My daughter started preschool this year. After having her home with me full time since she was born it was a strange adjustment to have her out of the house two days each week. I think the transition has been great for her to have more socialization as well as more directed learning activities with kids her own age. I felt she was well-prepared at three years old. She knew all of her uppercase letters and could write her own name. She recognized all of the shapes and colors. She even had practice cutting thanks to my mom who found my old pair of monkey scissors from when I was a little girl.
Mead® sent us a huge assortment of early learning materials and I was excited to see how my daughter would do with the packets that were made for her pre-K age range. We had a sick day last week and it was the perfect time to test them out. (I didn’t review some of the above products but wanted to make special note that I am excited to give her the dry erase board for Christmas so she can continue to practice writing her letters and numbers. It looks like a great product as well!)
When I first looked at these flashcards I had memories of sitting at the dining room table with my dad trying to memorize multiplication charts. Yes, I hated it. However it is the only set of math basics that I actually remember (unlike addition and subtraction). Thank you dad! These flashcards are MUCH different in the younger age levels. They’re much more like a game! I love that and so did my daughter (3-years old).
We opened Colors, Shapes, & Numbers Flashcards and found an assortment of learning opportunities but it looked like all fun to my daughter! These asked basic color and quantity questions. I was thrilled when she aced them all!
These cards were in the same box. Each card asks for your child to go on a scavenger hunt around the house (or wherever you are) to find certain items in varying amounts. Examples: Find 4 windows, Find 6 doors (Nora thought she was pretty smart when she included the fridge door and the microwave window in her counting/hunting). This card asked to find 9 spoons and she went right to the drawer to pull them out. She was tricky and wanted to include the picture of the spoon on the card in her total.
Next we played with the Colors, Shapes, and Numbers activity folder. Nora LOVED this. The set includes several well-built folders (a plastic sort of material to stand up to toddler use) as well as cards and shapes to cut out and use with them. Each folder has a pocket to store the shapes.
This game has your child count the objects on each card and place it next to the appropriate number. I quizzed my daughter to start making sure she could recognize each numeral and was thrilled that she could. Next your child places each word next to the appropriate numeral. Nora can’t read yet so this one was tricky. I read the word and spelled it and she placed it next to the appropriate group. It’s great that she gets practice seeing how a word is spelled even if she’s not yet able to do that herself.
She carefully counted each object and placed it next to the appropriate number. Seven, eight and nine got a little tricky at the end because there were so many objects to count but she stuck with it.
Next came the cutting! She loved this too. She did a great job on all of the shapes with straight sides but got a little upset when the yellow star lost a side. A little tape fixed that and on we went. There were a lot of shapes to cut so I helped out on the tougher ones.
Next she placed the appropriate shapes on the outlines to build a variety of objects (flower, house, ice cream cone). She liked digging through the shapes to find the right ones but was a little frustrated that they didn’t fit perfectly and that they kept sliding around on the sheet when she added a new piece. I can picture this one working better on a felt board.
The facing page lets children make their own designs using the shapes with suggestions at the bottom of the page. This was probably Nora’s favorite activity. She thought it was pretty funny to change out the puppy’s nose with different shapes.
Mead® Early Learning products are endorsed by professional educators, and tested and reviewed by parents. Featuring workbooks, flash cards, games and more, these products build basic learning skills for kids in preschool through third grade, while fostering the bond between mom and child. With fun activities and tools that equip mom to both teach and engage, Early Learning products give parents a fail-proof teaching guide to supplement classroom learning and build fine motor skills for their children after school hours, during summer breaks or on the road.
I can’t say enough how much we loved these Mead® products. I had a blast seeing how much my daughter was continuing to learn in preschool while building on the tools I had taught her at home. I believe they’d be wonderful tools for any home schooling parent and I will be personally suggesting them to my friends who do. I can’t wait to see what the other activities are like in the rest of this amazing set. YOU can win everything as well! See below.
All products are available for purchase on the Mead® Early Learning website. They have a lot of great options for stocking stuffers or gifts this holiday season!
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Disclosure: I received a sample for the purpose of this review however all thoughts remain 100% my own.