You know that I am obsessed with continuing the learning for my kids over the summer, right?
Every, single spring I do a little happy dance, just knowing that summer is around the corner and that I get to have Maddy, Owen, and Cora to myself every, single day. I love it.
And I love having a ton of fun ways to keep my kids reading, thinking, creating, and playing with numbers during the long summer months. Anything to avoid the summer slide. Really and truly.
This summer, I’m thrilled to add something new to the mix: Workman Publishing’s all new Summer Brain Quest Workbooks.
These Summer Brain Quest Workbooks rock, and to celebrate, I have fun and free, ‘color if you will’ summer learning bookmarks for you to grab. Your kids can use these either to hold their spot in their Summer Brain Quest Workbook or in their own summer reading books.
Super exciting, right?
I also am thrilled to have an entire set–I mean entire set–of Summer Brain Quest Workbooks and Summer Brain Quest goodies to give away to one lucky reader. So everyone kind of wins because everyone gets the freebie bookmarks, but only one lucky soul will win the big Summer Brain Quest giveaway.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Make Summer Learning ROCK with Free Bookmarks and Summer Brain Quest Big Giveaway:
So Workman Publishing is the mastermind behind The Big Fat Notebooks, which I shared a while back. We love that series.
Workman Publishing just created Summer Brain Quest Workbooks for students to complete between grades, so the workbooks touch on core concepts appropriate for the reader’s age and education level.
There are three things you need to know about this series:
1.) Each Summer Brain Quest Workbook is actually set up kind of like a board game.
Students detach the fold-out map (game board) at the back of the book, and in order to move one space ahead, the student completes a ‘quest’ exercise. Once the ‘quest’ is completed, he or she then puts a color-coded sticker on the game board signifying that that activity was completed.
At the end of each ‘journey’ students earn achievement stickers. They apply it to the map and move on to the next level!
When students reach forks in the path, they can decide which way to go and which activities to attack next.
Some ‘quests’ require students to complete Outside Quests, bonuses, and more.
2.) The activities in the Summer Brain Quest Workbooks are high-interest and varied.
Honestly, Owen wanted to start his book right away.
A page from the K-1 book. . .
. . . from the 3-4 book. . .
. . . and from the 2-3 book.
I was surprised at first that he actually wanted to take his book up to his bedroom to work on it, and I thought for a minute: Wait. Should I let him, or should I wait until the summer? What if he finishes this book and has nothing left to do this summer?
Kind of a dream dilemma for a parent, right?
Guess what I did. C’mon, any takers?
That’s right. You better believe I let him take the book upstairs.
If my fifth grader wants to work on a little summer learning in April, before the school year’s over, he can definitely do it. If he really finishes it–and he has ‘nothing’ to do in the summer, this teachmama can definitely find something else for him to work on.
Really, though, reading, writing, math, social studies, and science are all covered, and exercises are all aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science standards, and state social studies standards.
. . . from the 1-2 book. . .
High-interest reading passages and concepts, unique activities and lessons are included.
The first book that Owen read in the recommended summer reading book list (Yes! There’s a fiction and non-fiction booklist with quick summaries and space for students to record their reading and one-sentence review!) was one that his teacher introduced to him this year and one that he looooved.
When he saw that book listed, it immediately made the entire list more credible.
3.) The Summer Brain Quest Workbooks are eye-catching and well-made.
It’s pretty difficult to compete with the flashy, high-def screens that constantly pull at our children each day, but these books are a tough contender.
- great graphics;
- easy-to-read fonts;
- clear and concise directions
- images, diagrams, charts, and graphs that are easy on the eyes;
- color-coded subject areas;
- understandable symbols.
The pages are strong and easily detach from the rest of the book. The stickers actually stick, and the pull-0ut map is sturdy and shiny like a poster. That means you could probably pull it out and tape it to the fridge or post it on a cork board.
It’s pretty cool.
Check out the whole series here: Indiebound | B&N | Amazon | Workman
Do you want to grab the freebie ‘make summer learning ROCK’ bookmarks?
There’s five of them, and you can print them out on card stock.
Just print them on white card stock because your students or children can color them in! Have them add a bit of color when you start the Summer Brain Quest Workbooks, or have them use the bookmarks for their summer reading.
How cute are they?
Complete with inspirational quotes about reading and learning from smart people like Walt Disney, Margaret Fuller, Dav Pilkey, Frederick Douglas, and Michael Jordan.
The mix of remarkable human beings doesn’t get more broad than that, does it?
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Let me know what you think!
I’d love to hear how you use the bookmarks, friends!
And stay connected!
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fyi: This post was written as part of a sponsored partnership with Workman Publishing, the creators of the Big Fat Notebooks and Summer Brain Quest Workbooks, but as always, my opinions are my own, influenced only by my experience as a parent and educator and by my three awesome kids.
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