This post is written by Beth of Experimental Mommy. While samples were received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.
As a child, I always remember having to play catch up the first few days or weeks of school because we all seemed to have forgotten what we learned the year before. Now children are expected not only to know the material from the previous year, but also advance over the summer.
My little man will be starting Pre-K 4 this year and is so excited to wear his new big boy uniform just like the rest of the school. To keep him on track all summer we have been trying to review some the material he learned in Pre-K 3, but it is not easy when all he wants to do is play. My daughter who will be going to a program for 2 and 3 year olds in September has no idea what to expect when it comes to school. I have spent the summer drilling numbers, letters and colors.
We were so excited to receive Schoolies so learning can be more fun and less “work”. The first book that I introduced to my little scholars was the My School Day book. With a movable clock my son was able to change the time as the Schoolies enjoyed their day from waking up, getting on the bus and all the way back home to bedtime. My four year old really understood how this worked and enjoyed a ‘refresher course’ on how the school day works.
The next book we looked at (and my personal) favorite was the School House which was perfect for my two year old little girl to get to know what school will be all about this Fall. The book includes four foldout school scenes, characters, accessories and stickers so your child can create their own story. This book was a big hit with my two!
The next book, Lets Get Ready for School, is perfect for your Pre-K or Kindergartener. This book is jam packed with activities to help reinforce the skills they are learning. The best part is once your little one writes in it, you can wipe it clean and it is good as new for the next time.
Making Friends and First Day of School also helped my daughter to understand everything she could expect as she enters school for the first time. The books encourage friendship and overcoming shyness, which any child is going to have on the first day of a new school. These are great books, and were great for my son’s summer reading project.
Finally the Activity Flash Cards were good for both of my children. My daughter was able to relate the pictures to the colors, shapes and numbers and my son was able to trace the letters to spell words and practice his letters. These are also great for the car ride to keep your little ones entertained while still learning. They are 26 cards that are double sided and come with a wipe and marker so that they can be reused over and over.
With school only one month away we will definitely be using these books and cards everyday until school starts and even after school starts to reinforced what they are learning.
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