School Zone School Workbooks Review

July 25, 2008

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School Zone Publishing Company got in touch with me recently about reviewing some of their workbooks, I was pretty stoked. Anything that can help a single homeschooling mom save money on stuff is good for me.

So now I get to tell you my honest opinions of these products. The 3 I got were the Math Readiness for P-K, Big Second Grade Workbook and 4th Grade Math Basics.

Interestingly, I already had the 4th grade math workbook. My oldest is doing it this summer and has a goal of finishing it up before September when he’ll be in 5th grade. (We don’t really “do” grades since I’m an eclectic homeschooler, but it seems important to him so more power to him!)

I like this workbook. Caleb has had no trouble with it. The examples and explanations have been easy for him to follow in order to learn the concepts and the problems are challenging enough to keep him engaged.

Ilana, my 5 year old, is doing the Math Readiness workbook. She’s enjoying it, although it’s a touch too easy for her so I’ll probably save it for her baby sister to use in a year.

Second Grade Big Workbook is my favorite of this package. My 7 year old has been doing it and he is really enjoying this book. I’m pretty impressed with how the lessons are designed. They’re very engaging to him, which is a bit of a challenge for a workbook because he is a kinesthetic learner and it’s been a bit of a challenge to get him interested in other worksheets.

This workbook has 320 pages so it could actually be the basic for an entire 2nd grade curriculum.

Two more School Zone workbooks I had purchased recently were the Counting 1 – 10 and Manuscript Writing for K – 2.

My 5 year old started working on some of the counting pages but I found they were too easy for her (the book says it’s for ages 4 – 6), so I’ll save that one for the youngest next year.

I do like the workbook, I just think it’s more appropriate for a 4 year old. The Math Readiness Sticker workbook is more her speed. It’s a little more challenging, and the stickers add an element of fun and interactivity.

Ilana is loving the K – 2 Manuscript Writing workbook.

This girl is my little artist and she loves sitting down to write her letters. These pages are proving to be good practice for my 2nd grader too.

One thing I like about them is there is not a lot of space for practice. I know that may sound counterintuitive to some, but I think it’s far better for a child to write a FEW letters WELL than to get fatigued and write the same letter badly, over and over.

It seems a better reinforcer for them to trace the letter then only have space to write it 3 or 4 times – when they’re more likely to write it neatly.

My 7 year old especially gets very frustrated when his writing isn’t perfectly neat, and he also fatigues easily so this workbook has proven to be better for him than the other one I had from Abeka.

So have you gotten a head start on your homeschool shopping yet?

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3 Responses to “School Zone School Workbooks Review”

  1. Elizabeth Ashe on July 25th, 2008 6:58 pm

    I have a couple of those and enjoy them.

  2. Tsoniki on July 25th, 2008 8:05 pm

    I have a couple of School Zone book I found at a book sale – but haven’t used them yet. I like Evan Moor books so hesitate to go beyond that! I should I know, but it is overwhelming when looking online. Thanks for the review, I think I’ll buy the manuscript one. :)

  3. Tiffany on July 25th, 2008 8:40 pm

    We have a few of those and some other workbooks. They are okay so far but not my kids fave things to do…work in a workbook. Both my older kids are actually working quite a bit on the computer…with online learning stuff and LOVING it. They both love the Jumpstart CDs. Other than that we haven’t done much buying. I think I might buy two online memberships to places that offer printable worksheets and projects.

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