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World of Wonder Terrific Topics Activity Binder: Marvelous Me

World of Wonder

PO Box 917
Intervale, NH 03845

The Marvelous Me activity binder by World of Wonder contains creative hands-on activities designed to help preschoolers learn about their bodies. The activities incorporate concepts such as diversity, family, self-esteem, health, hygiene, and fitness. The activities come in a sturdy 3-ring binder already set up and ready to use.

The binder includes information about current teaching practices along with a unit overview page, planning forms, charts, assessment information and forms, as well as lots of tips for teachers to send home to parents (including ones written in Spanish). The 50 activities are divided into the following sections: language, math, science, art, music, drama, and social/emotional development. The individual sections make it easy for a teacher to plan a lesson in a specific subject.

Each activity includes a section explaining the purpose of the lesson, a materials list, step-by-step instructions, and lastly a section called "Extenders." Extenders are ways to stretch the lesson and take it a step further. At the top of each activity page is a description that tells how long it takes to get the lesson ready, how long the activity will take, and what form of intelligence it uses based on the Multiple Intelligence Theory developed by Howard Gardner. The various forms of intelligence are linguistic, logical/mathematical, spatial, kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and natural. According to Gardner, everyone has different levels of ability in these areas. By understanding a child's strength, teachers can present information in a way that makes it more accessible.

As a parent teaching at home, I enjoyed many of the ideas presented in this binder. However, I think it is designed more for a traditional classroom, and most of the activities would be best implemented in that setting. For instance, in the "what to do" section, the steps include such things as "Gather the children in a circle" and "Go around the circle asking the children to say their names."

The ideas presented in the binder are very creative and fun. This book is priced reasonably and would make a great addition to any preschool class. Also available are kits that go along with the binders, which would make the binder even more fun. Kits include puzzles, puppets, games, and other fun hands-on materials.

Product review by Rebecca Huff, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, April 2010

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