- Staple Bound: 64 pages
- Publisher: Perception Publications (May 1, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0940406012
- ISBN-13: 978-0940406018
- Package Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.1 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Developing the Early Learner: Level 1 Staple Bound – May 1, 1982
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"The exercises are laid out in a carefully graduated sequence of fun activities. None of these require strain on you or your child's part. He or she practices drawing lines from here to there without running his/her lines into the "obstacles," he/she solves mazes, he/she colors the happy face if the birdies look alike and the sad face if they don't. For the auditory exercises, you might need to ding a spoon on a cup or thunk a book on the table while Junior listens with his eyes shut. We bought this series for our oldest son when he was four, and he absolutely loved it . . . we could almost visibly see his mind sharpening up as he did the exercises. The art is engaging, and since the books are all black and white your child can have the added fun of coloring them in. If your son or daughter is old enough to hold a crayon, he or she is ready to start on the first book of the series. By the time a child gets to book four, he or she is solving complicated mazes and figuring out the answers to questions like 'House is like tent like glass is to _______?'" --According to Mary Pride's "Big Book of Learning"
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From the Author to Parents and Teachers,
You realize the necessity of providing your children with the tools for learning. These programs are designed to help your children receive the skills that will increase their future learning potential!
Be sure to read the Answer Guide in the back as it contains valuable information to complete many of the exercises. After an exercise is completed, have your children discuss what they did and why it is important. For example, learning left-to-right will help them read a book easily since we read from left-to-right. This verbal sharing from both adult and child is equally as valuable as the exercise itself. Do not be concerned with the quantity of pages covered. Short sessions of only 10 - 15 minutes each day are excellent.
Please remember that since this is a "learning" experience you should not expect perfection. You will find that 75% - 80% accuracy is used to score each page. As each child progresses through the four levels you will see your individual child's development in each skill area and feel confident that you are providing a solid foundation for your child's learning future.
Many Happy Learning Experiences, Simone Bibeau, M.A. Sp.Ed.
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Overall, I liked the books and would recommend them if you're a parent who is willing to sit down with your child to work through the activities. My son liked the books and often requests to do the activities.
I saw another reviewer criticize that these books are all boring black and white...but that is the point, part of the exercises are to color things in. Just tonight my daughter colored in a rainbow in the book, it turned out quite beautifully! And she loved it. And she learned something, so isn't that what matters?
The exercises are simple and easy to teach. Lots of matching and sequencing and things like that. If your child is leaning toward kindergarten and already able to do matching and sorting assignments with ease, then maybe look at the next level up. My daughter was recently tested for her developmental skills, however, and she measures right where she should be--at 4.5 years--and these workbooks have exercises that challenge her but also aren't too hard for her. She's learning from them, I can tell.
I also read another reviewer say these workbooks aren't complete because you need a teaching companion with answers? Not so! First of all, 99% of these exercises are perfectly simple for an adult to understand. What goes with a sock, a shoe or a shirt? Duh. you don't need a teacher's companion to tell you those answers. Still, the book has many answers in the very back. And at the top of each page and each exercise there is a brief sentence explaining the assignment. ANYone could teach their child using these workbooks, it's perfectly simple.
I really like that these books aren't overstimulating and excessive. They are very much like the simple assignments I did back in the early 80s when I was in kindergarten. Not everything needs to be flashy and colorful and excessive. I'm really glad there are choices like this out there! I'd definitely recommend Developing the Early Learner to anyone wishing to homeschool or just work on skills with their little ones at home. Ages 3-5, depending on where your child is developmentally. I've learned that if my child isn't picking something up, that it's best to back off for a few weeks and revisit it later. Often when I do that, my daughter has ended up learning something much more swiftly and with less stress than if I tried to push her into understanding. If your child breezes through these workbooks, then perhaps something more challenging is needed. If your child is frustrated and not "getting it", then back off and bring them out in a couple months--this worked wonderfully with my 4-year-old and now she's right where she should be!