I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hands-on-Prints books. I received educational books to facilitate my review.
As much as I love all things tech-related (phones! tablets! fitness gadgets! oh my!), I’m still a reader and writer at heart. And now that my 5-year-old early reader is developing a passion to learn and read, it’s more important than ever that we have real, actual, tangible, hard-cover, page-turner books in the house.
I was a Literature major, after all, so a stack of heavy books is like soul food for me, and I can only dream that someday my kids will feel the same way.
So what am I doing to try and make that happen? Well, obviously, making sure they have books at hand whenever my kids want them. But beyond that, I’m trying to make sure that along with the silly books, we also have quality educational books that will help them on the right path to a love of learning. This past week, we’ve started reading Hands-on-Prints books, and I’m seeing a reaction that I’ve seen with NO other books we have.
Christinia Cheung, the author of Hands-on-Prints books, was compelled to begin this series after establishing a Montessori school that celebrates differences in personality, learning preferences and cultural backgrounds. We’re strong believers in Montessori methods, and I can definitely see the influence in this series of books.
The five-book series provides opportunities for both simple and complex learning, while allowing kids exciting, interactive reading experiences enhanced by tactile elements, like mirrors, fold outs, overlays and vibrant illustrations. (My son is only just learning to read, but these books are able to keep his interest with the illustrations alone.)
With topics that range from nature to world travel to internal reflection and self-expression, the Hands-on-Prints series encourages not only reading and learning, but curiosity, broader thinking and mindfulness.
Here are the five titles we’ve been exploring:
We have read them all, but a few have stood out as far-and-away favorites. For example, Geometry Through Architecture: The Chartres Cathedral contains many of the tactile surprises mentioned above, along with lots of visually interesting architectural drawings. This one, in particular, goes beyond the lines and angles of the building into the symbolism of the cathedral, comparing it to the body and spirit of a person, and the colored chakra overlay helped me explain that as I read.
The sure sign that my little one is interested? I’ve been catching him reading outside in his playhouse. The quiet time is so positive for him, especially since he currently shares a room with his little sister.
And, if you can believe this one….I didn’t even ask him to pose under this tree. Silly kid. (I think he’s following his sister’s lead, as she’s taken to napping under trees lately.
The book he’s reading here is another in the Books-on-Print series: A Persistent Vine. With his love of flowers, I knew this one would be a favorite, but I appreciate it even more because the message is so unique to find in a children’s book. This book is part of the Botanical Tales Series and focus on “The Maligned Creeper.” The point is to teach us to understand the complexity of our ecosystem and the plant life in it, and how we can evolve with all plants mindfully and harmoniously (even those maligned as “creepers!”)
I also feel like I have to give a quick shout to a third book in the series, Do I Have To? What if I Don’t Want To… The look of intense focus on my son’s face as I read this book about how to control anger and frustration was absolutely priceless, and I really think it helped make bedtime easier. I’d highly recommend it as a tool for helping all children feel listened to and understood (as well as parents who need a reminder to work on their patience, like me.)
Watching a new reader blossom is such fun, but watching them do it with quality books that teach so much more than just the words on the page is a true gift. Hands-on-Prints books are perfect for any child interested in reading, from early readers to elementary and even high school – and if you’re a homeschooler, you can’t miss these!
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