A. Additional parent helps specific to the age range 0-5 years old:
Early Education at Home: A Curriculum Guide for Parents of Preschoolers and Kindergartners by Jean Soyke is a complete, and inexpensive, course of instruction for children ages 3-5, using simple, inexpensive materials that can be found in the home. It includes all the basic concepts (such as letters, colors, numbers, and shapes), as well as areas such as manners, health and safety, and character development. Although this curriculum is structured to fit a regular 36-week school year, it is flexible enough to be used in almost any home setting under almost any schedule. Even working parents can select specific activities for evening or weekend hours. EARLY EDUCATION AT HOME is an ideal way for parents to stimulate the development of children in the comfort and security of their own homes.
Honey for a Child’s Heart is family favorite, now revised and updated, includes an annotated list of books for ages 0-12. Everything parents need to know to find the best books for their children. Since its publication in 1969, this has been an essential guide for parents wanting to find the best books for their children. Now in its fourth edition, Honey for a Child’s Heart discusses everything from the ways reading affects a child’s view of the world to his imagination to how to choose good books. Illustrated with drawings from dozens of favorites, it includes an indexed and updated list of the best new books on the market and the classics that you want your children to enjoy. Author Gladys Hunt’s tastes are broad, her advice is rooted in experience, and her suggestions will enrich the cultural and spiritual life of any home.
How to Set Up Learning Centers in Your Home is another of Dr. Mary Hood’s small offerings to help organize your home for greatest efficiency by setting up different centers where the child can go to express his various interests.
Language and Thinking for Young Children. Jam-packed with wonderful language activities, this book provides parents and teachers with a year’s course of oral language study for children who do not yet read or who are just beginning to read. Learn how to turn every day experiences into valuable learning experiences. Lights the spark of creativity in the parent as well as the student. Dr. Ruth Beechick was considered one of the “grandmothers of homeschooling” and her writings have stood the test of time. She and her co-author saw a need to help homeschool parents round out beginning programs with rich language experiences. This book is the result of the collaboration of their educational expertise.
B. Language Arts and Literature specific to the age range 0-5 years old: (Consider building a library for your child. Then when your child becomes a parent, give the library to him or her for your grandchild).
Alpha-Phonics Book Including CD ROM Version by Dr. Samuel Blumenfeld has always been our favorite learn-to-read program. It is inexpensive and is a true phonics program unlike many called by that name. Remember that readiness is the all-important word when desiring to have your child learn to read. Don’t push any program and don’t be afraid to allow the child to determine when he is ready.
Build your library of great literature. “The one constant that can be found among the best students is the number of good books in the home.” (see other age groupings for more great literature recommendations):
- Are You My Mother? (Beginner Books)
- Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
- Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit)
- Goodnight Moon
- Green Eggs and Ham
- The Grouchy Ladybug
- Mike Mulligan and More: Four Classic Stories by Virginia Lee Burton
- Little Cloud board book
- The Mixed-Up Chameleon
- The Story about Ping
- The Story of Ferdinand
- The Very Busy Spider
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks)
- Harry the Dirty Dog
C. History specific to the age range 0-5 years old:
One historian has commented that history is driven by evil men imposing their wills on those who simply want to be left alone to live their lives in peace.
Others have said the study of history tends to follow one of 4 approaches:
What happened?: Facts and dates of historical events
Who made it happen?: Men and women who caused the events
Why did it happen?: Local and worldwide environment that caused the events
What were they thinking?: Worldview of individuals and societies that caused the events
Beautiful Feet Books offers a comprehensive history curriculum inspired by the Charlotte Mason (Living Books) Approach to learning. For 30 years, families have learned their history reading famous historical novels and historical fiction all while following BF Books’ study guides. All grades are covered. Topics include Ancient, Medieval, Early American, Modern US and World, Science, and Classical History. Learn History Through Literature.
TruthQuest History covers both World and American history with levels appropriate for each age. The program is written to look at history—not as a mere litany of human deeds—but as a way to help students probe for the beliefs which drove kings, artists, thinkers, warriors, scientists, and everyday citizens to behave in ways that affected the world and changed the future. Since God is the truth, spiritual principles should be placed at the center of every action, and history should be the study of how God is the central Figure as Initiator, Creator, and Establisher of the singular truths which alone bring security, strength, opportunity, and blessing. People may or may not believe in this Truth; however, one thing is certain: how individuals and societies respond to Truth always affects their impact on history. Thus, in TruthQuest History, we see the kings and commoners, wars and paintings, buildings and books, scientific discoveries and social issues, all in their rightful context: as indicators of the great issues at the core of life…which not only shaped the historical past, but are shaping our present and future! GO HERE to view this company’s many offerings.
D. Science specific to the age range 0-5 years old:
Pets in a Jar: Collecting and Caring for Small Wild Animals (Puffin Science Books) is our favorite beginning science book and tells you how to collect critters and keep the alive while you watch them live and grow.
Important Field Guides to have immediately at hand: