I belong to a group on Facebook that is solely for Homeschool Bloggers. I absolutely love being a part of this group, because even though we all have our own blogs there is so much support and encouragement from everyone. One perk to the group is being able to help promote new eBooks that members create. Today I am delighted to share with you a fabulous eBook, Basic Shapes for Beginners, from a fellow Homeschool blogger, Heather Greutman, from Golden Reflections Blog.
Having three little ones 5 and under, I am always on the lookout for fun and super easy-to-plan resources for preschoolers. So when I saw the opportunity to review this new ebook, I was ecstatic! TRUTH: I was drawn to the book by the cover photo of block building. My two daughters (2.5 & almost 4) and my youngest son (5) all love to build towers with their blocks. It’s almost an obsession with them. They will literally spend hours building towers and knocking them down. They even have competitions to see who can build theirs the highest! It really is quite impressive.
So did it measure up? YES IT DID!!! I was not disappointed in the least. In fact, I can’t wait to get started on this book with my three littles. I have to be honest here. If I look at a preschool curriculum that adds in 5,000 supplies and hours upon hours of preparation time – I check out. I’m done before I ever get started. Being a minister’s wife and homeschooling momma to 4 almost perfectly behaved children *ahem * – totally kidding…they are wild, I don’t like prep-work. Yes, I realize there is going to be some involved, but if it takes hours and multiple trips to the store – I’m out. This is so not the case with Basic Shapes for Beginners.
While initially the supply list looked overwhelming I realized I already had most of it on hand and the rest was fairly easy to get a hold of. See, we live in a small town that has a Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree and K-Mart. No specialty stores for crafts or anything. The closest one is nearly 30 minutes away. And while that’s not a terribly far distance to travel, it is not a quick run either. So I was pleased to see such a detailed list outlined by week. This makes my love-hate relationship with shopping so much easier!
Each week is designed to work on developing a fine motor skill that will help them with handwriting in the future. I love this approach. I have 4 children and all of them approach schooling differently. My girls love writing, coloring and doing “schoolwork,” while my 5 year old son pretty much dislikes anything to do with learning to write. Even though he can write his name, his fine motor skills need some work. So this hands-on approach is perfect for him. The weeks are outlined as follows:
- Week 1 – Vertical & Horizontal Lines
- Week 2 – Circle Shapes
- Week 3 – Cross (+) Shapes
- Week 4 – Squares & Rectangles
- Week 5 – Diagonal Lines & “X” Shapes
- Week 6 – Triangles & Diamonds
As you can see, each week builds on the previous one and works on another aspect of fine motor skills that will improve their hand-eye-coordination and ultimately their handwriting. While most of you know I am not a fan of messes, these daily activities are not typically messy. That’s a plus in my book! The important thing is they are hands-on and visual for chidlren to really learn the basics of handwriting without drilling it into them with paper and pencil.
Yes, there comes a time when paper and pencil/crayons are used, but it’s not drilled into them. This book helps you create active play and learning in your children through different mediums that will help them understand the basics of handwriting in a fun and expressive way.
While I have only looked through this ebook and not used it in our home (yet), it is going to be our main source for learning letters next year, which for us starts in July. I am super excited to add this to our daily routine for the girls and letting Mister Mouse explore with us as he wants. I see many happy days in our future!!
What I like about this book
- I like the simplicity of the lessons and activities
- I like that each week builds on the previous one
- I like how quickly I can have the lessons laid out and prepared
- I love that my kids will enjoy doing “school” rather than dreading the paper/pen worksheets
- The flexibility in each lesson and week. This is designed as a 6-week course, but can easily be made into a longer program for younger learners.
- The ability to use this resource in conjunction with our other curriculum.
If you would like to know more about this amazing resource, you can read what Heather has to say about it over on her blog. And if you’d like a preview of some of the activities, she has included these 6 Pre-Writing Activities for Kids in the ebook.
Heather has been so gracious and is offering a copy for TWO LUCKY WINNERS!!! Simply enter on the form below for your chance to win!! But, if you can’t wait and want to get started right away, order your copy now!! If you win, your money will be refunded for your purchase.
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