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The Whole Child, Issue #017 - Ebook launch
June 16, 2006
The Whole Child e-zine brings you free preschool activities each week to maximize your child's potential, build skills and parent-child relationships in just a few minutes per day. Useful tips, quotes, resources, opportunities and articles will added for extra value!
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16 June 2006, Issue #017
1. Hello from Shirley
1. Hello from ShirleyHi
Now that the upheaval of moving is almost over, we 'got stuck in' to homeschooling again this week.
Our new home as a school room where we have put up our maps, poster pictures, alphabet mural and the kids own artwork. We love it.
If you are not receiving this email in html format or you find white gaps where there should be images, then use this link for a much more colorful and easier-to-read version!
2. Updates at Shirley's Preschool Activities
1) Check out the Father's Day Poems page. I have added two new printable poems.
Daddy, I Love You - printable poem to make.
Father's Love Letter - a ready-made greeting card (for Father's Day or any occasion) to print with a Bible-based message. It's beautiful.
Father's Day is this Sunday!
3) I added an RSS Feed to my site this week. What's that?
4) ABC Fun & 1-2-3 = Ebook
Finally, I am very excited by my latest milestone. I launched my preschool / homeschool curriculum, ABC Fun & 1-2-3 in e-book format.
In the past month over a hundred moms from all over the world have downloaded it (free) to begin a gentle learning adventure with their little ones. 26 weekly preschool lesson plans, including printable preschool worksheets, easy kids crafts, reviews of over 100 quality children’s stories, nursery rhymes and more are included in the 220 pages.
You can read more and preview sample lessons here. The price is now US $22.00 (less than $1 per week).
You can check the exchange rate to your currency at www.xe.com
I'd appreciate it if you'd share this info in your circles and add your personal recommendations too if you've got it. Thanks in advance!
Reply to me if you're a website owner and you'd like to sign up as an
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3. Book Reviews
If you ever want to bless your kids by investing in a great compilation of quality kids stories, then this is my recommendation. It's quite expensive, but you'd never buy 44 stories elsewhere for this price, so budget now for a birthday gift or Christmas!
We have had many hours of pleasure sharing the stories and re-reading the kids' favourites from The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read selected by Janet Schulman.
Preview on Amazon.com
Download this ebook and find out how you can share something YOU love, yet still be there for your kids - to dry a tear or rejoice over a new achievement.
Your screen may remain blank for a few minutes as the file downloads. You will need to have Adobe Reader installed to read this file.
(Use the link in the Readiness Activities section below if you need to download Adobe Reader.)
Easy Lego pick up tip
Lay a sheet on the floor when your children play with Lego or other toys with small parts.
When its time to tidy up, pick up the corners of the sheet and tip the blocks back into their container.
"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. "
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)
6. Readiness Activities
To download the printable pdf you will need to have installed Adobe Reader - opens in new window.
The Whole Child - Week 17 Activities - printable pdf
Gross Motor Skills
To create body awareness cut parts of the body from magazine pictures. Ask your child to arrange them in order from head to feet and paste them on paper. The parts need not match or be in realistic proportions. Talk about the relationship between the different size body parts. “This hand is smaller/bigger than the arm” etc.
Let your child play with wooden blocks. Wood has different textures than plastic and each type has its own smell too. She will learn to create representations of visual concepts as well as discover building techniques.
Play a listening memory game. If the weather is fine, you could go on a listening walk. Ask your child to listen and recall afterwards as many different sounds as possible. If you are indoors, sit quietly and see how many sounds she can hear. e.g. a computer humming or a fridge running, passing traffic, a bird or dog outside, wind, etc.
Ask your child to close her eyes while you take her on an imaginary journey. You must both picture the words you describe. Take her on…
• A balloon ride over the city
Draw two identical shapes on a chalkboard, but leave one shape incompletely drawn for your child to complete. Begin with geometrical shapes like circles, squares, houses, then draw more complex ones, stick figures etc.
This week, talk to your children about the rain in your lives. Rain is like bad weather in our lives, difficulties, trials or afflictions that we experience, but like rain on plants, it is temporary and helps us to grow and seek the Lord. Create some raindrops and on each one write some of the trials that your child or family is experiencing (and praise God for them!)
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