Learning is something that is supposed to be fun. And preschool learning should especially be fun. We love interactive learning in the house, so when we had the chance to review PandaParents, we jumped at the chance. Baby Girl has fallen in love with MESSYLEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND KINDERGARTENERS program that we have had access to.
We received digital access to this program, and the physical program is expected to be ready in December 2018. There were three books that we started with, A Jolly Jingling Journey, Scotty and Mommy Baby. We had access to the videos on Vimeo, each of the eBooks on PDF PowerPoint, and the workbooks to go with each, also on PDF PowerPoint.
What makes PandaParents and M.E.S.S.Y. Learning different from other preschool learning and videos that your kids can watch? Well, instead of learning just one subject at a time and mastering one level, or stepping stone, at a time, M.E.S.S.Y. Learning combines subjects and focuses on building brain networks with creative designs.
So, I keep talking about M.E.S.S.Y. Learning, but what does that really mean? Mixed pre-school subjects, Engaging questions and activities, Simple, Smart designs, and Yeah, a new way to promote pre-school STEM education. This is not a common curriculum, it does not focus on rote memorization, and it is not an electronic babysitter. This program is for you to use with your child. They will not get anything out of it if you don’t help them.
When it says it is simple, it really is as simple as 1, 2, 3. First, you read the books to your child and watch the videos that go with the book. These videos are an animated version of the book. They really make the story come to live for the kids. Next, we learn with the colorful workbooks. These workbooks contain many fun activities that go over the many subjects that your child is learning. Finally, you and your child create fun and engaging art activities.
We took our time with this program. Baby Girl is 3, just turned 3 in January. She has not shown a lot of interest in any kind of formal schooling, so I don’t push it, but this looked different, and I wanted to try it. I am glad I did. She fell in love with it! This was a fun program that reached her and made learning fun for her.
We picked three days each week to work on the books and workbooks. We would start by reading the book together and watching the video. We would talk about what happened, and I would lead the discussion to talk about what we learned while reading the book. This is all we would do the first day. The next day, we would start by watching some or all of the video. Some are longer, while others are short 5 minute videos. We would follow this up with a few worksheets. I had to be picky on some of the worksheets. Some were too hard for Baby Girl, so we would talk about it if we could, or skip over it if there wasn’t something to talk about.
The workbook took us a few days to get through. Each book is supposed to last about a month. Every day that we worked on the workbook pages, we would either reread the book or watch the video. I paced the worksheets to Baby Girl’s attention span. Some days I could get 4-5 worksheets, other days I could get maybe 1 or 2. Other days, I would split the worksheets up throughout the day.
These workbooks, in the physical edition, would include stickers to go with the pages you are working on with your child. With the digital edition, some pages contained what would be the stickers. I did not mind not having stickers. Stickers end up everywhere in our house, just not on the paper they are supposed to. Instead, I let Baby Girl do the one thing she loves to do, I let her glue the pieces onto the page after I cut them out. This was by far her favorite thing to do!
Finally, we get to create something. Each book has something different at the end of the book to create. These can then be given to mom, dad, siblings, or other family members or friends. This is a great way to finish the book and the workbook.
We love spending time with PandaParents. Baby Girl has learned a lot. She is usually excited to sit down and work on her school, and I am happy to see her learning. When I asked her what she thought of PandaParents, she told me she loved the videos and the gluing, just like I thought!
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