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What are some chidren's Christmas gifts that reinforce learning and good values.

Posted on 11/13/2010 1:17:31 PM PST by cradle of freedom

Christmas time is coming soon, all of us who are parents, grandparents or other relatives or friends of children will be looking for fun and appropriate gifts for Christmas. What are some gifts that you will be giving to the kids in your life? What are some good books or toys that you think they will enjoy while giving them something of value.

I am looking for someplace where I can find books that have good values that I can give to my grandkids. Are there any websites that specialize in books that represent our values, not liberal values? I would also like to find some old literature and information books.

If there are any publishers reading this, I hope you will look into bringing back some old books that can be reprinted for today's kids. I don't trust a lot of the stuff that is out there today, there is often a liberal tendency to them.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Miscellaneous; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: books; christmas; gifts; toys
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1 posted on 11/13/2010 1:17:41 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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To: cradle of freedom

Bill Bennett’s The Children’s Book of Values


2 posted on 11/13/2010 1:22:14 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: cradle of freedom

“Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls


3 posted on 11/13/2010 1:22:29 PM PST by Chuckster
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To: cradle of freedom

www.visionforum.com

Try not to break your budget! I absolutely LOVE everything we have ever gotten from them. They always have a theme. This year’s is “Fight Hard & Hold Fast” — wonderful toys, games, books and more. Conservative, educational, homeschool friendly.

This place has it all...a little higher than some, but worth every penny. I would order everything in the catelog if I could.


4 posted on 11/13/2010 1:22:56 PM PST by kimmie7 (I do not think BO is the antichrist, but he may very well be 665.)
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To: cradle of freedom

Any or all of the Narnia books.


5 posted on 11/13/2010 1:23:20 PM PST by Mercat
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To: cradle of freedom

Took the words out of my mouth! Please ping me when you get an answer!
Daughters-in-law have requested books for Christmas rather than toys...too many indulgent relatives!


6 posted on 11/13/2010 1:23:40 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: Chuckster

Great book, I read it when I was in school.


7 posted on 11/13/2010 1:24:16 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cradle of freedom

Wooden jigsaw puzzle of the states with capitals on them.


8 posted on 11/13/2010 1:24:31 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: cradle of freedom

The Cthulhu Mytho


9 posted on 11/13/2010 1:25:34 PM PST by Artemis Webb (I support Nancy Pelosi for Minority Leader!!!)
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To: cradle of freedom
Chinaberry Books is where you want to go.

I cannot recommend them strongly enough. If it's in there, it's good.

10 posted on 11/13/2010 1:26:18 PM PST by r9etb
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To: cradle of freedom
What are some chidren's Christmas gifts that reinforce .. good values.

"Mow the lawn and you will get your Christmas gift ."

11 posted on 11/13/2010 1:26:26 PM PST by libh8er
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To: cradle of freedom

The McGuffey Readers (reprints from the 19th cen.) are superb! My sister used them in home schooling. Some are more text-bookish but the stories are full of good values. No wonder children back then were smarter!


12 posted on 11/13/2010 1:26:26 PM PST by NewCenturions
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To: cradle of freedom

“The Dangerous Book for Boys”


13 posted on 11/13/2010 1:26:31 PM PST by Fresh Wind
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To: cradle of freedom

The “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.


14 posted on 11/13/2010 1:26:31 PM PST by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: cradle of freedom

A friend told me about a book that I plan to buy for my 6 y.o. granddaughter, called “The Princess and the Kiss”. It’s about saving yourself for marriage, basically. There’s one for boys but I can’t remember the name of it - same author, though.


15 posted on 11/13/2010 1:27:11 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch ( T.G., global warming denier.)
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To: cradle of freedom

http://www.visionforum.com/

http://americanvision.org/

http://www.mantleministries.com/

And don’t forget the Boy Scouts!


16 posted on 11/13/2010 1:27:31 PM PST by Tax-chick (Don't forget to show your work!)
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To: cradle of freedom

brat dolls?

lol j/k


17 posted on 11/13/2010 1:27:33 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: WestwardHo; All

See #4.

Also: all Nancy Drew books (up to the 1970s), same for Hardy Boys books, the Narnia series, Tolkien for older kiddos...


18 posted on 11/13/2010 1:27:44 PM PST by kimmie7 (I do not think BO is the antichrist, but he may very well be 665.)
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To: Tax-chick

Great list!

Just adding:

scoutstuff.org
christianbook.com


19 posted on 11/13/2010 1:29:58 PM PST by kimmie7 (I do not think BO is the antichrist, but he may very well be 665.)
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To: cradle of freedom

I would recommend two games: Monopoly and Sorry. Both may help assure they never turn into Barack Obamas.


20 posted on 11/13/2010 1:30:02 PM PST by hampdenkid
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To: cradle of freedom
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Flame on!

Ducking and covering

21 posted on 11/13/2010 1:30:32 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch; cradle of freedom

“The Knight and the Quest,” or something like that. Both evangelical and Catholic religious catalogs sell them. We got “The Princess and the Kiss” for our middle daughter when she was 8 or so. She’s 12 now, so it’s about time to go into more detail about what chastity means for a growing girl.


22 posted on 11/13/2010 1:31:59 PM PST by Tax-chick (Don't forget to show your work!)
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To: cradle of freedom

http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/celoop/1000.html

This is a great site which lists the best books for each particular age group.


23 posted on 11/13/2010 1:32:28 PM PST by Madam Theophilus
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To: cradle of freedom

My kids have hundreds and hundreds of books. Little kids don’t have the attention span to really focus on a couple good books. I like to have books everywhere for easy access. For this purpose the Arch (sp?) books of Bible stories are great — get the whole set and put a few in each room.


24 posted on 11/13/2010 1:33:33 PM PST by dinoparty
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch

Yes that is a great story.


25 posted on 11/13/2010 1:36:26 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Huntress
Strange to see this subject after talking to my daughter in law just this morning about what gifts to buy the grand kids. She suggested books to help the 3 yr old to read. He absolutely adores books and she constantly takes him to the library. Funny he has his own card...thought that was cute...anyway she suggested that I go to consignment stores, thrift shops and the goodwill and find some older books. Since they'll probably be donated in the future I thought it was a great idea. I will be in the hunt for some good books my kids used to read and hopefully I'll find some old fashion good reading books as well. With money being tight I was very grateful to hear she didn't mind at all that those books would come from there. Bless her heart!
26 posted on 11/13/2010 1:37:35 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: cradle of freedom

How old are your grandkids?

Any books about brave kids having adventures in the face of adversity are good: “Treasure Island”, “Heidi”, “The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew”, “Tom Sawyer”,...

Nonfiction: Science books with lots of illustrations and photos. Science project kits. History and biography.

Check your local Barnes&Noble. They always have a great selection of discounted nonfiction books, plus kids’ classic fiction. And hands-on science kits.


27 posted on 11/13/2010 1:39:11 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: kittymyrib

I want my children to grow up to be “good” government types!


28 posted on 11/13/2010 1:40:50 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: cradle of freedom

I don’t have kids, so I have to look at this from personal experience from when I was a kid. IMO the best toys drive creativity - blocks, Legos, etc. Too many toys nowadays are scripted. Dump a big ol’ block set on the playroom floor with a few Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars and watch the boys go.


29 posted on 11/13/2010 1:41:58 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: cradle of freedom

I discovered this publisher while attending a Christian library conference. They have some good books.

www.lamplighterpublishing.com


30 posted on 11/13/2010 1:45:42 PM PST by Marmolade
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To: kimmie7

Don’t forget Tom Swift.


31 posted on 11/13/2010 1:46:12 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: cradle of freedom

Depending on the age of the grandchildren and your distance from them, the parents (and children) might appreciate a gift of assistance with summer activities. Two of my boys went to Civil War Bootcamp day camp a few years ago, and I would love to have other children attend the program, but it’s a significant drive and we have a lot of little kids at home. My parents are far away and couldn’t help, but if they could drive Pat to Civil War camp for a week, I would consider that a major gift!

An invitation to visit is good, too. My girls (12 and 10) are visiting my parents in Florida now. They’re going to the Harry Potter exhibit at Universal Studios on Monday.


32 posted on 11/13/2010 1:50:20 PM PST by Tax-chick (Don't forget to show your work!)
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To: dirtboy

Have you seen this Lego...about $400 bucks, only reason I know about it is my 3rd grader grandson just requested it. Granny said NO.

http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=10188


33 posted on 11/13/2010 1:50:29 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: Marmolade

I hope this posts a live link:

www.lamplighterpublishing.com

If not, then I guess I don’t know how to do it.


34 posted on 11/13/2010 1:51:29 PM PST by Marmolade
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To: cradle of freedom

A chessboard! I’ve seen 5-year-olds learn to play.


35 posted on 11/13/2010 1:53:53 PM PST by fullchroma
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To: Tax-chick

Now that we’re in higher grade math for homeschool, I find myself saying your tag a lot!


36 posted on 11/13/2010 1:53:57 PM PST by kimmie7 (I do not think BO is the antichrist, but he may very well be 665.)
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To: kimmie7

Both my teenagers think they can just write down an answer based on mental “calculations.” Drives me NUTS. “Write down *every step*, exactly the way I’ve demonstrated. That is how you will calculate the correct answer. And if you can’t read your numbers, neither can I!”


37 posted on 11/13/2010 1:55:47 PM PST by Tax-chick (Don't forget to show your work!)
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To: cradle of freedom
I would also like to find some old literature...

Jack London collections Captains Courageous by Kipling

38 posted on 11/13/2010 1:57:23 PM PST by Roccus (Quondo Omni Flunkus Mortati)
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To: kimmie7

I just went to the vision forum and was very impressed with their quantity and quality of products, especially the books. Wow, over 1,400 books to choose from. I have vision forum in my shopping folder for future reference. Thanks, I will pass this excellent source on to others.


39 posted on 11/13/2010 1:59:14 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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The Book of Virtues
The Narnias
The Way Things Work
Most books about animals and nature

Camping and Fishing essentials
A puppy (teaches children SO many things about being gentle and loving human beings)

The Tolkiens for bigger kids

40 posted on 11/13/2010 1:59:46 PM PST by Miss Behave
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To: kimmie7

Thanks for the Nancy Drew suggestion. Could you tell me what would be the age range for the Nancy Drew books?


41 posted on 11/13/2010 2:02:23 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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I’ve been buying from Vision Forum for years. I’ve had to replace some items because the children have used them to death! We’ve watched some DVDs over and over and over ... “Raising the Allosaur” and “League of Grateful Sons,” about Iwo Jima.


42 posted on 11/13/2010 2:09:20 PM PST by Tax-chick (Don't forget to show your work!)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Thanks for your suggestions, It is funny that you mentioned the Five Little Peppers because I was thinking about that book myself, as I had that book at home.

The adventure books are great ideas, as well. I am going to look for the old tried and true rather than venture into the world of the new books.


43 posted on 11/13/2010 2:16:22 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: fullchroma
Bump! A Chess set is an invaluable LIFE game. An like you said--they can pick it up as younger kids.

Someone else said Legos: a must. My son was a Lego freak (and Chess.)

Also any books on Astronomy and Avionics, and a telescope and a microscope. Someone else mentioned science kits, and my kids loved building their own rockets and Rocketry. Also ANY kind of model kit from a hobby store--the BEST kind of store to take a child.

44 posted on 11/13/2010 2:16:22 PM PST by Miss Behave
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To: cradle of freedom

If your grandchildren are over 10, look for Louis L’Amour in your library or used book store.


45 posted on 11/13/2010 2:18:09 PM PST by Tax-chick (Don't forget to show your work!)
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www.executivebooks.com

or

http://www.tremendouslifebooks.com/

Excellent conservative / Christian / business bookstore.


46 posted on 11/13/2010 2:23:32 PM PST by kailbo
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To: GailA

That is a complete antithesis of why I mentioned Legos. That is completely scripted. I believe in Lego blocks that are just that, blocks, that kids can build in whatever manner comes to their imagination.


47 posted on 11/13/2010 2:25:52 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: cradle of freedom
If there are any publishers reading this, I hope you will look into bringing back some old books that can be reprinted for today's kids.

I loved the old How and Why books as a kid. I have no idea if anything like them is still around.

48 posted on 11/13/2010 2:28:45 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: cradle of freedom

Latin. Invaluable! Helps with vocabulary, phonics and spelling and, later, with studies in romance languages, law, medicine, ad infinitum.

http://classicalacademicpress.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=12&gclid=CJCwpOPpnqUCFVVi2godZzZpIA

http://www.gettingstartedwithlatin.com/


49 posted on 11/13/2010 2:40:36 PM PST by fullchroma
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To: cradle of freedom

Guns and Ammo, Shooting Times and Soldier of Fortune are high on my list.


50 posted on 11/13/2010 2:42:56 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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