For those who may have missed my announcement on Facebook last month, I’m happy to announce that I’ve rejoined the Homeschool Review Crew, a division of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. I’ve greatly missed the crew, the amazing products, wonderful vendors and I’ve especially missed being able to share such wonderful products with you. So without further interruption, let’s get started with the first of many awesome products I’ll be reviewing this year and sharing here on the blog:
About the Book:
The Beginner’s Bible is a story Bible that is filled with wonderful imagery. It includes 90 different Bible stories written for children to comprehend.
This is a Bible meant for small children, ages 6 and under who are just learning to read or who need help reading. It’s a wonderful read-aloud book or book to read with your child. It is definitely one of our family favorites.
Recently, Zonderkidz updated The Beginner’s Bible to include new 3D full color illustrations in bright vibrant colors. This really makes the stories come to life. The images really pop off the pages with this new artwork style.
The Beginner’s Bible also features large, easy to read font. This is perfect for younger children who often become anxious with smaller print. It wasn’t too bad for this Momma either, as sometimes reading stories in small print can be hard to keep up with when you’re holding a small child.
Included in the front of The Beginner’s Bible is a Dedication page where you can write in your child’s name so they know this Bible is just for them. There is also a Table of Contents included behind the Dedication page to help you locate favorite Bible stories.
The first part of the book begins in the Old Testament just like an adult Bible would, starting with Genesis’ The Beginning and ending with Jonah and the Big Fish. The New Testament is also included, beginning with An Angel Visits Mary and ending with Jesus Is Coming! At the very back of the book there is also included a brief dictionary to help explain some of the important Biblical words your child may not know.
We read our copy of The Beginner’s Bible as a bed-time story to start out but that didn’t last long, as both my younger children begged to hear more throughout the day. They also requested on several times to have their siblings read to them, which is great practice for the older two in reading aloud. We found this book quickly became an important part of our day to day.
With Jackson, who is four and just learning that letters make words and words have meaning, we sat together and looked over many of the pictures inside The Beginner’s Bible one on one. We also read some of the stories, varied throughout the book as he choose which ones interested him the most. We discussed who Jesus was and is after finding his picture on the last story page of the book. But overall, Jack’s favorite story was Jonah and the Big Fish because Jack’s world is all about fish and dinosaurs right now. He loves all fish stories so I was thrilled to share this one with him.
With Laycie, who is 8 but mildly delayed in her learning due to her health, we read our copy of The Beginner’s Bible together. She chose to read more of the book in order, as she prefers things to follow from beginning to end. She read the words she knew and I helped her decipher many of the words she didn’t know. We discussed the images that went along with the stories, taking note of the importance in each image that went along with each story we read. She really loved all the stories and didn’t have an absolute favorite.
I often found her with our copy of The Beginner’s Bible, reading it to her dolls and sharing God’s word with her siblings when we weren’t reading it together. This warmed my heart to know how special The Beginner’s Bible became to her so quickly. I know it will continue to do so in the future.
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This week has been a long one for us, not leaving me with a lot of time online. Mom had gall bladder surgery last Wednesday and that means my usual help is not available. Having her out of commission has been hard on us all.
I’m truly thankful for all my Momma does for me – she helps me every day with the kids, especially with Jackson. She’s always there to run to the store or to simply keep an extra eye out so I can keep up with the household stuff and have one on one time with each child. It’s great.
This week, she’s not been able to help out as much. Her surgery went great and she’s feeling better every day. I’m hoping in a few days she will be back to her normal self and we will be back on track again.
So until then, my posts will be short and my time limited. Just wanted to give this quick update about where we are at! Blessings to all!
These days I feel like I am just floating through. My mornings are filled with watching Laycie, making sure she sleeps long enough to keep the seizures away. My afternoons are spent waiting and watching for Jackson next seizure.
We are stuck in limbo… waiting. There is nothing to do to prevent them at this time. There is no way to know what will happen next.
Because Jackson was on so many medications last month, he needs a brief detox before starting the next one: Phenobarbital. He will start the new medicine this coming Friday but until then he will be on Klonopin while we give his body time to adjust from the last medicine.
This makes 6 medicines in less than a month that have been absorbed into my sweet boys bloodline. I don’t even want to think about how this has effected him and pray that it really hasn’t. I also pray that the Phenobarbital is the last drug for at least the next year for him.
I’m thankful that my sweet Laycie has remained controlled during this time though things are far from perfect with her. She’s lethargic in comparison to her normal self. She’s picky when eating. She melts down mid afternoon. But there are no seizures, save a few mild twitches through the night.
So this is where we are at. God is surely holding me up, because I don’t know how I manage to make it through the seizure every few nights right now. I’m afraid to leave the house for him seizing. I’ll be so thrilled when we have control again.