Educating Young Students From The Inside Out

Educating Preschool students from the "Inside Out"

What we read

Come Gather Round... with a friend on the left and a friend on the right, come gather round.

These are the lists of my favorite picks that I have used in my classroom over the years. I have categorized Education for Life  spiritual themes around the qualities expressed in each story.

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Watch for them on; Come gather round! 

 New Selections for this month January 2013
Title    Author                        Qualities Themes
       Can you say Peace?    Karen Katz      Friendships, love, peace, 
       Empty Pot   Demi             Truthfulness, inner joy, beauty,

       The Mitten Tree     
    Candace Christiansen        Love, nurturing, friendship, sharing, healing.
This months featured book and classroom activities.

Below are a few of my favorites.                                    Qualities, Themes 
  • All the rainbow fish books   Marcus Pfister                 Friendships, forgiveness, sharing, love
  • Holey Moley              Marcus Pfister                       JOY, love, cooperation,
  • Milo and the Magic Stones   “”                             Choices, joy, service to others
  • The Little yellow leaf   Carin Berger                         Seasons, friendship, expansion
  • Badgers Bad Mood  Hiawyn Oram/ Susan Varley    Friendship, creating good habits
  • Angels, Angels, Everywhere   De Paola                    Love, joy, expansion, wonder 
  • Art Lesson                              De Paola                   JOY, love of art, friendships 
  • Diamonds in the Snow          Marcus Pfister               Light, nature, winter, seasons
  • Gift of Nothing           Patrick McDonnell                  Your presence of love is the gift
  • Just like Heaven            “”           “”                           Love all around us, even on earth
  • Grandfather Twilight        Berger                                Light, wonder, nature
  • Oma's Quilt                     Bourgeois                          Love, change, excepting life
  • Big All Series and Shrimpy  Clements                       True friendships, courage, love
  • Brave Charlotte Anu Stohner and Henrike Wilson    Courage, faith, Do it now, joy 
  • Moles' Music David McPhail                                    Inspiration, music, expansion
  • The Kissing Hand        Audry Penn                            First day / school Mothers love!   
  • You are Special         Max Lucia                                Self esteem,                                                  
  • Each Breath I Smile    Thich Nhat Hahn                     Meditations, nature, peace
  • Great Kapok Tree      Lynne Cherry                          Endangered species, love for all
  • Everybody needs a Rock  Byrd Baylor                     Nature, earth, deep understanding
  • Mother Earth     Sibylle von Olfers                            Earth, contentment, acceptance
  • Story of the Root Children Sibylle von Olfers            The story of the Season
  • Fox makes Friends   Adam Reif                             Friendship book for the beginning of school year
  • Little Yoga (Toddler Book)                                       Yoga Book
  • Gossie and Gertie Oliver Dunrea                                Toddler friendships
  • Photographer Mole Dennis Haseley                           Happiness, joy, families
  • Chubbos Pool        Betsy Lewin                                 Happiness, joy, friendship
  • My love for you all year long                                     Nice collage book on loving.
  • “Little Cloud “          Eric Carles                                Art calmess, peace, stillness
  • Om Baby    Schamet Horsfield                                 Community, Peace, Harmony                    
  • Fletcher and the Falling Leaves  Rawlinson               Fall, love, nature, acceptance
  •   Stone Soup   Jon Muth                                          Building Community, Harmony                  
   For Older Children
  • Monkeys and the Mango Tree                              Indian Stories and Parables
  • Tenzin’s Deer    Barbara Soros                              Harmony, love, wisdom
  • Zen Shorts  Jon Muth
  • Little Secret of Friendship  J. Donald Walters        Focus one a day.                                                
  • The Little Troll     Thomas Berger                          Friendship, service, expansion
  • The Gardener          S.Stewart                              Love, faith, serving,joy under all circumstances      Caldecott Award Winner
  • The Three Questions  Jon Muth                             Expansion,service, harmony, peace          

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