There are often things that I want to post about or recommend, but find that I don’t have time to get a full post together. So here are some of our current favorite resources, tools or blessings.
♥ Among the Pond People (and others in this series) – A delightful living science book with lovely, rich language and charming stories that are chock full of facts about living creatures, their habits and habitats.
One of the Tadpoles who had hatched last, swam up to the First Tadpole. “Your breathing-gills are not so large as mine,” she said.
“They surely are!” he exclaimed, for he felt very big indeed, having been the first to hatch.
“Oh, but they are not!” cried all his friends. “They don’t stick out as they used to.” And that was true, for his breathing gills were sinking into his head, and they found that this was happening to all the older Tadpoles.
Each chapter is a complete story about a different creature and even Nicholas (2) asks for Pond People stories. When I’m reading it aloud to the preschoolers and younger children, the older ones will often take a break and listen and several have made off with the book to read it on their own.
♥ The imagination of a 4 year old – Colby loves inchworms and talks of having jars and
jars full of his very own when he grows up. He found and cared for an inchworm, whom he named John, on vacation. When Inchworm John got lost Colby informed us that he went to find his wife, Inchworm Amber and that he would come back as soon as he found her. Colby is still waiting.
♥ Jamie Soles CDs – The more we listen to his music the more we enjoy it. One day I mentioned to the children that it never hit me that John the Baptist was a Nazarite just like Samson and they said, “We knew John was a Nazarite because of that song on our Jamie Soles CD.” Enjoyable music, Biblical truths, facts and actual words of Scripture, Jamie Soles continues to be a family favorite. The kid’s current favorite is “Prophets” mine is “Pure Words” (My full review of Jamie Soles music.)
♥ Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History – This book had been on my wish list for years and we finally purchased it several months ago. We regret that we didn’t purchase it sooner. From long ago Polycarp to present day Richard Wurmbrand our children have thrilled to reading about these heroes of the faith.
♥ Two year old speech – Nicholas asks for apple spiders (cider) for breakfast and jumps with excitement when it’s time to watch a ‘foofy’ (movie).
♥ Tag blankets – Our friend came by a short while after Isabella was born and gave both Isabella and Savannah (because of her upcoming surgery) personalized tag blankets and let the rest of the children choose the colors and designs that they preferred. They’re cute, soft and easily transportable.
♥ Boxes – The kids are collecting all the boxes that they can get their hands on and constructing all sorts of imaginative creations; science labs, baby bassinets, cars, the tabernacle, etc.
♥ A Child’s Geography Explore the Holy Land – Living geography with a focus on the glory of God as it is demonstrated through the world around us. Ann Voskamp makes geography breath!
What are some of your current favorites?
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