Once upon a time, I was a special education preschool teacher and consultant in the public schools. Early childhood education was my passion and motivation in life. It seems like a lifetime ago now. But my heart for caring for young children has never stopped beating. When I’m giving the opportunity to look at new materials for that age, I jump at it. Recently I was given a chance to review MESSYLEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND KINDERGARTNERS by PandaParents.
This program is designed for the 3-6-year-old set. They use arts and crafts, problem-solving, and different modes of hands-on learning ideas which focus on early brain development. There are storybooks, workbooks, projects, and videos all wrapped around the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
So what does MESSY stand for? At first, I pictured a lot of messy painting, maybe some mud, perhaps some slime mixed in. But that isn’t where this program takes you at all.
M – Mixed subjects and activities for integrative learning
E – Engaging activities that challenge minds
S – Simple 1-2-3 steps: read, learn, create
S – Smart designs for creative learning
Y – Yeah, a new way to promote preschool STEM and early brain growth
A Jolly Jingling Journey, Scotty Skunk Hears a Scary Sound, and Mommy’s Baby. These came with read-to-me videos and individual workbooks. The books are nice and colorful. They are fun little stories you’ll likely enjoy with your child. Within the books, you’ll find small challenges like “hidden pictures” or counting. They are relatively repetitive and allow for easy memorization making they strong choices for developing some early literacy skills. The read-to-me videos just add an extra level of entertainment.
The workbooks have some enjoyable activities that prompt children to recall details of the stories. There also activities that require sorting, math skills, fine motor tracing skills, putting story parts in a sequence and more. These workbooks cover a lot of topics and are exciting and engaging.
I would say each of the books are geared toward a different age. Mommy’s Baby features more straightforward text and concepts perfect for the 3-4 year old while the workbook would best fit the 4-5 year old. Scotty Skunk Hears a Scary Sound, and its workbook is excellent for the 5-6 year old as is the Jolly Jingling Journey. These books and workbooks have more difficult vocabulary words and activities that require a larger understanding of many concepts such as patterns, concepts of speed, etc.
My three year old Eliza enjoyed all of the books and the workbooks. She’s at an age where she is just soaking up any and all learning activities. Especially those she sees as resembling some of the more schooly things her older siblings do. She’s thirsting to learn anything about numbers and letters right now, so those were the activities that brought her the most joy. I kept our sessions short, just 15 or so minutes 2-3 times a week. It was just perfect for her. And she certainly enjoyed the one-to-one attention mommy gave her while we were doing this review.
MESSY Learning for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners is a nice little program. It is fun and entertaining and a useful tool for working some early learning concepts into your child’s day. You can learn all about MESSYLEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND KINDERGARTNERS by visiting their website here. You can learn more about PandaParents on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.