Flash Kids {Review and Giveaway}

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I’m pretty sure most of my fellow homeschool moms out there are gearing up for the 2013-2014 school year. I know I am. The school room (which we call study hall) is getting an overhaul, stacks of books are everywhere and school supplies are on sale.

Flash Kids recently sent me three workbooks to review (and one to give away!)  for the blog. I was able to choose  my own from their huge selection. I wanted as much variety as I could get so I chose: Grade 2 Summer Study (for Tucker), Vocabulary for the Gifted Student Grade 4 (for Hezekiah) and Flash Forward Math Grade 5 (for Jubilee). flash kids, flash kids workbooks flash kids, flash kids workbooks

The Flash Forward Math workbooks has 93 colorful pages of math problems. The topics covered include: rounding, story problems, multiplication with three digit numbers, long division and even basic algebra! These are all laid out in a very appealing, non-threatening manner. I was impressed with the variety of topics covered in a “fun” way and even more impressed with the price ($5.95). Honestly, for that price I was expecting a thin, flimsy book, but it isn’t. It is just as durable as the more expensive workbooks we have here at home.

Jubilee (10) said: I really like it so far because I like the pictures and it makes it more fun to do. The math is sometimes easy and sometimes hard. I’m looking forward to working through it more because it is fun to do!

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The Summer Study Grade 2 book is 93 pages long and contains 90 different activities (one for each day of summer vacation).

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The layout is similar to Jubilee’s book with colorful illustrations (Tucker mentioned specifically how much he liked these). flash kids workbooks

We just got the book a few weeks ago, but I will definitely have Tucker work through this during the school year. The variety of activities means it keeps their skills sharp without feeling boring or overwhelming.IMG_0912

Tucker (7) said: You can get confused about “joke time” (he had trouble with a decoding activity he’d never done before).  I like the Word Search and The First Ferris Wheel (he had to read the story and answer the questions). 

And finally, Vocabulary for the Gifted Student Grade 4.  This book was very challenging. It was much more advanced than I expected for a 4th grade book. The instructions (or lack of) were a bit confusing at times, but nothing that couldn’t be figured out. flash kids review

Hezekiah (9) said: It wasn’t too easy or too hard. It was kind of confusing but once I figured it out it was easy. There was one word in it that I didn’t know, but I did the other words first and put it in the only blank left. I think I’ll enjoy it.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the cover. It is a bit dated, and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up off the shelf it that is all I knew about it. I believe it is definitely for advanced fourth graders or older. I plan to continue to use this for Hezekiah during our school year.

Would you like to win your own Flash Kids Book? Just leave a comment telling me what you are interested in and why. I will randomly choose a winner on Monday.

Enjoy!

{I was given the workbooks at no charge to review. I was not given any other compensation for this post}

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23 Responses

  1. Kelly

    Oh, we love trying new workbooks here! Sounds like something we’d buy! If I don’t win, I just may check them out! Thanks for the review!

  2. Carrie Gray

    I like the math book. I think it would make a nice change from the colorless Saxon text – maybe a fun Friday activity to change things up a bit!

  3. sarah

    neat! I wouldn’t mind winning to try it out! – but really that is a good deal for a workbook.

  4. rebekah

    I like the 4th grade book Vocab book that you chose – I’d pick that one for the same reasons that you did! ( :

  5. Heather

    I would love a math book for one of the boys to work on and sharpen their skillsl.

  6. Melissa T

    I would love to win! I have a third grader who needs to work on reading skills, but I’d also take a math one! They look fun!

  7. Carrie

    I would love to win!! I have a boy who loved the look of any of the books. I will be checking them out for him to use.

  8. Emily

    Those look neat. I’d love to win one for my kindergarten daughter. I’d choose one containing activities to help her keep busy when I’m occupied with the our twins, who are to be born in October, just as the schoolyear gets going!

  9. Season

    Thank you for the review. There are always more home school resources to discover. My 9yo daughter loves workbooks. I’ve never heard of the Flash Kids ones and would love to get one for her. Workbooks that are engaging yet challenging are great, as she likes to work independently as much as possible. She would especially love one with multiple subjects like the Summer Study book (4th grade for her.)

  10. Liz

    I like all of them. My 8 year old is very advanced and gifted in language. At 3.5 yr old he had to be tested and was at a 6.5 year old level in receptive and expressive communication/ vocab. I would love that book. But I would also be happy with any of them 🙂
    Liz

  11. Jennifer

    I’m not a homeschooler but I have a plan for the kids that involves daily worksheets and read to self time before access to the electronics! This would be a nice change from the printables I find on the internet!!

  12. Kristie

    I love how fun and colorful they look. Definitely an upgrade from a boring dated textbook. We’re planning a move here that will allow me to homeschool my 3 girls for the first time. (Praise God for hardworking husbands who encourage their wife to stay home!) My 4th grader is an advanced reader, but behind speller (not a common mix!), so we’d probably go with the vocab. book.

  13. Angie

    I would love to win a book and try it with my children. Thank you for the opportunity at trying one of these books. Your family, and you ;), are awesome!

  14. Angela Wilder

    I am interested in the 2nd grade math book. I think my daughter would enjoy the illustrations. 🙂

  15. Jessica

    Math for my 6th grader. She struggles a lot. Any extra tools to help find the click for her are always welcome.

  16. Angela

    I would be interested in “Vocabulary for the gifted student – second grade.” My daughter is a voracious reader and I would love the chance to challenge her vocabulary. Thanks for hosting the give away!

  17. cindy p

    I would love Grade 2 Summer Study- Seems like I can never have too many productive ‘busy work’ activities on hand. I like the variety, brevity, and inviting lay out….

  18. Denaye

    I would enjoy looking through more of these. We are bouncing around from publisher to publisher, trying to find what works and what doesn’t. Meanwhile, we still keep learning 🙂

  19. Kelly

    Always looking for affordable workbooks, if we won I would either choose complete book of sight words or math skills grade 1. Thx

  20. leah wall

    I’d love for my son to have the multiplication one – he’s doing a good job learning but just needs extra practice –

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