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Schoolhouse Review: Learning Wrap-ups

Learning Wrap-Ups Review
Do you have those rainy days when no one wants to do school, a sick day, or just something different to supplement your current math and/or Language Arts program? Something that does not require paper and a pencil? Then you might want to visit Learning Wrap-ups.
 
They have these neat things called Learning Palette and Wrap-Ups. The company was so generous with what they sent the Schoolhouse Review Crew to try out!
 
Here is a list of the neat stuff I received:
~5th Grade Math Learning Palette 1 Base Center Kit  
~3rd Grade Reading 1 Base Center Kit ($61.99)
~Learning Wrap-up Vocabulary Intro Kit ($35.99)
~Learning Wrap-up Basic Math Intro Kit ($44.99)
~10 Days to Multiplication Mastery Wrap-up and Book Combo ($12.99)
~10 Steps to Addition Mastery Wrap-up and Book Combo ($12.99)
 
Learning Wrap-ups Review!
 
Age Range:
K-5th depending on what level you choose
 
When our box of goodies came I was super excited. I loved the size of the Learning Palette Base. It’s perfect for little (or medium) sized hands to grip. The disk are bright and colorful.
 
Learning Palette
 
Learning Palettes are a unique way for children to reinforce what they are learning in math or reading, depending on which you use.
 
The Math Learning Palettes have grades K-5th. I have had my 6th grade son Brent use the 5th Grade Math Base Kit. He used them as review and some of the cards were pretty challenging.
 
5th Grade Math Learning Palette 1 Base Kit includes:
 
*Advanced Whole Numbers: addition and subtraction of 5 & 6 digits, multiplication for 2 & 3 digits, division of 3, 4, & 5 digits.
*Advanced Fractions: renaming, changing improper fractions, adding and subtraction fractions with different denominators, simplifying, and more.
*Advanced Decimal and Percents: place value of decimals, equivalents between fractions and decimals, adding and subtracting multiple place decimals, and more.
*Algebra Concepts: determining rules to find missing numbers, solving unknown with multiplication and division, finding values of shapes, and more.
*Geometry and Measurement: problems with equivalents, diameter, radius, perimeters, area volume, symmetry and more.
*Probability and Statistics: your child will work with venn diagrams, learn about various probabilities when using coins, spinners, etc.
 
What is a Learning Palette and how do you use it? Good question. I was a bit confused when I first researched Learning Palettes.
 
Once you decide which card to use have your child place it on the Learning Palette base face up, put the colored disk into the correct corresponding slot, when finished flip the card and the child can correct his work.
 
Learning Palette Fun
 
The Reading Learning Palettes have grades K-3rd. We reviewed level 3.
 
In level 3 your child will practice:
 
*Reading Comprehension: giving practice with context clues, determining the main idea in a sentence, cause and affect, and more.
*Vocabulary : categorize words, make contractions, compound words and more.
*Grammar: nouns, pronouns, adjectives, past tense and more.
*Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms: matching synonyms, antonyms, homophones, complete sentences and more.
*Prefixes and Suffixes: completing sentences, joining words, critical thinking skills, and more.
 
 Reading level 3
 
Reading Kit includes: 1 base, 5 curriculum cards with 12 each, 720 questions and answers in the reading kit.
 
As you an see from the image above Learning Palettes are easy to use and are self correcting. Simply turn over the card and the child can check their own work!
 
All you need is 1 base which is included in the kits. Once you have the base you can purchase the reading or math individually or in packs.
 
Learning Wrap-ups
Elementary age +
 
I didn’t think the kids would really take to the Wrap-ups, I’m glad I was wrong. They really had fun with them. Especially since they didn’t have to write the answers. Manipulating the string around the keys is much more fun than writing out their math facts.
 
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Sometimes the kids would get competitive with themselves and time how fast they could wrap the string around the key.
 
The Math Wrap-ups include: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, and Fractions.
 
The Wrap-ups are not limited to math only. There is a Vocabulary Into Kit which includes: Compound Words, Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms. This is another fun way for children to learn vocabulary and math.
 
If you’re not familiar with Wrap-ups they have 10 keys each and the child chooses which math fact (or vocabulary) to work on. The keys are attached to each other. There is a string that the children manipulate around the key to answer the problem. When they are done they turn the key over to see if they answered all the problems correctly.
 
Wrap-ups Easy to Use
 
Each kit includes a little booklet that gives ideas and fun way to use the wrap-ups with your children.
 
If you order the Addition or Multiplication Wrap-ups Mastery Combos each one includes a workbook and the accompanying Wrap-up.
 
Math Mastery
 
The books are expected to be completed in 10 days ore steps. Each day/step has the child using the Wrap-ups at least 5 times. If they are really challenging themselves then they will use it more.
 
At the bottom of the Wrap-ups and Rapid Writings page there is a Meet your goal and the child can meet goals of completing a wrap-up in 1 minute, 45 seconds, 30 seconds, 20, 15, or even 10 seconds.
 
Your child will write fact families and their commutative partners, complete story problems, do fun pages, time themselves, and complete review pages.
 
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I had Lance use the 10 Steps to Addition and Ethan use 10 Days to Multiplication Mastery.
 
10 Days to Muliplication
 
These books gave my boys lots of practice. 
 
10 Steps to Addition
 
Using Wrap-ups @ Homeschooling6
 
I used Wrap-ups with my 9, 11, and 14 year old sons. I had them use the Learning Palettes and Wrap-ups 3-4 times a week. The evening before I would gather what I wanted them to complete that next day or by the end of the week. I purchased an extra Learning Palette so each child had their own.
 
They could easily share but having a base for each child just makes life a bit simpler for this homeschooling mama!
 
Our goal was to complete 1 set of 12 cards a week. Depending on how much practice they needed, some weeks they met that goal and other weeks they didn’t. With Brent and Ethan that meant a Reading and Math set.
 
I  purchased level 2 math cards for Lance so he could join in and review some math concepts in a fun way.
 
Ethan also used the 10 Days to Multiplication Mastery so he was pretty busy with using Wrap-ups and Learning Palettes =)
 
Lance used the 10 Steps to Addition Mastery. I really liked the mastery books because they were not overwhelming. Each day there were about 5 pages sometimes more to complete. It wasn’t too much and my boys were able to get it done.
 
My boys haven’t mastered the facts in the sense that they can recall them in a flash. I will say they have improved and with a little more Wrap-Ups practice they will have them memorized.
 
Final Thoughts 
 
Although the Learning Palettes have grade levels on their website, I was glad to see they didn't on the actual products. Instead you see the word ‘level’. This, I think, makes it easier on the child who may be struggling or like us, when we haven’t given a whole lot of time to a concept.

For instance learning about synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms is something I haven’t made priority but it’s important to know. By using the Wrap-ups/Learning Palettes my children were able to practice learning what mom forgot to teach and they did it on their own time (having fun too).
 
The Learning Palettes are colorful and fun but also challenging. Children are having fun while learning and it’s great for all types of learners.
 
The Learning Palettes can be taken to grandma’s house on one of those schooldays when mom is running errands. This is one of the reasons I really like them, I don’t feel guilty if they didn’t complete their regular math assignment. I just think of it as a study or review day.
 
The Wrap-ups are a great way to get those math facts down and memorized. It’s not your ordinary flashcards or computer games. They are not bulky and can easily fit in a purse or backpack to be taken when you have those car-schooling days!
 
If you are looking for a fun hands on supplement or need something different to use over the summer, you might want to give Wrap-ups a try. They have have samples of the Learning Palette cards on their site so you can see which level would best fit your child.
 
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