Comic Book Math is a fun way to mingle sequence, addition, subtraction, measurement, math families, abstract thinking (cats +windows in a coloring page for example), counting, problem solving, writing and coloring. The illustrations are beautiful and my 8 year old had to think for a second before the abstract math pages "clicked", however, I don't think this book is appropriately marketed to children up to age 11. I think most 11 year old students will have mastered these concepts prior to this book, even those on the spectrum. If the age range were lowered, I would rate this book higher. It does cover a lot of math concepts and I do appreciate the cross curricular approach that blends math and writing. For now, four stars.
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As an author who depends almost exclusively on spell check and editors, I wish I had had a book like this to learn from.
My 10 year old daughter struggles with dyslexia and speech/ language delays which makes spelling even more of a challenge. She doesn't always hear words as they are spoken, so trying to teach her from a phonetic base just wasn't working for us.
Dyslexia Games is our favorite new resource and we're enjoying trying out some excellent curriculum that is truly helping her.
In Master the Top 150 Misspelled Words you will find 45 spelling exercises that engage learners and support knowledge in a comfortable, casual way. Children will be asked to:
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Are your children familiar with the Peanuts gang? If not, it is your right and proper duty to introduce them to the humorous world of Charles M. Schulz.
Andrews McMeel Publishing is taking on the mission of introducing a new generation to this classic comic strip.
Woodstock: Master of Disguise shines the spotlight on Snoopy's faithful friend, Woodstock.
In 224 pages packed with laughs, Woodstock: Master of Disguise revives one of American's iconic birds and provides children 8-12 with an age appropriate comic strip depicting friendship, frustration, and the backyard adventures of Snoopy's favorite little bird.
You can order your copy on Amazon for under $9.99 in paperback. This would be a great book for down time during the homeschool day. I can just picture my son curled up reading this during one of our "brain breaks" through the day. Use it during transition time from one activity to another. Each comic strip is brief enough to engage, and not overwhelm, struggling readers. It's a fun pleasure read.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Woodstock: Master of Disguise from Andrews McMeel Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I give this book five stars. It's Woodstock, folks!
The Queen’s Shadow is a picture book created for children between the ages of 7 and 11. The book is a mystery laced with educational value. The story begins when the Queen hosts a ball with various animals in attendance. During the ball she loses her shadow. Coming to her aid, the Mantis Shrimp plays detective, interrogating the other animals in attendance to determine who may have stolen the Queen’s shadow. Each animal uses their sight as as a defense to prove themselves innocent. This allows readers to discover facts about how each animal sees. After the resolution the author and illustrator, Cybèle Young, provides more educational value on how each animal’s eyes work and how the human eye works.
First, I think it’s a great concept to use story and weave in educational facts around it. When learning can be achieved in a painless way, it’s a happy day for everyone. I enjoyed the balance of grey and black as well as the use of color in the illustrations. I found the visually interesting.
However, I have a few observations that I think worked against the author’s goal to educate.
I agree with the narrator that the book is sophisticated. I just wonder if it is too sophisticated for its audience.
There are absolutely ways to use this book educationally, but it will take a little effort on your part to put the elements and ideas together to truly get the most out of it. I believe that, as a stand alone book to be used as a quick or casual read, this book is just too heavy and asks too much of young readers. I’m really torn on how to rate it because I see potential, however, I don’t feel the author gave us her best or knew her audience as well as she could have. If I have to work to make a book usable, I’m going to give a lower rating.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Queen’s Shadow: A Story About How Animals See from Kids Can Press via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I give this book three stars
Are you looking for a fun way to teach a tricky topic like dangling participles? Don’t Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oelschlager delivers laughs and educational value in a 42 page book designed to teach children ages 6-10.
The book opens with a rundown on what a participle is and a few examples which serve to explain the importance of correctly placing the participle.
The academic tone of the first two-page section made my children squirm a little as they began to think that this book was going to be too much like a text book with a couple cute images thrown in to tease them.
Then we turned the page.
Beautiful, full-page illustrations popped with color, bringing to life some goofy sentences with participles placed all wrong. Even my youngest was catching on to the silliness.
Each goofy page was followed by a corrected sentence and an illustration to express the change.
The contrast was obvious and the problems were more quickly noticed as we progressed through the book.
Each participle is written in italics which helps the kids to spot them faster.
I thought this book was clever and educational. After their initial scare, my children were very pleasantly surprised that this book really was fun. Listening as they giggled and shouted out the correct sentences before I could flip the page, was all the confirmation I need that they were enjoying this unexpected lesson in grammar.
The website provides some neat ideas for using this book in a homeschool setting. I especially like this suggestion:
I’m sure we’ll revisit the book in the future, both for reviewing the concept of dangling participles and for a hilarious moment together.
I give this book five stars.
Order your copy on Amazon or Barnes&Noble.Disclosure: I received a free copy of Don’t Dangle Your Participle from Vanita Books via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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