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These colored pictures are food for the absorbent mind of the young child. The child age 0 to 6 years absorbs his environment. The impressions he absorbs become the very stuff of which his mind is formed.
Lady Madeleine's illustrations stimulate joy and radiate the feeling of peace and many other positive qualities for your child to absorb, such as orderliness, cleanliness and cheerfulness!
Showing children grotesque pictures of monsters and hellish creatures will inflict harm upon the mind that is forming. It is essential that whatever is appropriate, purposeful, wholesome, harmonious, beneficial and beautiful surround the young child whose mind is in the formative state.
Montessori points out that it is the normalized child who will grow into an adult capable of correcting the ills of society. The normalized child is the child whose mind is formed with order and beauty and the practicality that was in her day defined as the norm, which was healthy. The mind that is formed with degenerative, disorderly patterns is the mind that is unhealthy. (Read The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori.)
We highly recommend that the colored illustrations be shown to babies because of the positive impressions that can be gained from each picture. Children may see the colored illustrations starting from infancy as soon as they have recovered from the birth experience. From age 0 to 4 months parents have a very captive audience because the child has little mobility and dearly appreciates whatever stimulation or attention you can provide.
Babies need to be provided with many objects and items of practical value and beauty while the mind is forming. Large, colorful flashcards with pictures of useful objects or simple scenes of childhood, in all its wonder and beauty, are ideal for a baby. And you can show the pictures again and again.
The illustrations can be kept in loose-leaf page protectors. If you also keep them in a ring binder you can flip the cards over like a flip chart when you show them to the baby. Otherwise cardboard backing is recommended. When presenting the cards hold them about 18” from the baby and hold them steady at the child’s eye level. Eliminate noises and distractions from the baby’s environment and provide adequate lighting.
On the last four pages of the pdf file you will find descriptive sentences for each picture, which you can read to the baby or child as you show the pictures. Labels should be cut out and pasted on the back of the picture cards.
A baby’s attention upon a picture should be natural and not forced. Allowing the baby to see a picture for a short time works best rather than holding it in front of him for too long of a time. The length of time it takes for you to read the descriptive sentence on the label, slowly, with deliberation and clear pronunciation, is as long as you would need to show the picture.
You may find that your baby is as interested in what you have to say, as he is in the pictures, if you speak slowly and articulate each word precisely. Babies learn to talk by watching the mouth of their parents when they are speaking.
You may show the baby as many pictures as he wants to see. If the baby gives you his attention, then, he wants to see the pictures. Otherwise he will look away. You might want to provide several short sessions per day or make them a little longer if the child is interested in longer sessions.
These hand-colored illustrations were colored our beloved children's artist Madeleine Soltis. They are ideal for children ages 0-6 years or for any age. The colored illustrations accompany her coloring book.
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Coloring prepares the hand for writing and all types of handiwork. Children 3-years-old and younger will work to perform, and perfect with their hands what they have absorbed with their minds. They will color the pictures again and again until they achieve the level of perfection they are striving for. It is crucial that children have the example of excellence set before them. That is why we let them have the colored illustrations to see, along with the coloring sheets.
Parents can set high standards for their children by providing them with examples of excellence, such as these colored illustrations that are intended for use with the coloring book, for this very purpose. Simply remove the colored illustration, still in its jacket, from the ring binder and offer it to him so that he can see it while he is coloring.
If you do not have a colored printer we suggest that you take the PFD file to a color-coping center. We recommend putting colored illustrations in loose-leaf jackets and storing them in a ring binder.
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A WORD ABOUT ANGELS AND FAIRIES
Many people believe angels, fairies, elves and gnomes exist in other dimensions and are part of the vast hierarchy of life. Angels dwell in heavenly realms and they minister to humanity while fairies, elves and gnomes comprise the reality of elemental life and render service to the earth. Many seers and adepts can see them and, although many people do not believe they are real, belief is wide spread among people all around the world and has always been so.
If you do not want your child to become acquainted with angels and elementals, simply remove the pictures from the collection that pertain to them. You will still find many beautiful pictures of real value for your child!
This beautiful coloring book with colored illustratins comes to you as a gift from the heart of our beloved children’s artist Madeleine Soltis.
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