Now that the kids will soon be getting back into the swing of school life, a whole new year is ahead of them, full of fresh experiences and increased educational expectations. As parents, we want to support our children’s learning and provide materials that will interest our young Einsteins while simultaneously reinforcing their school lessons. That’s where Play Bac Publishing comes in, offering a variety of educational books, including two series specific to elementary school curriculum.
With their Homework Helpster series, children in grades 3, 4 and 5 can supplement their classroom curriculum in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. With a stand-up, flip-book format, the book is easy to prop up on the kitchen table while your elementary school student attacks his homework pile. My own son referred to the third grade edition a few times last year when he needed reminders about certain concepts, and I found the content to be quite consistent with our own school’s third grade curriculum. With an inviting layout chock full of colorful graphics and vivid photographs, children are attracted to this valuable resource without even realizing the educational support they’re receiving!
I also loved the 5th-grade flipbook Homework Helpster once I figured out how it was supposed to work. At first, I thought it was meant to be a supplemental sort of thing, but as a reference (either for curious kids or clueless parents), it lives up to its name of helping.
The Grade 1 Vocabulary Power that I previewed is even more exciting to me. It was designed to help boost kids’ vocabulary by compiling a list of 200 words as found in popular children’s literature.
My son Kyle decided to learn to read by osmosis (Seriously. Okay, some might call it via the whole language approach. All I know is that this kid is reading without any real formal instruction, other than from Super Why which I’m actually more and more convinced was integral in this development. But I digress). Since he enjoys reading and learning new words, and seems to learn by seeing a word in context, this little flip book has been fun for us. As you can see by looking at the picture, each side of the flipbook features a word. The word is illustrated, the word is used in a sentence, and the word is defined. In addition to that, there’s a context question at the bottom to insure that the child understands his new vocabulary word. Kyle enjoys looking at a few of these at a time.
I think that it would work equally well on a reluctant reader, perhaps keeping it in the kitchen and looking at one word for each mealtime.
One reader (U.S. only) will receive one Homework Helpster and one Vocabulary Power of their choice. To enter to win, leave a comment letting us know which levels of each you’d like to receive if you win.
This is part of the 2009 Back-to-School Giveaway. We’d love it if you helped spread the word!
- Leave a comment on this post as your entry, per the instructions above.
- This contest is open to U.S. residents only. One entry per person.
- New giveaways will be posted through August 26. Winners will be announced August 31.
- Check out the list of the other giveaways in the 2009 Back-to-School Giveaway at the main post.
I would take the 1st grade Vocab Helper, and A homework Helper in grade 3.
Bridget Michelle Combs says
This would be so wonderful for my nephew
susan smoaks says
I would like to receive homework helpster grade 3 and grade 3 vocab power
The Vocabulary Power would be useful for my kindergartener.
sarah d. says
My son is going into 4th grade and generally needs extra help with his school/homework. This would help!
Jaclyn Reynolds says
We need either grade 2 or grade 5. We are homeschooling again this year.
I would Like to Win. Thanks for giving me a chance!
Crystal F says
The homework helpster in grade 4 and the vocoabulary power in K would great to have. Thank you!
kathy pease says
Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in 🙂
i’d like the grade k vocabulary power and the grade 5 homework helpster.
I could use the 5th and 6th grade levels.
If I won this, I would give it to my nephew. He could really use something like this!
Karen Gonyea says
I’d love the 5th grade level 🙂
Daniel Oliver Jones says
i need this for my cousin
I would love the Grade 3 Homework Helpster and the Kindergarten Vocabulary Power.
noelle d says
I know that we would get plenty of use out of the 3rd grade one!
My stepson is in 3rd grade and would love the help! 🙂
Thanks for such great giveaways!
Veronica Garrett says
I would like to receive the 5th Grade Homework Helpster and the 3rd Grade Vocabulary Power.
Heather C says
Grade 4 Homework Helpster
Raining Cats and Dogs Vocabulary Power
This would be great for my daughter.. Please enter me 🙂
this would be good to use with my homeschooling!
Demara Woodson says
I would love to win the 4th Grade level of both books!
I would choose Grade 3 for both.