The Learning Company, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
For ages 3-7
Sidenote: This is not the first time that we’ve received a request to review a product, but it is the first time that we have accepted a product for review. I do like getting free things, but only if they are things that I can see myself using. While workbooks is not the best way for all kids to learn, it is the way that my girls love to learn.
We received 2 workbooks from The Learning Company. Melody hasn’t completed the Curious George workbook yet, so there is another review to come. The reading components that are taught in Reader Rabbit: Let’s Learn Kindergarten Reading are:
- Beginning word sounds
- Ending word sounds
- Middle word wounds
- Number of letter sounds
- Rhyming words
First, we will start with Melody’s review of the Reader Rabbit workbook.
The Good :: You get to write words and learn. I like that you get to learn new stuff!
The Not-so-Good :: They didn’t put the stickers in there. (The cover says there are “achievement stickers” that come with the workbooks.) The book doesn’t have math problems in it. (haha! I was laughing so hard I forgot to tell her that it’s not a math book!)
Suggestions :: Put stories in the book too. There should be 82 pages.
I really like the colorful and playful images in the book. It really catches a child’s attention. The pages are fairly thick compared to other workbooks that I have seen, so they are durable. The amount of work on each page is just enough not to overwhelm the your child. I like that the workbook was divided into two parts with two themes (beach and cave themes). There was definitely a good flow to how the skills were presented as you go through the book. A child should be able to increase their reading skills going from the beginning of the book to the end. The activities on each page were varied enough that a child would not be bored learning the different concepts, but there was repetition so that they are able to acquire the skills. There are also answer keys for each section, which was not always there in other workbooks. After the first few pages, Melody kept saying she wanted to keep going and do more. The only suggestion I have would be to provide parents with a few activities on how to encourage more interactions with reading in their daily routines.
You can also go online to their website for some activities that go along with the workbooks.