Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Very Belated Update

This is very late, but we finished Jude's Pre-K year! My son and I both had so much fun and Jude learned a lot. I used Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum with my 4 year old son and we completed it in 10 months time. We loved almost every single book included in this core.

I was hoping to write this blog post MUCH earlier and go into a lot more detail about our school year, but so much has happened to my family since we finished Pre-K. Over the summer, Jude turned 5 and we celebrated with a trip to the Lego store and dinner at In-n-Out. My sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Wesley and I have so enjoyed becoming an aunt and uncle again and Jude is a very proud cousin. In the midst of all this celebration and joy, we also had to deal with sadness and loss. Wesley's step-father, a man that helped raised him since he was the same age as our son, passed away at the end of the summer. We all lost an important man in our lives.

It's now been a little over 2 months since summer ended and we started Kindergarten. I'm just now feeling like the dust has begun to settle and I can get back to blogging. I hope to include more updates about how Kindergarten and the rest of our life has been going in the future.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Book Review: New Toes for Tia

New Toes for TiaNew Toes for Tia by Larry Dinkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My son and I read this as a part of Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum. My son really enjoyed this story and couldn't wait to read the next chapter. Our church sends out many missionaries, so I was glad to have a book like this to explain to him what missionaries are and what they do. My son was really touched by Tia's story and was so happy for her that the doctor's were able to help her. A very special story to share!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Book Review: Why Do Tigers Have Stripes?

Why Do Tigers Have Stripes?Why Do Tigers Have Stripes? by Mike Unwin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My son and I read this as a part of Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum. We stayed on schedule and only read one or two pages everyday. This is an interesting book with lots of little tidbits of information. The book explains why animals look the way they do and why certain colors and/or patterns help animals survive in the wild. I'm amazed at not only how my son learned from this book, but how much I did as well. My son looked forward to reading this everyday and would often explain the things we learned from it to other family members. This is a great little science book, perfect for preschoolers and elementary age children.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Book Review: A Child's Book of Art

A Child's Book of Art: Great Pictures First WordsA Child's Book of Art: Great Pictures First Words by Lucy Micklethwait
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My son and I read this as a part of Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum. This is an amazing book that will continue to be a favorite of both mine and my son's. The concept is genius. Classic works of art grouped by theme, accompanied by vocabulary words. The art included is beautiful, it pains me to hear that others object to it because of the nudity. Nudity must be expected when you study classic works of art. My son enjoyed looking through this book every week. We would take turns discussing what we did or did not like about each piece. We would also choose one piece from each grouping as our favorite and discuss why. My son is much more interested in art after studying this book.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book Review: Uncle Wiggily's Story Book

Uncle Wiggily's Story BookUncle Wiggily's Story Book by Howard R. Garis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My son and I read this as a part of Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum. This ended up being my son's favorite book that we read this school year. As soon as we finished it, he asked for a new Uncle Wiggily book. I'm hoping I will be able to track one down to read over the summer with him. I was pleasantly surprised with how much he enjoyed this since the stories are very antiquated, slow (for a preschooler), and there is only one illustration per chapter. Some of the language is very outdated, but my son didn't seemed phased by it at all. I have noticed a positive improvement in my son's attention span, vocabulary, and comprehension. I personally think it is largely due to reading this book. I am so glad we found this!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Book Review: Children's Book of Virtues

Children's Book of VirtuesChildren's Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My son and I read this book as a part of Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum. The illustrations in the book are gorgeous. I think I enjoyed this more than my son did, he listened to all the stories, but most of them he just said were ok. The story of Gangis Khan was his favorite and he often requested to read that one again. Overall, I really liked this book, but it does have a pretty conservative leaning, so I could see where others might take issue with it. Many of the stories included, such as George Washington and the Cherry Tree and St. George and the Dragon, are culturally important and I was glad to introduce them to my son.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Book Review: Family-Time Bible in Pictures

Family-Time Bible in PicturesFamily-Time Bible in Pictures by Kenneth N. Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My son and I read this as a part of Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum. We both loved this children's Bible. It is a good selection of Bible stories for preschoolers and early elementary age children. My son was very engaged in all the stories and looked forward to our daily Bible reading. The stories are about two pages long and there is a beautiful illustration included with each story. There are also a few extra illustrated maps and pictures that give a little more explanation to certain parts of the Bible. At the end of each story are a couple of questions and a reference for what book and chapter the story is explaining. Some are simply comprehension questions, others are more theological in nature. This is a great addition to preschool home library.

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