Today is the last day of the 5 Days of Charlotte Mason Preschool series! The last method I am going to discuss is Living Books.
I want to say that the reason I saved Living Books for the last day is because they're not really the most important element of a preschool. The focus should still be on outdoor time and habit training.
That being said, we do know that books are important, and it is well-established that reading frequently to children promotes literacy. Plus, cuddling together with a good book is a precious way to bond with your child. So when you are reading and making those memories, you should be choosing quality literature that is worth your time and is positively influencing your child.
Twaddle vs. Living Books
Instead, we should be sharing wonderful stories with our children. Living books are full of rich and often poetic vocabulary. They offer beautiful thoughts, inspirational messages or transport you right into the story.
If you start reading living books early and consistently, it will help your child develop an appreciation for literature.
Favorite Books for Toddlers & PreschoolersBig Red Barn, Goodnight Moon and others by Margaret Wise Brown
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and others by by Eric Carle
Chicka Boom Chicka Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Blueberries for Sal and other Robert McCloskey books
Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (the original series)
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
The Real Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
Curious George and other original George stories by Margeret and H.A. Ray
The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Peter Rabbit and all other Beatrix Potter stories
This is by no means an exhaustive list. It's just a sampling of books we've enjoyed in our family, but I am wondering...what's YOUR favorite book for preschoolers?
One thing I always try to remember, that as much as I love books - and buying them - quality is always better than quantity. If it doesn't look like a book I'd want to read more than once, I probably will not by it. It's better to read only a few good books to your children than many worthless books. If you carefully choose the books you offer to your preschooler, you will find that you too will delight in reading their favorite books over and over again.
ResourcesYear 0 Book List from Ambleside Online & Year 0 Audio & Other Resources
Favorite Read-Aloud Books for Preschoolers from Simply Charlotte Mason
Before Five in a Row and Five in a Row Book Lists
Librivox - free audio versions of public domain books, stories, and poems
Imagination Library- free books every month for children under 5
Day 1: Beginning a Charlotte Mason Preschool
Day 2: Nature Study for Curious Preschoolers
Day 3: Introducing Handicrafts to Your Preschooler
Day 4: Fine Arts for Preschoolers
Day 5: Living Books Preschoolers
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