Big Thoughts for Little People: ABC's to Help You Grow

Big Thoughts for Little People: ABC's to Help You Grow

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Item #: 041383
ISBN: 9781414333106
Grades: PK-1

Product Description:

When my children were little we wore out three copies of Kenneth Taylor's Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes. Also by Kenneth Taylor, this book is a combination ABC book, primer for Christian living, and fun picture book. I think we would have worn this one out, too. Each letter has a set of two pages which feature a short poem such as "P is for polite, Saying, 'Thank you,' and, 'Please.' It is not hard to do And puts others at ease." Topics covered include crying, forgiving, helping, obeying, visitors, yelling, and an alphabet of others. A short text reading asks thoughtful questions about the letter topic and provides gentle teaching on the subject. A full-page illustration, highly detailed and delightfully and artfully cluttered, includes multiple items associated with the letter. For instance, the 'P' page includes presents, popcorn, pie, porcupines, a parrot and a piata. Three questions involve the child in the artwork (Point to the children in the picture who are being polite), require the student to make a personal application (Tell about some ways you can be polite) and help the child consider God's perspective (Does God want us to be polite? Why?). A Bible verse concludes the page. The artwork is the sort that children will spend a long time studying. In addition to the detail already mentioned, there are hidden ladybugs on each page. You and your child will love looking for them, and by the way, you will have to look. This book just begs to be a present to a child loved by you. 60 pgs. Hb. ~ Janice

Publisher Description:

Ken Taylor's best-selling book is now updated with all-new bright and colorful illustrations and a larger trim size. Using the alphabet as a learning tool, the easy-to-use format of this beloved picture book connects Bible themes and verses that teach kids ages 3-7 Christian values. Each spread represents a letter of the alphabet and a Christian value or moral lesson beginning with the same letter. Kids are encouraged to find the lesson being modeled (or not) in the illustrations. They are also asked questions to help them apply the lesson to their lives. This book is sure to win the hearts of kids and parents alike.
Category Description for Heart of Dakota Early Learning Programs:

Little Hands to Heaven (ages 2-5), Little Hearts for His Glory (ages 5-7), and Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory (ages 6-8) are complete, biblically-based curriculum that combine Bible stories and activities, with developmentally appropriate subject areas into each daily lesson. Author Carrie Austin offers a very thoughtfully designed course with a flexible framework and educationally sound lessons. The activities included in the lesson correlate to the Bible story, forming a complete, Bible-based lesson. Each course has 33-34 units (divided into daily increments), designed to be used one per week, and no seasonal content is included so you can begin at any time. Each unit is laid out very simply, with the activities organized into different boxes on the page (for a great at-a-glance look at your week) with short and simple directions given for each. Rather than reinventing the wheel, Carrie incorporates many tried and true resources into her curriculum such as Primary Math, Christian Liberty History, Christian Liberty Nature Readers, A Reason for Handwriting, and more. These will need to be purchased separately; you can find the required resources on our website. All in all, a very easy-to-implement, Bible-based curriculum that you should easily be able to fit into your day, and the youngsters will love to do.

Jr. Kindergarten level, which contains more focused lessons on the alphabet and numbers, calendar concepts, basic reading comprehension and more.

Category Description for Memoria Press Classical Curriculum:

Memoria Press now offers complete Curriculum Manuals and grade-level curriculum packages for PK-10 using the classical methodology. Recitation is used in every level for memorization of basic facts, systematic phonics and good books are used for reading education, copywork is used for teaching Bible truths, and music and art are included for enrichment in the early (K-3) levels. Each Curriculum Manual contains complete lesson plans for a one-year course of study.

The Curriculum Manuals are well-formatted and easy to use. In the front of each book you will find a checklist of the materials needed at that level, an explanation of this curriculum, instructions for lesson implementation, a recommended schedule and blank schedule for your own planning purposes, and 33 weeks of detailed lesson plans. Lessons include assignments from the books used at each grade level, as well as activity suggestions. The appendices include a variety of material for that grade level, and may include: prayers, letter activities, recitation, memory verses, read-aloud book list, poetry list and selections, and a paintings/music list for kindergarten and first grade. These pages are reproducible for family or classroom use.

Although most of the guides have been available for several years, the curriculum was restructured in 2015, with many of the programs originally included in 3rd grade now with a slower pacing to span 3rd and 4th grade. Guides for grades 3 and up have been modified to reflect this change, while the lower-level guides have only had minor changes. If you are already midway into the program with the original guides, you can still continue in that track with the older guides, now titled Acclerated Classical Core Curriculum Manual. You can find these along with the complete list of curriculum resources used with them on our website.

We have complete grade-level resource packages, consumable packages for “refill,” new user packages for levels that reuse resources from a previous level, read-aloud packages for each level and science and enrichment packages for the early levels. Curriculum resources are also listed individually (see website for specific contents of consumables and read-aloud packages). Please note that several of the programs include First Form Latin and Classical Composition, which should be completed in order, regardless of what is in the grade level package.If you have a student entering the program after fourth grade, you will need to start them in Classical Composition: Fable Stage and/or First Form Latin instead of what might be in the package.

This series is for the parent who wants a good classical curriculum which is outlined and ready to use. Simply open the book and follow the instructions. You will be well on your way to a quality education for your young ones. ~ Donna

There will be families who are very thankful for the appearance of this curriculum; for years it's seemed as though classical education and special needs might be incompatible. Then comes Cheryl Swope who just...does it. Not only did she start walking down the classical path with her special-needs twins, but she quickly realized that it was the very best possible educational path for them. The combination of systematic repetition, language skills emphasis, gracious implementation and quality content has reaped amazing results, transforming their challenging lives into those with meaningful expressions of beauty and service.

Simply Classical Curriculum, written by Mrs. Swope, begins with essentially a set of lesson plans coupled with a choice reading list and moves gradually into the Memoria Press Classical Core resources. If you take a quick look at these lesson plans you may conclude that this approach is simply a typical classical program slooooowed way down. You're not exactly wrong, but you're not exactly right either. It's rather that the possibility of slowing way down is built into the lessons. The daily collection of lessons - rich in quality literature - progress slowly and surely through the process of laying a very solid foundation in classical learning. The plans/program offers 10 key features:

  • The rich, beautiful content of a classical Christian education
  • A slower pace with ample review
  • An emphasis on books with elegant illustrations to cultivate a taste for excellence
  • A multi-sensory presentation of material
  • Oral language components
  • Skills checklists
  • Integration across subjects
  • Themed levels
  • Socratic questioning

The Curriculum Manual for each level provides parents all the tools they need for success including the program overview, readiness assessment, list of required curricula and read-aloud/enrichment books or supplements, supply list, teacher notes, suggested schedule, lesson plans, and the week-by-week chart for recitation and memory work. The detailed readiness assessment for each level covers language, cognitive ability, emotional development, fine-motor skills, and gross motor skills and is followed by a set of skills in each area to develop during this level of the program. Other than making sure you have the required resources and supplies for the day prep is practically nil. Organized in a two-page spread, grid format, the weekly lesson plans provide assignments and brief teacher notes to support the lesson. Beginning with Level 5 & 6, combined levels are available in either a One Year Accelerated Pace or Two-Year Standard Pace. Simply Classical provides children with significant special needs or other learning struggles the opportunity to excel with a classical education. Parents of struggling learners will appreciate the slower pacing, review and predominately oral lessons that help children succeed.

Curriculum manuals and curriculum/read-aloud books are available separately. Where available, we offer different packages to simplify ordering. The Core Curriculum Packages include the Curriculum Manual plus the books/workbooks used throughout the year. The Read Aloud Packages include all the books used as read alouds for the year. New User Add-On Packages are available for levels that reuse resources from a previous level. The Supply Packages are a collection of school supplies that are needed to complete the program. ~ Janice/Deanne

Category Description for Simply Classical Curriculum Level B:

Theme is Essentials, Etiquette and Ear Training. Emphasis areas are manners, letter identification, music, counting, art, crafts, and Bible stories. Approximate mental age for this level is 3-4. Daily areas include prayer, calendar, recitation, alphabet lesson/ear training, number lesson/fine-motor skills, literature/language, poetry/music, manners/games, enrichment or therapies, Bible literacy, and closing prayer. Prayers for Children illustrated by Eloise Wilkin is a required supplement for this level but is not included in any package.

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Andrea Petrlik Huseinovic
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Tyndale House Publishers
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Christian values
Robert C on Dec 4, 2022
I have fond memories of the original version of this from when I was younger. We checked it out at the library, but it was such a hit with one of my children, that I knew we had to have it in our house!
Katy M on Mar 30, 2020
Christian values
Robert C on Dec 4, 2022
Sending to grandchildren. I am very upset about them enrolling in public school. Hoping to provide a different option.
Windell M on Sep 25, 2020
I have fond memories of the original version of this from when I was younger. We checked it out at the library, but it was such a hit with one of my children, that I knew we had to have it in our house!
Katy M on Mar 30, 2020
Combines ABCs and Character building
Amber P on Sep 22, 2017
This book looks interesting for my preschooler's devotions.
Michael L on Jul 23, 2016
Heather O on Jul 21, 2016
To use with "Little Heart to Heaven" curriculum for my preschooler
User on Jan 27, 2016
Sending to grandchildren. I am very upset about them enrolling in public school. Hoping to provide a different option.
Windell M on Sep 25, 2020
Combines ABCs and Character building
Amber P on Sep 22, 2017
Did this program work, did you feel that this covered all the basics?
A shopper on Nov 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is not really a program. It has a short neat poem tied to a bible verse and for each letter of the alphabet covering things common to children’s everyday lives. Each page also has a couple of questions about the picture or discussion topics as well as a short prayer We like discussing the things we see going on in the pictures. My older kids pointed out that each picture has many objects to find that begin with the corresponding letter. So, covered all the basics? No, but we have liked it and it has given us some prompts to discuss many different things I may not have otherwise done. We read a new letter sometimes and other times we revisited others.
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