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My six year old is feeling unchallenged at her school, and as a way to extend her, i purchased this book. She LOVES it! She loves learning, and she spent everyday on it for about a week and already completed half the book - she won't have any left for summer break. The actiities/questions and reading stimulus are perfect for a 6/7 year old and she was able to do most on her own too.
4.0 out of 5 starsNice selection of writing activities. Good for 1-2nd grade
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 20, 2022
This is a fine work book. It was a little advanced for my kid when he first started first grade. We’ve used it more at the end of first grade and over the summer going into 2nd grade. These are writings based activities. Lots of writing prompts for simple narratives (which was way over my kid’s head at the beginning of first grade—but he did do kindergarten online, so that might be why.) There are some pretty short activities requiring kids to unscramble letters, identify spelling errors, and put proper punctuation and capitalization in different sentences. They are nice activities that reinforce idea but don’t take too long. I like this book as a reinforce of in class school work. The pages are full of bright colorful pictures that accompany the activities. The instructions often have big words that my son needs help with so he can’t do everything independently, but overall, it’s a good workbook to reinforce writing skills.
5.0 out of 5 starsContains fun activities that can be used to teach kids younger than first grade!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 18, 2021
My son is currently on Kindergarten curriculum and I am always so excited to order any workbooks to help him advance his skills. Although this is a grade 1 book for writing skills, and it expects the child to be a full-fledged reader and writer, my 4.5 year old son actually learned a lot by going through this book with me reading the questions aloud and him answering rather than writing out the responses. What’s more, he LOVED this book. Last night we went through 41 pages of it straight - he didn’t want to put it down!
The book advances in difficulty as It progresses along, and I expect that we won’t get the whole way through it because I peeked ahead and some things he just isn’t ready for. But I taught him the concept of when to capitalize letters yesterday and he was a pro by the third question on the first page that had this content. He also had never been exposed to punctuation marks but he knows the difference between a question and a statement so it was easy for him to learn to put a ?, !, or . at the end of a sentence. He loves the exercises where he picks out the thing that doesn’t belong. Another favorite of his were going through mazes by picking out the right nouns (e.g. follow the path that shows types of people, or adjectives that describe something you can feel). This book has some pages designed for learning new vocabulary, so we had fun with that too. He is still remembering tonight about the girl being “glum” about dropping her ice cream cone on the ground and says he’d be sad too.
My son isn’t ready to be given a prompt and write two sentences on it, BUT he is ready to use his imagination and narrate the sentences to me. There are some concepts he hasn’t mastered yet, such as a page on when to use “an” versus “a”. We’re not ready for spelling complex words so there are some “correct this word” or “fill out the crossword with the word that matches the picture” or “word scramble” type of things, but there was amazingly so much we can do!
On the bottom of each page is a descriptor of the type of activity targeted. If you feel your child needs help in a particular topic, there is an index which shows which topics are on which pages. This book follows the Common Core and has a page at the end which shows which activities link up to which common core values. Finally, there is an answer key.
There is no way to tear out pages and this isn’t spiral bound but the front cover does have a way to crease it so it stays open.
Overall, I can’t believe how excited my son is about this book. He asked to do a few more pages today. He loves learning new things and the positive reinforcement he gets when he is right. The colorful illustrations and variety of actives help catch his attention. We are doing everything orally right now, so we will have it to use again in about a year when he is writing on his own. This is highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 starsHighly Recommended for building core writing skills
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 5, 2021
I'm using this book with my soon-to-be 5 year old preschooler. I've been through so many of the usual basic writing books for her age so this was a refreshing set of activities to bring her to the next level beyond the alphabet and learning to write properly. For younger children, the content requires adult guidance, but it's a great way to complement and supplement writing lessons. The projects start easy and progress as they go, but you can skip around if you're targeting specific skills. The methods they use to teach the skills are repeated, but in a good way. Nothing feels redundant. I like that the book doesn't just assume you've mastered a topic after encountering it once. It continues to build on it.
Here are some of the skills covered: - Capitalization and punctuation in sentences - Nouns / Adjectives / Verbs / Pronouns - Writing sentences, responding to prompts, writing opinions - Spelling - Singular vs Plural - Phonics - vocabulary
Here's how they teach the skills: - crossword puzzles with word banks - complete a sentence / fill in the blanks - unscrambling sentences / unscrambling words - mazes - illustrating and writing prompts - circling answers - fixing sentences - filling in the blanks. - categorizing words
My list above doesn't really do justice for the options in the book. At the very back there's a skills index that groups the topics together so you can focus on just one skills set. It also has Common Core Correlations if you're looking for that too.
The design of the book is well done. The text is legible and easy to follow (not too busy on the page). Illustrations are colorful and easy to understand. The area to write is a good size (handwriting lines are the perfect height in my opinion).