I was recently sent a link to a site called Fat Cat Phonics. This educational tool/ learning toy started out as a craft project between mother (Jennifer Powell) and daughter who wanted to give out refrigerator magnet gifts. With the help of her educational consultant friend, it quickly morphed into a valuable learning tool that teaches and reinforces fundamental reading & math skills using a highly engaging hands-on format.to teach phonics and math.
The best part of this program is that the child will be learning through play. That puts this item on my list of possible Christmas presents, not for my high school kids, but for preschoolers through third graders. Check it out, it looks like a great investment and excellent use of the Christmas budget.
Don't just take my word for it. Check out the website which includes a web portal with membership.