Winter break is OVER, and we are officially back to school (homeschool, that is) with our kids. While I have plenty of school materials for my kids (especially in the early childhood educational genre), I long for some variety, and the kids enjoy shaking things up a bit, too!
We tried out a suite of Mead Early Learning products with the goal of putting some fun, creative, and unique learning tools into our daily curriculum. We found that there were solutions for almost every area of our Pre-K through 3rd grade learning day; some of the products kept my kids entertained for hours!
While Mead offers products in writing, reading, spelling, math, and more, here are the faves from the items we reviewed:
I remember using these as a student in elementary school. They kept me busy during the times when I was done with my lessons, and they were more enjoyable than worksheets. At the time, my teacher had to copy, cut, color, and laminate each piece of the activity folder, and they weren't very sturdy. The versions from Mead Early Learning are almost all done for you. The Math Basics Educational Folder Games just requires you to tear the pieces out along the perforated lines.
The Shapes Folder Games require a bit of cutting. Both packets have 3 folder games in them, and the folders themselves are sturdy plastic. They even have a pouch to store the pieces in - encouraging my kids to pick up after themselves when they are done!
I've already mentioned that we get a little tired of using workbooks; the ones we tried from Mead Early Learning were refreshing in their approach however. There was lots of room for kids to write (some workbooks make kids write smaller than they are comfy with), and they include reward stickers in the back!
These are an effective way to perform "drills" to help children memorize everything from colors to letters to math facts! My children do very well with cards, and the sturdy, colorful tools can be perfect for in the car or around the dinner table. Since ABC and addition facts are the most difficult for kids to grasp, using flashcards can make the learning process less stressful and more fun than worksheets.
All products are available for purchase on the Mead® Early Learning website. You can also learn more about new products via Facebook and Twitter!
Wanna Win? We are giving one lucky reader a selection of Mead Early Learning products (valued at $75) to help your children learn! To be entered to win, visit Mead’s Early Learning section of the website and leave a comment with what product/products they like best and why!
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*Samples received to review. Opinions are 100% my own.