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Great introduction to numbers and early math skills!
on July 7, 2012
I bought this book for my 3 y.o almost 4 y.o. daughter after her pre-school teacher recommended that I do some kindergarten work books with her over the summer. DD goes to a Montessori and they usually provide homework and reading instruction to 4 year olds. The teacher expressed that DD was racing through the 3 y.o. curriculum but it was May and school year end was fast approaching. Furthermore, the school would not allow her to receive a homework folder until she was officially 4 (though teacher said she was now ready). DD turns 4 in August. So I bought this book along with some others a couple of weeks ago as she was ready for the challenge. I have only rave reviews. I love that the book has so much practice in counting and writing. Sometimes it seems like so much counting but it is worth it to drill it into child's head and understand quantity (i.e. 100 is a big number because it takes a long time to count 100 aliens). And the pictures they are counting are fun so child doesn't realize she's learning. At school DD would count to 100 daily as part of the morning routine. But she would often in counting skip 15. She would also have difficulty with transitions such as 29 to 30, 49 to 50, etc. Within two weeks she no longer has the issue with 15 and can recognize numbers up to 100. Furthermore, she has had ample practice writing the numbers as well. She is racing through the book and refuses breaks when offered. My only issue with the book is after learning to write and count to 100 the book then introduces skip counting (counting by 2s and counting by 5s). While this is good I don't think DD is quite ready yet for this concept. And the book doesn't in my opinion really teach this concept it just assumes the child knows how to do this. We may have to put it away for a little while until I teach her skip counting from other sources (or she learns it in school). All in all I think the workbook is great and more importantly my DD thinks it's great. It is a great resource and will give your child confidence and a head start in early math skills.