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Get Smart With The Back To School Boutique ~ WIN A 3 Book Prize Pack From DK Canada! #Review #Giveaway

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Where did the Summer of 2014 go? Some kids, like X-Man went back to school this week.  The rest will be heading back to the classroom next week.  Time to open up the books and brush up on the reading, writing and arithmetic skills!!

Did you know that DK Canada Books have an amazing collection of books that can help you help your kids have fun while improving their math skills, writing skills, language skills and more?  Take a quick peek at their Back To School Boutique and you’ll know what I mean.

X-Man has just started Grade 3 this year and it won’t be long before he will be bringing home all kinds of homework night after night.  Maybe it’s just me but, I don’t even remember having homework in Grade 3 like they do now.  I also don’t remember some of the work being as advanced as it seems to be these days. Especially the math.

Good thing we have some of these great DK Canada Books to help us out with X-Man’s math skills:






Written for kids aged 6-7 (Grade 3), Math Made Easy – 10 Minutes A Day comes complete with a built-in 10-minute timer designed to challenge your child to complete specific math tasks all within a 10 minute time frame. Colourful illustrations, easy-to-read font, and well laid out, the Math Made Easy – 10 Minutes A Day book is “based on one of the best and most effective learning strategies – little and often, each title in this series tests a range of skills and knowledge in the areas of number, shape, data-handling, measurement, and probability.”

The Math Made Easy – Expanded Edition is a larger book, written for kids aged 8-9 (Grade 3) and is full of great practice exercises presented in a fun and easy-to-read format.  I must admit, flipping through this book had me scratching my head a bit.  Was I doing math like this in Grade 3? I don’t remember it being this advanced! Maybe this kids today are just smarter 🙂  This book covers concepts like fractions, perimeters of squares and rectangles, logic problems, congruency, multiplication, division, and so much more.  This book even comes with a progress chart with gold stars, so you and your child can track your child’s successes.  Can’t quite figure out one of the answers? No worries, Math Made Easy – Expanded Edition comes with all the answers printed at the back of the book.  This book looks to be a wonderful practice book, and one I’m sure we will use from start to finish this year.

These colourful Canadian Edition math workbooks both support the math curriculum being taught in Canadian schools. For parents wanting something extra to help their kids practice their math skills, these DK Canada Books would make a great addition to after-school learning resources.

Back to school time isn’t just for the young ones.  Even adults need to work to keep their brains sharp.  That’s why I love this book from DK Canada:


With “more than 200 exercises strategies, and tips to boost your memory”, Max Your Memory is a fascinating book that starts off explaining how the brain works.  It examines what memory is, if it’s automatic or not, where memory is stored in the brain, and why we forget. Max Your Memory is filled with all kinds of interesting facts about memory:

  • How do special moments stick in your head?

  • How does visualization boost memory?

  • Why do you never forget how to ride a bike?

  • Why can’t you get that song out of your head?

After trying just a few (so far) of the brain exercises contained in this book, I can definitely understand how some of these techniques can help someone improve their memory. The techniques work!

Ever wonder why your memory is so rich and vivid in details about New Years’ Eve 2000, your wedding day, or a tragic event such as the September 11th terrorist attacks? You can thank your “Flashbulb Memory” for that. This is a “precise, concrete, and long-lasting memory of the context surrounding a special event.”  These types of memories stick in our heads because they are “emotional” memories and because they tend to be retold over and over again.  Do you remember what you were doing on New Years’ Eve 2000? I sure do! I missed a big party with friends because I was so sick with a cold.  I spent my “new Millennium” New Years’ Eve all alone – sick on the couch watching Dick Clark ring in the new year.  What about September 11th?  I can visualize every minute of the moments after I found out about the first plane hitting the first tower. I know where I was, what I was doing, who I was with, what we did when we found out. These memories are as clear for me as the day they happened, and probably always will be.  Those are some of my Flashbulb memories.

DK Canada wants to help your kids get back to school, ready to head to the top of the class – and you to keep your brain sharp!  One lucky Canadian Blog House reader will win THEIR CHOICE of 2 books from the “Back To School/Making Math Fun Boutique” AND a copy of “Max Your Memory”.


Here’s how you can enter for your chance to WIN:

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Disclosure:  Canadian Blog House was provided with these books in exchange for this review.  All opinions are our own.



  1. August 28, 2014

    Amy Heffernan

    I would choose the two math made easy books

  2. August 28, 2014

    Suzanne G

    I would choose the How To Be A Math Genius and Knowledge Encyclopedia.

  3. August 28, 2014


    The math books would be my choice, Math made Easy

  4. August 28, 2014

    Charmaine T

    I would choose Smithsonian History Year by Year and Math Made Easy 10 Minutes a Day: Multiplication. So many great books!!

  5. August 28, 2014


    I would choose 10 Minutes A Day Multiplication and How To Be A Math Genius

  6. August 28, 2014


    I would choose: English Made Easy 10 Minutes a Day: Phonics Kindergarten – 1 and Smithsonian Dinosaur!

  7. August 28, 2014

    Amy C

    I would choose Utterly Amazing Science and 100 Inventions That Made History.

  8. August 28, 2014

    Lynda Cook

    I would probably choose Math Made Easy and Max your Memory

  9. August 28, 2014


    I’d pick : Help your kids with English, History year by year and either Human Body pop-up book or the visual encyclopedia!

  10. August 28, 2014

    kim cayford

    math made easy

  11. August 28, 2014


    Super Human Encyclopedia and Smithonian Dinosaur!

  12. August 28, 2014

    Jennifer P.

    I would choose Smithsonian History Year by Year and Human Body
    A Visual Encyclopedia.

  13. August 28, 2014


    I would choose the Amazing Visual Math Book and the SMITHSONIAN 1000 INVENTIONS AND DISCOVERIES REVISED

  14. August 29, 2014

    Lynn Mathieu

    I would choose the Math Made Easy and Max your Memory!

  15. August 29, 2014


    I would choose My First Encyclopedia & Everything You Need to Know About Dinosaurs.

  16. August 30, 2014

    Silvia D

    The two books would be Math Made Easy and Max your Memory that i would be interested in.

  17. August 30, 2014

    Gillian Morgan

    I would pick the Math Made Easy and Max your Memory books

  18. August 30, 2014

    Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo

    Math Made Easy and Max your Memory books because my memory isn’t quite what it used to be. Or so I think. Truth, I can’t remember. See why I need the book…

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  19. August 31, 2014

    Julie G

    Math Made Easy and Utterly Amazing Science would be my choices.

  20. August 31, 2014

    aarone m

    I would choose one math book and the knowledge encylopedia

  21. September 1, 2014


    Oh, that’s hard. I was checking out there website and I like the The Big Idea Science Book and maybe Smithsonian Knowledge Encyclopedia

  22. September 1, 2014


    My son would probably enjoy the My First Encyclopedia and Dictionary

  23. September 1, 2014

    Brandee H

    I would choose Dinosaurs and Where on Earth? I also really like the Computer Coding books.

  24. September 2, 2014


    The Smithsonian and Math books!

  25. September 3, 2014

    Heidi C.

    Math Made Easy and Max your Memory would be useful references.

  26. September 4, 2014

    Victoria Ess

    I’d choose Utterly Amazing Science and Super Human Encyclopedia

  27. September 5, 2014

    Jennifer Lo

    Math mad easy and Max your memory

  28. September 8, 2014

    Angela Mitchell

    I’d choose Utterly Amazing Science and ENGLISH MADE EASY 10 MINUTES A DAY SPELLING GRADE 4.

  29. September 8, 2014


    max your memory and math made easy

  30. September 10, 2014

    Kate Hearn

    Math made easy and maybe one of the dinosaur books

  31. September 10, 2014

    Marilyn Legault

    Math Made Easy and Smithsonian history

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