Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Little Visits at Bedtime | Book Review

Little Visits at Bedtime by Dr. Mary Manz Simon is a devotional made for bedtime reading with your preschooler.  There are times, ok…a lot of times…that bedtime can be a rough time of day.  Little ones are so wound up that its hard for them to switch into the calm frame of mind, but with the help of a good devotional, this time of day doesn’t have to be difficult. 

Each devotional is broken up into 5 different parts.  The first part is the devotional itself.  Each one tells a quick story that will keep your childs attention and won’t overdo their attention span.  The next part is called “Let’s Remember.”  This is a bible verse that you can read to your child or use as a memory verse.  When you are finished reading the devotional you will get to the Let’s Talk part.  This part offers a small conversation time with your children before they go to bed.  It has a few questions about the devotional.  The next two parts are more for the parents.  They are called the Parent Connection and Bringing it Home.  These are the places where you are shown how you can expand on the devotional if you would like.  Plus, how to talk to your kids and reinforce what was being taught. 

There are a few things I liked about this book.  You can pick up and start right where you left off since the devotions are not dated.  If you miss a day there is no reason to despair.  The other thing is that you can use your child's name instead of the names in the book so you can personalize the devotions which will help your child learn more and keep their interest more if they think its about them. 

The one thing I didn’t like is that while this is geared more towards a preschool child, the Let’s talk section is more advanced than I would have liked.  The questions are a little too much for a preschooler and I would say they are on the level of a child in grade school, but overall the book is a cute addition to any family’s library.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own. *

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