***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my post. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Sophie, who just turned 6, is definitely hungry for knowledge. She is very interested in the world around her. She loves learning about science and nature, technology, the solar system, and literally everything in between.
While Sophie is currently a Kindergartener, she's in a lot of First Grade classes. She reads independently extremely well, and loves nothing more than exploring our wonderful world through books.
So naturally, when I learned about the fantastic Smithsonian Readers, I couldn't wait to check them out with my kids. These books are packed full of essential knowledge, and are presented in a way that keeps kids excited and engaged. There are different, leveled readers, which literally grow with your child. I love this, since it allows kids to read and grow at their own individual pace.
Smithsonian Readers: Seriously Amazing Level 2 (ages 5 and up) builds on the skills developed by the Level 1 reader by introducing varied sentence patterns and more advanced vocabulary, such as contractions, possessives, compound sentences, and three-syllable words. Children can also explore new areas of interest with sections on Nighttime Animals, Sea Life, Dinosaurs, the Solar System, Baby Animals, and the Human Body.
Smithsonian Readers: World of Wonder Level 3 (ages 5 and up) engages burgeoning readers with more detailed content about the world around them: Ancient Egypt, Wild Weather, Rain Forest Animals, the United States, the Planet, and Sharks. The Level 3 reader features additional resources to underline concepts and teach new skills, such as maps, diagrams, and illustrations, as well as more complex spelling patterns and longer sentences.
Each title in the Smithsonian Readers series features six 32-page sections on high-interest topics, colorful illustrations, multiple-choice quizzes, a glossary, and 36 removable fact cards for additional, on-the-go learning, making these leveled readers the perfect gift for beginning or reluctant readers who are fascinated by history, science, and the world around them.
Sophie's favorite would have to be the Everything You Need to Know Fact Cards. Yes, she IS only 6, but her reading level is more on the 5th grade level. These cards are right up her alley, and she loves being able to learn fast facts about a wide variety of topics ranging from history to the human body and more!
The Smithsonian Magnetic Adventures are also a wonderful tool to help kids learn in a hands-on way. The magnets themselves are colorful, realistic looking, and can be used over and over to create different scenes. Sophie and Xander spend hours using their imaginations while they learn about the jungle and our solar system. When they're done exploring, these sets go back into their carrying cases, so no pieces end up lost or eaten by our dog, Trouble. Seriously, folks. these magnetic sets are super-neat, and are sure to delight any child.
This sticker book set offers beautiful scenes that kids can customize using some very realistic and durable wildlife stickers. These can be reused, too, which is a huge bonus. Take a look at how beautifully made these stickers are. They really take sticker play to a whole new level, don't you agree?
If you have beginning readers, or even older kids who just love to learn new things, definitely check out all of the awesomeness that Smithsonian has to offer. I'm willing to bet your kids will love these educational products just as much as mine do!