Preschool / Early Learning / Kindergarten

The highest percentage of learning in a person's life happens during the first few years. But it's not book learning primarily—preschool kids learn to walk, talk, discern shapes and colors, count, draw, etc. by doing those things. At this stage it's more important to play games with them, tell them stories, read to them, and help them commit important information to memory than it is to instruct them formally.

Spending time with their children seems to be an increasingly lost practice among parents. Jobs, church functions, and any number of other obligations separates the family and diminishes the opportunities for gentle instruction. Children ought to be eased into formal learning, and not till they've been encouraged and allowed to develop tactilely.

Many of the books in this section are workbooks or focus on hands-on activities. Language and Thinking for Young Children by Ruth Beechick and Jeannie Nelson offers benchmarks and goals to achieve with your child. June Oberlander's Slow and Steady Get Me Ready is oriented more toward motor skills and basic knowledge and provides developmental activities for your child's first five years (see also Brain Rules for Baby and Active Baby, Healthy Brain). You really don't need a lot of books at this stage, though—be creative, work with what you have at hand, and always be looking for moments to guide your little ones.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

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Bible Pictures to Color
by Martha Rohrer
from Rod & Staff Publishers, Inc.
for 1st-3rd grade
$2.13 (1 in stock)
Finding the Answers
from Rod & Staff Publishers, Inc.
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
$2.13 (1 in stock)
Jump Down, Turn Around
by Bob Jones University
from Bob Jones University Press
for Preschool-5th grade
$3.83 (1 in stock)
My Book of Measurement: Length
from Kumon Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Kumon Basic Skills (Location: PRE-KUM)
$6.36
My Book of Measurement: Volume
Act Csm Wk from Kumon Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Kumon Basic Skills (Location: PRE-KUM)
$6.36
My Book of Measurement: Weight
Act Csm Wk from Kumon Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Kumon Basic Skills (Location: PRE-KUM)
$6.36
My Book of Money: Dollars & Cents
1st edition from Kumon Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Kumon Basic Skills (Location: PRE-KUM)
$6.76
My Book of Multiplication
Workbook from Kumon Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Kumon Basic Skills (Location: PRE-KUM)
$6.36
My Book of Simple Multiplication
Workbook from Kumon Publishing
for 3rd grade
in Kumon Basic Skills (Location: PRE-KUM)
$6.36
My Book of Simple Subtraction
from Kumon Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Kumon Basic Skills (Location: PRE-KUM)
$6.36
My Book of Subtraction
from Kumon Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Kumon Basic Skills (Location: PRE-KUM)
$6.36
Pattern Animals
by Judi Magarian-Gold, Sandra Mogensen
from Learning Resources
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Math Games & Activities (Location: MATR-GAM)
Trottino's Tale
by Madam J. Colomb
from Christian Liberty Press
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in CLP Preschool (Location: PRE-CLP)
$10.63 $6.80 (1 in stock)