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Because money doesn't grow on trees, it is my desire to only include the best learning products in the ABCJesusLovesMe Curricula.  Learning supplies that will give you the best bang for your buck, provide the most learning potential, and take the least amount of space.  

Although no items are required for learning to occur and any suggestion can be substituted, below are products that we had in our home and I found very beneficial,  and are included in the Items Needed in the ABCJLM Curricula.  

 

Playdoh * Play Doh or Play Dough - While there are many options to purchase Play Doh, I feel the easiest to use is homemade play dough.


Children Safety Scissors  Children's Safety Scissors - Child should have safety scissor that fit their little hands. Click to learn how to teach the child to correctly use scissors.    

 


Alphabet Flashcards Flashcards - While flashcards have gotten a bad rap in the last few years, there are a lot of fun learning opportunities to teach children shapes, colors, and letters using a homemade or purchased set.  Ideas included in the Complete Preschool Curriculum.

 

Sandpaper Letters & Number Tactile Letters & Numbers - Used weekly in the 3 and 4 Year Curriculum to teach children the formation of letters and numbers without the require fine motor skills to hold a pencil. Click to create your own tactile letters and numbers.



Leapfrog Magetic Letters LeapFrog Fridge Phonics® Magnetic Set -  While this toy is no longer used in the Curriculum, my children enjoyed playing with these.  I loves the phonetic learning it provided.  Comes with Uppercase letters, with Lowercase Letters Expansion Pack available as well.


Parquetry Blocks Parquetry Block Super Set, Pattern Blocks and Boards, or Pattern Blocks - These blocks and boards are used in the Visual Perception Activities of the 4 and 5 Year Curricula.  


Magnetic Letter and Numbers Wooden Magnetic Number and Letter Set can be used to build words, work on letter names and phonetic sounds, and play games like fishing
Bath Letters and Numbers Bath Letter & Numbers - Bath time is a wonderful time to extend learning.


Duplo Legos Duplo Legos - The larger Legos are best for toddler and early preschool age children to develop fine motor, gross motor, visual perception, and creativity.


Legos Legos - The smaller Legos provide more versatility than Duplo Legos and are better for ages 4 and up.


Letter and Number Cookie Cutters A-B-C and 1-2-3 Cutter Set - These are fun to make cookies, play with play dough, or trace.  Learn more about play dough fun.  


ABC Lacing Lacing Beads & ABC Lacing Beads - Lacing provides fine motor building and academic fun.  Learn more about lacing.  
Fingerpaint Fingerpaint is a wonderful sensory and fine motor activity with so much learning potential.  This craft supply is used in all of the Preschool Curricula.


Aquadoodle Aquadoodle or Magna Doodle provide a child the opportunity to write and draw without fear of writing where they shouldn't.


Sidewalk Chalk Sidewalk Chalk takes learning outside!  


Peg Puzzles Peg Puzzle provide an easy-to-hold knob for tiny fingers to learn how to put puzzles together. 

Lacing  Lacing cards are available in a plethora of themes.  Match the lacing cards with other learning objectives to further the learning.  (For example:  ABC Lacing Cards) Learn more about lacing.  

Sorting Beginning Sorting Set  - Use for the sorting activities in the ABCJLM Curriculum. 
 

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