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Chat through stories

Your children will love you reading with them, especially if you ask questions as you go through the story together. It can help them remember new words, get more involved in the story, and keep them interested.

Quick Quack Quentin

Talk to your child about how Quentin might feel at the beginning of the book when he sounds different from other ducks. Have they ever felt the same way?

A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

The boy in the book has a very large backpack – what could be in there? Ask your child which items they would carry in their backpack if they were to go for a walk in Bear Country. They could draw them, and label the different items.

Favourite animal

After reading about all about the different animals, ask your child to choose their favourite one and draw and label it in their booklet. We love the giraffe.

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

You can play guessing games anywhere and everywhere. It’s an easy way to make a walk to school, or a car or bus journey more fun. Just think of a number between 0-30 and get your child to guess what it is. You can help them by saying ‘higher’ or ‘lower’.

Choose a letter of the alphabet, then ask your child to write down a food, an animal, a name, and a place that begins with this letter.

Get your kids to help a ‘book buddy’ to read. Buddies can be a younger sister or brother, or even a favourite soft toy. Letting your child help their book buddy to read will keep them occupied, and help them with their own reading.