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Read the traditional nursery rhyme Itsy Bitsy Spider first, then enjoy a fun new rhyme. Can you make up a rhyme of your own?

Paperback, 24 pages, Reading Level: Gr. K-1, Tadpoles Series – “Engaging illustrations highlight simple stories that repeat words and phrases to help build reading skills.”

This easy reader book teaches rhyme. The original version is followed by another version of the same style. Good illustrations. I like this one!

 

Natural resources on Earth are at risk of running out. Using too many natural resources, such as water, trees, and fossil fuels, is putting pressure on our supplies and damaging the environment. Discover the facts about how resources are used around the world, which resources are renewable and non-renewable, and what the future of natural resource management looks like.

Paperback, 32 pages, Reading Level: Gr. 5, Eco Facts Series – “vividly illustrated guides to the environmental challenges affecting our planet. Each book explores real-life examples of environmental threats, disasters, and solutions. Young readers will discover fascinating facts and statistics and learn some simple ways they can make a difference.”

This book has plenty of illustrations and photos on every page and the text is neatly organized and interesting. It’s helpful that it includes a table of contents, glossary and index. Crabtree Publishing’s website says there is a free downloadable teacher’s guide for this book but I don’t see it listed with the other teacher support materials accessible from their home page.

Crabtree Publishing Company is dedicated to producing high-quality books and educational products for K-9+.

Crabtree Publishing Company provided these books to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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Picture of Room on Our Rock

There are two ways to read this story. When read from left to right, the seals believe there is definitely no room on their rock for others. When the book is read backward, the seals welcome others to shelter on their rock. A heartwarming story about sharing and compassion.

Hardcover book, 32 pages. ages 4-8. 

The carefully chosen words complete another story when the book is read again by turning the pages from the last page back to the first. There are full page illustrations but limited text. To me, the limited words create more of a poem feel than an typical story. 

It appears that $1 from every book supports the Refugee Action Support Program. The author’s website states Room on our Rock is “a story about empathy and thinking about others where as older readers are making connections to social issues.” I do not care to have a social message in a child’s book. 

Kane Miller books are books kids love to read. Order online at Kane Miller Publishing’s shopping site Usborne Books & More.

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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Alephbeit for Beginners from Psalm 119 by Lydia Hirn | Foundations Press

 

Features of This Course:

  • Learn how to pronounce and write the Hebrew consonants.
  • Learn what each Hebrew letter represents.
  • Use Psalm 119 to practice identifying the Hebrew letters and copying Hebrew verses.
  • Memorize 135 Modern Hebrew vocabulary words that can be used right away in daily life.
  • Reinforce what you have learned with fun exercises and quizzes.
  • Review with included flashcards and vocabulary word lists.

 

Our Review: 

This book is designed for students at the Kindergarten level/age and I find it perfect for my rising Kindergarten student. The spiral binding makes it easy to use and the pages (264) are simple black text on white paper. There is plenty of room for writing and drawing where needed. The lesson layout at the beginning of the book gives a helpful recommendation for using the course. Easy to use for a home school mom with no Hebrew knowledge. A fun/ enjoyable learning style for a young student. This is the first of a four book curriculum series. I highly recommend. 

The book suggests accessing her website for videos, audios, and more learning materials for the Hebrew language. 

About the Author:

Lydia Hirn, author and blogger, is a homeschooling graduate from Michigan and is sister to 14 siblings. She is experienced with children’s evangelism outreach, worship and song writing, and photography. She has a love for Israel and for Scripture study and copywork, especially in Hebrew, the original language of the Bible. Visit her at Lydia Lu Languages for encouraging blog posts, language-learning videos and audios, and of course, her Hebrew curriculum books and other products.

Grab your copy at Lydia Lu Languages or Foundations Press.

Lydia-Lu Hirn provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

 

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Author: Libby Walden
Illustrator: Clover Robin

 

Each hard cover book offers 12 pages of of information and illustration about nature and the natural world.

Animal introductions come by rhyming text and pop-up illustration. A few additional facts are also included. Text is age appropriate and catchy.

This is an excellent first information book. The illustrations go beyond any age limitations; they are beautiful and captivating! The amazing pop-ups by Clover Robin bring each animal scene to life.

Expect rhyming text, pop-up illustrations, animal and habitat facts. Provides STEM applications. Highly recommend.

Kane Miller books are books kids love to read. Order online at Kane Miller Publishing’s shopping site Usborne Books & More.

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided these books to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

 

 

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Kindness is the single most powerful thing that we can teach our children.

Follow Emily through her day with family and friends where your child will learn how easy it can be to spread kindness!

From sharing toys with her little sister to including everyone in the game – your child will see that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

This is a 27 page paperback about a girl and how she shows kindness. The story gives a brief one sentence example of a kind act, the phrase ” That’s a great way to show kindness!”, and a “light bulb” helpful tip. Each page has a simple illustration.
It’s a cute book but a very quick read for young kiddos. I think it would need a bit more of a story to be interesting for kids any older than 5. 
Could be used as a story starter/ discussion prompt for more ways to be kind. 
Jacquelyn Stagg provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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There are thousands of books and curriculum choices for parents these days.
Let us make it simple for you. . .
Have you given your children God’s curriculum?

It should go without saying that there is a good deal of wisdom and knowledge to be found in the Book of Proverbs. It was the original curriculum, produced about 3,000 years ago intended as the basic education for a young man (or young woman). Could this wisdom be just as relevant and just as important now, even after being displaced by a thousand “new and improved” systems of thought? At the very least, Christian parents should be most interested in providing this compendium of knowledge to their children from their earliest years.

Our children should be able to internalize and apply the principles found in the Book of Proverbs from their earliest years. If our children will be rooted in all 1,000-plus lessons found in Proverbs before they reach adulthood, they should begin to work through them as early as 8 or 9 years of age.

This workbook suggests an active approach to learning by the use of four basic steps. They are read, think, hide, and apply and is explained on the first page. Each chapter covers a Proverbs chapter and includes a select memory verse, a vocabulary section, a word search, and chapter questions. Discussion type questions reference further verses to read. The cover is cute but the book is without any illustrations. I like the illustration free, distraction free look. Uses NKJV and includes an answer key. Paperback, 200 pages. Highly recommend.

Take a look at the Generations site for this Proverbs lesson book and for more great resources. 

Generations provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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In writing “Manners & Tips for Caring Kids” Ramona Wood created the book she needed as a child—and searched for as a parent. Now she brushes up on her manners alongside her grandchildren as she reads this book with them.

It’s not just about manners. It’s the meaning behind the manners!

It’s about thinking…instead of just acting

This book offers a quick introduction to the Fruit of the Spirit. The 32 pages provide practical ways for kids to improve their manners and includes various other bible verses that build upon a particular attribute. Easy to read and understand text. The pages are colorful and not overly “fruity”. Author Ramona Wood created simple illustrations that add in visual understanding and interest. A nicely done book!

This book is a 2019 bronze medal Illumination winner in the education category. Illumination book awards are designed to honor and bring increased recognition to the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview.

 

Ramona Wood provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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