Preschool Package

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  • Title: Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Fun
  • Age Range: 3-4
  • Grade Range: Preschool
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Description

When I was young, I vividly remember Captain Kangaroo reading Caps for Sale on television. I loved it.

When he was young, my husband John read the picture book Make Way for Ducklings. He loved it.

When my children were young, John read them picture books from the library every night. Some quickly became favorites, like Miss Nelson Is Missing (with an incredible twist at the end), the beautiful books of Tomie dePaola, or the intricate drawings of Caldecott-winner Peter Spier. Our children loved these books.

Read-Aloud time was a favorite part of our daily routine.

Fast-forward a few decades.

When my daughter had young sons, she went to look for good picture books. She told me in dismay, "There are so few good ones!" Some had poor writing, or ugly illustrations, or too many "noise" words (what parent wants to read "Boom!" over and over again?), or did not hold her sons' attention.

Would it be possible to build a program for young children, not because they need "school," but because even young children love good books, and good books can be hard to find?

Would it be possible to build a collection that is a good value and reasonably priced, so that parents can afford it and the children have the books always available? If they don't have to be returned to the library, the children could look at them every day for years.

Oh, and, ideally, could that collection include some stories of cultural literacy? After all, children should know about the Gingerbread Man, Cinderella, Goldilocks, and Chicken Little.

That was what I went looking for: excellent, beloved books, for a good value, with plenty of cultural literacy.

And I think this collection meets, and, really, exceeds, my hopes. The 19 books in this program include the complete text of more than 70 popular picture books, some in compilations, and some as individual titles. (After all, one book with 12 titles in it is far more affordable than 12 separate books.)

Besides that, we have 34 fairy tales and 77 nursery rhymes.

And I can use "educational-ese" to make this sound impressive: Your children will increase their vocabulary, gain important pre-reading skills, expand their cultural literacy, enjoy beautiful illustrations, increase their attention span, improve their listening ability, and develop key motor skills.

And that is true.

But, really, no 3-year-old needs "school" to "develop key motor skills."

Three-year-olds need time with their parents, reading and enjoying great books.

And with Sonlight's Preschool program, your home library will have a wonderful collection of books that your children will return to again and again through the years.

Unique among Sonlight's programs, this one doesn't have a daily schedule. Instead, the stories and activities are listed by trimester for you to check off as you enjoy them. If your children want to read one story several times in a row – go for it! Reread your favorites as often as you like, and, with the checklist, you'll know you haven't missed any.

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Instructor's Guides

Preschool Parent's Companion (TCG)

A very practical tool to guide you through our preschool materials and help you capitalize teachable moments to share with your little ones.

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$13.99

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Bible

Family-Time Bible in Pictures (TB01)

Introduce your young ones to the Bible with this beautiful collection of 128 stories from Scripture.

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$12.99

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Read Alouds

Cars and Trucks and Things that Go (PA40)

Strap-in for planes, trains, automobiles, and, since this is from Richard Scarry, even a pickle truck! Featuring hundreds of fun and clearly labeled vehicles, this is the perfect book for children who love things that move.

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$15.99

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A First Book of Fairy Tales (TA03)

This fairy tale book for children has fourteen fairy tales, including the basic plots of all the favorites: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, the Frog Prince, and ten more.

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$9.99

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Make Way for McCloskey (TA04)

Eight of the master-illustrator and story-teller's best, most touching stories.

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$26.00

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The Bee Tree (TA05)

When Mary Ellen grows tired of reading, Grampa suggests they seek a bee tree—where a hive is hidden. They chase a bee through the Michigan woods and collect an exciting coterie of friends along the way.

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$7.99

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Eloise Wilkin Stories (TA09)

Nine beloved classics illustrated by one of the best-loved Little Golden Books® illustrators. Includes nursery rhymes, prayers, poems, and stories.

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$10.95

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Go, Dog. Go! (TA10)

Single-syllable words in rhythmic repetition and solid colored illustrations have made this an early favorite of children since 1961.

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$8.99

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Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales (TA11)

These eight stories are not often found in fairy tale collections. Includes such stories as The Ugly Duckling and The Emperor's New Clothes. Simple storytelling at its best.

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$20.99

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Horton Hatches the Egg (TA12)

A classic story of faithfulness, with an end so stunning, so right, it defies description. Whimsical illustrations showcase Seuss at his best.

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$16.99

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Ian and the Gigantic Leafy Obstacle (TA13)

The amazing story of a missionary who sees whether God can move a tree simply through prayer. Incredible!

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$5.95

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Mike Mulligan and More (TA15)

A glorious, unabridged, full-format anthology of Virginia Lee Burton's four most famous books including Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Caldecott Medal-winning The Little House.

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$20.00

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Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs (TA16)

A lovely picture book tells the story of a 4-year-old boy and his 94-year-old great grandmother who lives in the home of his grandparents.

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$6.99

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Noah's Ark (TA17)

Almost wordless, this picture book presents Noah as you've not seen him before.

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$7.99

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Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm (TA18)

Follow the antics of the farm animals: the sheep who faints from fear when her wool is shorn, the naughty goat who eats the roses (thorns and all), the geese who pinch, and many more.

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$9.99

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Poems and Prayers for the Very Young (TA19)

A collection of gentle poems and grateful thoughts about God.

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$3.49

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Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? (TA20)

Clothed animals show vignettes of various workers: bakers, home-builders, farmers, construction workers, and many more. A favorite title from a favorite illustrator.

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$15.99

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The Tall Book of Nursery Tales (TA21)

Twelve nursery tales, such as the Gingerbread Man, Chicken Little, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Three Little Pigs.

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$8.99

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Harper Collins Treasury of Picture Book Classics (TA23)

Twelve marvelous picture books, including such classics as Caps for Sale, Goodnight Moon, and Harold and the Purple Crayon, plus modern classics such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and From Head to Toe.

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$35.00

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The Usborne Flip-Flap Body Book (TA24)

We looked at over 160 science books for young people and this was the best by far. Three sections tell simply, yet accurately, about digestion, the senses, and the growth of a baby.

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$14.99

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Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies (TA25)

Georgie Porgie travels with his friends to London for King Cole's birthday, and along they way they sing or recite 77 nursery rhymes. Wow! We play this CD over and over again.

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$10.99

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George and Martha (TA26)

George and Martha do everything together. They go to the movies. They play at the beach. And like many best friends, they also just hang out together. Along the way, they learn things like: privacy is important, practical jokes can sometimes backfire, and pouring soup into your shoes to spare the chef's feelings is not a great idea.

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$29.99

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Resources

Child Scissors (TA06)

Allow your child to spend hours cutting small bits of construction paper. Great for motor skills.

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$2.25

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Colorix Silky Crayons: 8 Colors (TA07)

Choose the style and look that you want with these 3-in-1 pastel, watercolor crayons for kids. Water-based, non-toxic silky crayons are fun for everyone!

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$9.99

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Construction Paper (TA08)

100 pages of assorted colors. For cutting, drawing, chain-making, and more.

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$5.49

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Mighty Mind (TA14)

Similar to pattern blocks, the 32 small plastic pieces fit on 30 pre-printed puzzle boards. An easy and fun introduction to spatial relationships for children ages 3-6.

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$27.99

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Teddy Mix & Match (TA22)

This is a memory mix-and-match game with adorable bear match game cards on extra-thick stock—perfect for little hands to work with as they hunt for pairs of bears.

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$15.99

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Colorix Silky Crayons: 8 Colors (TA07)

Choose the style and look that you want with these 3-in-1 pastel, watercolor crayons for kids. Water-based, non-toxic silky crayons are fun for everyone!

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Construction Paper (TA08)

100 pages of assorted colors. For cutting, drawing, chain-making, and more.

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