Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Picture Book Review: The Bridge of the Golden Wood

A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated folk tale teaches how to spot opportunities to help others and make money; comes with ideas for businesses; money-making activities; and online resources on finding customers, managing money, job ideas, and moving up in an organization (for kids ages 4 and up). Young children will be captivated by the story; older ones will want to apply the things they learn about business. Teach someone to fish. This how-to book on work bridges the gap between what kids learn in school about jobs, careers, small business, finance, economics, and what they should know (how to serve others).

4 Stars

The Bridge of the Golden Wood is a lovely retelling of a folk tale about earning a living. The illustrations are beautiful and the simple story of a boy taking the advice of an old woman and clearing a log to enable fish to eat demonstrates how helping others can result in a treasure. I love the simplicity of this story. I gave this four stars because of the visibility of the words on the page.  

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Hibernation Song for Preschoolers

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This simple song is perfect for preschoolers to learn about hibernation. 

Unit Contains:

Story/Song Book
Mini-Take Home Book to color and assemble
Mini-Poster with an easy to follow lesson plan to attach to the back

 It is set to the tune "Alligator Pie". If you are unsure how that goes, here is a video to teach you the melody.  

Sunday, December 17, 2017

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The Pine Tree Parable Curriculum Guide for early childhood. This book is a part of the parable series by Liz Curtis Higgs. 
Included in the Curriculum Guide:

Story Summary 

Circle Time Questions 

Music and Movement 

Bible Verse for Each Day 

Pop Up Christmas Card 

My Little Tree Song 

Measuring Fun Science/Math Activity 

Pin the Ornament on the Tree Game AND MUCH MORE

This picture book curriculum guide is designed for early childhood or special needs classrooms. Use this classic story in a week-long unit for your students. 
Story Summary 

Circle Time Questions 

Music and Movement 

Easy Scissor and Color Craft 

A Bulletin Board Cutouts for the Book 

A Tale of Three Trees Chant 

Counting Cards 

Tale of Three Trees Take Home Mini-Book 


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My Grandfather's Coat Picture Book Review and Activities

A rollicking, rhyming, fun rendition of a favorite folksong about a many-times recycled coat -- by the award-winning, bestselling team of Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock.

When my grandfather came to America
he made himself a handsome coat!
Then he wore it and he wore it and he wore it--
until it was all worn out!
So what did he do?

   He snipped and he clipped--
          and he stitched and he sewed. . .
                and out of the still-good cloth of his coat--
he made himself a smart jacket!

How many things can Grandfather make
out of that old frayed coat?
Jim Aylesworth's satisfying retelling and Barbara McClintock's heart-warming pictures celebrate the clever recycling of a beloved coat that lasts four generations -- until it becomes this story!

5 Stars
What a lesson in frugality! I loved the way every time the coat wore out the phrase was repeated, He snipped and he clipped--and he stitched and he sewed... In our throwaway society today, this is an excellent lesson for children to see that just because something is worn doesn't mean they can't use their imaginations and make it something else. Wonderful book and illustrations. 

Activities for another great old tale from Printable Pre-K
Use this classic story to teach sharing through shadow matching, an easy to learn and teach song, letter tracing and patterns. The story of Stone Soup, included in this packet has been reworded with vocabulary for an early childhood listener.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Picture Song Book Review: Santa's Song

Children of all ages will have fun and giggle along as they discover a new way to sing the popular tune "We Wish You A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."  Perfect each verse and then play along with letter combinations that will have everyone laughing out loud.  Fun for parents to share with children at story-time, or for the classroom. This silly song will create smiles and a jolly, happy time for all. The book is a companion to the award-winning Grafton and Scratch Publisher's edition of the classic poem, Twas The Night Before Christmas, edited by Santa Claus for children of the 21st. century.

4 Stars

Santa's Song is an easy-to-use concept. Take the song "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and change the beginning consonant. The book makes it effortless providing a verse for each letter. This would be a great songbook for a preschool class reviewing their letter sounds along with a visual cue for the consonant. There are few illustrations in the book except for the beautiful cover.