- Taschenbuch: 309 Seiten
- Verlag: Workman Pub Co; Auflage: Workbook (9. Juli 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0761149120
- ISBN-13: 978-0761149125
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 5 - 6 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21 x 1,9 x 29,8 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 12.696 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Brain Quest Kindergarten Workbook [With Stickers] (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 9. Juli 2008
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Brain Quest Kindergarten Workbook Jam-packed with hundreds of curriculum-based activities, exercises and games in every subject, Brain Quest Kindergarten Workbook reinforces what kids are learning in the classroom. The workbook s lively layout and easy-to-follow explanations make learning fun, interactive, and concrete. Plus it s written to help parents follow and explain key concepts. Includes ABCs, 123s, mazes, paint by letters,... Full description
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"All kids are smart - though they learn at their own speed
All kids learn best when they're having fun
All kids deserve the chance to reach their potential - given the tools they need, there's no limit how far they can go!"
I agree, while presuming to add that children will learn more and have more fun meanwhile if, when completing various exercises, adults are involved. As a parent of four and a grandparent of ten, I can personally attest to the pleasure an adult will also have. Each volume in the series is a WORK book. Exercises are completed with crayolas or pencils on the page on which it appears. Correct answers are provided. One caveat: Resist the temptation to control the learning process as a child completes an exercise.
This volume, for Kindergartners, was written by Lisa Trumbauer, with Kimberly Oliver serving as consulting editor. It is worth noting that Oliver was 2006 National Teacher of the Year. The material consists of organized curriculum-based exercises that help children to gain an understanding of ABCs, phonics, spelling and vocabulary, 123s, shapes and colors, patterns, sorting and matching, time and money, community, science, and "Fun and Games." Also included are more than 150 stickers, an all-new Brain Quest Mini-Card Deck, and a fold-out "Ticktock Clock" poster.
Here is a representative selection of exercises:
Help the cat find her way to the castle. (Page 14)
P as in Pirate.
Pirate begins with the P sound.
Circle the things in the picture that begin with the P sound. (127)
Say the word and.
Trace and then write the word and. [in the space below]
The word and connects words.
Write and to connect these friends. (155)
Trace the square and then draw your own. [in the space below]
Find all the squares in the room. [on opposite page]
Color the picture frames brown.
Color the jack-in-the-box purple.
Color the clock face tan.
Color the present gold and silver. (210-211)
A clean community is good for everyone.
Help clean up this community.
Draw an X through each piece of trash. (278-279)
Help the monster find his hat!
Connect the dots from A to M. (307)
Each of the volumes in this series (pre-K through Grade 4) would be an excellent book for parents, grandparents, and others to purchase and then share with a child at an appropriate stage of her or his development. No doubt there are precocious children who will prefer more challenging material associated with later grades but I think it would be a mistake to rush the learning process. Worse yet, to indicate little interest in it.
Congratulations to the Workman Publishing Company and especially to the editors of Brain Quest. How pleased they must be to know that their materials have already helped to nourish so many young minds and to delight so many young hearts and, fortunately, will continue to do so for the development of other children in months and years to come.
The workbook is in sections, with a table of contents at the beginning and each section is color coded, and each page is numbered.
The sections and subject matter cover ABCs, Phonics, Spelling and Vocabulary, 123s, Shapes and Colors, Patterns, Matching and Sorting, Time and Money, Community, Science, Fun and Games, and there are Brain Quest Extras- stickers, a mini-card deck (you cut it out), and a fold out "ticktock clock" poster.
The book is well made, much nicer than the "homework" phonics workbook my pre-k student was given at school. The difference is that the BrainQuest book covers more areas and is more engrossing and practical than the school provided workbooks which seem to base their whole method on repetition rather than learning by doing/practical experience...
The pages are colorful and friendly...No distracting brand name characters here...The illustrations are quite nice, not necessary, but they definitely bring a warm, happy spirit to the workbook and a happy mood when doing work can make the difference between success and a book like this becoming a door stop...
The pages are perforated. This is a great feature if you are on the go and just want to grab a few pages as kid busy work in waiting rooms, stuck in traffic, on an airplane, or at a restaurant.
The one downside I have found is that some workbook activities are not just one page, this means that you can't just rip out one page without taking 1/2 of another activity with you... I hope that Brain Quest prints many more of these but keeps all of the activities/lessons to one page or one page front and back...
This book offers over 300 pages of fun...There are plenty of trace and copy handwriting exercises but there are many more fun activities that use problem solving, coloring, riddles, matching, and many skills that are necessary for our kids to function in the real world...
I think this book would make a great and thoughtful gift for any kindergarten or pre-k kid... It's also the sort of book that would be great for grandma's house or even just to grab a few pages and bring them with you...
ps. the corners of the book are rounded on the opening side/edge... and the paper is a nice weight...The quality should keep this book in one piece (or however many pieces you tear out!) through all 300+ pages!)
While in Walmart last summer, we came across this workbook series, looked through the appropriate grade levels and was impressed. Is it perfect? No. Is it ideal? No. Let me give you more detail about pros / cons for our situation.
It doesn't provide enough work for each concept. It's basically a 'brush-up' for summer before your child heads back to school so they remember the things taught the year previous. We, however, don't use it for that, so there's not enough work per concept. We use this as a primary basis for our curriculum, as it is in regulation with Common Core Standards. It helps us introduce a concept and then we supplement it with other work we've found on the internet (usually free, minus cost of paper and ink for printing). This method has worked fantastic for us and has saved me countless hours trying to find what we need. I love that!
The chapters in front aren't numbered. This sounds like no big deal, except when you go to the provided award in the back of the book, they have each chapter numbered so that you can put a sticker on it as it's completed.
Also, along this same line, they don't have the chapter titles color coordinated with the chapters on the award. It's not a deal breaker, but it would be so much easier to use if they were.
Each title chapter on the contents page has a different color. Fun right? Except the color of the chapter does NOT coordinate with the color of the chapter in the book! For example: On the content page 'Math Skills' is in orange. I flip through the book looking for the orange and it's not orange, in the book the subject is red! Again, not a deal breaker, but it's inconsistent.
The topics aren't very deep... Like science and social studies. These books are good for the basics, which are important. We supplement it with deeper material and projects, experiments, etc. It's easy enough to do this because I'm not spending all the time coming up with a curriculum!
For spelling, we find the books don't offer enough. We have printed out a master list of spelling words, grade appropriate, and practice with those instead of using the book. But, again, this book is not meant to be a complete curriculum, so can't fault the makers for that.
Each book is aligned with Common Core Standards.
It's colorful and fun.
Easy to understand.
Includes all answers in the back if there's something you might question, i.e. not understand directions. We've always been able to understand directions and have never used the answer keys, but they're there if you need them.
Each book has a set of stickers to use as rewards. The kindergarten, first, and second grades (I've not purchased beyond that so can't say for other grades) all have alphabet stickers. We use these for spelling tests, which makes a boring ol' test more fun. They also provide a full page of 'fun' stickers. We let the kids put one sticker on each completed page, which has been a real motivator, as simple as it sounds.
I really like how each book builds on itself. For example, in the Kindergarten book they start out learning the basics of time: The clock parts and hours. There's also a nice clock pull out that you and your child build a clock out of, making a nice hands on tool for learning. In the next grade, 1st, they add more to time: 1/2 hour, 15 minutes. And so on. It's not overwhelming this way. It gives the child a chance to let what they've learned sink in and put to use, thus building confidence before proceeding to the next level. For our kids, this has worked very well.
Easy tear out pages.
Yes, there are some cons, but the pros, for us, far out way the cons. We are getting ready to purchase the next grade level and so far, seem overall happy with them.
My husband and I have bought a ton of programs for the computer and many workbooks. This is the first workbook he actually enjoys doing. Mixed in with the obvious lessons meant to educate are some activities that also teach but he thinks are just for fun. For example, there are pages to practice and write your letters, then in between those pages you have some mazes and pictures that are color by letter. He thinks they are just for fun, a break in between the learning.
Table of Contents:
Spelling and Vocabulary
Shapes and Colors
Matching and Sorting
Time and Money
Fun and Games
Brain Quest Extras (includes a deck of flash cards, a brainiac certificate, stickers and a clock poster)
This has a lot of activities to keep your child occupied and his brain working. As soon as he is done with this one I plan on getting the one for the 1st graders. It's a sturdy book with colorful pages and large print. It's been very helpful for our family keeping our son interested in learning. Highly recommended.