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Learn Well, You Will with Star Wars Workbooks

9 Mar

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My most recent review box from Workman Publishing came to me with an awesome surprise – Star Wars workbooks! I was given 3rd Grade Reading and Writing and 3rd Grade Math as well as 4th Grade Reading and Writing and 4th Grade Math, but as you can see from the graphic above they have also released a number of options for kids from preschool through 2nd Grade as well.

These books come with the typical exercises and activities you see in grade level workbooks, set in the Star Wars universe with favorite characters from new and old movies alike, along with settings, plot lines, creatures and more!

For example, in 4th Grade Math, kids have to help Kylo Ren divide shapes into equal pieces with his lightsaber and while learning about area and perimeter kids myst help the clone troopers search a captured ship and measure the area they must search.

In 3rd Grade Reading, kids practice using past tense verbs as they work through sentences describing Jabba the Hutt’s history and compare and contrast Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker by using a Venn diagram.

dims.jpegThese workbooks are created by the editors of Brain Quest which for me, takes me back to my childhood where we would spend hours scanning through trivia questions geared toward specific grade levels. Now, Brain Quest does a lot more, including these awesome Star Wars workbooks which for would be a great way to encourage reluctant or struggling learners with a little bit of fandom!

These workbooks would be perfect to add to a summer basket of fun activities to encourage learning – add a Star Wars Lego kit, a few books to practice reading and maybe include some science experiment recipes that would work well with the Star Wars universe like slime to recreate Jabba the Hutt or create your own musical instruments to be part of the bar scene or use playdough to create the Death Star or make lightsaber sensory bottles – and voilà – the entire summer can be spent in Star Wars heaven, plus your kids are learning the whole time! Win Win!

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Play With Stickers & Learn Cool Facts with Sticky Facts (What Will You Find?)

11 Jan

sticky factsIf you’re looking for something really interactive and interesting to give to your favorite 6-10 year old, look no further that Workman Publishing’s new series – Sticky Facts: What Will You Find? With three titles already available and more on the way, these are great nonfiction titles that really get kids involved in their reading!

Workman Publishing sent me the first three titles to review and I must say, I was having an awesome time learning really cool facts and could totally see some of the kids I know really gravitating towards these activity books.

The basic concept is pretty easy:

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Read a question, then peel the sticker to reveal the answer.

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Sticker and draw on the activity pages to make them your own!

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Once all the stickers have been peeled, remove the backing to uncover even more fun facts!

What I really liked about these books was that it was both a way for kids to learn new facts about the world around, but it also reinforced the ideas they already had by allowing kids to draw and add stickers to pages that had basic prompts to interact with. Placing stickers onto the same sticker-shaped-space on a page is great for really little kids, but these titles allow kids to interact more with the variety of stickers, the facts that go allow with them and by allowing them to create their own narrative for each prompt.

I loved the activity book about animals – no matter how many animal facts I learn, I always like learning more! The construction book would be great for a rough and tumble kid who might not be the biggest fan of reading – with lots of great tools and trades and bright construction-orange pages you can’t go wrong. As for the book about New York City – the perfect way to introduce a city before visiting – with landmarks, museums, food and more, this would make a perfect sightseeing guide for kids!

These are awesome titles published by Workman Publishing and would make great gifts for kids from age 6-10, but I really think the 6-8 year old crowd would be absolutely perfect! If you’re looking to buy these titles check out Indiebound which will connect you with local independent bookstores in your area. Otherwise, you can find it at other major book retailers.

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/27/17

27 Feb

21979832It was a super busy week with late hours at work and Saturday hours as well which left me close to no time to spend reading. I finally got a chance to start The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig this weekend and I’m already in love! The story reminds me of Dr. Who with time travel and the possibility of multiple realities, but with a pirate ship. And I can’t say enough about it, although I haven’t finished it yet – I love the worlds that have been created and Nix is not only interesting character but a deep character as well. I’ll definitely be reviewing this story when I’m finished with it this week. I’ve already suggested the title to a couple of friends.

I’m super excited for my week of reading ahead… I just received a few new titles published by Workman Publishing from their spring list and I can’t wait to get started reading those! I also still have The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork which I’m excited to read as well.


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