, school, and community. Join in on the fun on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #WRAD15 to find book recommendations and celebration ideas and post your own!

World Read Aloud Day 2015!

Need some ideas for World Read Aloud Day?

How about picture books on transitioning seasons?

5 Picture Books on Season Transitions {undergodsmightyhand.com}

5 Picture Books that Discuss Transitioning Seasons

Hi, Koo! by Jon J Muth

Hi, Koo! by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic, 2014) – This book of haiku poems (get it? Haiku… “hi, Koo!”) offers 26 poems on the four seasons while following an adorable panda bear through seasonal adventures. The haikus are gentle and fluid, and the illustrations are exquisite. Great for read alouds!

Tap the Magic Tree

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson (Greenwillow Books, 2013) – This picture book remains one of my kids’ favorites. The book takes an interactive form and gives readers directions to follow (tap the tree and turn the page, etc.). As readers complete each action and turn the page, they see their actions “produce” results! Perfect for preschoolers, this book is fun to read aloud and have one or many kids help the tree in the illustrations transition through the each season.

Bunny's First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by David McPhail (Zonderkidz, 2015) – Sally Lloyd-Jones is the author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, one of our family’s very favorite children’s bibles. She is able to tell a story with strong emotion and beautifully fluid, yet active phrases. Bunny’s First Spring introduces the reader to a young bunny who bounces in adoration of a spring world full of life and new growth. As the year progresses, the bunny grows and wonders if a tree dropping its fall leaves is sick or if winter means the earth is dying. The bunny’s mother and father assure that waiting will reveal the answer, so the bunny listens and watches nature until its own hibernation period. With a soothing rhythmic tone, this book is perhaps particularly appropriate as a read aloud for parents/guardians and preschool children.

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Leaves by David Ezra Stein (Putnam, 2007) – This sweet book follows a young bear at the very end of summer and the wonder and discovery of fall. While the book focuses on autumn, all of the seasons are covered, ending with jubilation at the new growth of spring. Preschoolers again will love rejoicing with the bear in this book.

The Lion and The Bird by Marianne Dubuc

The Lion and The Bird by Marianne Dubuc (Enchanted Lion Books, 2014) – This book is plain beautiful, heart-wrenching, and endearing. Rather than the seasons being the focus, the book centers on the unlikely and perfect friendship between a farming lion and a journeying bird. The bird gets hurt and Lion helps bandage it, but the bird is unable to fly away with its migrating flock. The lion helps the bird recuperate through the cold winter as they enjoy a strengthening friendship. However, when spring returns, so does the bird’s flock. What will become of their friendship? This book also leans heavily on illustrations over words allowing younger readers to help narrate the story in their own words. My favorite line: “But winter doesn’t feel all that cold with a friend.” A beautiful book everyone needs to read – together.

How about you? What books will you be reading this World Read Aloud Day?

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Finding Special Needs Resources at CurrClick {plus a limited time freebie and a giveaway!}

Special Needs Homeschool Resources from CurrClick {plus a freebie!}

I first learned about CurrClick a couple of years ago from other homeschool bloggers. Then, I was able to meet some of the folks who work behind the scenes with CurrClick at a conference. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been able to find several great resources through CurrClick’s vendors. We’ve used seasonal printables, preschool packets, freebies, and more.

Finding Special Needs Resources at CurrClick {plus a limited time freebie and a giveaway!}

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Finding Special Needs Resources on CurrClick

CurrClick offers downloadable files, lapbooks, classes, videos, and more. CurrClick also runs regular promotions and many vendors offer quality freebies to supplement your homeschool activities. I’m constantly surprised by the affordable prices on CurrClick, too.

One thing I love about CurrClick’s search feature is the filter function. I’m able to narrow my search to age groups or particular needs, both of which are helpful for our family. I found these resources by looking at “preschool” and “Christmas” or “preschool” and “special needs.” Within special needs, there are several subcategories, like “fine motor considerations,” “speech,” and more. Here are just a few of the activities we’ve tried or recently downloaded for our preschooler with special needs (and his typical-developing sister).

Christmas Resources

12 Days of Christmas, Copywork, Activity Book, and Sheet Music – This packet offers copywork, preschool/early elementary learning activities, faith-based information, and actual sheet music of the 12 Days of Christmas song.

Christmas Sprit: Coloring Pages and Activities (a freebie!) – My preschoolers are going to love this packet! We’re using this one from now until Christmas. It offers coloring sheets, dot-to-dots, word searches, and sight word activities. Themed activities often motivate my son to practice handwriting skills. And, right now, it’s a freebie!

Seasonal and Topical Resources

Five Senses Lapbook – I’ve had this on my CurrClick wish list for a while. It’s a full unit download (114 pages) about the five senses with activities that can be modified for various special needs.

Autumn Leaves Lapbook – This lapbook turns leaves exploration in a hands-on learning experience even when reviewing information/facts.

And God Saw that It was Good – This particular download was created for a child with special needs, so it includes a multisensory approach with activities that can be modified for other needs.

Printable Packs that focus on a variety of fine motor skills

I particularly like printable packs that offer a variety of activities for fine motor skills (scissor, handwriting, crafts, etc.), reading, reading comprehension, spelling, and more. CurrClick is full of resources like these! Here are just a couple we’ve used or recently purchased.

African Safari Junior Printable Pack – Animals are always fun, and this printable pack offers information plus hands-on, fine motor practice.

Winter Junior Printable Pack – This pack has multiple kinds of activities, including matching, literacy, math, puzzles, sequencing, cutting practice and more.

All About Me student-created book – We’ve used this book with our preschoolers, both typical-developing and special needs. It’s a great one for self-awareness and fine motor practice.

A CurrClick Freebie!

CurrClick is offering a new freebie each day during this 12 Days of Christmas Homeschool Freebies and Resources promotion!

Today, CurrClick is offering this “Jack and Jill Rhyme Activity Packet” from Notebooking Nook for free! Preschool and elementary ages will love this packet. This freebie is available from December 8-10, 2014, so don’t delay. Add the product to your CurrClick cart, then include the code “CC12days8” at checkout to get this rhyme activity packet for free!

Jack and Jill rhyme activity packet freebie from CurrClick!

Follow allow with the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas Freebies and Resources blog series to get more freebies and check out more great resources other homeschool families are using from CurrClick!

12 Days of Christmas CurrClick Giveaway

12 Days of Christmas Homeschool Freebies and Resources from CurrClick

Enter to win a $20 gift certificate to CurrClick.com to get your own great curriculum supplements for your homeschool! They’ll draw 12 names for a $20 gift certificate each!

The giveaway runs through December 16th, 2014 at 10pm.

Enter below!

CurrClick

 

Disclosure: I am an affiliate for CurrClick, so if you click on a CurrClick link and then purchase a product, I will receive a small commission fee. This does not affect your cost. Thank you for supporting this blog and my family! I also received a few free CurrClick downloads to use and review as a participant in the 12 days blog tour.

One of our favorite preschool learning resources! Signing Time DVDs

A Favorite Preschool Learning Resource

I’ve mentioned it a few times here, but one of our favorite preschool resources are the Signing Time DVDs.

One of our favorite preschool learning resources! Signing Time DVDs

Not only were these essential when my son (who has multiple special needs) was expanding his sign vocabulary to be able to communicate with others, but these DVDs also incorporate early literacy skills through auditory, visual, and tactile aspects. Both of my children learned sight words earlypartly due to these episodes. Signing also provided my typical-developing daughter ways to communicate her wants and needs before she began talking. (And now she can interpret what her brother is saying when needed!)

Even after years of watching these shows, my husband and I still walk around the house singing these songs. They’re actually good “kid music.” The songs vary in sound, are fun to listen to, and allow practice with signing and memorization.

Today and tomorrow only (Tuesday, November 25th and Wednesday, November 26th): Signing Time is hosting a huge $10 DVD sale! Each DVD is only $10 week, which is half off the regular sale price!

Our favorites are in the Series 1 DVDs, especially:

And now they recently released a lovely Christmas episode!

Signing Time Christmas!

 

This sale runs today only, so click the links above to check these shows out! UPDATE! The lovely folks at Two Little Hands Productions extended the sale for one more day! The sale now runs through Wednesday, November 26th!

Have you used signing with any of your children? How so?

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