As regards printing, text and layout, and the excellent presentation of the comprehensive teacher's file, all the components items of the materials pack demonstrate an equally high standard of production.
The material provides a particularly large range of varied topics including Technology in everyday life, farm animals and edible plants or vehicles and traffic which have been carefully designed to meet the specific needs and interests of the kindergarten audience.
The teacher's file has been particularly well designed with a really substantial introduction to the material concept, very detailed lesson plans, outstanding cross-referencing of learning activities and resources or genuinely relevant photographs showing learners carrying out tasks.
The lack of a student book means activities are guided 'invisibly' by the teacher, and learning does not seem like studying. This makes the transition to school easier, more enjoyable and more natural.
Playful icebreaker and teambuilding activities and making rules together are a great way to help the class and the teacher to get to know each other in an informal, non-stressful way.
Instead of children being obliged to sit at a table for long periods of time, learning takes place through group activities, discussion, reading and listening, discovery and lots of movement-based games.
The book series is characterized by a very appropriate graphic design. Illustrations are age appropriate, provide great visual support, and stimulate kids' imagination, thinking and creativity. The overall graphic solutions foster children's interest and motivation.
The rich variety of activities (colouring, drawing, rhyming, singing, listening to and telling/sharing stories, matching objects, writing, even solving simple problems) facilitate the learning process, address specific learning styles, and impact on different aspects of children's development.
Teaching and learning with the book series take into account the advantages of both individual and group work, and create stimulating fun and collaborative environment.
A set of concise and useful introductory guidelines gives parents or teachers very helpful advice so as to support children in the acquisition of reading skills and check their progress.
The back cover interestingly displays the letters introduced in different readers of the series, thus facilitating consolidation.
The gradual introduction of letters, one reader after the other, as well as the systematic recycling of letters and words used in previous texts in new stories, ensure the learners a secure memorization and a careful progression.
The material includes a wide range of different types of tasks and learning activities among which detective work, exercises, role play, games, or self-assessment.
The digital teacher assistant DVD provides a version of the course which can used on a white board with a lot supplementary materials including very lively animated videos, songs, flashcards, exercises or didactic hints for the teacher.
The French language content has been carefully and suitably chosen with really up-to-date French environment as well as the selection of expressions like "génial, trop cool, nul" actually used by French school learners of the same age.
Lessons' structure is well designed. Through appropriate design, colour differentiation, photographs and other graphics, lessons' content is clearly presented.
Both the workbook and the atlas offer extended and differentiated learning opportunities. The study material can be successfully practiced in the context of the suggested activities. Immediate feedback regarding the results is a plus.
The audio and video records, the added value of the avatar application in digital versions along with the assessment tasks, portfolios and project based work motivate and facilitate student learning process and outcomes.
The interspersed "Methode" activities in the learner's manual are particularly attractive as they offer clearly described step by step motivating activities which can helpfully serve as consolidation practice or as an assessment task for the preceding units.
The different components of the learning pack are carefully cross-referenced and enable the learners easily navigate between the learner's manual, the workbooks or the dedicated website.
The learners are invited to think about their personal position concerning the questions raised by the course, especially in the section "Denk weiter" where one of the suggested task can be carried out using a smartphone.
There is a very good balance of race, nationality, gender and age. Students can identify but also learn about cultural differences.
Mother tongue is used where appropriate; the students are not discouraged to talk in Norwegian if the topic is interesting but encouraged to use German whenever possible.
Grammar and structures are secondary to communication and task-based learning, so some structures that normally are introduced early are introduced later because they are not needed to achieve relevant communication.
Each of the units provide really useful specific language through business glossaries enabling the students to acquire vocabulary for vocational purposes.
The material interestingly deals with intercultural aspects, for example informing and advising students about different forms of address, greetings or introduction in business which they could encounter in India, Japan or in Muslim countries.
The implementation of on line tasks is adequately designed, enabling the learner to successively have a first try, display his/her score to the exercise, display the actual solutions and eventually retry.
Lesson's structure is simple, overall graphic design is appropriate. The digital versions assist successfully teaching-learning processes.
Teacher's manual has unified structure which makes its use easy and effective. Included recommendations and advice are straightforward. The digital version assists teachers in their planning and implementation activities.
The physical education pack has taken into account intercultural awareness and sensitivity. Gender representation is balanced; the two characters used in the textbook contribute additionally to this aspect.