It's time for school again and this year, I'm homeschooling and a little bit petrified! I'm worried I'll let my kids down and fail miserably but then I stop, breath and realize that most likely, I won't fail them and I'll do okay at least. I look for tools to enhance the learning experience and whether I'm homeschooling or not, I always like tools that incorporate fun into learning. What kid doesn't like to play school? I loved it growing up and in fact, I wanted to be a teacher until life caught up with me and I took a different path. When I was offered a chance to review a product from Hearthsong, I easily picked the ABC Chalk Talk! Electronic Learning Center.
I knew I liked how it looked in the eCatalog but wasn't quite sure what it would be like in person. I was surprised as it was nice and portable. Portable is a great feature to me so I can easily put it away if needed or hang it up. My girls loved the pointer hand and it's a great system with many games and levels to play. What is nice is that it talks and instructs to child to play such as find the circle. They use the pointer finger to select the answer and it tells them if they have it right or wrong. It can be turned up louder or softer which is another nice feature to have. The built in chalk board allows more versatility in teaching your kids while they have fun. The built in pockets to hold the pointer hand, the chalk and eraser really make this the all around ideal toy to learn.
My youngest did have a little bit of trouble getting the finger pointer to push down on the answer response but I think in time, she will learn how to most effectively push to seek the answer she wants. She didn't get frustrated so that was saying a lot to me. I think it's a great toy to learn from with the number of games it has, the ability for the kids to play teacher and to have a question/response forum.
- Durable vinyl that can be cleaned which is good for germ removal
- More than 30 touch sensors for kids to learn
- Removable chalk board
- Six games including a music mode
- Can be hung or laid out flat
- Comes with colored chalk, a pointer and an eraser
- Requires four AA batteries (not included)
- 34"L x 30"H
- For ages 3 and up
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