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Start Early Poster Sets Review by Jennifer Golombisky and Tina Rice

Etienne Morel and Hugo Westphal, Illustrators
Aurora Production AG, Switzerland/Activated
PO Box 462805
Escondido, CA 92046-280

Start Early Posters are beautiful, full-color 9"x12" posters featuring children and families. These posters are just right for preschool aged children. They are bright and happy, and each conveys a short, clear message. They remind the child of such ideas as You Are Special, Eating Healthy Food Makes You Strong, Say Please and Thank You, Tell the Truth, and Don't Give Up. Twenty-five posters are included, as well as a coloring book with the very same pictures as the posters, something my little ones appreciated. The package also features practical ideas for parents and creative uses for the posters in order to teach the principles most effectively. Start Early posters would be equally useful in the formal preschool setting and in the homeschool. We just hung a few of them on the wall and rotated our selection every week, and the kids enjoyed them.

The Start Early Christian Set of posters is every bit as fun and encouraging as the regular set, of course with added benefit of emphasizing Christian principles specifically. Some of the 25 posters in this set include God's Word is Truth, God Loves a Cheerful Giver, All Things Were Made by God, and Jesus Takes Care of Me. They even include supporting Bible verses on the bottom of the poster. My kids liked to memorize the saying at the top of the poster and the Bible verse as well. A coloring book featuring all the pictures is also included with this set, again best suited for preschoolers. These posters show happy, multiethnic children, and some feature a picture representation of Jesus. A couple of them also depict a white-haired, grandfatherly figure representing God the Father under the titles God is Love and We Have a Happy God. While these posters did not offend me, I know that some families may object to picturing the Heavenly Father in this way.

Start Early Posters are enlightening for preschoolers! They will love learning with them and sharing them with you.

-- Product review by Jennifer Golombisky, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, December 2005

Start Early and Start Early Christian Set
Aurora Production AG, Switzerland
FAX: 0041-41-7106745

To Purchase in the United States Contact:
P.O. Box 462805
Escondido, CA 92046-280

Start Early and Start Early Christian Set are posters and coloring books used to teach moral and spiritual principles to young children. Included in each box are a coloring book (that you have permission to copy) and 25 colorful posters. Teaching suggestions are also included.

Start Early includes posters that say "Let's work together", "Let's be friends", "Play safely", and "Let's be happy". Start Early Christian Set includes "God loves a cheerful giver", "Thank you Jesus for everything", "The Lord is my shepherd", and "Angels watch over me". Each poster is colorful, with cute cartoon-like drawings. The Christian set includes a Bible verse on each poster. Posters measure about 9 inches by 11 inches. The coloring book contains black line drawings of the posters.

I like both sets of posters. The Christian set reminded me of posters that were in my primary Sunday School classroom, while the Start Early set remind me of posters I have seen on public school classroom walls. I will not hang these in my home classroom, but I would use them to talk with young children about the Bible, Jesus, God, and good manners. I would recommend their use for children from age 12 months to 4 years old.

If you like colorful or educational posters check out Start Early and Start Early Christian posters and coloring books. They may be just what you have been looking for.

-Product Review by Tina Rice, Contributing Writer, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, June, 2006