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by Dawn

5 Minutes for Books reviewer Dawn, also a parent and a preschool teacher, is happy to share her thoughts about Schoolies, a set of books and learning materials. Review copies and giveaway prizing is courtesy of Macmillan, and all opinions expressed are solely the writer’s own.

In just over two weeks, my three kids will be heading back to school, and for one of them, it’s a monumental year. After two years of preschool, my youngest is taking the leap into kindergarten. We’ve filled our summer with lots of reading and a bit of basic skills practice, and we’ve found a treasure trove of fun and valuable learning activities in the Schoolies.

The six products available in the Schoolies line are a mix of storybooks, dry erase activity cards, interactive books, and a fold-out school house with sturdy paper figures for open-ended creative play. All products feature the Schoolies cast of lovable characters, created by Ellen Crimi-Trent– various animals to represent the teaching staff and students.

As both a parent and an early childhood educator, I’m truly impressed with the Schoolies line. The two picture books Making Friends and My First Day of School utilize straightforward storytelling to address some common anxieties that some children may have when they’re preparing for going to school. The dry erase book Let’s Get Ready for School and the Activity Flash cards provide opportunities for children to practice language and literacy, fine motor, and mathematical skills. In My School Day, children can use the embedded plastic clock with movable hour and minute hands to track the Schoolies characters’ experiences over the course of the day, and the play set of School House includes several fold-out school rooms and settings to use as backdrops for playing with the cardboard Schoolies figures provided.

The activities all encourage children to practice their growing skills, and though they are being primarily marketed for preschool aged kids, I see great value for kindergarteners and first graders as well, as the spectrum for learning these skills includes these early elementary students as well. Made by Priddy Books, I expected high quality products, and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. The activity cards and books are made to last, and I expect their thick construction will hold up to my son’s repeated use over the next couple of years.

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Thanks to Macmillan, we have an amazing giveaway to offer today. One winner will receive the entire Schoolies set, as well as a Land of Nod backpack to help a lucky little one prepare to head back to school this fall! Please enter using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only.

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When she's not reviewing books, 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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1 Mary Happymommy July 31, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I like the Let’s Get Ready for School book.

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2 Anne July 31, 2013 at 9:00 pm

The Schoolies School House is great.

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3 amyc July 31, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I think the Making Friends one.

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4 Charlene S July 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I like My School Days.

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5 Angela M. July 31, 2013 at 10:13 pm

“Let’s Get Ready for School” looks like it will be really helpful!

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6 Daniel M July 31, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Let’s Get Ready for School

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7 Jessica T July 31, 2013 at 11:30 pm

My school day looks fun…

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8 Janet W. August 1, 2013 at 5:47 am

The Let’s Get Ready for School looks most useful for my grandson!

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9 Nicole Robinson August 1, 2013 at 7:01 am

Let’s Get Ready for School looks like a great one for my daughter.

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10 Denise M August 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

My First Day of School

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11 Heather Hayes Panjon August 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

School House Looks Very Fun!

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12 Lenze August 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

My school day!

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13 vickie couturier August 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

Let’s Get Ready for School

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14 HappyMomC August 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I like My School Days.

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15 Sonya Morris August 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Making Friends looks like fun!

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16 @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman August 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm

That is the cutest backpack ever!

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17 Renee G August 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Let’s get ready for school. So I can get my little girl ready for school.

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18 Tiffany Marston August 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Schoolies Wipe Clean: Let’s Get Ready for School looks cool. Especially since I have multiple children.

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19 Marlena U. August 1, 2013 at 2:37 pm

In My School Day to help with time skills. Great giveaway!

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20 TINA HARWOOD August 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Let’s Get Ready for School

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21 Stacey B August 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm

the school house one looks the most fun and useful

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22 michelle b. August 2, 2013 at 3:10 am

Let’s get ready for school

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23 Terra Heck August 2, 2013 at 4:11 am

I like Let’s Get Ready for School. Thanks.
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24 Barbara Platt August 2, 2013 at 4:19 am

My School Day with the clock

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25 Pattie August 2, 2013 at 8:28 am

The Schoolies School House looks cute!

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26 lizzy August 2, 2013 at 9:17 am

“Lets Get Ready for School”

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27 Sheila K. August 2, 2013 at 10:31 am

“My School Day” looks good!

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28 betty August 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Lets get ready for school

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29 Dawn Monroe August 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

My first day of school. My granddaughter is starting kindergarten and pretty nervous.

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30 June S. August 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I really like the My School Days book with the clock on it.

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31 Jessica August 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm

The My School Days book looks like fun.

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32 Carol M August 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I like My School Day. Everyone should learn how to tell time with a clock.

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33 Donna L August 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I like Let’s Get Ready for School.

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34 Jen August 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

The Let’s Get Ready for School looks perfect for my preschooler. :) So cute!

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35 Sadie B. August 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I like the My School Day book. Great for teaching kids about time.

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36 Tiffany August 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm

The School House looks like a lot of fun!

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37 April G August 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Definitely “Lets Get Ready for School” for my 5 year old. :)

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38 Mia Dentice Carey August 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

my school day with the clock!

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39 LaVonne August 3, 2013 at 2:49 am

I think In My School Day because we are working on time and this clock would be a great resource.

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40 Alvina Castro August 3, 2013 at 4:27 am

the lets get ready for school one

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41 Leslie Galloway August 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

“My School Day” would be great to help my daughter learn to tell time!

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42 Jenette August 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

My 4 year old really wants to go to school so all of them look great. My favorite is the Get Ready for School.

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43 nannypanpan August 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I like my school day
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44 ACMommy3 August 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I like the Schoolies Wipe Clean: Let’s Get Ready for School and the Making Friends books best. :)

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45 amy pugmire August 3, 2013 at 8:04 pm

My school days looks cute~

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46 Cassandra Eastman August 3, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I think the Let’s Get Ready For School book looks really neat!

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47 Rochel S. August 3, 2013 at 11:34 pm

I like School House!

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48 Wehaf August 4, 2013 at 1:34 am

I like the flash cards.

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49 samantha wagner August 4, 2013 at 10:55 am

My school Day with the clock

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50 Grace Morales August 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I like them all!

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51 Shona Leonard August 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm

A perfect set for my niece!

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52 Mary Dailey August 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Let’s Get Ready For School!

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53 Tabathia B August 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm

lets get ready for school

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54 DebbieKL August 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

My school day with the clock looks great for my son! He’s still learning to read a clock.

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55 chelsea August 5, 2013 at 1:31 am

My school day looks useful for my classroom and kids :)

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56 lana August 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

school days is my favorite one

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57 Teresa Thompson August 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Schoolies Wipe Clean: Let’s Get Ready for School

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58 Jessica B. August 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I’d like to read the Making Friends book.

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59 Christine H August 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I like the My School Day book … It’s a great way to teach kids how to tell time (and maybe get them excited for the school year as well)!

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60 Jennifer Marie August 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Lets get ready for school looks great.

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61 Whitney August 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

My School House looks fun!

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62 Dorinne Hammons August 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

Let’s Get Ready for School looks good!

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63 BusyWorkingMama August 7, 2013 at 10:16 am

The making friends one is cute!

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64 Staci A August 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Making Friends looks fun!

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65 Kerrie Mayans August 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I think the Making Friends book would be the most useful for my very shy 4 year old.

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66 Alison S. August 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

The Let’s get ready for school book looks like something my son would enjoy. How do you pick just one when they are all so cute! :)

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67 Brandy W. August 9, 2013 at 1:44 am

Let’s get ready for school looks the most useful to me!

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68 Sara August 9, 2013 at 11:04 am

“My First Day at School” would be perfect for my 4 year who starts Pre-k next month.

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69 Danielle Papsis August 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

Let’s Get Ready for School looks helpful.

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70 Mary Beth I August 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm

school day – would be perfect for my niece

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71 Kathy stevenson August 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I like the Schoolies Wipe Clean book!

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