Gakken Play Smart Workbooks are bestsellers in Japan where 1 million Play Smart workbooks are sold each year, and the books have been enjoyed by tens of millions of children. The winning Gakken Play Smart formula: - Puts the emphasis on fun - so much so, that children have idea that they're building important skills while they trace lines and shapes, cut and paste objects, solve mazes, create crafts, and tackle other simple, enjoyable activities. - Includes parent involvement: Extensive research asserts that young children learn the most, have the highest rates of literacy, and the most developed math skills, and even social skills when there is parent involvement in the learning process. Every single page of the Play Smart workbooks includes tes to parents offering advice to help each child progress. - Has been proven to strengthen kids' reasoning, decision-making, and concentration skills, which helps them prepare for the classroom - and for life. The fun-first activities in Early Learning - such as matching games, picture puzzles, and playful art projects - improve children's focus, problem-solving and social skills. These are the skills children need t only to thrive in the classroom, but also in life.