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Company Bio: “When my son was 18 months old, I quickly realized that parents are the most important teachers. I spent countless hours scouring stores for tools to teach the alphabet, teach counting and teach reading. When I could not find one kit that did it all, I began creating my own teaching tools that matched some of the tools I had purchased. My son was reading by the age of three and parents at nursery school were asking how I had taught him. It was at this point that I learned “matching” was a key pre-reading skill for young children.
I began structuring focus groups with moms and playgroups to develop an all-in-one learning kit for toddlers. Using the knowledge I gained from the focus groups, I evolved the teaching tools into a coordinated set and called it Teach My Toddler. The overwhelming success of Teach My Toddler in helping parents give their children a head start had me fielding demand after demand for a kit that could be used with babies and another one for preschoolers. I have continued my passion and created the Teach My series including add-on sets and soon an educational bath and travel line of products!”
~From Teach My “About” Page
Product Details: Teach My Preschooler is the multi award-winning all-in-one learning kit for preschoolers age 3 years+. Requiring no screens, the kit has everything for teaching preschoolers the basics. Teach My Preschooler is divided into four sections: Reading, Printing, Numbers to 100, Adding and Subtracting. Developed with education consultant, Judith Rowlands, M Ed., Teach My Preschooler is designed to give preschoolers a head start, develop fine motor skills, encourage parent/child interaction and increase school readiness skills.
Personal Experience: With Xander quickly approaching four and a local school district with only a need-based preschool, I have been seeking out ways to help my son keep up with his peers from home. This is why I was very happy to have the chance to explore Teach My Preschooler! Teach My sent us the complete preschooler kit in exchange for my opinions.
The Teach My Preschooler kit is comprehensive and flexible. It includes four basic subject kits: Numbers, Math, Reading, and Printing. Each kit comes with a variety of materials that can be used in creative ways. All of the pieces can be stored within the included heavy see-through envelopes with velcro closures. Each of this envelopes fit neatly into the handy box with a snap closure and handle. The design of the kit made it very easy to keep everything neat and tidy. We could also easily grab it and bring it to wherever we wanted to learn that day. Some days we are more productive at the dining room table and other days are better for learning in the yard.
The cards, transparencies, and books were all made of nice thick material. Even with that preschooler tendency to grab things too tightly, the cards have held up well without creases or bends. The letters are a heavy foam material. With our past history with foam toys (and a $3000 emergency surgery for our foam-eating cat), I do wish these were made of something like plastic. I would have loved to have seen a set of letters with the reading kit. I think spelling out the words he is learning with physical letters would help Xander learn even more.
Xander’s favorite was undoubtedly the magnetic board used for practicing his printing. It was also one of my favorites for its versatility. The kit includes transparencies with all the letters and numbers as well as practice sheets that get your child acquainted with basic letter strokes and shapes. It was a lot of fun for Xander to trace out the shapes, letters, and numbers and then pull away the transparency to see his work. He hasn’t ventured away from the tracing much yet… except to scribble… but we are making progress with more recognizable shapes and patterns emerging. I just wish the “pen” on these boards was a bit sturdier, because the magnetic tip broke early on. Luckily, we had a spare from another board.
A note on the transparencies: The first set I received was defective. The printed on letters would peel off as Xander would try to trace them. I contacted Teach My with my concerns and they informed me that some bad kits had gotten through inspection. They quickly sent me a new set. That second set had an even better magnetic board and the transparencies worked beautifully.
There were some basic instructions to get us started, but I think a more comprehensive lesson plan (even as an extra cost) would be a great addition to help those of us with less knowledge of what today’s preschooler needs to know. That being said, it has been a lot of fun finding different ways to use the elements of the kits. I really feel as though Xander has improved by leaps and bounds on some things that I knew he was trailing in… particularly numbers beyond 10 and beginning printing skills. I also love that there is no batteries or devices needed. Sometimes “old school” is still the best way. 😉
I’m still amazed at the low cost of this kit. You get so much and the materials are of such good quality that I’d expect it to be at least $20 more. I also like that you don’t need to buy the full kit… they have subject kits available individually. You can also give your baby or toddler a great head start with similar kits. I wish I had known about this company 3 years ago!
Pros: A great, comprehensive kit for teaching several aspects of preschool. Easy to use and flexible to suit your needs. Bright and sturdy tools within the kit. Teach My also offers kits and value packs for baby and toddler.
Cons: I would love to see a more complete lesson plan to work from. I wish the “pen” for the magnetic board was a bit more sturdy.