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A Nice Colorful Supplement for Learning - a review of "Preschool Scholar",
This review is from: Preschool Scholar: Ages 3-5 (Paperback)
This is a colorful workbook with 64 pages of activities. The layout is very good for small children because it is not crowded. The book shows ages 3 thru 5, and Amazon has ages 4 thru 8. My opinion would be that this book is more appropriate for 3 to 4 year olds.
Activities include Math, Science, and Reading Readiness. Most of the activities require writing in the form of circling various items; drawing lines between items, or drawing lines down a path. The only real writing that is requested is for numbers. For example, the book asks for the child to write down how many baby ducks are in the picture. This request is a little odd because there is no practice writing exercises in this book. Apparently they are assuming that the child is learning this elsewhere.
Regarding the writing -- You can do what we did (since my son doesn't write at all), and just point at the items, and count them out loud etc., and not write anything. This approach means that you can reuse the book with another or the same child later on.
Science - There are a number of good activities. For example: matching momma animals to their babies; counting the number of legs on various animals; as well as graphing the answers. This latter is done by coloring a box for every animal counted. I rather like this exercise as it cleverly introduces the concept of `graphing' in a way children can relate to. Another thought provoking activity was distinguishing `living' from `non-living' things: an exercise that can easily led to conversation in the kitchen or out in the yard.
The only problem with the science area of the workbook is that there are so few pages of practice (4 or so); and in the case of living/non-living topic, there is no introduction so that you will have to explain first what living versus not living means.
Math -- There is more math practice in this book than science beginning with identification of the numbers from 0 to 9. [I also think that this book is somewhat unique in it's emphasis of zero.] This is done at first using a trail where the numbers are shown in sequence, and then by asking the child to circle one `farmer', two `cows', three `frogs', etc. on different pages.
This counting progression is broken up and made less monotonous by pages that deal with big-and-small, and shapes-and-colors. Finally, the concepts of `sets' are introduced. The book asks questions like which items `go' with another [bee and flower, for example' and which items are the same size.
Reading -- Finally, there is reading practice. The book works with pictures, letters, and words though we have to assume that most preschoolers using this book will not be reading. The book will however show an apple, and then show two other drawings such as a bunch of grapes and an alligator. It will ask which of the latter two -grapes or alligator-has the `ahh' A-sound.
In general I would say that for 64 pages, this book provides a variety of tasks that most preschoolers can do. That's the good. On the negative side there is virtually no practice writing in this workbook and no `introduction' to any of these topics so that mom/dad or other caregiver will have to pick up the slack.
Four Stars. [B-]. This is a workbook SUPPLEMENT in my opinion. My son and I generally enjoyed doing these colorful pages, but it really cannot be considered a curriculum.