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Spectrum offers a range of educational workbooks from Pre-K/Kindergarten to 8th Grade. These workbooks are designed to coincide with the relevant school level and help your student learn and feel confident in the classroom. Spectrum approaches these books with the understanding that each student is unique and on their own learning level. These books can help supplement their regular school work as well as help them stay up to par during summer vacations.

Each book provides curriculums that correlate to current state standards while challenging your student. You can pick from a variety of subjects from English to math to science. I have two children, a 5-year-old in Kindergarten and a 7-year-old in 2nd grade. I picked a few subjects and will give a brief overview on each of the books I chose to review.

Sight Words – Kindergarten

This workbook focuses on standard sight words while encouraging fluency in reading and writing. There are a variety of exercises with enough repetition that my son chose favorite activities and would rush through the pages until he found the next section that matched. The book includes an answer key and a section for cutting out flash cards.

Reading – Kindergarten

Focuses on letters and their sounds as well as sight words and eventually attention to detail while reading. We’re halfway through the current school year so eventually my son had trouble with the activities in this book, but I feel confident that once we gets a little farther in his own classroom, he’ll be back to this book.

Language Arts – 1st Grade

The Language Arts book focuses on proper writing skills including grammar, usage, proper capitalization, and proper punctuation. This was a little too advanced for my 5-year-old, but it was good practice for my 2nd grader. This is one of his least favorite subjects and I felt like he got some good practice on concepts he already knows, but doesn’t necessarily love.

Reading – 2nd Grade

Focuses on reading comprehension, particularly paying close attention to details. Again, this is not a favorite subject of my 7-year-old, but we worked through a lot of the book together. By the end he definitely improved in the matter of reading a passage and being able to understand questions that weren’t found word for word in the piece he had read. I liked the mix of fiction and nonfiction and thought this helped my son a lot as he prefers fact over fiction.

Writing – 2nd Grade

Whereas the Language Art book seemed to focus on completing sentences correctly and making sure your grammar and usage was covered properly, this Writing workbook takes it a step further. There is a lot more work to be done here and the focus is on writing from a blank slate. This really helps with learning to take an inkling of an idea and making it into a complete story. With helpful hints throughout, I felt like it really helped my son with his writing process.

Overall, I felt like the work books were perfect for the specific grade levels. There were some areas that were challenging to each of my children because they hadn’t reached that level in school yet, but I didn’t think anything was too easy or too hard. There was definitely a good range that engaged and taught them new things. The only complaint I had was from my 7-year-old who was grumpy with me because I didn’t pick any math or science books and I “KNOW he LOVES math.”

I would recommend these books particularly for summertime, extra homework if your child needs a little extra practice, or as a perfect addition to home school curriculums.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, two kids, two small chihuahuas, and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She balances her work as a website admin with her hobbies of watching anime and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Carson-Dellosa Publishing Group. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.