Zoey and Sassafras Book Review and Printables

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Oh my word. I can’t say enough about Zoey and Sassafras!. When my blog friend Asia asked if I would like to review her new chapter book series, I took a look, saw a dragon and a cat and said YES! I figured with two of my daughter’s VERY favorites on the cover, it was likely she would enjoy them. Plus she LOVES to read. The photo above shows moments after she opened the package that Asia sent us with the first book, her smile says it all.

She sat down to read it after we came inside from playing that day and she finished it all at once!

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I just happened to be sitting near her as I noticed her on the last page so I started filming so I could get her live and authentic reaction. I’ll let the video speak for itself.

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About the Series…

Zoey is a smart and sweet little girl with an adorable pet cat, Sassafras. Science, adventure and fantasy are woven together in the delightful tales. The books are funny, educational, and just simply enjoyable. I HIGHLY recommend them!

There are 3 books in the series {we are really hoping Asia will write more}, and they all feature larger font size, and black and white illustrations on many pages. The books are written at a 2nd grade independent reading level, but would make a great read aloud for a younger child. Honestly the stories are so well written that older kids will enjoy them too. The recommended age is 4-10, my daughter is almost 8 and these are perfect!

 

The Printables…

She also loves to color and asked me if I had any Zoey and Sassafras coloring pages! Thankfully we were given permission from the fabulous illustrator, Marion Lindsay, to use her images to create some printables! I first put together some simple coloring pages for her, which she also used as tracing sheets. She loves to practice her drawing skills.

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She is in 2nd grade, and I wanted to create a couple of activities to work on some skills also. First, I made a sheet for her to draw and write about her own magical animal. She loved this and I just love her creativity. After this she asked me if she could use one of her small notebooks to be her magical animal book. She has since written about several made-up magical animals all on her own!

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I also created a printable activity to work on some grammar skills. We came up with verbs and adjectives to describe Zoey and Sassafras!

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The words she chose to describe Zoey give a good picture into the type of main character this little girl is ~ creative, smart, and helpful. All traits I love to see in my own kids! Zoey likes to ~ investigate, explore, and play!

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She is BEGGING Asia to write more books, but she said she will reread these for now, she loves them so much!

 

You can download the free Zoey and Sassafras coloring pages and printables here!

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Grab the books here on Amazon!

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I had seen EEME prior to them becoming a blog sponsor and honestly I avoided looking into robotics for my kids due to my own fears! It looked complicated and time consuming. Thankfully it was unavoidable when Q the Robot arrived in the mail for this review. I was a bit freaked out and my son was ecstatic! Originally I ‘assigned’ this review to my husband, again my fears overtaking me. He initially opened the box and was very impressed with the contents. I continued to be a bit freaked out by the loads of small parts.

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Well, my husband got busy, my son began begging and I gave in one day, fully prepared to have my day consumed with helping him. I can’t tell you how SWEETLY surprised I was once we logged into the instructions and I saw that this was mostly an independent thing!!!!  My son is 10 so he did need some help, but the videos are AMAZING.

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He was able to navigate it all on his own and ask for help when needed. I couldn’t believe how little he needed me!

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Little sister watched almost the entire time, she wants her own Q the Robot now!

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He completed the project over a period of about 3 days, working for about 3 hours total I would guess, maybe a bit more.

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Here’s a video I shared on Instagram of him using Q for the first time. He was so excited to see it work!

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His completed Q the Robot! He had fun using the light to drive Q around and he loved the process overall. This was an excellent project for Krash on so many levels. Not only did he learn scientific skills, he got to practice his focus and processing skills while paying close attention to the details in the videos. If he didn’t listen and apply what was said, his robot wouldn’t have worked! For this reason, I am planning to continue these types of projects with Krash. It is a fabulous way for me to work on this area with him, with the added bonus of learning about robotics and electronics!

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Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) skills are becoming an essential part of education due to the high demand for these skills in the near and distant future. When our children go into the workforce in 2025, for example, they’ll be well equipped to perform at higher levels than other kids because the home school community can do a better job fostering the STEM education in the home. Lessontrek built a productivity application that nurtures STEM related curriculum. It not only equips the parent but the child as well to learn how to use modern and updated software applications to assist them with their daily tasks, and to prepare them for the types of software applications they’ll use in 2025.

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As you can see in the video below, he is fully capable of using the Lessontrek software to build his lesson plans. This not only encourages the development STEM skills but also encourages independence and teaches him to organize and manage his time. I want to do all I can to prepare him for college and beyond, both academically and in the area of time management!

He has a lovely sense of humor and he isn’t all too thrilled about me not doing his lesson plans any longer! Growing up and becoming more independent isn’t easy, but it’s good for him!

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