S is for Smiling Sunrise
For children 3 and older
Beneficial for learning the English alphabet in a hands on cross curricular way.
Hardback book (other options available)
Free MP3 song, poster, and teaching guides for teachers and parents.
Retails for $16.95
When you purchase this book, it also includes several free items to further the learning experience:
About the Author
Vick Wadhwa is a father, author, entreprenuer, and pharmacutical scientist. He wrote this book with his daughter in mind, to further her understanding of character qualities while learning her ABC’s. He wrote poems for the alphabet and then put them to song music, and eventually created an award winning, brightly colored, fully illustrated book to enjoy and share the experience.
Won several “BEST” awards:
2015 National Parenting Publications Award
USA Best Book Awards Finalist
I Love To Read Month featured book
How We Used This In Our Home:
We were really excited to be chosen to review this book. My three and six year olds couldn’t wait for it to arrive. The three year old was especially excited and claimed the book as his own, letting all the other children know that this was his “schoolwork”.
He loves listening to the song and following along in the book. He asks me several times a day, “Play my song mommy! Play my ABC song!” He also loves to have an older sibling or mommy read the book to him.
The book: Each letter in the book shows the upper and lower case letter and features a special word as the focus. Under that is a brightly colored picture that relates to the word. Under the picture is a poem that relates to the word and picture, and also includes descriptive words to explore further. See the picture posted above for examples of “A Artwork a” , “B Butterflies b” and “C Colors c” and you can see examples of how the book is layed out.
The Song: Puts the read aloud book to music. Fun to sing along and look at the pictures.
Teachers Guide: Follows a pattern of teaching and exploring language and living ideas using each letter in the book. Concepts like Beauty, Goodness, and Wonder are explored through rhymes and brightly colored pictures in the book, as well as a series of questions and activities for the parent /teacher to explore further after reading and singing each letter.
The same pattern is repeated for each letter to explore:
Concepts of living: How the word or related word picture relates to every day life, how it enriches life, how it relates to character, virtue, manners, and appreciation.
Questions: provoke deeper thought using the picture to spark ideas and discussion.
Vocabulary Words: from 3 to 12 new descriptive words that relate to the letter word.
Activities: hands on learning adventures to explore, create, and do with the child.
We were able to combine several learning activities while using the book, song, and guides. So many great ideas are included in the suggestions within the Teachers Guide. Many of these activities complimented the other learning activities we had going with the older kids.
Some of the suggestions throughout the book include fun activities like:
Field Trips: go outside on a walk, visit the zoo, visit a planetarium, play at the park, visit an art museum,
Art: paint, color, sing, dance, crafts, etc.
Science Obeservations: butterflies, heart beat, observe nature outside, observe the night sky, plant a garden, observe colors, nutrition,
Math: time, time of day or night, observe parts of flowers, observation of time,
Character Virtue and Manners: give a gift, say thank you, inner and outer beauty, honesty,
and so much more.
This would be a really fun book to make a scrap book of all the learning activities for, and do it like “rowing a book” or as a “letter of the week” and do a unit study for each letter following the suggestions in the Teacher’s Guide.
Here is a video of the book, song, and activities in action:
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