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Getting Ready for School: 5 Fun Preschool Learning Tools

“Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.” – Abbé Dimnet… I’ve always been addicted to learning. I’ve been a voracious reader since I was a kid – during the summer, in my middle school years, I used to go to our local library every week to search out interesting new finds. As I moved to high school, I would read at least a full book every single week – sometimes a couple of them. And now, as a mom, I still enjoy learning… Whether it’s building new skills to help me grow my online business, or discovering fun ways to teach Abby new things – I’m kind of a learning junkie. One of the most important things in the world to me is helping Abby grow into the kind of person who is curious… Someone who wants to learn, yearns to broaden their horizons, and enjoys expanding her mind. Which is why I am totally in love with a new set of tools we recently discovered, to help her prepare for preschool – they’re called Schoolies, and I think you’ll love them too!

Five fun preschool learning resources

Five fun preschool learning resources

Preschoolers will love meeting the unique and colorful cast of Schoolies characters, created by artist and designer Ellen Crimi-Trent and published in Priddy Books’ signature early learning formats. All of the books are totally interactive – with clock hands to move, stickers to add, cool fold-out scenes, and even wipe-away pages to practice their skills. The graphics are clean and bright, the design is modern and fun, and they really help encourage kids to get excited about learning new skills. Check out how much fun Abby has drawing and counting in the School Days book, and then see some of the other fold out and pop up action to0:

Learning is Fun with The Schoolies!

As you can see – these sets are so full of color and wonder, and my 3-year old daughter absolutely LOVES them! You can get hard cover board books, soft cover sticker books, and dry erase flash cards too.

My School Day – From waking up to favorite lessons to the bus ride home, kids will love learning to tell time as they spend a day with the Schoolies. Includes a play clock with moveable hands so young readers can turn to the right time as the Schoolies enjoy their day. The clock opens up to the far left, then as they go through the school day by turning pages in the book, they can practice turning the clock hands to match the different times of day. They learn about telling time, and also get used to how a school-day schedule will work.

School House – Fold-out pages create four scenes in and around the Schoolies school house. Includes press-out play characters and accessories, plus sticker sheets. This is the book you see in the video above, where the pages unfold into cool rooms – then in the back of the book is a folder that holds all of the 3D buildable characters, followed by the page of stickers. It’s really sturdy and well made – but if you have a kiddo as young as Abby, you will probably want to play with them, so they don’t get too rowdy with this and rip pages with all of their excitement and enthusiasm!

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” – Clay P. Bedford

Let’s Get Ready For School – Early learning book with wipe-clean pages so that all of the activities can be repeated, reinforcing learning. I love that this is more colorful and fun than a basic paper activity book – and that it can be used over and over again. My youngest nephew is 7, and was recently diagnosed with mid-range Autism – so since he’s here every day before and after school during the school year, I’m planning to do more activities for him and Abby, to help them both reinforce the skills they’re learning. I love that this book is something that he finds fun too, and that they can both use as many times as we want.

Making Friends and My First Day of School Storybooks – Two reassuring and positive stories about overcoming shyness and being nervous to start school. Books include two sheets of fun Schoolies stickers that kids can use to decorate the pages, which helps to get them more interested in the topics. Both have really great messages too, that are easy for little kids to understand.

Preschool learning tools - awesome interactive flashcards

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – Attributed to Harry S Truman

Activity Flash Cards – Super cool box that’s filled with 26 double-sided Schoolies activity flash cards, that help children learn their ABC’s, 123, colors, shapes and more. You can use the flash cards as is to challenge little ones, or give them the included dry-erase marker so that they can practice tracing the numbers, words, and letters. It even includes a parent activity sheet guide, to give you creative ideas to use the flash cards in lots of different ways. LOVE these.

Schoolies books and learning tools to prep for preschool

Learn more about Schoolies Preschool Learning Tools

You can learn more and purchase any of the Schoolies line of preschool learning tools online at Macmillan Publishers. And be sure to follow Schoolies on Facebook and Twitter to get updates on cool new products and promotions. And – if you’re feeling lucky, until August 12, 2013, you can also enter to WIN a huge prize package filled with all of these awesome Schoolies books and tools!! Use the easy peasy Rafflecopter form below to get your entries in – Have fun, and good luck!

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“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBlond




  1. rose johnson says

    would love to win this my grand-daughter. she is starting pre school

  2. I have two boys that are 14 months apart. One will be 4 and one just turned 5. He will be starting Kindergarten but due to some issues he is at a 3 year old level in most learning/speaking areas. This would be great and so helpful for both my boys.

  3. I want to win because these books will help prepare my grandson before going off to preschool soon!

  4. meegan whitford says

    I would love to win this for my little nephew this would come in real handy soon

  5. Audra Weathers says

    My daughter will be 5 soon and this would be great to help her with reading and counting. I really like the book with wipe clean pages.

  6. I want to win it for my four year old daughter!

  7. Would love to have some new books to add to our soon-to-be-completed new toyroom!

  8. NW Homesteader says

    I have 4 kids 5, 3, 2, and 3 months, would be a great asset for homeschooing and used for many years!

  9. Both of my little girls would enjoy these learning tools, they are such little sponges :)

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  10. Amanda Benton says

    I’d love to win this for my 2 year old niece =)

  11. It’s never too early to start working with my 2 year old :)

  12. I want to win these for my 2 year old son so he can be ready for preschool!

  13. Miranda Fenlon says

    I would love to win this! My favorite way to bond with my daughter is by teaching and playing with her, she really enjoys and Loves books and learning, and it is the best feeling to know that I am the influence and encouragement in her education and knowlege before she goes to school. Also her Birthday Is the date of this drawing :) would be awesome to suprise her With some fun books since we dont really do big birthday partys.

  14. My 2.5 year old son just started preschool, so these would be perfect!

  15. My little ones would love these educational resources.

  16. For my little brother who just turned 20 months… this would be so great for him!

  17. Holly Spence says

    I’d love to win these for my 4 year old and 2 1/2 year old daughters. They just LOVE books and my four year old is very enthusiastic about school and “homework” lol :)

  18. Jennifer M. says

    I’d love to win this awesome book set because my almost 3 year old really enjoys reading and learning. I think this set would be tons of fun to play with and interact with her. Being able to wipe the book off after working in it and come back to it later on is a great idea. Repetition is a great idea when it comes to learning. Love the review, thank you!

  19. That looks. Great. My son is 27 months and my daughter is 5 months. Will gets lots of use. Love he wipe off parts.

  20. Stephanie Larison says

    My daughter will be starting school soon, she’d love these!

  21. for my nephew!

  22. Candice Hull says

    I would love to win this so I can work with my boys on their school work

  23. teresa mccluskey says

    I want to win this cause my daughter would love it!!

  24. Vikki Billings says

    i want to win this set for my granddaughter

  25. Laurie Emerson says

    I would like to win as it would help my 4 year old daughter learn so much and in such a fun way.

  26. Deborah Mireles says

    I would like to win this for my grandaughter so that we can work on it together

  27. If your child has taken an interest in activities like writing, reading or counting, check out these resources for some great ways to encourage his/her interest!

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