Monday, July 27, 2015

I recently discovered something very out-of-the-ordinary when it comes to learning.   Fandex- the family field guides – are easy to carry around and can help your child to learn about a wide variety of things like bugs, Africa, dinosaurs, New York City, Washington D.C., first ladies, American indians, butterfliers of the world, painters, mummies/gods/pharaohs, explorers, wildflowers, composers, 50 states, birds, cats, civil war, mythology, presidents, dogs, and trees (just to name a few).  

For the purpose of this review I have pick three Fandex that I knew would be useful or be interesting for some of my kids.   Having Star Wars and Comics fans in my household it was a given to pick the Star Wars and the DC Comics Fandex.   But I also wanted to have one that would be more educational so I chose Explorers because it will be one of our theme at our homeschool coop this upcoming year.  Without waiting, let me present you the three Fandex that I have received to review.

IMG_3285Explorers

This deck contains information on the following explorers:  Phoenicians, Leif Eriksson, Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Cheng Ho, Henry the Navigator, Bartholomeu Dias, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, John Cabot, Vasco Da Gama, Juan Ponce de Leon, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Ferdinand Magellan, Hernan Cortes, Francisco Pizarro, Jacques Cartier, Hernando De Soto, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, Henry Hudson, Samuel De Champlain, Abel Janszoon Tasman, René-Robert Cavelier – Sieur De La Salle, James Cook, Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Mungo Park, Alexander Von Humboldt, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Robert O`Hara Burke and WIlliam John Wills, Sir Richard Francis Burton and John Hanning Speke, David Livingstone and Sir Henry Morton Stanley, Sven Hedin, Fridtjof Nansen, Robert E. Peary, Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott, Richard Evelyn Byrd, Thor Heyerdahl, Sir Edmund Hillary, Auguste Piccard, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Donald Walsh, Yuri Gagarin, as well as Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr.

It is perfect to learn more about explorers and what they have discovered.   Each card contains information on the explorer as well as the travels made.    It is a great tool to have when you want to learn more about certain explorers throughout history.

Star WarsIMG_0502

This specific deck contains 75 cards that will give you information on characters, creatures, droids, ships, and planets from the most beloved galaxy  far, far away.  This includes Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Yoda, Mace Windu, Jar Jar Binks, C-3PO, R2-D2, Emperor Palpatine (Darth Sidious), Darth Maul, Nute Gunray, The Emperor`s Retinue, The Emperor`s Royal Guard, Shmi Skywalker, the Lars family, Tusken raisers (sand people), Jawas, Watto, Sebulba, Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus), Jango Fett, Zam Wesell, Kaminoans, Dexter Jettster, Republic Clone Troopers, Battle Droids, Poggle the Lesser, Geonosis arena creatures, Naboo starships, Captain Panaka, Padmé`s handmaidens, Bail Organa, The Jedi Council, The Jedi Order, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Plo Koon, Saesee Tiin, Kit Fisto, Shaak Ti, Aayla Secura, Luminara Unduli, lightsabers, Jedi starfighters, General Grievous, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalkerm Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, The Millenium Falcon, Lando Calrissian, Lobot, Mon Mothma, Rebel Alliance Generals, Admiral Ackbar, Wedge Antilles, X-Wing fighters, Boba Fett, bounty hunters, Death Stars, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, Imperial stormtroopers, the fighters, star destroyers, Imperial officers, Hoth creatures, AT-At/At-St, Jabba the Hutt, Jabba`s palace Denizens, Wicket the Ewok, Sarlacc, Rancor, Dark force and planets.

Each card has little section providing information on the affiliation, the homeworld, the height and the weapons of the character.  This fun deck of cards will bring fun reading time to the child who is passionate about Star Wars.  At the fingertips of their hands, the fans can read about the most supergalactic sage of our times and discover the difference between a clone tropper and a stormtropper, what are the tenets of the Jedi Order, what are midi-chlorians and much more.  


IMG_0503DC Comics Super-Heroes and Villains

How well do you know the super-heroes and the villains of the DC universe?   If you have a child who loves them, here is a great deck for them to read more about their heroes…   This Fandex guide contains 75 individually cut cards with information on the most popular characters in the DC universe.  

Batman, Joker, Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, Oracle, Batwoman, Huntress, Catwoman, Two-Face, Penguin, Ra’s Al Ghul, Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, Superman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen,  Superboy, Supergirl, PowerGirl, Lex Luthor, Brainiac, General Zod, Bizarro, Mongul, Doomsday, Superboy-Prime, Wonder Woman, Hippolyta, Wonder Girl, Ares, Cheetah, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Black Manta, Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro, Flash,  Rogues, Gorilla Grodd, Justice League of America, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Arsenal, Hawkman & Hawkgirl, Atom, Zatanna, Red Tornado, Elongated Man, Firestorm, Injustice League, New Gods, Darkseid, Justice Society of America, Spectre, Question, Marvel family, Black Adam, Legion of Super-Heroes, Starman, Teen Titans, Deathstroke, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Solomon Grundy, Black Lighting, Metal Men, Adam Strange, Starro the Conqueror, and the Monitors.

Each card comes also with a special section listing things like real name, abilities/powers, base, affiliations, and debut (aka primary key issue of the characters).

These Fandex guides and the other ones available at any store are fabulous because they give information on a specific subject that could be interesting for your child.   Part of me wish there would be one on Canadian history, Canadian geography, Canadian inventions and so on.  Maybe one day there will be some Fandex that are more Canadian based.

The Fandex products are available for purchase at your favorite bookstores, even on amazon.ca and amazon.com.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Allen for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Morphsuits.com has created two fun quizzes that you might find interesting.   

 

Which Marvel Here are you?

Which Disney Princess are you?

 

Take them for fun! And please do share your results with me...

Monday, July 20, 2015

Brain Quest Workbook
From Workman Publisher

I received three of the Brain Quest Workbooks to review on my site.  

9780761149163About the Grade 3 workbook

Jam-packed with hundreds of curriculum-based activities, exercises and games in every subject,Brain Quest Grade 3 Workbook reinforces what kids are learning in the classroom. The workbook's lively layout and easy-to-follow explanations make learning fun, interactive, and concrete. Plus it's written to help parents follow and explain key concepts. Includes spelling and vocabulary, parts of speech, reading comprehension, odds and evens, magic squares, multiplication tables, Brain Boxes, and much more.   The grade 3 student will be able to revise and grasp more using this workbook as a supplement during the year.

About the Grade 5 workbook9780761182788

For the first time ever,  5th graders can reinforce what they learn in school with a new workbook from Brain Quest. This workbook boasts 300 pages jam-packed with curriculum-based activities and exercises in every subject, with a focus on math and language arts. It also will grab the attention of the child because of the bright color and fun design in it.  Fifth graders will enhance their skills in reading comprehension, multiplication and division, fractions and decimals, algebraic thinking, and probability and data. The workbook covers spelling and vocabulary, language arts, reading and writing, math skills and word problems, multiplication and division, fractions and decimals, geometry and measurement, data, algebraic thinking, social studies, and science. 

9780761182436About the Grade 6 workbook

Finally, 6th graders can reinforce what they learn in school with a new workbook from Brain Quest.  This brand new book boasts 300 pages jam-packed with curriculum-based activities and exercises in every subject, with a focus on math and language arts. You will find full-color illustrations throughout the book which gives it a bright, lively style that will appeal to older kids. It is engaging, user-friendly, and written to make schoolwork fun. Sixth graders will also delve into research and analysis, metaphor and meaning, ratios and proportions, expressions and equations, and geometry.  The workbook covers spelling and vocabulary, language arts, reading and writing, math skills and word problems, multiplication and division, ratios and proportions, geometry and measurement, statistics and probability, algebraic thinking, social studies and science.

Are they worth it?

In conclusion, the Brain Quest Workbook are fabulous and can be a great addition to supplement learning or in an homeschool environment.  And to top it off  each workbook comes with a mini-deck with 100 all-new Brain Quest questions and answers.   I would personally like to have a Canadian edition when it comes to money and measurements as well as history but it isn’t always possible for publishers to print various copies on a title.    Consequently, even though there are exercises based on US data and/or history I think these workbooks are worth considering because of the learning that can be done with them.   I personally really like the language arts section with vocabulary, spelling, reading and writing exercises which can help your students to get more practice. These workbooks also go well with the Brain Quest questions for all grades that I have previously reviewed. 

Workman has published various BrainQuest Workbook from Preschool to Grade 6.  They are all available for purchase at your favorite store, even amazon.ca and amazon.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Allen for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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