My Favorite Children’s Books

Here is a list of my all-time favorite books.

These are just a few of my all-time favorite books.  They are small enough for easy reading, yet have enough information and curriculum for older children.

These books are all about doing a better job within the home.  Child-based homeschooling is about teaching children however the curriculum fits into the parent’s budget.

The Praise of Children is a series of books aimed at homeschooling parents. It has so many great recipes, arts and crafts ideas, reading and math activities, and learning games that will keep your children reading and playing with it for years to come.

The packages are small enough for one child but have enough activities and lessons for two children and their parents.

Math Magic has a whole series of fun math games, along with some math facts, for use with younger children. Crawling will develop your child’s concentration and have them completely intrigued with numbers.

This is one of my favorite sets, hands down. Every time I need to talk with my students about the new textbook or their math homework, I open up this book and start reading. I just can’t help myself. I read it aloud so I can hear all the wonderful things that my students have done!

I also have a set of smashing succeeds, which are collections of all my favorite stories and taught lessons. I can’t get them all in one book, but they are all easily stored in my huge Sam Sharpe Reading Tower. I use it as a classroom display.

I carry both of these sets with me at all times. I don’t think I ever have a book that I don’t have in my hands. They are simple to use, the same as my regular Reader’s Digest books. The big difference with the sharps is that they have a plethora of information on them. The stories are simply excellent.

My son, when he was about seven, he asked for his mom’s old library card. “Never, never, never,” mom said. “I’ve already filled out all the applications for books. I’m waiting for my son’s birth certificate.” Sigh.

But I said, “No. You can have the books and start reading them. Just give me the book and shut up about it.”umeric or alphanumeric or even a Basler or Woodson bookie would suffice.

Reading is indeed an enjoyable activity. A child may not always understand what he or she is reading, but that doesn’t mean the activity stops. I’ve always noticed that when my children see the fives and tens together, they stop and they seem to think about it. Maybe it is the thought of it — or the fact that it makes them feel so good to be able to do more complex math operations.

According to my son, the first week of school was the easiest because we went over everything they had learned and how they knew what they could do. By the second week though, it was a struggle to get them to remember what they had learned, much less remember what they should do.

We did some testing and discovered that their short-term memory was intact. The problem was that it seemed to be so much help with the memorization that they would not be able to learn any new information unless they would reach down and touch the author or the title of the book.

Memories of the Good Old Days

I turned things around a bit at the beginning of the year by not allowing them to read ahead, but they had to remember that theAuthor, orAuthorand that the Book had a certain familiarity factor for them. I think this is why children remember feeling “dumb,” when they cannot understand something that they are reading aloud to them.

I agree that this is a serious problem if our elementary students are to realize their full potential in math and science subjects. Helping children to open their books at the right time, recognizing that familiarities and associations aid memory, and encouraging them to ask questions while they are learning all of the time — this is what an excellent preschool can do for your child.