Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Preschool and Kindergarten was a long time ago in our house, but being a homeschool mom for so many years I do get asked about programs for that age a lot.  I want to be informed when chatting about programs for young students so I do like to check them out when I can.  This is why I was interested to see what MESSYLEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND KINDERGARTNERS by PandaParents was all about when I got the chance to review their products.
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M.E.S.S.Y. Learning is PandaParents' approach to learning designed for 3-6 year old students.  It focuses on early brain building through reading and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning.  So their program covers many learning areas and it also uses many techniques to foster the learning.  It uses arts and crafts, critical thinking, problem solving, imagination, and hands-on learning to teach young students.  It is designed to be used 30-45 minutes at a time for 3 days a week.  Their system includes original storybooks, read-to-me videos, workbooks, and creative projects.  Memberships start at just $9.95 per month.

For this review, I received digital access to this program.  I received three pdf books to begin with.  These books are "A Jolly Jingling Journey," "Scotty Skunk Hears a Scary Sound," and "Mommy's Baby".  They each came with a read-to-me video and their own pdf workbook.  I started by reading through the books.  They are fun to read, colorful, and entertaining.  They also have some fun activities right in the book like looking for "hidden" pictures or counting items.  The books feature repeating words and sounds.  They also use words that your child may not be familiar with, but they give the definition to these words so your child learns them.  A couple of examples of this is jubilant and splendid.  The read-to-me videos are a fun way to see and hear the story.  They would be nice to use if you were working with multiple children because they could read along while hearing the story read to them.  The workbooks are fun and colorful while being educational.  They have activities that require the students to remember what they read, tracing, story sequence, putting objects where they belong or make sense, math skills, and so much more.  They review thoughts from the stories and help students be able to apply them.  The workbooks are very well put together and truly cover a wide range of skills for your child to perform.
If I was using this M.E.S.S.Y. Learning program, I would say that "Mommy's Baby" is for very young preschool children and fits with the 3-4 year old age range.  The book is simpler and really reviews the concepts of big and little while playing a fun game between mommy and baby.  The workbook for this book would fit more with the 4-5 age range, but still could be used by a 3 year old, they just may not understand it all.  The "Scotty Skunk Hears a Scary Sound" book and workbook would be great for 4-6 year old students in my opinion because the words are bigger in it and it has activities like dot-to-dots and mazes that require counting and pattern recognition that younger students may not understand.  The "A Jolly Jingling Journey" story book and workbook is definitely for the older preschool and kindergartner age in my opinion.  Again this book features bigger words and concepts that very young students would probably not understand.  They are very well done and have very fun activities, but require knowing and understanding concepts like fast, medium, and slow, understanding patterns, and knowing about animal tracks that little ones may not know.  So I would use these resources in this order: "Mommy's Baby," "Scotty Skunk Hears a Scary Sound," and "A Jolly Jingling Journey."
I think this is a solid, fun, and entertaining way to teach preschool and early kindergarten.  I like the M.E.S.S.Y. approach that Mixes subjects for integrative learning, has Engaging questions and activities for effective learning, Simple steps of read, watch, and learn or create, Smart designs, and Yeah for promoting STEM learning so early.  I think their method would make young students want to learn and even my 9 year old said, "Oooooo, that looks like it would be a lot of fun if I was little again."  You can learn all about MESSYLEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND KINDERGARTNERS by clicking here.  You can learn more about PandaParents on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  You can read about how my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew used this program by clicking on the banner below.
Messylearning For Preschoolers and Kindergartners {PandaParents Reviews}

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