What Your Preschooler Needs to Know
The preschool edition is divided into the sections of poems, songs, stories, history, science, and art. ‘Poems’ includes 48 of your favorite childhood poems and rhymes with oldies like Pat-a-Cake, One Potato Two Potato, and 5 Little Monkeys. Thirty children’s songs are just fun to teach to your children like Wheels on the Bus, and Pop Goes the Weasel. The ‘Stories’ section includes the whole stories of Goldilocks, Gingerbread Man, Little Red Hen, 3 Little Pigs, How Turtles Got Their Shells, Why Flies Buzz, The Lion and the Mouse, and City Mouse & Country Mouse. In the margins of the stories new words are listed along with questions to ask your child about story content and discussion of the colorful illustrations. The ‘History’ and ‘Science’ sections are non-fiction and fiction read-alouds with discussion questions and new words printed in the margins. ‘History’ stories include First Americans, George Washington, Betsy Ross, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘Science’ covers the topics of animals, habitats, humans, plants, water, light, and air. There are no activities included in the science since the goal is simply to read to children and expose them to the topic. Be aware that this book presents humans as special animals, not their own species. ‘Art’ includes 12 copies of famous pieces of art along with information about the artist and the art. Some suggestions for art activities along with discussion questions are included.
The last section of this book covers what parents need to know about their preschooler, and the importance of the preschool years. There are suggestions for how to choose a preschool and preparation for kindergarten. Checklists are included for the areas of math, literacy, language, social & emotional development, work habits, health, and general knowledge. Tips are included on reading aloud and enjoying music with your child along with a resource list of books and music for preschoolers. This book provides plenty of information and resources to start your little ones on a smooth road toward elementary learning. - Donna
Category Description for What Your _______ Graders Needs to Know
Designed for use as a supplement to a basal curriculum, E. D. Hirsch’s series adds historical and literary study (such as would be found in a classical curriculum) to the typical school curriculum. Each guide covers Language Arts, American Civilization, World Civilization, Geography, Visual Arts and Architecture, Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences. The selections are interesting and the format makes these books easy to use. There are also sections for the parent introducing each subject area and providing helpful information on using the selections. Many of the topics could form the basis for interesting unit studies. While you will need to use something more for a complete curriculum (additional math lessons or program, spelling, handwriting), these books should go a long way in extending your teaching to include a more “classical” component. Or consider using them as originally intended - spending the suggested 15 minutes per day going through them with your children as an interesting cultural extension for school. Paperback.C33
Please note that the K-8 Core Knowledge Sequence is now available as a free download at www.coreknowledge.org.