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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

Read a book together and play I-Spy with the pictures – can your child find something in the book beginning with say P? Or D? You could try lots of other letters, too.

Ask your child to write about a castle they would build for a King or Queen. They could think about how many rooms it would have, what might be in the rooms, and what they’d be used for.

Try breakfast by numbers, using your morning cereal packs to count the number of words beginning with the same letter. Or, for fun, you could try and find rhyming words together.