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Swish: Flip, Rotate, & Stack Game by Thinkfun {Review}

Description:

Ages: 8 and up

Swish is a spatial card game that challenges you to be the first to make matches, or “Swishes.” Swishes are made by layering as few as two or as many as 12 cards so that every ball swishes into a hoop of the same color. The cards must be placed on top of each other in the same orientation, and no ball or hoop can be left unmatched. The player with the most matches at the end of the game wins. Various levels of play make this card game addictively fun for all! Swish is a spatial card game that challenges you to be the first to make matches, or “Swishes.”

Includes:

* 60 clear SWISH! Cards
* Game-Go Bag
* Instructions

via ThinkFun

My Thoughts:

Swish is an extremely unique and interesting addition to the ThinkFun line. The fun “see-through” cards are really exciting for kids and adults alike. Even the box that Swish comes in, shouts of the creative game adventure inside. Of course, it has a convenient bag to store the cards in just like all the ThinkFun games. 

When the game arrived, my kids begged me to open it and get started. They quickly figured out the rules and began to play. It has been pulled out many times since because “it is fast, fun, and cool” (quote from my oldest). This Mama likes it because the children can easily play it on their own, they enjoy it, and it helps with critical thinking skills.  I have even heard them talk of playing their own version by modifying the rules which is also a big plus in our household.

ThinkFun, keep making creative learning games!

This game was given to me in exchange for my honest review.

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The Big What Now Book of Learning Styles by Carol Barnier {Book Review}

Description:

Many of the books on learning styles devote 98% of their text to identifying learning styles, then spend the remaining 2% telling you how to apply this knowledge. They are long on diagnosis and short on prescription. Carol Barnier knows from her own experience and from interactions with educators all across the country that while people are certainly interested in the “why”, they are in urgent need of the “how”, or the big “what now?” They need perfectly clear and practical information that can be applied tomorrow.

In The Big What Now Book of Learning Styles, parents and teachers will find an emphasis on “what to do about it”. This book

  • supplies hundreds of activities keyed to learning styles for easy access and application
  • covers practical strategies for success in spelling, writing, math, history, geography, science, and more
  • inspires parents and teachers to act with confidence on the conviction of God’s potential in each child

via YWAM store

My Thoughts:

I could not wait to read Barnier’s book, The Big What Now Book of Learning Styles.  What a wealth of information for the weary homeschool mom who just need that one great idea. 

Within the first section of The Big What Now Book of Learning Styles (pages 11 -41), Barnier sets out to suggest that all children do not learn the same and that new activities can be introduced to find what works for an individual child. In a few chapters, she gives a short, encouraging exhortation to the homeschool mom whose child may not be grasping a certain subject or two. She also explains how to make the best use of the book.

Section two (page 43 -191) is full of ideas or “keys” as the author calls them. You will find chapters containing activities for spelling, writing, reading, math, history, geography, science, and reviewing. Each idea is clearly explained with a symbol showing the learning style it best matches. You are encouraged not to let this be your only guide as each child is different. Some ideas even challenge the parent to consider a new perspective like “Shared Spelling” on page 81-83. The reader will find bonus material including a unit study on for history, ditties & mnemonics, educational resources, and websites.

After reading the first section, I personally turned right to the chapter on math. The beauty of this resource is that it does not demand a cover to cover reading, but instead can serve as an idea manual to use when you can’t find what will spur learning. Certainly, you can read it straight, underlining and highlighting ideas that you would like to try, that is up to each teacher.

Any mom who wants to help her child find easy, creative ways to learn would appreciate this helpful volume. It really will help answer the “what now” question.

*This book was given to be in exchange for my honest review. The links within this post are not affiliate links.