Friday, August 24, 2012

Great Lessons Books

My children absolutely enjoy hearing the Great Lesson story " God Who Has No Hands". In our second week of school last year I presented the story to them , I shared this will you all here. I cannot tell you enough how sharing this great story really pulled my children into a whole new world of science. Through out their year last year they kept coming back to me after completing various science experiments and related the information to the story. This year is no exception!!  I shared this story again and again through out the school year, and I am happy that they actually have it memorized. I wanted to add a new twist to the beginning of the year that included the Great Lesson Story but wouldn't take anything away from it.
While browsing at the Waseca site I found these books written by Jennifer Morgan, and illustrated by Dana Lynne Andersen. I quickly checked to see if my local book store carried them. The books were not in the store but they ordered them for me. As soon as they arrived I knew that these books would become mine and my children's  favorite resource for extending  the Great Lesson Story leading them right into the The Timeline of Life. There are three books in the series.

 Example page of book 1. I was really impressed by the drawings in all of the books, and I especially liked how the story is written to the child from the Universe.

 Example page from book 2. In the back of the books there are additional stories and scientific discoveries that tie into the main idea of the book.
 Examples of Book 3. Also all the books have glossaries. I  know that my children will be using these books as reference materials and inspiration for extension activities.

I am really thrilled to be able to add these books to our home library. I highly recommend these books to all who will be introducing The Great Lessons to Fall. All children enjoy great pictures and story lines that keep them asking for more so if you are are looking for a series that will get your kids excited about our Universe and how it all came together I would purchase these books too. On another note, I will offer this tip. If you have a Barnes& Noble or a Schuler's book store in your area they will order books for you for free. When the book arrives you have no obligation to buy. The reason I love this so much is because I was able to save over fifty bucks in shipping while doing book purchases for our homeschool this way. It is a savings we so needed. Schulers I found I only had to wait two days no matter how many I ordered. However, Barnes & Noble has an Educator Discount that I can take advantage of that gives me an additional 15% off each book, another reason why I love to order if I have to from the book stores.

I am linking this post to Favorite Resources hosted by Learning All the time!!
Also to Montessori Monday.


  1. What awesome books! Thanks for sharing and also the special tip about the teacher's discount. D isn't 6 yet, so I am waiting a bit to introduce these stories but I am collecting stuff for them, so awesome timing!

  2. I have seen these books before, and thought they looked great, and I've had them on my Amazon wish list for quite a while (so that I would remember them). Maybe I should think about buying them soon! Thanks for sharing with Favorite Resources :)

  3. I always love reading about your experiences with the elementary curriculum. Great choices for books ... thanks so much for sharing at Montessori Monday! I featured your post yesterday at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:


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