The new nursery manual is available. I’ve only had time to scan a few lessons, but it looks fabulous. I love how they’ve given hints to the teacher in the margin and I love how the lesson is focused on brief, physical activities.
I’m so pleased to see such age-appropriate materials for teaching young children.
I’m also pleased to see this in the Introduction: “Use only Church-produced resources in the nursery class.” I’ve long been irritated with the professionally-produced materials that people use; I don’t like cartoonish depictions of deity and I don’t like the slant of (some of) these materials. Fortunately, this new nursery manual has enough coloring pages and simple activities that no one should feel the need to turn to these sources anyway. (Is it too much to hope that Deseret Books would stop stocking materials designed to be used contrary to the directions at the beginning of the manual?)
I haven’t looked at most of the lessons in the new manual yet, but it looks like a great deal of thought went into it. The spiral binding should make it easier to teach from and the included full-sized color pictures should be a great resource.
This looks like a great book to use at home with little ones, too.
Good job, curriculum department!