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Learning Resources Fraction Modular Flip Charts
Learning Resources Fraction Modular Flip Charts
Price: £28.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Brilliant!, 18 Jun. 2011
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Red Stands ~ Strong matt plastic, scored to fold, each side clicks into the back board - no base. Simple interlocking system each assembled side to attach stands together. Red spiral wires strong, wide with a good paint finish. Erect bases are very sturdy, easy to push together and twist apart, connect in any order.

Cards ~ Medium firmness fit for purpose and laminated. All reverse sides plain white; ideal for blu tacking what ever is desired as they flip over and lie flat perfectly either side. Sets all 12 cards approx 14 cm x 14 cm as follows...

Fractional Parts/Diagrams outlined in black: Circles 2's with ½ red. 4's with ¼ red. 4's with 3/4 red. 3's with 1/3 red. 5's with 1/5 red. 5's with 3/5 red. 6's with 1/6 red. 8's with 1/8 red. 10's with 1/10 red. 12's with 1/12 red. 100 square grid with 1/100 th red and a whole red circle. Circle diameter approx 93 mm. Grid approx 94 mm x 94 mm.

Fraction's blue: 1/2, 1/4, 3/4, 1/3, 1/5, 3/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/12, 1/100 and 1. Height approx 80 mm.

Percent's purple: 50%, 25%, 75%, 33 1/3%, 20%, 60%, 16 2/3%, 12 1/2%, 10%, 8 3/10%, 1% and 100%. Approx Height 35 mm.

Decimal's green: .50, .25, .75, .33, .20, .60, .167, .125, .10, .083, .01 and 1.00. Approx Height 43 mm.

Four page leaflet included, clear assembly diagrams and guidelines for use...."Getting Started... hold up the fractional parts module. Flip through the cards and ask students to identify the fractions shown. Make a Match... using two, three or four modules". Harder activities suggested, 'Matching Centre' display all modules with a prepared set of individual matching cards also an answer key, shown at the back of the leaflet. Several students work in turns taking a card from the pile arranging all module cards to represent the same. They check their work with the answer key. A variation when fractions are written in word format, students match all module cards.

Also suggested: Matching Relay Game, Odd One Out, Let's Compare, Ordering From Least To Greatest, Riddle Time, Pass It Around/Equivalency Chain and More Equivalent Amounts. The last page is a sheet 'Fill in the Missing Equivalency' with 12 questions including a Super Challenge.

Structural design simplicity itself, strong with superb clarity print and diagrams. White backgrounds may be suitable for coloured acetate overlays for some visual impairments. A suitable resource for both child and mature students. Purchased for my four year old in readiness when needed. We have only looked at whole, half and quarters for now, the recommended age 6+. Meanwhile it's helping me 'brush up' on my rusty knowledge! The sturdy box keeps modules safe when not in use. A very well thought out teaching aide. I'm a whole red circle full of Happiness, 1.00 chuffed, 1 thrilled and 100% delighted I purchased it!
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Learning Resources Fraction Matchin' Equivalency Fraction Game
Learning Resources Fraction Matchin' Equivalency Fraction Game

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky Fractions!, 15 Jun. 2011
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Fraction Tiles X 50 ~ Approx depth 4 mm, strong smooth plastic. Sizes Approx largest 102 mm x 26 mm to smallest 19 mm x 26 mm. Colours: Brown 1/2 's, Black 1/3 's, Yellow 1/4 's, Green 1/5 's, Orange 1/6 's, Red 1/8 's, Blue 1/10 's and Purple 1/12 's. The fractions are printed clearly in White not raised. Supplied in a disposable polythene bag. We replace our tiles on the tray before returning to the box, so they are all accounted for.

Tray ~ Strong black plastic with rounded edges. Height Approx 294 mm Width 255 mm Depth 15 mm. Clear white dividing lines and fractions, printed not raised. Each indented line space for the fraction tiles has a finger groove each end to aide removal. Starting at the lowest line moving up, fraction spaces: 1/2 's, 1/3 's, 1/4 's, 1/5 's, 1/6 's, 1/8 's, 1/10 's and 1/12 's. Underside corners have a small round foam insert to protect surfaces, though not non-slip.

Sand Timer ~ Approx 3 minutes. Well made with the glass timer encased in a cylinder of clear firm plastic. A flat blue stand each end gives stability when stood. Total Height Approx 87 mm.

Fraction Cards ~ Two packs thin laminated card with rounded edges. Main pack 27 plain blue with 'Fraction Matchin' on the backs. Advanced pack 12 blue striped with 'Fraction Matchin' *Advanced* on the backs. Fraction sides plain white with deep blue, bold fractions. Cards Approx 78 mm x 53 mm.

Booklet ~ Written in English, French, German and Spanish giving a detailed guide how to play. Clear photos and diagrams with two well laid out tables showing Fraction Equivalences. 2-6 players each start with 7 tiles. The timer starts the moment the top card on the deck is turned over. The sturdy box gives a simplified explanation of the game, taken from the back...

"Play your way to equivalent fraction mastery with Fraction Matchin'- the equivalent fractions game! Use any combination of fraction tiles to match the fraction shown on the card. Add, reduce, and compare fractions to figure out the answer. Engaging, multi-sensory game play motivates math practice and develops a deeper understanding of fractions. Self-checking game board provides immediate feedback. Great for groups and centres." ...also how to play... "Turn over a card and read the fraction. See if you have the tiles to make that fraction or it's equivalent. Place the tiles in the game board to show they are equivalent to the fraction on the card. Discard those tiles if your'e correct. Get rid of all your tiles first to win".

Purchased for my four year old to initially become familiar with the formal concept of fractions. For now we enjoy matching the tiles to the board, discuss what makes a 'whole' using halves and quarters carrying through to real life situations with cake and pizza baking cutting and sharing etc.

Having played the game myself, I find it's an excellent resource. Simple yet 'grown up' design with funky fraction tiles, perhaps suitable for adults too. These tiles give superb visual and tactile feedback to aide memory; also making fractions less abstract, more real. Although the recommended age is 8+, I find the simpler fractions are useful now, building up to the harder ones over time and eventually the game. Meanwhile this is helping me brush up on my fractions! If only this had been around when I was at school!

Learning Resources Photographic Number Puzzle Cards
Learning Resources Photographic Number Puzzle Cards

5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty, One to Twenty!, 14 Jun. 2011
Twenty separate two piece puzzles, die cut in pairs requiring separation before use. Made from very strong thick card, laminated gloss finish both sides, outer edges rounded. Each pair has a differently cut matching edge to aide self correction. All photo pictures are against a plain white background for clarity. Numbers are approx 29 mm high in bold bright colours outlined in black, against a white background. Reverse sides blue background with small light blue numbers all over. Each pair approx Height 101 mm Width 63 mm as follows:

1 House, 2 Palm Trees, 3 Piglets, 4 Cakes, 5 Base Balls, 6 Buckets, 7 Cars, 8 Rabbits, 9 Toy Ducks,
10 Bananas, 11 Cookies, 12 Parrots, 13 Cherries, 14 Ice-Cream Cones, 15 Crowns, 16 Oranges, 17 Beach Balls, 18 Leaves, 19 Caps and 20 Starfish.

All pieces fit in the box if kept in their pairs, excellent for spotting any missing! The enclosed leaflet outlines use...

"....Putting a number together with pictures helps children identify numbers and develop counting each number and count the number of pictures out loud. Have the children repeat the numbers back to you...."

The leaflet details 5 activities which are roughly: *1-2-3 *Where number pieces are face up and the child has one picture piece. Counting the items in the picture, the child then finds that number. "...encourage children to count by rows".

*Going Up* The child has help arranging the puzzles in numerical order. Start with 1-10 moving up to 20. "...Encourage numeral recognition by asking children to point to each number as they count out loud".

*Once Upon A Time* Number stories with the puzzles in numerical order. The adult starts with the children taking turns. "...There was one house on the top of the hill. There were two big trees in the back yard...."

*More Or Less* An estimation game. Two picture cards are face up, "...for example 3 pigs and 12 birds... Are there more pigs or birds? Have the children count to determine if they estimated correctly. Repeat this game with two new cards. Use the words 'more' and 'fewer' when comparing the cards".

*All Around* A picture is chosen, items counted and the child finds objects in the room equivalent to that number.

We bought this set when my little one was two, gradually using only the first five puzzles. We played simplified versions of the game suggestions. These activities were really enjoyed with our guidance. Now aged four, we use the whole set playing these games. We also enjoy matching the pieces for the higher numbers, gradually placing the numbers only, in numerical order. We also play memory games; some number pieces placed upside down with one picture given to each player. After counting the objects they take it in turns to turn over the number cards. When they find the correct pair they win. Counting out small things for each number piece is very satisfying too.

We find this a super number reinforcement teaching aide, with photo picture appeal. Jigsaw puzzles are a favourite so it's just another jigsaw, only with number absorption! This continues to have it's useful place in our number learning two years on and will we beneficial for some time yet I'm sure.

Learning Resources Measuring WormsTM, set of 72
Learning Resources Measuring WormsTM, set of 72
Price: £12.25

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wormingly Wonderful!, 9 Jun. 2011
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These are the cutest worms with little smiley faces, the tiniest is adorable! Instantly appealing made from quality plastic, segmented and flexible so beautifully tactile.

Seventy two worms made up of six sets of twelve in vibrant colours: Yellow, Blue, Orange, Green, Red and Purple. Each set has three worms in each approx length: 4 " 96 mm, 3 " 71 mm, 2 " 45 mm and 1 " 25 mm.

The enclosed leaflet gives some ideas of use, "Getting Started"( free play ), "Sorting Activity"( starting with 2 colours in 2 sizes adding more after completion ), "Patterning Activity" ( simple colour or size patterns becoming increasingly harder ), "Measuring Activity" (measure objects, how many worms long? ) and "Creative Worms Activity" ( 3-6 players: worms inside a bag, take turns to pick one, keep if it matches yours )" .

Our container was hexagonal and smaller than I imagined. This number of worms don't take up much space! It's fiddley getting the worms out as the opening is quite small, unless tipped upside down and shaken. I've found a sandwich box for ours, much easier to access the contents.

There is a pack of 'Worm Activity Cards' available, specifically for use with this set.

My little one enjoys sorting:size/colour/amounts, hiding, washing, talking to, measuring, comparing, imaginative play, filling containers:volume/capacity, bath play, transporting, burying in sand, selling, wrapping in paper/foil/tissue, naming them, devising stunts, dropping them through cardboard tubes, cooking and printing with these worms and they don't mind one bit! This has proved to be a wormingly wonderful purchase!
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Learning Resources Sequencing Puzzle Cards
Learning Resources Sequencing Puzzle Cards

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SE/QUENC/ING, 7 Jun. 2011
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Ten double sided 3 piece puzzle cards, giving 20 puzzles in total. Each puzzle is colour coded at the top with a thick bright band of colour for self correction. The plain white background behind the child on all pieces, aides clarity and focus. Made from very sturdy die cut card, each three piece puzzle will need separating before use. Outer edges are rounded with surfaces in a gloss finish which would survive a gentle wipe if needed. Card measurement approx Height 4" 101mm Width 6" 152mm. Thickness Just under 2mm.

This set comes in it's own very strong gloss finished, lidded card box. Each puzzle shows three stages of a task; before, during and completion. The tasks are as follows with each pair girl/boy.

Brushing hair ~ Pouring cereal.
Making lemonade ~ Brushing teeth.
Growing a plant ~ Spilling milk.
Writing a letter ~ Building a toy car.
Rain clothes on. ~ Hitting a base ball.
Reading a book. ~ Making a sandwich.
Playing basket ball. ~ Tidying toys.
Completing a jigsaw puzzle. ~ Riding a bicycle.
Wrapping a present. ~ Painting a picture.
Putting trainers on. ~ Peeling an orange.

Photo pictures are instantly appealing to children. These clearly show what is happening, apart from the baseball bat after striking the ball. The bat is shown end on, so it looks as though it has vanished. I had to explain this to my little one who instantly wanted to sort these puzzle pieces out, really enjoying looking at the picture photos of children. This prompted lovely discussions about what they were doing, thinking of the process, what was happening and the end result. Sequencing is easily taken for granted; these puzzles made me think more about the order of things while doing tasks together.

We have copied some of these sequences and made our own up. While doing this we predicted and discussed what the outcome would be should a stage be missed, or a task attempted in the wrong order. When trying for ourselves lots of silly things happened, resulting in uncontrollable giggles! These puzzles also make a super memory game; selecting two or three sets, we muddled them and hid each separate section under pieces of card. We took it in turns to lift two cards eventually finding a full set. Story telling each set helps descriptive language and understanding. Imagination is fuelled when incorporating a puzzle set into a made up story, or including two or three sets to create a longer story. Definitely a super purchase, offering many possibilities.
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Big And Small - We're Big And Small! [DVD]
Big And Small - We're Big And Small! [DVD]
Dvd ~ Todd Doldersum
Price: £3.28

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG & small = Perfect Combination., 12 May 2011
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A brief synopsis of what the eight stories and extras are about.

1. Something Is Missing:
Big is large and purple with a big heart and lives in a house near a pond. Small is 'small' and orange, with a zest for absolutely everything. He 'visits' Big and there's a lovely, 'If You Want To Have Fun' song.

2. A Door For Small:
Big whitnesess the extordinary lengths Small goes to in order to reach the front door knob. He tries to help his friend with some DIY. Indcluded is, 'The Friend', song.

3. Fish Wish:
Big builds a boat at the pond. Small decides he absolutely must have a fish of his very own and sings, 'When You Wish For A Fish'. Bigs helpfulness backfires somewhat.

4. There's A Space For Small:
Big tries to tidy the mess by inventing a,'Mess Hider'. The pair meet Ruby, a mouse who stands her ground. She lives behind the skirting board and 'lets rip' with, 'Give Me One Good Reason, I Should Say Yes To This Mess!'.

5. A Piece Of Cake:
Big invents a sun catcher but is missing a vital part. He is so sad he sings a, 'Sad' song. Small attempts to cheer him up and bakes him a cake.

6. The Worm In Big's Apple:
Small decides he wants an apple from their apple tree but can't reach. He sings, 'Why's The World So So Big?'. Big picks some apples and Small finds himself coming to the rescue. The pair find a new friend, Twiba the worm.

7. The Case Of The Missing Dinosaur:
Small is terrified of Big's toy dinosaur but doesn't want to admit it. The dinosaur goes missing, Big sings, 'Has Anyone Seen My 'Saur'. Small learns it's ok to be frightened of something and Big is very respectful of Small's fear.

8. Stormy Weather:
Small finds out what a thunder storm is and they sing a 'Storm', song. The pair admit to being scared of the thunder storm because it's loud. Ruby explains loud itself shouldn't mean scary and explains why.

Extra Scenes are micro stories:

Clouds ~ Big and Small look at clouds seeing things in their shapes, then go inside because a storm is approaching.
Noises ~ The pair take it in turns making different sounds and guess what they are.
Hats ~ Small tries on hats to find one suitable for a picnic.

'We're Big and Small!' Is their first DVD, approx 88 minuets. Picture and sound quality is brilliant. They are a loveable pair and Small is every bit a child. There are morals along the way too. The whole disc we find is enjoyable and recognise the beat to a couple of the songs! Superb purchase!

Learning Resources Lowercase Lacing Alphabet
Learning Resources Lowercase Lacing Alphabet
Price: £16.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars --a-l-p-h-a-b-e-t--, 9 May 2011
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Quality plastic letters 260 lower case, beautifully rounded and hugely tactile in a mixture of 10 bright colours: Pink, Purple, Red, Black, Jade, Green, Yellow, Blue, Orange and White. We feel they are a good size for our 4yr old daughter but the holes could do with being a millimetre or two larger. Height varies between approx: j 30 mm to c 18 mm. Width varies between approx: w 29 mm to i 4 mm. The letter thickness is approx 4 mm. Hole Diameter approx 2 mm.

Quality 65 cm long laces X 3 each Orange, Green, Yellow, Blue and Red. They are a thick round woven design making a snug fit when pulled through the holes. It's good the laces aren't too thin so the letters remain spaced out if you want them to be, for ease of reading. Pushing the 3 cm long plastic ends through the holes is a bit of a squeeze but manageable. They could do with being 1 cm longer as threading the 3.5 cm hole span W and M is impossible unaided; there is not enough of the plastic end sticking out to pinch and pull through.

My little one enjoys threading ( apart from M 's and W 's! ) name, mummy, daddy etc choosing from a small set of letters with us. Making three letter words is hugely enjoyable, especially satisfying wearing completed words as a necklace!

We also use this set to: help make simple sentences laying the letters on the floor/table without threading, letter and colour sorting/matching, lay a few letters in a line and call a letter out to be found, match objects to their letter sounds, match a letter to something in the room beginning with it's sound, set the alphabet in a line and sing the alphabet song, put a letter inside a bag for touch and feel letter naming or two/three for matching; great for really thinking about the shape. They make rather sweet letter cakes for toys, a super alphabet shop and amazing alphabet soup in the café. Also paper clips can be threaded through the holes for a letter fishing game, with a magnet on the end of one of the laces. Super used as cake decorations too! The clear plastic tub with a green lid is most useful, it should last some time keeping the contents safe when not in use.

A superb buy and multi functional learning aide offering many possibilities. There are Upper Case Letters and Number versions too!

Key Words: Flash cards
Key Words: Flash cards
by Ladybird
Edition: Cards
Price: £5.99

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Key To Unlock Reading., 7 May 2011
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Content synopsis, ideas and words used:

Enclosed advice card outlines how best to use, listing all 100 Key Words; in the order in which they should be introduced. Taken from this card:

" You can begin by selecting words important to your child, making your own cards if necessary. These could include your child's name, the name of their pet or 'mummy'. Explain what the words say and talk about the letters and sounds. Can your child recognise the words as you hold up the cards? Can he or she pick them out from a small group of other flash cards?"

" You can also use the cards to make short sentences together: I am big/little. It is old/new. We have one/two. You can see Peter and Jane doing this in book 4C ".

All lower case in their groups according to the first word in each pair...

a/ can, and/ came, he/ could, I/ come, in/ do, is/ did, it/ first, of/ down, that/ get, the/ from, to/ him, was/ have.

All/ not, are/ his, as/ one, at/ on, be/ so, but/ said, for/ we, had/ they, with/ has, you/ go.

About/ here, an/ her, back/ into, been/ if, before/ like, big/ just, by/ look, call/ little, made/ went, make/ well, me/ what, more/ were, much/ where, must/ when, my/ who, new/ which, no/ will, now/ your, off/ some, old/ she, only/ them, or/ their, other/ there, our/ then, out/ two, over/t his, right/ want, see/ up.

Card Height 10 cm Length 15.5 cm. Flexible thin card with laminated wipeable finish and rounded edges.

An example of letter size ' l ' height 32 mm, ' m ' height 23 mm width 30 mm. Letters vary within these sizes, I hope this gives you an idea. Thickness of letters 3 mm and jet black. Card backgrounds are brilliant white.

I purchased two packs to give greater scope for sentence building. The second pack also allows for games such as 'snap' and 'go fishing/memory to be played (blu tacking a piece of paper over the sides not needed). Also a group of cards can be laid out and one duplicate card at a time given to be matched. We use these with the Key Words box set of the first six ladybird books.

These Flash Cards are a superb asset and we shall definitely continue to purchase this reading scheme. It doesn't matter which reading scheme is used at school, we feel the Ladybird system is a sound foundation. Word reinforcement and sentence construction with clear understanding is quickly gained. We most highly recommend these cards and Ladybird.

Farm Animals (Lift-the-flap)
Farm Animals (Lift-the-flap)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Resource., 3 Feb. 2011
We find this a sturdy book with 20 strong flaps. The gloss cover and silky pages have stunning photo pictures. Superb close ups show minute detail. Clearly labelled with large bold text, one or two words.

Layout in group format; Farm Friends meeting the animals, Farm Families including an only just hatched chick, Favourite Foods they like to eat, Happy Homes where they live, Animal Noises through words, Same Sorts with a question " What makes the same animals different? " and From the Farm showing produce.

Measurements approx: Width 20 cm, Height 20 cm, Depth 1 cm.

A lovely introduction to farm animals for the young pre schooler. Our book triggered lovely discussions and observations. It's also an excellent resource for drawing animals. Super descriptive words are discovered, more so when real things are used with the book like, touch and feel eggs/shell/wool/ feathers etc. A charming reference book and useful purchase, I'm sure will be called upon many times.

This Way, Ruby!
This Way, Ruby!
by Jonathan Emmett
Edition: Board book

5.0 out of 5 stars Wise Ruby!, 3 Feb. 2011
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We think this to be a lovely book with beautiful pastel illustrations by Rebecca Harry. These compliment a wise story of five little ducklings and their adventure by Jonathan Emmett. The colours are a mixture of quite bright and rather muted, including a super thunder storm. The text is clear and well spaced out over the top of the pictures. This is a gentle tale which shows being the quickest isn't always the best way.

Firstly you are introduced to each duckling, the smallest Ruby is the one who takes things a little slower. The other ducklings decide to go off on an adventure, a rather quick paced adventure to their cost. As little Ruby notices things along the way, she saves the day!

Measurements approx: Width 18 cm, Height 18 cm, Depth just over 1.7 cm.
Gloss covers and silky pages are all very robust board.

My little one was given a copy one Easter, something which lasted unlike the eggs! This story is enjoyed both having it read and pretending to read it retelling the story independently. We also enjoy listening to and spotting all the words starting with the same sound/letter, for example; "...four fat frogs that lay lazing on the leaves...". Very happy this is on our bookshelf!

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