Wesley and I had the chance to review the new Brain Quest Write Erase Sets. I love that Brain Quest’s philosophy is “adding a big dose of fun into learning. I have noticed some of their other products and they look great, but I’m thrilled to see that they have created some products for younger children too.
I was thrilled to receive these books because my son has been working on his penmanship for a while now with his tutors, and me in the evenings. When I opened up the Alphabet cards I almost screamed. A few months ago I spent HOURS and LOADS of ink printing and macktacking alphabet cards for my son’s ABA therapy. And here they were in my hands available to purchase for a mere $9 on Amazon. I bet when I factor in ink, paper and macktack alone mine cost more to make. Not including the hours is spent making them. Good news was Wesley was board with my homemade cards and thrilled to get to try out these new ones. Plus, the Brain Quest Write & Erase Set: Shapes &Colors set was great for practicing his pre-drawing skills that his Occupational Therapist wanted him to work on.
Brain Quest Write & Erase Set: Alphabet:shows kids the right way to write their letters, both uppercase and lowercase, and also includes letter-identification and vocabulary-building quizzes on each page.
Brain Quest Write & Erase Set: Phonics: teaches early reading with fill-ins for long and short vowels and basic consonant sounds, letter scrambles, complete-the-words, and more.
Brain Quest Write & Erase Set: Numbers: helps kids write their 123’s and includes the basics of math-readiness
Brain Quest Write & Erase Set: Shapes & Colors: uses tracing exercises, connect-the-dots, name-the-colors, and other fun activities to teach essential pre-writing concepts.
What do we think?
Well we love these cards! They have become a regular part of Wesley’s day. His tutors use them with him too and love them. One of them was actually planning on buying them for her daughter. Had I found these earlier I could have save myself a LOT of time and had a much nicer product then my homemade dry erase cards.
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Head over to Brain Quest and leave a comment which of the four packs would be most helpful for your child. Please leave your email in this comment, if I have no way to contact you a new winner will be drawn. Sadly this has been happening a lot lately and I want to make sure the real winner gets the prize. Even if you are using a blogger profile, make sure that I can email you or contact you via your blog.
Thank-you to Brain Quest and Workman Publishing Co. for teaming up with me for this review/giveaway. I was not paid by either company, nor was I required to write a positive review. This is the option of only myself.
Contest closes Nov 5th,2010 at 11:59. Open to the USA and Canada only.
So lately Wesley and I have cooled it on the writing practice. His occupational therapist said that is best to do small amounts of writing, otherwise they do the first few words or letters proper, the they start getting lazy. If they write too much when then are in lazy mode, then they are actually practicing how to print the letters wrong. Yikes! I never thought of it that way.
The frustrating thing is that he is able to do 2 pages a day of Explode the Code. I asked her what we should do because I don’t want his handwriting to slow down his reading progress. His OT said that a lot of children are more mentally ahead then their motor skill. She suggest having him write until I see his handwriting getting sloppy, then to take over and have his dictate to me. Or split up his worksheets. Do one in the afternoon and one in the evening.
Also if we are practicing handwriting, at this stage I should write the word, then he writes and then I take a turn and make him a fresh example to copy. Children tend to practice their printing wrong because they are copying their own example over and over again. If you provide them a fresh example each time they are more likely to print their letters correct.
Just thought I’d share these tips with you guys because I didn’t realize this. I thought if you want to get better at printing you just have to keep practicing. But really the children need small, short practice sessions.
Hey Guys! I hope you don’t mind all the reviews/giveaways that have been going on. I have had the chance to review alot of products and I just want to share my finds with you 🙂
I’m not going to lie, things with Wesley’s behavior have been difficult. He has TV/Nintendo DS taken away till Friday. I have started to reading To Train Up A Child. I’ve been dieing to read it after reading a few chapters online, and I stumbled upon it at a thrift store a little while back. I know I have lacked in training Wesley to be an obedient child. I give too many warnings, empty threats and give into whining. Its not his fault he misbehaves, its mine for allowing it. Things today have been better, I’m following through and not giving second chances. I expect him to listen the first time. I have been training him to misbehave by giving him warnings, he thinks he is allowed to misbehave a couple times before having to “obey”. It has also helped me control my frustration. They helped me realize I have to stop taking his poor behavior personally. This way I can respond without emotions flooding in and compromising my judgment. Parents get so mad at there child and they say something like “Your grounded till your 18, and go to bed with no dinner.” well its 3pm. We know we can’t follow through with any of this, and at 6pm you call him down for dinner, and then a few days later he is out with his friends. What you have taught him is 1)Letting your anger control you is OK and 2)you don’t follow through. Not things I want my son to know.This book has really opened my eyes. I know a lot of parents my not agree with this style of parenting, but to me it makes sense. I love my child with all my heart, but I want him to behave so I can like and enjoy his presents too. They take a lot about having your child with you as much as possible, so you can enjoy them, give then the attention they need so they don’t have to get negative attention from you to be noticed, and that you can correct behaviors and let them know your expectations.
Now if your child is already perfect and your reading this, please don’t judge me. I’m human, I know I’m not the best parent, I lose my cool, I raise my voice, etc. But I am trying to correct this and be the best parent I can be. I just wanted to share this with you guys encase any of my readers are having the same problem… Your not alone…
Anyhow that felt good to write and get off my chest 🙂
I started a new activity with Wesley today. He is getting much better with printing and his OT wants him to start drawing. So yesterday at the grocery store I went into the school supply section, because well I love stationary LOL. Anyhow I found those scribbles with the big lines on have the page and the top half is plain. So I started the first page by writing ‘Circle” on every other line, the on the plain half drawing one circle.
Then this morning I ran upstairs and interrupted Wesley’s ABA session, and while his tutor set up her next activity I did this with him
He would write circle beside my example then he would draw a circle on the top page, when he was done writing all his trails. I gave him some crayons and let him draw colored circles. I’m hope that everyday we can get more and more complex with the picture to the point where he writes tree and after draws one big picture of a tree. But for now baby steps. LOL and maybe one day he will stay on the lines too. But overall I’m thrilled with his progress.
Have a great day!!
One thing I really dropped the ball on when it comes to educating my son early at home was pencil work. He never cared for coloring or crayons, so I never offered it to him much. Then when we were working with his ABA staff we realized that his drawing/tracing/printing skills were lacking. SO this is one area we have been working very hard at, and things are getting better. His occupational therapist isn’t concern as long as we keep practicing everyday. She figures we will get the skills, and the reason he doesn’t have then yet is not because of motor skill problems, just because we never excerised this before.
So what do we do for practice?
I got a few of those cheap dollarstore workbooks, you know the ones I’m talking about. They coming with different characters to interest the child(Pooh, Bob the Builder,etc) I removed them from there binding and I give him a worksheet. Its less overwhelming and distracting for him then if I were to give him the whole book.
Hooked on Handwriting- Learn to Print– Like I’ve mentioned in other entries we are just finishing up Hooked on Handwriting. He seems to be enjoying this one. We do a lesson or two a day depending on what he is up to
I bought this set of wooden stencils from a lady on Kijiji. We used them for the first time today. He seemed to really like them. I figure whatever can get him more interested in write/coloring.
What do you do with your children to work on this type of motor skill?
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Wesley and I spent the day at home together, while my hubby took the car to work. It is so nice to have a day off in the middle of the week and be able to spend one on one time with my son. Plus he likes to play hookie from daycare too.
First thing we got up and after breakfast we tried out the new wagon I got free on Kijiji. It worked great. We stopped at Giant Tiger to return some curtains. We landed up buying a DVD and cd about Kids safety, plus we got a free set of reusable sticker and cards about anatomy.
Then we walked to Superstore and got some basic groceries, and we walked home. When we got home I made Wes lunch and then we made some no bake cookies.
This is what we made 🙂 They taste better than they look, I promise. These no-bake cookies were childhood favourites of mine. So when I found out that you could purchase oats that were gluten free, I was so excited to make these for Wes. I clearly remember as a child my mom making these for me, and sneaking some while they dried on the wax paper.
Then we sat down and did some coloring. I’m really going to have to make this a regular thing as Wesley really struggles in this area. Really it is my fault, I never provided him enough coloring time. He just hated it before so it was hard. But he’s starting to enjoy it a bit more. His tutor had been working on teaching Wes how to write his letters, but the occupational therapist said we should work more on coloring and tracing letters for the time being. So we did some coloring together today 🙂
If I could have a do over when it comes to fine motor skills and penmanship I would have prioritized colouring time more.
5 Things I Wish I Had Done to Help my Preschoolers Penmanship
I would have introduced colouring utensils(crayons, markers, pencils crayons, chalk, etc) at a much younger age.
Purchased rolls of paper and done larger drawings with him to build up the muscles in his hands.
Worked on hanging from a bar and eventually teaching him to brachiate on an overhead ladder. This would have helped build strength in his hands. Check out Glenn Doman’s book,Fit Baby, Smart Baby, Your Baby!: From Birth to Age Six
Looked for one of those kiddie easels, and had him work with different mediums on an upright surface.
Spent more time outside drawing on the ground with sidewalk chalk.
We are also starting a reading/spelling program. But we’ll do that after nap I’m pooped.
Tonight I’m cooking chili! Hubby’s not crazy about it, but there are leftover steak skewers from yesterday. I just need to make a big pot of something so we can have frozen lunches. I spent way too much on food yesterday for dinner. I told hubby we have to stop splurging like that. I really hope that once I’m a WAHM I can manage to feed us good meals for less money. At least this chili will get a good run for its money, and I’m going to make some freezer meatballs too.
Last night I called Calvert School and talked to a teacher there. They were so helpful. I decided to put Wes in the kindergarten program. I was looking at the wrong assessment before, he is so ready for kindergarten!! Yeah! I haven’t ordered it yet, because I want to wait till after the Homeschooling convention here in Winnipeg, just to make sure there isn’t something I like better.
I also started printing out some stuff for our Hungry Caterpillar theme. I have to laminate(or macktak)some stuff first, but it should be good. I’m hoping he enjoys it.
Anyhow, I’m going to grab a nap and then clean and start dinner before hubby gets home.