Materials to bring home and explore with your little ones when they are not quite ready to formally enroll for Pre-First/Kindergarten.

 

 

BOOKS AND MATERIALS


Slow and Steady Get Me Ready

  • Author: June Oberlander
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 159160236X        978-1591602361
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

356 pages; Xulon Press; 4th edition (December 1, 2002)

 

Little Acts of Grace

  • Author: Rosemarie Gortler and Donna Piscitelli; illustrated by Mimi Sternhagen
  • Publisher/Copyright: Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2002. Print.
  • ISBN: 0970775679        978-0970775672
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur, 2002; 48 pages; 3 Parts; 18 lessons

 

The Mass Book for Children

  • Author: Rosemarie Gortler and Donna Piscitelli; illustrated by Mimi Sternhagen
  • ISBN: 1592760759        978-1592760756
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, Huntington, IN; 2004; Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur, 2004; 48 pages; 7 parts

 

Just Like Mary

  • Author: Rosemarie Gortler, Donna Piscitelli, Mimi Sternhagen
  • ISBN: 1931709793        978-1931709798
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, Huntington, IN; 2003; Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur, 2003; 48 pages; 15 lessons

 

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

  • Author: Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox and Ealine Bruner
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 0671631985        9780671631987
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

Fireside/Simon and Schuster, NY, NY; 1983; 395 pages, including Introduction, Parent's Guide, and Lessons 1-100.

 

 

Handwriting Without Tears: Capital Letter Wood Pieces

  • Author: Jan Olsen
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

 

 

Handwriting Without Tears K: Letters and Numbers for Me

  • Author: Jan Olsen
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN:        9781934825563
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

94 pages

 

 

Handwriting Without Tears: Slate Chalkboard

  • Author: Jan Olsen
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

 

 

I Can Write

  • Author: Discovery Toys
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Discovery Toys

“It’s easy to learn to form letters! Children trace and draw to complete the activities on the reusable and highly durable, plastic wipe-off boards. Features phonetic words from A to Z in English, Spanish and French. Children can practice again and again – even after they get it “write”. 26 activity boards, 4 lotto game boards, 2 color crayons in holders, eraser and expanded Parent Guide. 8½” x 5” (22cm x 13cm) box. From 4 years – Primary School” –www.discoverytoysinc.com

 

 

Roll–A–Dough Letters™

  • Author: Jan Olsen
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

“Multi-sensory tray / 18 Double-sided laminated letter and number cards / 12 oz. Container of dough / Dough “snakes” are used to form letters and numbers / Tray can be used with sand, shaving cream, rice, etc.” – www.hwtears.com

 

 

Starting Write

  • Author: Discovery Toys
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Discovery Toys

“It’s the first step in the “write” direction. Writing begins long before children can actually draw letters. Pre-writing practice develops the hand-eye coordination and fine motor control that leads to confidence. Practice and repeat drawing games and activities featuring animals and shapes on the reusable and highly durable, plastic wipe-off boards. Includes 16 activity boards, 4 color crayons in holders, eraser and expanded Parent Guide. 8½” x 1½” x 5” (22cm x 2cm x 13cm) box. From 3 years – Kindergarten” – www.discoverytoysinc.com

 

M and M’s Brand Counting Book

  • Author: Barbara Barbieri McGrath
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 0881068535        978-0881068535
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

32 pages; Charlesbridge Publishing (July 1994)

 

 

M and M’s Brand Color Pattern Book

  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

 

M and M’s Brand Count to One Hundred Book

  • Author: Barbara Barbieri McGrath
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 1570915717        978-1570915710
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

32 pages; Charlesbridge Publishing (July 2003)

 

Before Five in a Row

  • Author: Jane C. Lambert
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 1888659041        978-1888659047
  • Supplier: Five in a Row Publishing

156 pages; Five in a Row (March 1997)

 

Five in a Row, Volume 1

  • Author: Jane Claire Lambert
  • Publisher/Copyright: Grandview, MO: Five in a Row Publishing, 1997, 1994. .
  • ISBN: 1888659009        9781888659009
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

151 pgs.; 19 book units; Introductions, Instructions, Index, Glossary; 16 short appendices; craft and activity patterns and notes. (Older editions will work just as well.)

 

Kids’ Nature Book: 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities and Experiences

  • Author: Susan Milord
  • ISBN: 1885593074        9781885593078
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

Williamson Publ., Charlotte, VT; 1996, 1989; 157 pgs.; parent/teacher notes; multiple appendices.

 

The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook

  • Author: Clare Walker Leslie
  • Publisher/Copyright: : Storey Publishing, LLC, 2010. Print.
  • ISBN: 1603425314        978-1603425315
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

304 pages

 

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals

  • Author: Ed Emberley
  • ISBN: 0316789798        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

32 pages; Little, Brown Young Readers (April 5, 2006); 50 activities; notes to students.

 

 

Art Masterpieces: A Liturgical Collection

  • ISBN: not assigned        
  • Supplier: Catholic Heritage Curricula

Collection includes 10 art prints and a short instructional guide.

 

 

 


 

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Colorado

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Illinois

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Texas

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