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Discovery Toys

Company Overview

Discovery Toys is the premier learning toy company dedicated to helping children learn and grow through Play. A trusted brand for over 40 years, we specialize in premium quality, kid-powered learning products for newborns through school aged children. We also prioritize a play experience that provides children with the fundamental skills, curiosity and passion that leads to learning success in their school years and beyond.  The company began when an early childhood educator, Lane Nemeth, first brought together a group of dedicated teachers, mothers and parents to take on the important topic of education for children through play. Selling to groups of eager parents in the home, Discovery Toys, the network marketing / direct sales company, was born. Generations later, we continue this tradition with the highest quality Learning through Play products in the market.

Our Products

Discovery Toys products are designed with the understanding that children learn best through hands-on, kid-powered play, as attested over decades by Piaget, Montessori, Peter Gray, and many other child development experts. From birth to school age children learn best through physically interacting with the environment, using all of their senses to build new knowledge.  More recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that child-directed play is fundamentally important for learning 21st century skills, such as problem solving, collaboration, and creativity.1

DT Toys combine multiple levels of learning in every toy, with safety and quality standards beyond the national standards. As many of our customers and Product Advisors can testify, a Discovery Toys product is not a typical educational toy that you can find at your local toy shop. Each Discovery Toys product incorporates multiple “Layers of Learning” to empower the child to grow and advance with the product.  These “Layers of Learning” complement well the scaffolding approach to education, with parents or other adults encouraged through included activity guides to support the development of progressive skills and eventual independent learning.

 

        

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Our Team works carefully with our design and manufacturing partners to incorporate a unique play experience into each of our products, an experience that stimulates multiple centers in the brain simultaneously.  The experience helps to hard-wire into a child’s developing brain the processes the child will use to develop and master skills and to solve problems, including:

  • Early Reasoning
  • Motor Skills
  • Sensory Integration
  • Observation
  • Focus/Listening
  • Cause & Effect
  • Executive Functioning
  • Divergent Thinking
  • Social/Emotional

We also believe that play with Discovery Toys products will instill curiosity, invite collaboration, and foster a love of learning.  Our hope is to help each child develop the fundamental skills and passion for future learning success and for innovative thinking.  

       

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From the very beginning of our company, our product focus has been on the Process, not the Content.  We believe it is more important for a child to learn the skills and processes he or she will need to be a successful learner in later years.  Our approach has been validated with this 2018 recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Instead of focusing solely on academic skills, such as reciting the alphabet, early literacy, using flash cards, engaging with computer toys, and teaching to tests, cultivating the joy of learning through play is likely to better encourage long-term academic success.2

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”

– Ignacio Estrada

Making a difference in the lives of children by providing them with the gift of Learning and Growing through Play is central to our mission at Discovery Toys.

 

   

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Following are just some of the awards our products have earned:

Family Choice Award
Mom’s Choice Award
Parents’ Choice Award
Baby Magazine Award
Dr. Toy Top Toy Award
Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award
Parenting Magazine Toy of the Year
Scholastic Parent & Child Teachers’ Picks Award
Learning Magazine Teachers Choice Award
Oppenheim Toy Award
National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
iParenting Media Award
Autism Live Top Toy Award

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Special Needs Community

The multi-sensory, layered learning approach incorporated into our products has proved beneficial to children and adults with special needs and learning challenges.  For decades, physical, occupational, behavioral, and speech therapists have recommended Discovery Toys products to their client families. Many of these therapists have joined the Discovery Toys family as Play Advisors, sharing and selling our products to others.  We have a Special Needs Toy Guide available, with recommended products grouped by select skill categories.

 

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Our products have proved especially attractive to therapists and families with children with Autism.  The Princeton Child Institute helped us to develop a set of Autism Symbols that correspond with the specific learning each of our toys supports.  These symbols can be found in our annual catalog and in our on-line store to help parents select appropriate products to support their child’s development.  The past couple of years Autism Live has bestowed their “Top Toy Award” on a number of our toys and featured them on their on-line broadcast.

Our Income Opportunity

We invite you to become part of a growing North American team that believes investing in our children is of paramount importance and to earn extra income for you and your family.  The Discovery Toys opportunity allows you to be your own boss, pick your own hours, meet many amazing people, and still spend quality time with your family. From Day 1, our Discovery Toys Play Advisors make 25% on every product sold, with the opportunity to make more!  Hundreds of thousands of families across North America have yet to experience play with Discovery Toys products, and we can use your helpWe believe in the POWER OF PLAY and we are looking for people like you – passionate about making a difference in the lives of children by playing a role in developing and building blocks for creative thinking and learning success, all while earning an income! 

 “I’m a blogger, a full-time working Mom to two busy toddlers and a runner. Because I work full time, finding time to play and teach my babies in my spare time is important and one of the main reasons I fell in love with Discovery Toys. It combines learning with play, allows me to satisfy two needs with my children and earn extra income!”

Chenoa | Independent Educational Consultant | Orlando, FL

 

Contact us for more information about joining the Discovery Toys team.

Our Advisers

We have benefitted for a number of years from the advice and support of these incredible women who work tirelessly in their respective fields to support the healthy development of all children.  

Georgia Bozeday, EdD

Director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center, Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Illinois University

Maria Marinakis

Found of 10-Minute Parenting, Author of Parenting Infants & Toddlers Without Going Nuts, Creator of Busy2Balance Breakthrough program

Jennifer Jones, PhD

CCC-SLP, BCS-S, C/NDT, Speech Language Pathologist

Educator of the Year Award 

Discovery Toys hosts the North American Preschool Educator of the Year award program, honoring those professionals who are often underappreciated yet serve a critical role in helping young children build a solid foundation for learning success – Preschool Educators.  Nominations are open to any full-time teacher or organized group of teachers of children from birth through Kindergarten in a preschool setting. The top 5 winners receive a monetary prize + free toys + a press release. Contact us to learn more about our award program.

Thank You

We extend you our sincere gratitude for taking an active role in the education and development of your child(ren) and for considering to supplement the learning experience with Discovery Toys Learning through Play products.  For more information you can contact us at 800-341-TOYS (8697) or https://www.discoverytoys.us/.

 

1 & 2: The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children, Clinical Report, American Academy of Pediatrics, August 20, 2018.

 

Help Teaching

What is Help Teaching?

Help Teaching provides printable and online tests, worksheets, lessons, and games for grades PreK-12. Founded in 2008, the site has grown from a few hundred questions to over 1 million members worldwide, over 1 million tests created, and over 1 million questions added.

Help Teaching’s online question bank and free and premium worksheets feature content for all major subject areas, including English, math, science, and social studies, as well as vocational education, early education, art and music, and life skills worksheets.  Additionally, subscribers have access to a series of online lessons and TestRoom, Help Teaching’s platform for administering online tests and quizzes to students.

About a Help Teaching Subscription

After creating an account, users gain access to many of Help Teaching’s worksheets and materials. By upgrading to a Pro subscription, users can:

  • create unlimited tests and worksheets.
  • add up to 100 questions per worksheet.
  • save their own tests as PDFs.
  • use pre-created questions with images.
  • upload images to add to questions.
  • access pre-made premium content.

As part of Help Teaching’s Test Maker platform, users can create the following question types:

  • Multiple choice
  • True/False
  • Open-ended
  • Fill-in-the-blank
  • Matching Grid
  • Matching List

Additionally, users can use Help Teaching’s game and puzzle generator to create math skills practice worksheets, bingo games, and word searches.

Users who choose to use pre-made tests or develop tests with Help Teaching’s question bank will find high-quality content complete with answer keys.  

Online Lessons

All online, self-paced lessons found on Help Teaching were created by actual teachers and were designed to be under 10 minutes long to help introduce or reinforce key concepts. Videos feature background music, narration, and engaging content. All lessons are accompanied by short quizzes and worksheets designed for further practice or assessment of the lesson content.

Lessons in math, science, English/language arts, and social studies were designed for grades K-12 and even include read-alouds of classic stories for children.

Help Teaching Blog

The Help Teaching blog provides homeschool parents, teachers, and tutors with practical advice and resources.  Some of our most popular posts include:

Help Teaching by Grade Level

Early Education: Materials in Help Teaching’s Early Education section cover basic skills, such as color and shape recognition, numbers and letter identification, beginning reading skills, fine motor skills, and early science and thinking skills, including learning how to follow directions Worksheets feature colorful images, fun fonts, and easy-to-follow instructions.

Parents and educators can also print fun letter coloring pages and mini books for kids to cut out, color, and put together.

Elementary Education: Help Teaching’s elementary worksheets cover the core subjects: math, science, reading, and social studies. Math worksheets include daily practice activities, basic arithmetic skills, and beginning algebraic and geometric concepts, as well as worksheets on statistics and probability. 

Science worksheets cover life science, physical science, and earth and space science, as well as the scientific method and skills. Many of the science worksheets and lessons align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Reading worksheets feature premium reading passages at various Lexile levels, as well as worksheets covering key reading strategies, such as comparing/contrasting, cause/effect, and making inferences and drawing conclusions. Subscribers will also find worksheets for many popular picture books and novels. Beyond that, Help Teaching language arts worksheets cover the basics of grammar and punctuation and also include printable handwriting practice sheets, as well as pre-created spelling lists which feature Dolch Sight Words, Fry Words, and other grade-level appropriate words.

Elementary learners can also access a series of seasonal worksheets. Worksheets cover each of the four seasons and major holidays found within each season. Many worksheets use seasonal images to help reinforce basic math and reading skills.

Middle School Education: Content for middle school math worksheets covers number systems and algebra, geometry, and statistics and probability. Science worksheets cover life science (anatomy, physiology, botany, ecology, and zoology), physical science (chemistry and physics), and earth and space science (geology and astronomy). Many science skills also include reading passages and worksheets to help students learn to think like scientists.

English/language arts worksheets include writing prompts, informational reading passages, grammar worksheets, and vocabulary practice. Content helps improve critical reading skills. Help Teaching also includes worksheets designed to accompany many middle grade, young adult, and classic novels.

High School Education: Math worksheets at the high school level cover everything from basic algebra and trigonometry to geometry, statistics, and calculus. All worksheets have been created by high school and college-level math teachers and many feature complex problems for students to solve. Similarly, all science worksheets were created by science teachers and professors. Worksheets cover science skills and applications, earth science, and biology. Additionally, the site offers chemistry and physics worksheets which include AP level practice opportunities.

High school English worksheets help students improve their grammar skills and learn to distinguish between frequently confused words. Reading passages help build key reading skills through higher-level reading passages. Subscribers will also find worksheets to accompany the study of classic novels.

Parents and educators may also choose to use Help Teaching’s life skills worksheets to help students learn about driving skills, personal hygiene, job search and resume skills, and the basics of cooking and cleaning. Help Teaching also offers a series of graphic organizers and study skills worksheets to help students become more effective in their learning.

Vocational Education: Vocational Education worksheets help students learn skills related to the trades, including cosmetology, carpentry, plumbing, business technology, and culinary arts. All worksheets were created by professionals in their fields. Many feature real-world problems to solve and incorporate high quality images.

Mama May i handmade learning toys

 

Mama May i offers Handmade Wooden Learning Toys, Toddler Games, and Infant Playthings inspired by Montessori and Waldorf Methodologies for Learning through Play and Connecting Through Play Experiences.

Mama May i’s handmade learning toys blend the best of developmental psychology and design to offer a unique learning through play experience.

Plus, Mama May i designs with the perfect combination of style and function.  All of the toys in our product line have been thoughtfully designed, lovingly created, and have won the Play of Approval in the hearts and hands of our young explorers!

Stackers, Loveys, Blocks, Puzzles, Lacing Tools, Nursery Art, Pretend Play, Little People, Children’s Games, and other Educational Waldorf and Montessori Keepsake Toys.

OUR WOODEN TOYS ARE ECO-FRIENDLY, MADE-WITH-LOVE HEIRLOOM QUALITY CREATIONS // individually handmade in the USA, sustain-ably designed, with great care and consideration.  Our toys encourage kids, both big and small, to dive in, make a splash, a scribble, or an inquisitive fiddle on the memories we share together. It warms my heart to know that the products I create are being sent out to loving homes with families who make Connecting Through Play a reality!

Mama, Mama, May I explore?
May I dance, may I sing, may I cry?
May I roam, flap my wings,
Pretend to be king
May I dream, may I play, may I fly?

Mama May i Handmade Wooden Toys and Learning Toys have been featured in major media, and received recognition in blog reviews, partner shopping sites, and more. Here are just some of our mentions – https://www.mamamayishop.com/pages/media-coverage.

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Wings to Soar Online Academy

Many parents homeschool because their child has special needs. Homeschooling may be the best setting if traditional school has not met their needs well. Wings to Soar Online Academy equips and empowers your child with special needs to thrive.

Are you looking for homeschooling programs for a child with special needs? Or are they outside-the-box in their learning style? Do you have concerns about your child’s learning? Need after-school intervention? Whether your child with special needs has an official diagnosis, Wings to Soar Online Academy can help.

Don’t try to recreate school at home. Most struggling learners don’t do well with a pre-packaged curriculum that comes in a box. Most students have a wide range of skill levels within themselves. They don’t fit into a grade level curriculum.

That’s why Wings to Soar Online Academy creates a Path to Success Personalized Learning Plan for each student. Start with requesting free Just-Right Level Assessments. This allows them to start each student at their own Just-Right Level in each skill strand.

Wings to Soar Online Academy specializes in empowering dyslexics and other outside-the-box learners. They offer personalized education through online learning. They partner with parents in 34 US states and 10 foreign countries.

As you search for solutions to help your child, know that “perfect course” may not be the solution for your child. Academic courses are tools, not solutions to learning challenges. Course content and structure should always be your servant and your guide. It should not be your taskmaster. You are teaching a child, not a curriculum. Move as slow as needed, but fast as they are ready in each moment.

That’s how Wings to Soar Online Academy sees curriculum and courses. They meet each child where they are in their development. The child’s needs guide them. They start with what’s working and come alongside you to help with the things that aren’t.

What sets Wings to Soar Online Academy apart is that they

  • Investigate your child’s learning gaps
  • Compile a picture of your child’s strengths and challenges
  • Create a personalized learning plan to fill those gaps
  • Deliver high-interest content
  • Coach parents how to continue the skills we teach
  • Move your child forward through specialized instruction, intervention, individual attention, and accountability.

Wings to Soar Online Academy staff are passionate about empowering dyslexics and other outside-the-box learners. They help them gain the skills and confidence to not just survive but thrive in school and in life. They do this through their whole-person, personalized approach to education.

Wings to Soar helps outside-the-box learners break the chains of shame, failure, and inadequacy that so often surround learning challenges. They empower outside-the-box learners to become the best versions of themselves. They help them embrace their unique wiring and its flip-side strengths. While they specialize in dyslexia intervention, they love helping families thrive.

Enroll in only the portions of the curriculum you need

Choose parts of the curriculum that serve you best. You don’t have to enroll full time into a school if that isn’t the best fit. But that is an option.

  • Personalized Learning Plans for reading, spelling, language, vocabulary, math, and cognitive skills intervention
    • Wings to Soar uses a custom combination of effective online programs for each student. These may include Fast ForWord, Reading Horizons, Dyslexia Gold, Lexia, Headsprouts, Reading Plus, and more.
    • Each child starts wherever they are in each skill strand regardless of where they “should” be.
    • Build skills and fill in learning gaps.
    • This link summarizes their intervention programs. It also includes a few of their more popular packages.
    • Weekly and quarterly reports add outside accountability.
    • When students work in their personalized learning plan 4-5 hours per week, they typically see 1 ½-3 years reading gains within the first school year.
  • Self-Paced Video-Based Courses
    • All academic areas K to 12th-grade level.
    • You can add science, social studies, math, cognitive skills intervention, and electives.
    • Many courses have notes provided to support learners with special needs.
    • Office hours available for extra help when needed.
    • Choose whether you’d like a report and their teacher’s eyes on your child’s work quarterly, weekly, or daily.
  • Small group webcam classes They’ve designed these courses with students with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, in mind. They further personalize to the needs of each student’s special needs. Wings to Soar creates stronger, more confident learners.
    • Just-Right Writing Intervention for 4th-12th-grade age students (3 l3vels)
      • Part of the weekly live online class is for students to learn the writing and learning process.
      • Part is for moms to teach them how to best support their student in writing.
      • Besides the small-group class, 1-1 coaching further personalizes the learning.
    • Integrated Liberal Studies weaves together social studies, literature, composition, and study skills.
    • Biology and Life Science fall 2019

 

Learn more about Wings to Soar Online Academy and how they can help your family. They invite you to start with a free, customized Just-Right Level Assessment. Discover your student’s current levels. Placement assessments are available in each skill-based subject. These include reading, phonological awareness, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, language/grammar, writing, and math.

They set up a customized set of assessments for your child based on your learning concerns. Based on the results they create a custom Path to Success Learning Plan to meet your child’s needs. Check your email for your FREE Path to Success Guide with personalized recommendations.

Ask for your free Just-Right Level Assessments today!