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    Product Review: Scholastic Workbooks

    What Liza Says About Scholastic Workbooks… SUBJECT CONTENT:  Good STUDENT APPEAL:  Good I like Scholastic workbooks.  They are a good basic resource for early childhood literacy and education. Subject Content Scholastic has a plethora of workbooks.  Some are comprehensive workbooks by grade, others are single subject workbooks also by grade.  Basically Scholastic has a workbook for almost every educational subject.  This product review is based solely on their comprehensive workbooks by grade.   All the Scholastic workbooks by grade include 5 subjects: Math, Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Maps.  There are 400 total pages including a table of contents in the front and an answer key in the back.  The content…

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    Product Review: Highlights Magazines

    Liza Says About Highlights Magazines… CONTENT: Excellent PICTURES: Excellent EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL: Excellent 5 Stars! I love Highlights magazines!  They have a wide variety of excellent educational material that is fun for kids and useful for parents. Content Highlights magazines are pack loaded with excellent content; historical fiction stories, scientific discoveries, crafts, hidden pictures, crosswords, Sudoku, mazes, matching, find the differences, jokes, poems, biographies, and so much more!  They truly live up to their tag line, “Fun with a Purpose“. Highlights covers all subjects from science to art to creative writing.  They have magazines and puzzle books dedicated to young children, babies, youth, puzzles, mathematics, the 50 united states, countries of the world, and…

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    Product Review: Bob Books

    What Liza Says About Bob Books… STORY QUALITY: Fair PICTURE QUALITY: Fair VOCABULARY: Good 3 Stars! Bob Books are a good educational tool.  They are not my first choice, although I have used them with my children when I needed some additional material. Story Quality Each set of Bob Books has a specific literary focus such as “long vowel sounds” or “complex words”.  This provides very good vocabulary and phonetic learning approach although it also limits the story in variety and development.  What these stories lack is engagement.  For the most part the story is as simplistic as the pictures.  Not a lot of depth or development. Picture Quality The drawings in these…

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    Product Review: Brain Quest Workbooks

    What Liza Says About Brain Quest Workbooks… SUBJECT CONTENT:  Excellent STUDENT APPEAL:  Excellent 5 Stars! I love Brain Quest workbooks!  This is my favorite brand for multiple subject workbooks by grade.  Brain Quest workbooks offer the right combination of curriculum subjects and a clear guide on what my child should be learning at what age/grade level. Subject Content Brain Quest workbooks cover an average of nine educational subjects.  Each section contains timely and appropriate material for each grade level/age range.  For example the 2nd Grade Brain Quest workbook includes an introductory section to cursive writing, the Kindergarten Brain Quest workbook has a section on time and money, and the 6th Grade Brain Quest workbook has a section…

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    Product Review: Biscuit Phonics Fun

     What Liza Says About Biscuit Phonics Fun…  STORY QUALITY: Good    PICTURE QUALITY: Excellent  VOCABULARY: Excellent I like the Biscuit Phonics Fun books.  They are a helpful tool for teaching your child how to read the English vowels correctly.   Story Quality Because these books are focused on vowel sound repetition the story lines are very simple.  For example in Book 6: Biscuit and the Box, the story is as follows; Biscuit saw a box. A Bunny was in the box. Hop, hop, hop. Biscuit got in the box. Hop, hop, hop.  PLOP! Woof!  A dog can not hop! Picture Quality The pictures in Biscuit Phonics Fun are colorful and well drawn. They are…

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    Product Review: Brand New Readers

    What Liza Says About Brand New Readers…  STORY QUALITY: Excellent PICTURE QUALITY: Excellent VOCABULARY: Excellent 5 Stars! I love these books! This is my favorite easy reader brand. Brand New Readers are engaging, fun, and an awesome tool for beginning readers. Story Quality  There are a variety of characters within the Brand New Reader series and each one has their own personality. Sometimes the ending is predictable, sometimes it’s unpredictable.  Each story in this series of books has a well developed plot that is easy to understand and follow. Picture Quality  The illustrations in these books truly tell the story, they also add to the character’s personality and the story development.…