Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pre-School Bible Memorization

For a while now I have been wanting to start having my children memorize scriptures. In fact, when my son was small I taught him 1 John 4:8 "God is Love". Then I taught him Genesis 8:22. I believe that our earth and environment are in God's control and Genesis 8:22 is one of the scriptures that confirms that.

While researching on the internet I found this site and it has great information to teach little ones to memorize scripture. There are also other great resources and information on this site as well.

Please let me know your progress or if you have any ideas or resources to teach your children. I'd love to hear them.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Books for readers

I have been scouring the internet, libraries and any where else I can to find books to interest the children. I'm focusing on preparing them to read because I think that reading is a foundation for life-long learning. I have found many different sites that offer suggestions on reading lists for different ages. I am cautious about what I read to my children and I want to make sure that the books that I am exposing the children to are appropriate for our family.

Here's a list of some of the early readers that I have found. I will add to the list as I find more.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (this is a great book and an easy read; I love the illustrations.)
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Dragon Egg by Mallory Loehr
Mouse Colors by Jim Arnosky (Great illustrations, the only words are the names of colors. This book is small and great for small hands. My son picked this book out at the library for his younger sister.)
Butterfly by Mick Inkpen (My kids and I LOVE Kipper! There's a whole series of Little Kippers.)

Resource to teach children to read

There's a fantastic website out there for children which helps to teach them to read. It offers stories and games in a fun format. Starfall.com is a great place to start teaching your children about reading and language arts. I do not remember how I found it but I am thankful that I did. My children love it. In addition to teaching reading and language skills, this site also helps the child become familiar with the computer. It is a GREAT help. My 5 year old son asks to play "Starfall". His little sister who is 2 also likes to sit and watch as he plays the games. In fact, she likes it as much as he does! Nan was a late talker, she knew and comprehended what was being said but she just didn't want to talk. I credit starfall for her interest in communicating. Her vocabulary has exploded in the last 6 months and I attribute that to the time that she has watched her brother play Starfall.

In addition to games, stories and movies, there are also printables with each lesson. You can reinforce what they learn while they are playing. If you are looking for a great activity to introduce your child to reading, this is it, visit www.starfall.com. Oh yes, and the great thing about this website is that for the basic information it is free. Yes what a novel idea a website that offers help to parents without charging something.

Recently Starfall added a Kindergarten curriculum that you can purchase. I have not purchased it yet but am thinking about it...at least the $35 annual fee for additional computer games and information. It seems like a bargain!

Good luck and let me know how you like it!