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National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes

We haven’t spent a whole lot of time on volcanoes. But they have come up as an interest piece that we have researched a little bit. I mean AppleBlossom has read Pompeii: Buried Alive! many a time. The Enginerd has made a few baking soda and vinegar eruptions on demand. We also have been known to be found on the floor immersed in reading Magic School Bus Presents: Volcanoes and Earthquakes as well as National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes and others.   This level four early reader is one that I’ve seen on nearly all the lists for a recommended read. As soon as AppleBlossom was set free on an adventure of self-reading this was one that she read again and again recounting the adventure and fear that those people must have endured! This reader didn’t scare her with the tale, but filled her with a thirst for more.   While mamas can definitely enjoy books. . .

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The Christmas Story for Children by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, & Karen Davis Hill {Review}

The Christmas Story for Children

  I love this. Taking out the special pages from The Story for Children and enlarging and elaborating on them for the Christmas season. As long as I can remember, to me, Max Lucado has been a trusted name and source in Bible study and devotional resources. When I stumbled across The Story for Little Ones I could not be more pleased. Little Ones encompasses ages 2-5 while The Story for Children: A Storybook Bible I believe is meant for ages 4-8. This is part of a large campaign that includes all ages. The Story for Children (early elementary), The Story for Kids (later elementary), The Story Teen Edition, God’s Story Youth Edition, and then the adult books in The Story, God’s Story Your Story, and a few more. I think from what I have seen (my copy of The Story for Little Ones, God’s Story Your Story (reviewed) and a. . .

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Hillary Rodham Clinton (Picture Book) by Michelle Markel {Review}

Hillary Rodham Clinton picture book

A gorgeous and inspiring picture book biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton—First Lady, senator, secretary of state, and much more.

From Michelle Markel and LeUyen Pham comes an inspiring portrait of a girl who fought to make a difference—and paved the way for women everywhere.

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C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller by Janet & Geoff Benge {Review}

C.S. Lewis Master Storyteller YWAM Review

    The last several weeks most nights I have been reading aloud and taking turns with my Second Grader to read C.S Lewis, Master Storyteller from the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series by YWAM Publishing {aff} which we were blessed to receive for review as well as a CD Unit Study Guide Curriculum. The book is also available an audiobook and eBook versions and the study guide is available as a download as well. Ours is a physical paperback and CD. The book is very good quality with a glossy cover and is the size of an average trade paperback book with just over 190 pages. On the YWAM website you can see through ISSUU a sample of the book and some screen prints of a sample study guide. My own childhood was filled with knowledge of the Narnia stories written by “Master Storyteller” C.S. Lewis through BBC dramatizations. . .

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Johnny Appleseed: a Poem {Review}

We are starting Memoria Press Second Grade Enrichment Guide and the first book selection for our studies is this one, Johnny Appleseed: A Poem by Reeve Lindbergh. The first discovery I was surprised by is that Reeve is actually a female, which I wouldn’t have assumed from the name. After we read through this one, I discovered there is actually an animated story version of it streaming on Discovery Education. As I had one day left before our summer free trial subscription expired we were able to watch it (multiple times actually by request). While it is a poem, it was not overly poetic in my opinion, but told a story well. There was a repeat character of a girl to old woman Hannah Goodwin that John Chapman visited, as she grew so did her apple trees and her gratitude for Johnny Appleseed. The pictures in this book provide for. . .

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Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend {Review}

Johnny Appleseed Legend Review

Johnny Appleseed, a legend This year we are studying folk tales and legends. Starting our year with Memoria Press Second Grade Enrichment Guide our first book choice is Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh. In addition to reading that book I decided to peruse our shelves for other Johnny Appleseed and apple themed books including this one, Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend by Will Moses that I bought on recommendation of Sonlight Core A. The illustrations are lovely with the lanky Johnny through out. Moses starts his book with the birth of John Chapman in 1774, continues into his youthful years, and then his adult life. In the reading of this book I noted that it is not a straight biographical picture book, but it is full of both fact and legend with no distinguishing remarks between which is which. As an add-on read to a unit study, I. . .

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The Creation Story for Children from Master Books {Review}

The Creation Story for Children {Review} from @CherryBlossomMJ

Purchase Answers in Genesis’ most popular resources at great sale prices— shop today! I’ve found myself a fan of Master Books and Memoria Press’ new Simply Classical Curriculum. This book has made it on the list of required books for the Simply Classical Level 1 Curriculum a Special-Needs equivalent for 1st Grade. The Simply Classical program is where I found this book, but it is a great one that all children on any spectrum can enjoy. The Creation Story for Children is really three books in one. The first 15 pages are The Story of Creation for Children, pp. 26-31 are pages with details about God’s Amazing Creatures with details and talking points for discussion with children, and pp. 32-39 are pages that divide up the 139 Psalm with illustrations. While this is a new recommendation to me, this is not actually a new book. Originally copyright 2000 and more. . .

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Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers: Prayers for bedtime and every time of day! {Review}

On our shelves we have Max Lucado board books, a treasury, The Story for Little Ones, The Story for Children, and The Christmas Story for Children so I was delighted when I saw a gift-worthy treasury of prayers. Teaching our children poetry, and teaching them to pray is so valuable and a special part of our lives. This treasury is a beautiful tool to help do so. The Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers presents classic rhyming prayers and Lucado originals in a gorgeous presentation for any family to use. An excellent gift idea! Anyone with a young child will benefit so well from this book and I couldn’t recommend it more highly.

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The Secret Life of Trees (DK Eyewitness Readers: Level 2 Beginning to Read Alone)

Secret Trees

Very informative. Discussion on tree heights and even I was delighted with the new knowledge of tree roots going as far as the tree is high. More talk of leaves and throughout the seasons as well. In this little non fiction science reader we get tree identification, anatomy, life span, and the uses of trees. This is a wealth of information for the young learner.

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 (Picture Book) by Michelle Markel {Review}

When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldn’t speak English. She didn’t know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.

But that did not stop Clara.

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Big Book of History from Master Books {Review}

A Big look at history for young learners Ages 7 to 12 The Big Book of History is the perfect way to engage your child in an adventurous trip through time – from the first Day of Creation to present day Discover: The birthdates of conquerors, kings, inventors, scientists, and famous men of God. Wars and wonders of the ancient and modern worlds. The 969-year-old man who shared the true history of the world with Noah. The first ancient inventions and discoveries of chocolate, yo-yos, batteries, movies, and more Did you know… Thomas Edison is known for inventing a working light bulb, but do you know he also invented the first talking dolls and helped to create an early and commercially-successful form of movies? He also started the first movie studio, and probably the most unique. It was built so that the whole building could be turned in a circle during the day to get the most sunlight…

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The Story for Little Ones Bible Curriculum {Review}

The Story for Little Ones with DVD: Preschool Educator Kit includes a Getting Started guide, The Story for Little Ones hardcover book, The Story preschool curriculum CDROM, and The Story preschool trading cards.

God’s Love Story for Preschoolers Introduce children to the little stories in God’s big love story with hands-on activities and group participation. The Story for Little Ones uses large, full-color illustrations to bring the Bible to life for its young readers. Thirty-one Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments, including Creation, David and Goliath, the Birth of Jesus, and the Angel at the Tomb, introduce children to some of the most pivotal events and characters in the Bible. Your preschool students will delight in the experience as biblical truths reveal themselves in ways they can easily grasp, while the included CD-ROM provides 31 complete lessons and materials to help them learn God’s great love story. By experiencing the Bible in a new way, they will come to understand how the story of Scripture—God’s great overarching purpose—intersects with the stories of their lives. This kit is designed to be used separately or in conjunction with The Story Church Campaign.

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Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss {Review}

This fast-paced, high-energy picture book tells the true story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who at age nineteen disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the Civil War. She took the name Frank Thompson and joined a Michigan army regiment to battle the Confederacy. Sarah excelled as a soldier and nurse on the battlefield. Because of her heroism, she was asked to become a spy. Her story comes to life through the signature illustrations and design of John Hendrix and the exciting storytelling of Marissa Moss.

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A Is for Adam by Ken Ham {Review}

Step one in creating a child’s biblical worldview! In a fun and informative way, this revised classic shares biblical insights to a new generation of families. Inside a parent or teacher finds all that’s needed to share the basic truths of the Gospel, and to expand that teaching whenever they wish through detailed instructional tips and structured learning.

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