Thursday, 02. December 2010 by Renee Ellison
If your relatives want to know WHAT to buy for your children, here are suggestions of things that are WHOLESOME, not junk:
things that require batteries, and avoid toys that do all their thinking FOR them. Instead, obtain things to expand their minds
• Only three board games
are needed all through childhood. All three of them work the brain. Preschoolers can learn the beginning moves in all three of these games very early on.
1) a good larger chess set (not a tiny travel size) with simple, easily distinguishable pieces
2) a basic old fashioned set of checkers
• A large beach ball
for dribbling and soccer-type footwork INSIDE the house.
• A plastic bowling set
to use indoors when your children need ACTION. Actually, just a ball and tin cans will work great, or large soda bottles.
• A good old-fashioned small electric TYPEWRITER
(still obtainable from Office Depot) will absorb gobs of time and divert attention away from the alluring computers with the dangerous effects of EMF's on a young developing brain. Office Depot's cheapest $125 typewriter, with the fewest bells and whistles, is plenty adequate. For best results, do NOT allow your children onto a computer at all until they can type at least 40 words a minute. The Zoom-Type course
can teach them how... faster than any other system out there in the marketplace...with NO keyboard even needed at first.) Otherwise children will have to UN-learn bad neuron-networking to achieve maximum speed in typing later in their lives.
• Similarly, our Quick Piano course
can be used with children as young as four years old. If you don’t already have a piano, buy an electronic keyboard that has full size keys; five octaves will do. Save yourself money and trouble by reading these ten steps for choosing the best piano for your home.
• A nice large set of Lincoln logs
– it provides endless play opportunities.
• A CHILDREN's encyclopedia set
. You won't be able to find this new; find used ones on Bookfinder.com
. The Golden Book Encyclopedia
and the Treasury of Knowledge
are good sets. Parents, rapidly go through them and black out the lies about evolution before giving these to your children.
• We highly recommend the Uncle Arthur [Maxwell]'s Bedtime Stories
series, and his Bible Story
series. Those have been pivotal in shaping many a godly child’s young heart. Also, The Picture Bible
by Iva Hoth. Find them at Bookfinder.com
(if you’re in a dry climate, look for books that have been in a dry climate, otherwise you’ll be sneezing from an outbreak of mold spores that arrive on the pages of your books).
• McGuffey Readers
are priceless in their content, and start with FIRST grade. They’re a series of primers that were the textbooks for millions of children in American schools from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. According to Wikipedia, “It is estimated that at least 120 million copies of McGuffey's Readers were sold between 1836 and 1960, placing its sales in a category with the Bible and Webster's Dictionary. Since 1961 they have continued to sell at a rate of some 30,000 copies a year. No other textbook bearing a single person's name has come close to that mark.” They are what the GREATS of our country (Thomas Edison, Ford) were raised on. They teach character values at subtle decision-making levels... and are tremendously compelling. I've been reviewing elementary readers used in schools in the past fifty years and they have all been rewritten and are milktoast in comparison. The modern stories are all twaddle. You could live without all of that.
• Something else that teaches character is our character traits coloring book and songs
. While you're washing up the breakfast dishes, your children are getting a handle on 48 character traits that will shape their lives in a wonderful way.
• Classical music CD's
...Baroque, harp, harpsichord type....not bombastic symphonies. Also, Be Still, My Soul
, the soothing new CD of piano music with cello and viola.
• A full-circle swirl-out fancy skirt or dress
for your daughter to put on and dance in the living room to the classical music. It could even be fancy taffeta, swishy-sounding, but any full-circle fabric will do.
• Read Preschool Pizzazz
for more ideas.
• A Needak soft-bounce rebounder
and a chalkboard
(contact us for best sources for both of these).
Stick with these sorts of things rather than any of the battery-operated everythings and you'll produce happy, contented children.