It’s summer: a time when kids play, vacation, experience new things, visit friends and family, and tend to forget what they learned during school the year before. Some kids spend the summer reviewing their academic skills and preparing for their next grade level, while others spend more time learning through play and experience. Both forms of learning are equally important in creating a diverse student. The start of school is right around the corner for most kids, so now is the time to review a few academic skills and warm your child up for their upcoming school environment. The Star Wars Workbooks are the perfect geeky educational workbook solution to making academics fun enough to do during the summer!
Earlier this summer, I was searching for some workbooks for my to-be Kindergartner to do while we were on a family road trip. He loved school last year, so I wanted to make sure I encouraged him to practice his skills all summer long. Since my 5-year-old son is a massive Star Wars fan, we already had a collection of Star Wars educational books including: Star Wars: 1, 2, 3, Star Wars ABC, Star Wars: Colors and the entire Star Wars: Phonics Boxed Set.
In June, I discovered a set of newly released Star Wars Workbooks, by Workman Publishing, that aligned with the common core standards. As a new-to-public-school parent and an educator, I was particularly interested in finding a workbook that aligned with the common core learning goals. I wanted to see if the Common Core Standards were as scary and difficult for students as they have been made out to be in the media. These workbooks didn’t use any odd methods of teaching, everything was presented in a way that my 5 year old was able to do a lot of the work on his own without help. Workman Publishing has created an entire site where parents and teachers can find the Common Core Standards mapped directly to activities in each workbook. If you are a homeschooling parent, or a teacher looking for additional engaging teaching materials, these are the perfect workbooks to consider. At less than $9 per workbook, these are affordable, too!
Twelve workbooks have been released from pre-school through second grade, three books per grade level, every page in every book is filled with adorable original Star Wars cartoons and characters. The phonics books incorporate everyday objects with recognizable Star Wars creatures. The math books contain color by numbers, mazes, and other fun activities, all surrounding the Star Wars movie characters. The writing workbooks encourage writing by teaching how to write favorite character names, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader.
I’m incredibly impressed with how much my son loved these workbooks. He has voluntarily chosen to work on these almost daily, improving his academic skills without ever feeling like he was doing schoolwork. I plan to supplement his schoolwork with these workbooks throughout the entire school year, and cannot wait until he is ready for the next level. Workman Publishing has done an impressive job making a wonderfully Star Wars themed academic workbook.
I was not paid, nor was I provided review copies from Workman Publishing, in return for this review.