Sunday, January 20, 2019

Reinforce Learning At Home With Highlights Workbooks!

Since Scarlett started preschool in September 2016, she's learned far beyond the basics of colors, shapes, and numbers.  My tiny tot knows about the weather, plants and animals, and much more.  It's always interesting to see what's on the school's weekly agenda for the children to be taught.  Scarlett loves school and shocks me with what she knows that I had no clue about!

Highlights launched a new initiative in 2017 that goes beyond its unmistakable brand of "fun with a purpose" to help kids develop specific skills for school success.  Make learning fun through puzzles, activities and games for your little ones.  The new line, Highlights Learning, is headlined by a series of "Big Fun Workbooks" that introduce, reinforce, and strengthen skills in reading, writing, and early math for kids in Pre-K, Kindergarten and first grades.  

Highlights Learning is expanding its collection with Learn on The Go Practice Pads.  These small and compact pads feature beautifully colored high quality paper and are perfect for impromptu moments of bite-sized learning. They are ideal for throwing in a tote bag for traveling while in the car or on a plane, and make ideal birthday gifts as well as stocking stuffers.  If you're looking for an alternative to a mobile device while waiting at a restaurant or a waiting room, Highlights has you covered. 

Scarlett received a few practice pads for tracing objects, numbers, letters, and shapes.  She also received a Big Fun Kindergarten workbook which will come in handy sooner rather than later.  I loved the compact size of the practice pads and how they can truly be brought anywhere.  The colors and pictures inside are bright and vivid, truly drawing littles in. 

Whether your child is in preschool or not, workbooks are a wonderful resource to keep at home to reinforce what is taught at school.  Any of these titles would make ideal educational gifts for children for truly any occasion.  It's never too late or too early to learn!

Scarlett can identify letters but has a lot of trouble writing most of them.  The tracing practice pads are ideal for challenging her to give her the brain-boost she needs with writing uppercase and lowercase letters.  We've worked with tracing pads in the past and Scarlett can sometimes get frustrated if she can't perfect the letters instantly.  With workbooks her attention span is hit or miss, but we always try to do a few pages a night whether in a physical workbook or online learning game. I know it will pay off in the end.

The objects practice pad is unique as it offers a multitude of activities like mazes, connecting objects to their matches, and other hand-eye coordination games.  Scarlett enjoys this one the most because to her it's all fun but fun disguised through learning!

I'm saving the kindergarten activity book for a while because she still has one more year of preschool before going to kindergarten.  I know the work will be a little too advanced for her currently if we tried to do it.  The book has over 250 pages that build skills and confidence through puzzles and early learning activities. Children will partake in the alphabet, sight words,  writing, reading, numbers, matching, sorting, patterns and more.  There's truly something valuable on each and every page.

Since the practice pads are small and compact, we'll definitely be taking them on the plane to Grandma's house in December when we fly there.  A bonus that these books offer is the bonding and one-on-one time with a child which is priceless! 

I'm looking forward to seeing how Scarlett's learning progresses as she uses these books over time.  I can't wait to see when she's able to write letters on her own.  It's priceless to see children's reactions when they are able to accomplish a new skill.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Highlights for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

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