Those who follow me with any frequency will know we are considering home educating the children, and that they’re not in nursery. I’ve been keen to try to help the children to learn and have skills that would be equivalent to their peers, should we decide to go down the traditional school route. With that in mind a few months back I picked up a workbook from the Collins Easy Learning range. I’m not entirely sure where or when I picked it up, but I’d left it in amongst the colouring and wipe clean books with no real plan about when we might use it. (there are affiliate links in this post)
However, Mr D spotted it a few weeks back and was keen to take a look. He really enjoyed doing it (it was the Counting one that we were working through) and he was keen to complete a double page spread in one go, colouring in the star at the bottom until he reached the end of the book and gained the certificate.
Since Mr D has been doing these workbooks I’ve noticed a real improvement with his pen control – he can write a good few letters and numbers clearly and with relative ease.
There are quite a few in the series of books, including:
- Starting School,
- Reading and Rhyme
- First Phonics
- Shapes, Colours and Patterns
- Size and Measurement
- A B C
We were kindly sent the range to review and we have been working through them together bit by bit. I’m keen to never make it feel like work, so we seem to go through weeks where the children want to do their ‘learning books’ each day, and then can go a week or so when they don’t show much interest. Both these are fine because when they do engage with the books they’re learning and I’ve noticed a big improvement in Mr D’s pencil control. Miss E too is increasingly engaged and I’ve noticed some real developments with her and her ability to count and use certain descriptive phrases.
I have been really impressed with these workbooks, they engage the children and they are split into bitesize sections which the children can dip in and out of