Brainy Box - Polar Kit, A Guest Review Post by KD
Miss Amanda has been a part of our lives for approximately 3 1/2 years. During that time, she has exposed me to a variety of different teaching methods and styles. I have utilized all of her tot packs and preschool packs for my four year old daughter. I was raised in Montessori and tend to be drawn to Montessori materials, Montessori inspired blogs, and Montessori curriculums. When Miss Amanda asked me to review Brainy Kits (http://getbrainykit.com) I was overjoyed.
The Polar Kit arrived in a very organized and easy to use manner. The teacher's manual was easy to understand and referenced the materials to be used for each lesson.
For lesson 1, I presented and invited my two girls (age 2 and age 4) to explore insta-snow and miniature animals according to the instructions. The girls loved the insta-snow and the animal critters. Even my two year old stayed engaged for much longer than usual (just over an hour). My four year old answered the majority of the questions and the two year old parroted her. They played together during the imaginative play portion of the activity. The activity was intended to be an hour and my girls were engaged for a little longer than an hour. Clean up with the girls was a bit challenging and messy, so I invited them to undress in the laundry room where their clothing could be put straight in the wash and invited them to dress themselves in new outfits while I cleaned up the insta-snow.
For lesson 2, my 2 year old often can be disruptive and distracted when doing Montessori mat activities. To my surprise she was attentive and participated the entire activity. She tried to pronounce the names of each of the animals and was totally engaged when I invited the girls to match the animals with the corresponding cards. My two year old surprised me when she correctly matched all the animals to the corresponding cards. The girls took turns. My four year old enjoyed describing the similarities and differences between the various animals.
For lesson 4, my four year old participated in the directed activity. I had my two year old utilize the penguin puzzle, so that she had an activity to do independently. I asked my child what the animals were wearing and her initial response was that they were naked. I mentioned the fur and features. She sweetly responded with, "Mommy, that is the skin of the animal, it's just different than our skin." This was a wonderful place to start a dialogue.
Lesson 6 was completed by my four year old independent of her younger sibling. I was surprised at how little I needed to say to get her to describe the animals in their arctic environment. She enjoyed the landscape and applying the stickers to the terrain.
As a proactive parent who participates in various homeschooling activities and utilized various curriculums, I would be interested in discovering other brainy kits in the future. It was a nice experience for our whole family and I appreciated the materials being easy to use and engaging for my girls.