It’s been a while since we’ve had so much fun with a book. Perfect Square by Michael Hall is one of those books that provides an excellent opportunity for the reader to experience the story come alive by embarking on your very own art adventure.
Let me introduce to you a fabulous series a friend recommended to me some time ago. They are called the Read Aloud Bible Stories. Huge books with equally huge print and bold illustrations. We are loving it! 🙂
A few people have told me the books completely ‘hooked’ their kids. They did so for mine too. Who knows your children might be absolutely enthralled by the books too! Their appeal must have something to do with the whole presentation – interesting, uncomplicated storyline with great choice of words for the young ones plus the splash of bold colours on every page. Somehow the author seems to know how to connect with a child’s mind in a special way.
We continue to do devotions at home with our ABC bible verse book. We look up those verses in our bible and highlight them. Then it occurred to me… why not start reading the bible itself with Sprinter? So I did, the previous week. For some reason, I was just drawn to the Book of Daniel (maybe because I just studied it in my bible class) so I decided this would be the first book I’d introduce my son to. I just had a good feeling about it… in fact I was just sharing with my friends yesterday morning that the Book of Daniel has ‘drama’ elements that hooks a reader… and there are only 12 chapters! (always a bonus:P)
Sunshine’s current favourites are Little Pea and Little Hoot. There’s Little Oink too but strange it’s nowhere to be found… hmmm maybe I loaned it out to a friend…
I read this to Sunshine last night and it was so interesting to watch her expression/reaction as I was reading the story. I still recall the time when I first introduced this book to Sprinter (he was around Sunshine’s age too!)… and he was just giggling and giggling non-stop. He was SO tickled by the story. It turned out to be a laughter therapy for us haha.
But my little girl… she was intense during the read last night. So intense – she was absolutely captivated! The funny storyline didn’t tickle her… it baffled her and she was displaying intense amusement while trying very hard to make sense of it all. If you haven’t read the story… read on. I’ll tell you why.
“There is no education more important than God’s education.”
I remember being surprised at myself as these words poured out of my mouth. I was responding to a friend as she talked about various class choices she had to make for her child. Those words may have been my advice to her but I knew He put those words in my heart. Those words were meant for me.
I mentioned Ms Sunshine is also into Greek myths. But she’s reading an entirely different range of books from her brother. Kor Kor’s book of stories are way to complex and long for her. Having said that, the current range is perfect for babies and toddler. (Sunshine is in the pre-schooler stage and I recognize I should be introducing slightly more matured books to her. But I keep forgetting that! We still see her as ‘our sweet baby’ in the house.)
I found these really adorable Mini Myths books last year and they are just perfect for little ones, yes even babies. They are very hardy, made from good quality thick cardboard and are just the right size for the very littles to put the books on their laps to read. Continue reading “Greek Mythology for Sunshine (and babies!)”