Thursday, May 27, 2010


I've been on the lookout for quite sometime for something I can do/play with Emma to implement a learning time during the day.

Since we are considering homeschooling, I need to get a schedule in place early and although Emma is only two, I don't think children are ever too young to learn.  Not to mention, for me, it's never too early to start a habit of it for her!

There are a ton of books on the market for the toddler age range that incorporate learning into games and/or crafts.  In fact, I love the Dollar Trees selection of pre-K workbooks that teach colors, shapes, numbers, letters.  We have a ton of those.

But one thing that I just recently came across is BrainQuest.  I happened upon them at a children's consignment shop and they are so fun!  We got the 2-3 age range, but they go on up to age 13.

Basically, for our particular set, it's about vocabulary development.  Max the Monkey is the star of the show and through a series of familiar places and activities (like getting up, lunch time, nap time, etc) he encourages conversation with your toddler, thus widening their vocabulary.

For example:
On the getting up card, you might see Max sitting up in his bed in his room and the following questions.
1) Who just woke up?
2) What is Max wearing?
3) What do you see in his room?

Simple to us, but oh so stimulating to your child.  And in my opinion, not only is it teaching words, it also teaches what to do during specific times of day or how to act in certain situations as it walks them through a variety of events.

Emma loves it, too!  This is a special time that she gets to sit down with mommy and "talk"!  What a great way to coincide learning with a time of bonding as well!

So check it out at for more details and their entire product line.

By the way...

BrainQuest has no idea who I am.  Nor was I reimbursed in anyway for this post.  I simply found a product that I love and wanted to pass it along!

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Brook said...

I used Brain Quest for my 3rd and 4th graders, but never knew they made them for such little ones. :) FYI: When you teach her the letter names, teach her the sounds first or at the same time. It makes reading come so much easier. (Most of my teaching experience is with 4-5-6 year olds. :)

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

I used these with both of my kids. They are great! :D

Thank you for sharing!

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

I have also seen these used in elementary schools for kids to use on their own when they are finished with their work. Thanks for visiting Eco-Novice!

Kim said...

I home schooled my son this passed year and used their books heavily to help supplement his work. They're really good!

Leah said...

I love these too! Especially once they hit the 1st grad level and we can use them for our "question tests" since you don't have to look at them anymore to answer. These are fun at bedtime or in the car and such a great memory to share.

The Diaper Diaries said...

I LOVE these!! We take them on road trips and the girls have so much fun answering all the questions.