Want to help your tweens study like pros? You’re going to love Big Fat Notebooks! They’re like having all the notes from the smartest kid in the class right at your fingertips. These are seriously the coolest study aides I’ve ever seen! I partnered with Workman Publishing to share this fabulous resource for your middle school kids (and you!).
With back to school season starting in just a couple of weeks (we go back on August 29th), I’ve been in overdrive trying to get Jacob ready for middle school. It’s such a huge transition for him after spending K-5 in the same elementary school. I think I’m almost as nervous as he is, especially about the course load that he’ll be facing. The classes are a lot different than he’s used to, with separate teachers for every subject. I talked to a middle schooler who told me he had as many as 15 different teachers every semester! I worry that he’ll have a harder time keeping up with the lessons since everything moves at a much faster pace.
Big Fat Notebooks Middle School Study Guides to the Rescue
Big Fat Notebooks are amazing. Simply amazing. I’ve never been so impressed with a study aide. Even Jacob, who honestly isn’t really looking forward to getting back to school work, has already dived in and started reading them. The books were designed by the incredible brains at Brain Quest, and each one covers exactly what your tween needs to know for five different classes. They cover all the main subjects: Math, Science, American History, World History and English Language Arts.
Inside each book, you’ll find engaging, colorful information laid out in an easy-to-follow way. The books use vivid neon colors to highlight critical ideas and fun doodles to illustrate the trickiest concepts. You’ll also find mnemonics to help you remember things. At the end of each chapter, your tween can test his knowledge with quizzes.
The Big Fat Notebooks meet every major standard of education, including Common Core, and every single word is vetted by award-winning teachers. Best of all, these study guides actually make learning FUN! Let’s check out the book descriptions, then I’ll tell you a bit more about what I really love about them.
Big Fat Notebooks Series Book Descriptions
Everything You Need to Ace Math . . . covers everything to get you over any math hump: fractions, decimals, and how to multiply and divide them; ratios, proportions, and percentages; geometry; statistics and probability; expressions and equations; and the coordinate plane and functions.
Everything You Need to Ace Science . . . takes readers from scientific investigation and the engineering design process to the Periodic Table; forces and motion; forms of energy; outer space and the solar system; to earth sciences, biology, body systems, ecology, and more.
Everything You Need to Ace American History . . . covers Native Americans to the war in Iraq. There are units on Colonial America; the Revolutionary War and the founding of a new nation; Jefferson and the expansion west; the Civil War and Reconstruction; and all of the notable events of the 20th century—World Wars, the Depression, the Civil Rights movement, and much more.
Everything You Need to Ace World History . . . kicks off with the Paleolithic Era and transports the reader to ancient civilizations—in Egypt, Greece, India, China, Africa, Rome; the middle ages across the world; the Renaissance; the age of exploration and colonialization, revolution and imperialism, and the modern world and the wars and movements that shaped it.
Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts . . . covers everything to get you your best marks: grammar, including parts of speech, active and passive verbs, Greek and Latin roots and affixes; nuances in word meanings; textual analysis, authorship, structure, and other skills for reading fiction and nonfiction; and writing arguments, informative texts, and narratives.
What I really love about the Big Fat Notebooks
Aside from the fact that they break down every subject in a way that my son can follow, I find these to be an extremely valuable resource for me! I graduated high school in 1993. Over twenty years ago. Things have changed so much! Even with the things that are the same, I’ve forgotten quite a bit over the years. These books are like a refresher course for me.
The Everything You Need to Ace Math book is especially priceless for me. I’ve never been strong in math. By the middle of 4th grade, I was already struggling to help Jake with his homework. Last year, in 5th grade, I was completely lost. I’ve already started studying the Big Fat Notebook math study guide so I can at least try to help Jake this year. Since it’s designed for middle school kids, I’m actually able to follow it too. I’ve been enjoying reading the other books as well. I’ve always loved history, so I’m brushing up on my knowledge now, that way when Jake needs help, I’ll be ready.
Most of all, I love that these books have found an engaging way to help kids learn. Jake does better when he actually finds the subject interesting. By using plenty of colors and a fun format, Big Fat Notebooks manages to make even the subjects that your kids find boring more exciting. I’m showing these to everyone I know with middle graders. They really are a must-have back to school supply!
Learn more about these revolutionary study guides at the Big Fat Notebook website. Ready to buy? Head to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound or Workman and grab them now so you’ll be ready for the start of the school year. Follow Workman Pub on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr to keep up with news.
Big Fat Notebooks Giveaway
Enter below for a chance to win a set of Big Fat Notebooks and some really cute branded school supplies, including highlighter/pen combos, a notepad, and jigsaw sticky notes. The sticky notes are really cool! They’re perfect for flagging important pages in your book.
Giveaway is open to US residents age 18+ and ends on August 29th.