Wednesday, June 22, 2011

{Review} Bambino Starter

Given the opportunity to review my choice of a product from the Timberdoodle Baby or Toddler Core Curriculum Kit – I chose the Bambino Starter set with Bambino Special. 

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The BambinoLUK is a workbook system that requires no writing, but instead uses a plastic base (they call it a controller) with six tiles. When the tiles are put in the correct spots they will create a pattern on the backside, allowing the child to check their own work.

According to the parent-teacher guide the BambinoLUK provides the following benefits (of which I would agree):

  • Strengthens fine motor skills
  • Enhances eye-hand coordination
  • Promotes self-esteem
  • Improves memory and concentration
  • Boosts visual perception
  • Develops critical thinking ability
  • Builds foundations for reading, writing and math

The Bambino Special Workbooks that we received were geared towards toddlers ages 2+, and proved to be a little too easy for Alexa. However, I think it was a nice level to get her started with using and used to the BambinoLUK. 

As an added bonus, when we received our BambinoLUK we also received online access to designing our own exercises (see more about this below).

We were both thrilled to receive the “goods” in the mail and as soon as we got it in the mail Lexie started playing with it. I had to make her stop so that we could eat dinner.

WHAT WE LIKED

I appreciated the fact that this program is reusable. Because there is no writing in the workbooks you can use them over and over again and with multiple children.

IMG_0002 Alexa never looked at the BambinoLUK as “school” it was more like a fun game. Being our “independent child” she loved the fact that she could at least attempt to do it on her own. Of course she liked when I stood over her shoulder watching, as long as I didn’t touch anything ;)

I also liked the durability of the tiles and board. Our kids are not always the most gentle on products, but from the thick-paged workbooks to the durable plastic tiles, I am happy with the quality of the product.

It is a progressive program. Two of the books we got Lexie flew right through but the sample book has been of great enjoyment to her and even a challenge. You could use this product for several students at different levels as long as you purchased the workbooks for their levels.

My favorite thing about this product is it’s uniqueness. It’s not the same-old-same-old workbook style of school. It’s hands-on, it promotes independence and resusable, all things I can appreciate as a homeschooling mom of 3!

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE

Honestly, there wasn’t anything we didn’t like with the actual product. Lexie, as independent as she is, at times couldn’t figure out how to correct or even how to initially set up the board. It was challenging to get her to allow me to help, yet it was just slightly over her head (not the workbooks but the system itself). In time, I don’t think this would be an issue.

I was also disappointed with the fact that I tried several times to access the design your own templates online, and every time I did it would tell me that “registration is currently disabled”. I plan on still trying, and I’m hoping this is just a temporary glitch.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

You can visit BambinoLUKs site to play and use an on-line controller yourself to see how it works, a try-before-you-buy opportunity.

PURCHASE YOUR OWN

The bambinoLUK Starter Pack, is $19.95 and comes with a sample workbook. You can purchase other pack sets – usually 2-3 books for between $9.95-$14.95

EXTRA

Also, as part of my review, timberdoodle sent me their toddler core curriculum planning folder. I loved reading through this and seeing some of the reasoning behind the products chosen for the timberdoodle’s core curriculum kits, and different ways to use them. This is a great resource for parents looking to purchase through timberdoodle.

If you are interested you can view a free homeschool catalog for Timberdoodle here.

DISCLAIMER: I received this product and the workbooks for free from Timberdoodle, for the purpose of my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

2 comments:

Sarah said...

Sounds great! I'm following from the Crew

Marcy said...

just stopping by from the TOS Crew to say hi and follow you!

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Marcy

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