A friend of mine was telling me about an educational game called Mini Arco. It has two parts:
1. The case with the numbers and the code on the back that allows you to check your answers. 2. The books with the problems to solve.
It's very versatile: there are books that work on problem solving, logic, maths, reading, time and dates...
Today, after work, I'm heading to a store where they're sold to check them out and get the case plus a few books. The only downside (for me) is that they're in Spanish (our ML), but this would be an upside for those of you with Spanish as your ml.
There are 2 other versions for younger (Bambino Arco: 2-6yo) and older children (Arco: 6-13yo). Mini Arco is aimed at children aged 4-10.
My daughter's teacher said they would be using the Mini one in class, so I think she'll enjoy having it at home too. Personally, I consider my son (2.5) to be too small for this, which is why I won't be getting the Bambino version.
Edited to add: I just found THIS webpage, in Spanish, where they explain how it works.
They exist in German too, my daughter has a set and a few books which she takes out every once in a while, and I think her ml teacher used them in class at some point. The German name is mini LÜK. Maybe they exist in other languages too but with different names?
Posts: 58 Country (residing now): US Country (originally from): Spain Children, Ages: Girl, born in March 2016 Majority Language: English Minority Language(s): Spanish, German, and hopefully French some day!
Raquel, I just looked this up, and at least in the US, it's called "miniLUK" (I looked for the ones that might be useful for my daughter's age). Like Mayken pointed out, it's a matter of changing the name, depending on the country. I typed "miniLUK" on amazon.es, and I mainly got the German version of it. When I tried the same name on Amazon UK, I got most of the titles in English.
Thanks for that, Mayken and Marisa !! I couldn't find it in English!! After Mayken's post, I could only find one in English that was only sold in Australia (Nellie , *wink, wink*), but shipping was much more expensive than the books themselves. I'll look on Amazon UK, Marisa; thank you!!
Edited to add: I've been looking into it. The books in English hardly have any text, and they're sold as a pack, not individually. They also have fewer books. Amazon US doesn't ship these books to Spain. Amazon Spain has some, but they're over 100€ for a 6-book pack (each book in Spanish is 3-5€). Amazon UK is even more expensive. I guess we're stuck with the ones in Spanish, which I'm okay with.
Caro C.: Oh Amy I sort of feel related to what you are saying. Some months ago I made a friend from the US. She happens to be a neighbor with four kids. We’ve been sharing back and forth and I’d love my baby girl to eventually be able to share with her children
May 13, 2019 12:55:09 GMT 9
Caro C.: Although maybe they will be a bit old for her, still we (I mean their mom = Sarah and me) both are very happy and grateful for each other as friends.
May 13, 2019 12:57:05 GMT 9
Mayken: As of yesterday, I am aunt to a baby girl who lives in our ml country with 2 ml parents, and I'm already planning to get them a nice nursery rhymes CD for our first visit.
May 16, 2019 20:03:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Mayken! Have a happy visit!
May 17, 2019 9:10:21 GMT 9
Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
May 19, 2019 14:01:55 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input.
May 20, 2019 15:32:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is on a field trip this week and I feel like I've lost my main purpose
May 20, 2019 20:03:33 GMT 9
Raquel: That's cute, Mayken. I hope you enjoyed all that extra free time.
May 29, 2019 18:17:39 GMT 9
SheilaC: I am concern about our upcoming big change to Public school with all English teaching and minimal Spanish. We have been lucky until now with Spanish speaking Nanny and Spanish immersion preschool. We are doing 2-day per week with Spanish after school.
May 31, 2019 10:51:49 GMT 9
Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9