This past winter my 4 year old Kurtis started showing a huge interest in learning his letters. I felt really bad because I had a lot of time with his older sister when she was younger, but I haven’t had as much time to spend with Kurtis on his letters and such. I brought out some workbooks that I had and we started working on a letter each week. He has picked it up quick but we still need to work on it. Now we have a new resource. We recently received a set of The Schoolies Preschool Board Books for review and we are in love!
Preschoolers will love to meet the colorful and unique cast of Schoolies characters, created by artist and designer Ellen Crimi-Trent and published in Priddy Books’ signature early learning formats. Recommended for ages 3-6
The Schoolies series consists of:
My School Day – From waking up to favorite lessons to the bus ride home, kids will love learning to tell time as they spend a day with the Schoolies. Includes a play clock with moveable hands so young readers can turn to the right time as the Schoolies enjoy their day. (SRP $14.99)
School House – Fold-out pages create four scenes in and around the Schoolies school house. Includes press-out play characters and accessories, plus sticker sheets. (SRP $14.99)
Let’s Get Ready For School – Early learning book with wipe-clean pages so that all of the activities can be repeated, reinforcing learning. (SRP $8.99)
Making Friends and My First Day of School Storybooks – Two reassuring and positive stories about overcoming shyness and being nervous to start school. Books include two sheets of fun Schoolies stickers. (SRP $4.99 each)
Schoolies: Activity Flash Cards – This neat boxful of 26, double-sided Schoolies activity flash cards is just the thing to help children learn their ABC, 123, colors, shapes and more. (SRP $9.99)
I bought a bunch of preschool and Kindergarten workbooks a couple of years ago to work with Danica. They were expensive and so I decided I would just photocopy the pages so that they could be used repeatedly for Danica and my younger children when they were ready. It works, but is kind of a pain since we always seem to run out of ink and paper and time. I was THRILLED to see that The Schoolies series included Wipe-clean pages in their Let’s Get Ready For School book and the Activity Flash Cards. Danica, Kurtis, and Keegan all LOVE using and re-using the wipe-clean pages. My only word of caution for anyone who doesn’t know, the wipe-clean markers DO NOT easily wash off of clothing. Something I learned the hard way when Danica was about 2.
The Activity Flash Cards are AWESOME! My three oldest kids have all enjoyed them. Danica (6 yrs old) is learning to read, so the cards all spell out words on them helping her to trace the letters and practice her letters while also learning to spell the words. Kurtis (4 yrs old) is working on his numbers and letters from the cards. We also have used the cards to introduce the concept of opposites to Kurtis. I am not sure he fully understands it yet, but we are working on it. Keegan (2 yrs old) is also using the cards to learn his colors and shapes. There are just so many possibilities with this one set of cards. I love them.
The Let’s Get Ready For School book with wipe-clean pages teaches many similar concepts as the flash cards (shapes, colors, spelling, letters), but it also has other concepts such as time, addition, counting, and a maze. Kurtis loves tracing the maze and it is great because it can be erased and used again. The brightly colored pages with adorable Schoolies characters really draw my children’s attention.
By far, one of my kids’ favorite items is the Schoolies School House.
Let’s meet the Schoolies! Make and play with the press-out characters, and enter the fold-out school house, with four bright and busy scenes to explore.
This 3d book is great. All three of my older children have played with it extensively. It is somewhat like paper dolls in a school setting. Spencer the owl and his friends can act out actual school days and scenarios in the different school settings. There is a lunchroom encouraging healthy eating, Art class, The bus, and a classroom. There are fold up 3d desks, lunch tables, and art easels. Did I mention my kids LOVE THIS BOOK!. Seriously, Danica and Kurt like to act out scenes with the characters together and Keegan just likes to have his characters go in and out of the doors. I think this is great for Kurtis as he prepares for preschool this year and Kindergarten next.
My School Day is another great book to prepare Kurtis’ for school. The book has a big clock on the front of the page with moveable hands so that Kurt can move them as he wants. The book goes through a typical school day (showing times on the clock). Starting with waking up and getting ready, to getting on the bus, learning time at school, lunch, recess…etc. I think it is a great learning tool to teach my children what to expect when they go to school.
The two storybooks included in the series are Making Friends and My First Day of School. These are also very cute books with great illustrations but my children were less excited about them than the other books. I think because they are less hands on. Making Friends follows Lydia Ladybug who is overcoming shyness in school and My First Day of School follows Spencer’s first day of school at Angler Elementary as he overcomes his nervous fears. Again, they are really cute, well illustrated stories that I am sure my children will learn to appreciate.
Really I can’t express enough how much we love and appreciate these books. They are really so much more than books. I literally sat back and smiled as I took pictures of my children willingly doing schoolwork while on their summer vacation. Not only were they willingly doing it, they were asking to use these books and flashcards.
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Disclosure: I received samples for the purpose of this review however all thoughts remain my own. Prizing & samples courtesy of Macmillan.