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on January 30, 2000
My 4-year-old son is very bright and imaginative, but has a hard time focusing on tasks -- as a result, his small-motor skills were beginning to lag behind. This workbook helped him develop skills in drawing shapes, solving puzzles, and beginning to write letters.
The workbook has bright pictures and a variety of actitivies. Parents (or kids) can choose to skip around the book if the child gets tired of one kind of activity. We chose to work straight through, stopping whenever he got tired or frustrated. The activities are challenging but not impossible.
One caveat -- are preschoolers really expected to know how to write the alphabet in upper and lower case? They learn how in this book, but I seem to remember taking that up in the first grade, oh a million or so years ago.
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on March 12, 2005
My son was almost 4 when we got this a couple of months ago, and he really likes it (still does), but it's a bit frustrating in the following way: many of the pictures that it uses for learning letters (e.g. "circle the picture that begins with u") are of vocabulary items that 4 year olds don't necessarily know. E.g. for "u" they had a batter and someone who I guessed was an umpire. But my 4-year-old doesn't know what an umpire is, even though he's cognitively just at the right level for this book in the sense that he finds it fun to do, and when he knows what the pictures are he can pick the right one. Another page had a frilly heart as one of the choices for "v", and you were supposed to know that the heart was a valentine. My kid has a pretty big vocabulary for a 4-year-old, and knows the word valentine, but it just was a little abstract for him. The result is that I have to help him a lot, and I think it'd be more fun for him if he felt he could do it himself. If anyone knows of a similar book with more age-appropriate vocabulary pictures, it'd be great if they could post that in a review, since he does really seem to enjoy the activities in the book, and views getting to do the book as a treat.
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My son just turned three in August, but he has already completed this book. We did a few pages everyday - I think we spent a couple of months on it. He is now able to write upper and lowercase letters, and can do simple math concepts, such as greater vs. lesser, which group has more...there are mazes, coloring activities, and a variety of lessons to teach shapes, sizes, counting, writing, etc.

What I liked best about this book is the different phrases that they use in the instructions. My son learned the relationship between phrases "which ones match" and "where does it belong", "which one is different" and "which one is not the same"...just to name a couple. My son immediately applied what he learned from the book to his everyday activities, so I know that he did absorb some, if not all, the lessons.

Since this book is a combination of smaller books from School Zone, it's not necessary to buy the others unless your child has trouble with a particular area. My son struggled with the pages dealing with "beginning sounds," so I bought him the book that is just activities to teach beginning sounds.

I prefer School Zone to all other preschool workbook series, with the exception of Kumon.
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on January 18, 2005
I recently purchased the Big Preschool Workbook for my soon to be 4 year old. She went to a preschool for a few months and I can tell you that this is exactly the kind of material they were using in the preschool. The worksheets start out by having the child circle items in a row that match the first item, then circle the item that is different and so on. The first time my daughter and I sit down to work on this she did not stop until she had completed 10 pages and wanted to do more. I think it works really well if you have pretend school. I tell my daughter that it is time for school, explain what she is to do on a page and when she is finished with that page I check it to make sure it is right. This is a GREAT book and I would definatley recommend it for any 3-5 year old.
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on July 4, 2000
Big Preschool Workbook is a huge, 320 page compendium of single page activities organized by major skill areas ideal for use with preschool ages children. Each page in this comprehensive workbook is illustrated in color. Big Preschool Workbook is Ideal for day care center and home school use, as well as classroom curriculum supplementation. Also very highly recommended are the other volumes in the School Zone Publishing "Big Workbook" series: Big Kindergarten Workbook; Big First Grade Workbook; Big First Grade Workbook; Big Second Grade Workbook; Big Phonics Workbook.
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on October 7, 2007
I purchased this book on a whim. I was looking for a book that had a little bit of everything so my son could practice writing, circling etc. This book is so much fun. The sections are:
Same or Different, Mazes, Does it belong?, Uppercase Alphabet, Lowercase alphabet, Thinking Skills, Preschool Basics, Preschool Scholar etc. It has many activites all of which my son love. He loves the Mazes section, matching and finding differences. He also like the thinking section which has activites where you look for things that don't belong in the picture. It's really an excellent book with 320 pages full of cute bright cartoon animals, toys and children. I can never flip the pages infront of my son when going to a specific page because he'll want to stop and work on something different. It really helps children learn on so many levels. My son is getting better at holding his pencil, learning to follow the directions. Here are just a few examples :
- Circle pictures that are the same
- Circle the pictures that are differen
- Draw a line from this object to the matching one
- Circle two pictures that make a pair
At first I thought it was a little too expensive but after seeing the way my son loves this book it's worth every penny. There was a day he worked on it for close to 2 hours. I am purchasing individual books from this company too. A must buy.
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on April 1, 2007
As a graduate student in education, this is one of the better books I have found in creating a variety of lesson plans that include fantastic creative outlets. In every idea in this book it leaves room for change. Kathy Douglas is phenomenal!
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on July 7, 2012
I ordered this for my 2 year old son, hoping he would enjoy it. Since he's only 2, I put all the pages inside individual page protectors,bound them in a binder, and let him go to town on them with dry erase crayons. He loves it. With over 300 pages to choose from, he can use this book for a couple years & never get tired of doing the same thing.
The book is broken into sections. There's a section where you "follow the path" starting from straight lines to curved lines, and ending with mazes. Then there's letters (A is for...), numbers (Can you find 7 ____), colors& shapes (Color the triangles purple), along with other beginner things.

Overall it's an activity book that children will love without realizing that they are learning because it's so much fun. I would recommend this book to anyone with kids aged 2-5.
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on April 12, 2014
As a former elementary teacher, this is a great workbook for all preschool children. Their teachers will love them, if they are a step ahead when entering kindergarten and this is the book to get them there. Don't pass this one up. A little pricey but work the money!
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on May 28, 2015
This along with many other pre-k thru 1st grade products by School Zone that I have purchased have aided in preparing my 4 year old daughter and 5 year old son for their success in school. (Daughter is now 5 on her way to Kinder, and son is now 6 on his way to first.) Each child is the top of their class in reading, writing, spelling, and math. The at home curriculum that they follow is 4 pages of each work book per day. It is now the end of the school year and my son is reading at a second grade school level, and my daughter is reading at a first grade school level.
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