Thursday, February 28, 2008

Review: Highlights High Five Magazine

When I was a kid, I used to love to go to the doctor's office just so I could read the Highlights Magazine. My favorite feature was the hidden picture puzzles. So when I had the opportunity to review their new version called High Five (aimed at 2-5 year olds), I was curious to see how different this magazine is from the original.

Highlights High Five's mission is to "celebrate the early years of childhood by helping parents, educators and other caregivers encourage a child's natural sense of wonder about the world - for children are the world's most important people."

They strive to accomplish this through:
  • Promoting reasoning, problem solving and creative self-expression
  • Fostering a love of language and a rich vocabulary
  • Inspiring young children to be kind, to get along with others and to grow in self-confidence
I received the first three issues of 2008 and looking through them brought back so many wonderful childhood memories. These magazines are every bit as fun, colorful, and educational as I remember. And guess what? They still have the hidden picture puzzle!

I was so excited to introduce this part of my childhood to Girlie Girl and not surprisingly, she loved it, too. Her favorite part was the Let's Do It section where there's all kinds of hands-on activities for our family to enjoy. Even Baby Bug took an interest in the stories and simple illustrations.

All in all, Highlights High Five is just as good if not better than I remember it to be. I'm so thankful to the Parent Bloggers Network for re-introducing me to this great educational resource!

BTW, The Parent Bloggers Network will be holding a Blog Blast on March 7th where you can enter to win a subscription for your children. Don't miss out!


Modern Mama Diana said...

Oh, I loved the hidden picture page too in that magazine. I used to take them out at the library. So much fun. :)

Anonymous said...

If I wanted my child to learn the language of the barrio, I would purchase some spanish materials.

While High Five has activities for the English-speaking child, it also provides English-into-spanish translations.

So, because I am absolutely disgusted with the promotion of spanish in the USA ("press one for spanish", product labels in English and spanish, government publications in English and spanish, et cetera ad nauseum), I have cancelled my child's subscription.

Instead, I have purchased learning materials in French, Chinese and Farsi. My child will be multi-lingual - - but I'm refusing to promote the fractionalizing of my own country into englispan.

Anonymous said...

I have cancelled my child's subscription because I REFUSE to go along with the Spanish language on everything - now even a child's magazine! When will this Spanish madness stop? When Americans have the gumption to say "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - go back to ALL English!" I have ordered two subscriptions to other magazines without Spanish!

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