As parents, we want to help our child succeed in school. And thankfully there are so many resources available to help us encourage reading and prevent “summer slide” like the hand2mind BOB BOOKS and Highlights Educational Activities. Both are packed with learning activities of course, but so much more. They are packed with laughter and time spent with each other, which builds relationships and self confidence. Both of which we can never do enough for our children.
Here at hand2mind we believe children learn best by doing. For over 50 years, teachers and administrators at thousands of schools and districts across the country have relied on our high-quality, hands-on materials to expand their core curriculum.
From math to science to STEM to literacy and from manipulatives to lessons to teacher/parent support materials, we’re always on to the lookout for new ways to get students’ hands and minds working together.
Easily and without stress you can teach your 3-6 year old children how to read with Bob Books and VersaTiles Sight Words Educational Game Set. Created to help parents that want to give their children a head start on learning. We all know there are certain words that are used more often than others. Learning these words, called sight words, will speed up the reading process. Often these words are ones that do not follow the process children learn to sound out so learning them by sight just makes reading easier. When more time is spent on reading, it becomes enjoyable. That is the ultimate goal, to make life long lovers of reading.
Increase Reading Fluency
In addition to learning the sight words to increase reading fluency, VersaTiles will encourage your child to practice the skills they are learning. This will help them comprehend what they are learning and that will build their confidence.
The Bob Books and VersaTiles Sight Words Educational Game Set includes 10 easy to read books. Each book has 12 pages and are written in one syllable, three-, four- and five-letter words, in addition to the sight words. Using consistent vowel sounds helps with sounding out the rest of the story. Each book introduces three new sight words.
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After decades as teachers, lecturers, and nationally recognized leaders in education and child development, Garry Cleveland Myers and Caroline Clark Myers created Highlights™, a monthly magazine for children ages 6 to 12. They filled it with stories, adventures, brainteasers, and, of course, our beloved Hidden Pictures® puzzles. It reflected the Myerses’ philosophy that children become their “best selves” by using their creativity and imagination; developing their reading, thinking, and reasoning skills; and learning to treat others with respect, kindness, and sensitivity.
Since then, the Highlights brand has grown to a diverse and inclusive family of products for kids from birth to 12. Beyond Highlights Hello™, High Five™, High Five Bilingue™, and Highlights magazines, our brand of wholesome fun extends to games, websites, mobile apps, and the book clubs Let’s Grow™, LET’S PLAY Hidden Pictures, EAGLE-EYE Hidden Pictures, Mathmania™, Puzzlemania®, Puzzle Buzz™ , Top Secret Adventures™ and Which Way USA™. Highlights not only reaches across multiple platforms, it also spans the globe: Highlights International’s products are now available in 40 countries and in 16 languages.
With our flagship magazine’s success, Highlights for Children, Inc., expanded to include other companies. From our trade-book group, Boyds Mills Press, and retail division, Highlights Press, to our education group, Zaner Bloser Inc., including textbook publishers, Stenhouse Publishers, and seminars for teachers at Staff Development for Educators, all our businesses make a significant contribution to the education of children.
Teachers are all too familiar with the “summer slide” that happens when children spend their summer months without any reinforcement of their lessons learned during the school year. This can be prevented and the Summer Big Fun Workbooks is a great way to not only prevent “summer slide” but give students a head start on their upcoming school year.
It combines fun Highlights activities with Kindergarten practice on major subjects. The directions are easy to follow (although you may have to read them to your student). My little one loves the progress poster and stickers that show how much work they have completed.
The hidden banana in pictures has been one of the most popular hidden objects since Hidden Pictures puzzles first appeared over 70 years ago. I used to get these in the mail as a child and was so excited to receive them. I spent the next few days pouring over every page.
In this book, there are 101 bananas and 1500 objects hidden among 90 puzzles. It makes a great non screen activity to use when on the go or during screen free times at home. In addition to the hidden puzzles, there are jokes, riddles, mazes, and drawing activities.
What a cute combination of Hidden Pictures® puzzles and puffy stickers that can be used over and over throughout the book. Finding hidden items has been so exciting for our little one. Each scene has silly things going on that will have your little one laughing (or acting them out like ours). Packed with more than 100 objects in 20 in Hidden Pictures® puzzles, this is a great way to spend time together. Using the puffy stickers, already silly scenes can be made funnier by adding the stickers. There are also mazes, drawings, and matching games included for continued learning.
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Both the hand2mind BOB BOOKS and Highlights are great resources for helping parents encourage learning even before their children start school. They are recommended especially for use in the summer months when children often don’t get skill reinforcement. This skill reinforcement is so important, especially in little ones as they prepare for the next grade. Just spending a few minutes a day can prevent the “summer slide” and give children a head start on their next school year.
Not only are these activities a great way to spend time together, they are so much fun! They would make a great gift for your little ones as an end of the school year approaches.
We’ve added hand2mind BOB BOOKS and Highlights to our Fun Spring Gift Guide! #SpringFunonMDR Check it out here!