This timer had some bad reviews but it really is great. It makes transitions during Guided Reading time efficient and perfect. I suspect that many of the negative reviews about it breaking are because people are not clear on best way to care for it. The timer is a bit fragile and takes a low voltage adapter or AAA batteries. If you are rough or use too high of a power source it can break like some reviews say, However, Learning Resources has wonderful customer service that is super helpful and accommodating. I wish it was a bit more durable, but it is so awesome for the time saving it provides in a tight schedule that it is well worth it.
Like I answered above my only real issue, which wasnt really an issue at all with my children, but there are some small pieces! Other then that we love it. gave it to my kids as a gift and they loved the idea. My older son (8) says it helps keep him focused and in less trouble (lol) and my daughter (Just 5) for her its a proud/self esteem thing. She gets so happy when she can complete a task and put her magnet on the board. The best part about the product itself is that the course are interchangable and realistic for all different ages depending on the ones you pick. this chart board definately was not cheaply made, all you have to do is look at it and see its a high quality product and i dont have to worry about stickers all over my wall and cardboard flimsy choure charts from other stores!!! all around great product!! THANK YOU!!
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