Friday, November 29, 2013

MCO's Holiday Gift Guide: Creative Teaching Press

*I received complimentary Easy Daisies Starter Kit and Add-on Packs for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*

Creative Teaching Press (CTP) is a family-owned and teacher-managed supplemental educational publisher for children ages 3–14, grades PreK–8.   CTP is a recognized leader in the educational industry and offers a wide variety of classroom learning décor and research-based, teacher-tested products.  CTP offers an assortment of learning resources for parents and teachers in a variety of subject areas including phonics, reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.  CTP celebrates more than four decades of providing parents and teachers from around the world with high-quality, easy-to-use learning materials.  

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It began in 1965 when Luella Connelly, a teacher of 17 years, wanted to find something that taught students beyond what textbooks did, to reinforce skills in a creative, non-threatening format.  What started as a simple idea to help children learn turned into a company that Luella and her husband ran until their retirement in 1998.  Their son Jim Connelly is now the president of the company and it has continued to grow and be at the forefront of the educational market because the company’s products are developed by teachers and educators who understand firsthand what resources parents and teachers need to help children learn.

When Creative Teaching Press contacted us to review Easy Daysies Starter Kit and Add-On Packs for our Holiday Gift Guide I was really excited about it!  Little Miss just started kindergarten this year so I thought it would be a great time to teach her how important schedules and routines are with this fun new tool that's made for kids.  I received 2 Easy Daysies Every Day Starter Kits and 3 Add-On Packs for review.

The Easy Daysies Every Day Starter Kit is a magnetic schedule designed just for kids.  The kit includes 18 easy daysies magnets, 1 double-sided fold and go magnet board, a wipe-off marker, and a magnet storage bag.  The magnet board has two sides, one with a tree and sun and the other with a flower and butterfly, each side has a spot to write the child's name, a to do side and a done side.  You can chose to put the magnets on the to do side and move them over to the done side as they are completed, or you can just put the magnets down the middle of the board and have your child show you what tasks they have completed.  Each magnet has a picture and the word of the task to allow kids that are not reading yet to use it, this has been great for Little Miss, who is just starting to read if she can't sound out the word on her own she can look at the picture to help her out.

They offer three add-on packs that you can use to mix and match to create your child's perfect routine.  Add-On Pack Get Dressed and Bathroom Routine includes 18 Easy Daysies Magnets, this one is going to be great for Baby C as soon as we start potty training, which is coming very soon!  Add-On Pack Chores and Special Times includes 21 Easy Daysies Magnets, and Add-On Pack Family and Extracurricular Activities includes 18 Easy Daysies Magnets, this set is great to help children remember what day they have a certain sport or activity.  In each Add-on Pack two or three magnets are left blank.  With the starter kit and the add-on packs Easy Daysies has just about everything covered, but if you find something that's not already on a magnet the blank ones are great for you to personalize with the wipe-off marker.

The magnetic schedule has been great for Little Miss, she really enjoys knowing exactly what she has to do next without asking me, it has made her more independent and is making our life a little easier every day.  When we first started using the magnetic schedule we started off slow, adding just a few things from her morning routine until she got the hang of it and slowly started adding more.  I didn't want to overwhelm her and make her feel like she had to many things to do before she got the hang of it.  She is at the point now that we use the flower and butterfly side of the board for her morning routine and the tree and sun side for her after school routine.  She has even been making sure she adds the extracurricular activities to the day when needed, which is helping her keep track of what day of the week it is.

Creative Teaching Press has a huge selection of teaching tools for your children including books, workbooks, digital learning, and worksheets.  I would really recommend this product for every child, it is important for kids to have a routine that they know; it makes them feel more confident, independent, and makes your life a little easier when they know what they should be doing.  This would be a great gift for your children to find under the Christmas tree this year! 

Congrats to Andrea Centi, Allison Toler, Maggie Balboa, Shannon Stubbs, and Angela Hendricks!

The Giveaway will close late on the evening of December 14th. The winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tools. The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on Mommys Craft Obsession’s Facebook. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Creative Teaching Press. Mommys Craft Obsession is not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. US Only.  This review is 100% original and in my own words. Everything written is from my own personal view point and opinions and I have not been influenced by any outside sources. What works for me, may not work for you. All photos have been taken by me unless stated otherwise. I have been provided with product to review by Creative Teaching Press however I have not been compensated monetarily for this review. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  1. I would choose the Get Dressed & Bathroom Routine, Chores & Special Times, and Family &
    Extracurricular Activities add ons pack! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I would be giving this to my niece!

  3. What a neat packet. We use schedules as well in our day, but just plain black and white schedules I printed, these kits look so much nicer and engaging for the children. Thanks for sharing your review.

  4. This would be such a benefit with my kiddos!!

  5. I would love to win this for my grand daughter.

  6. Would love to give the chore chart to my daughter and then cleaning up wouldn't be an argument all the time.

  7. I would be keeping this for my son and daughter!