This summer, for us, signifies the beginning of some choices about D and E’s future education. I’ve made no secret of my thoughts about home education for them both; we send our children to formal school early in this country and the focus on quite specific skills is quite disconcerting for me…
However, the children are hungry to learn and from September I am going to have a slightly more structured approach to our activities – still very much play based but with opportunities for D and E to develop skills such as literacy and numeracy and for E to expand her vocabulary, and D to take those early steps into number and letter recognition.
When I was younger I used to love heading to the shops to get my ‘back to school’ bits and pieces, and I always remember the Collins Atlas and mini dictionary that I was bought – they stood me in good stead throughout my school years and the Atlas is up in the loft, ready to hand down to D and E in due course.
I think Collins are such a trusted publisher of educational resources such as these types of references books – and most importantly they are super affordable. I had a look at their excellent free parents guide and it’s given me a few great ideas for things to do with D and E now that D is headed towards that pre-school age. Primarily though it is about keeping learning fun so that they are eager to formalise that learning in due course – I’m glad it’s a message that is supported by a publisher like Collins.
As well as the learning guide which offers some great information for each stage of your child’s learning Collins are offering a great 25% discount (and free P&P!) on their Collins Back to School Range of books. This offer is available until 30 September 2015 when promo code SCHOOL25 is used on the collins.co.uk website. I’m eyeing up this ‘All About Me‘ book at the moment for D.
I think it is so important so we, as parents, support our children’s learning be it in the early years like Damian and I are currently at, or in the latter years. It’s great that such highly regarded publishers like Collins prepare these materials as it makes that job of navigating the system a little bit easier, and you can rest assured that the books and texts that you’re looking at are reliable. The education system has changed so much since I was at school (which is too many years ago for my liking) so resources like these from Collins really are excellent in helping parents like me to navigate and support their children.
I’m thrilled that Collins are offering one of my readers the chance to win a bundle of goodies to aid that back to school return this September. The prize will be a £100 worth of dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases and revision guides, tailored to your child’s school year. (aged 3-18)
To be in with a chance of winning this fab prize please answer the question below (please submit the answer via the Rafflecopter widget).
A pufferfish lives for 8 years (96 months) and spends 30% of its life in murky water. How many months does it live in murky water?
A) 8 B) 29 C) 33
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