Wednesday, August 11, 2010

100 Prayers God loves to Hear 100 Praise Songs by Stephen Elkins

"God loves to Hear"...and he sure will enjoy the 100 prayers and praise songs packed into this 207 page book suitable for kids ages 2-7. There are 100 lessons on a multitude of spiritual topics. Each lessons consisit of a 2 page application with a prayer and bible verse or quote. Inluded are 2 cds filled with 100 praise songs that go along with each lesson; sung by kids.

What I like most about this book was the short application suitable for young and old; especially helpful for someone with multiple ages in their family. Each prayer was simple and engaging when I used it with my children. The illustrations were colorful and very child friendly.

I found the quality of the cd's to be a bit lacking. Although the song choices were great the sound was a little warbled and not as clear as I would have expected. Scripture quotations were taken from the Holy Bible New International version and the The New King James Version; so depending on your preference this could make a difference in your decision in purchasing.

Overall a great resources for families, homeschools, christians schools and churches.

Monday, August 2, 2010

A Stay-at-Home Mom's Complete Guide to Playgroups by Carren Joye

Carren Joye author of "Homeschooling more than one child", wrote this fantastic book about playgroups. Not only will it guide you on how to start a playgroup, but also gives you help on all the ins and outs of maintaining one. Whether you are a looking for an existing playgroup or want to start one of your own; this book will give you the tools to make a successful playgroup for your child.
What I loved the most about this book was the fact that it was packed full of tangible activities and step by step instructions for playgroups. Joye even gives you advice on overcoming problems and including parent interactions. Did I mention there is a list of Internet resources in the back and examples of playgroup fliers to distribute. This book could serve as a guideline to multiple types of playgroups including young children, homeschooling, stay at home Dads and special needs.
So if you have been thinking about starting a playgroup in your area, pick up this book. It can be found at for $13.95.