With Emmy starting a new Pre-School next week I have been actively encouraging her to learn her numbers, alphabet and to recognise her name. I’m not a pushy parent and I don’t expect it to happen over night however don’t expect to have to leave it up the teachers to do either.
Actively encouraging your child to learn doesn’t have to be a chore, as long as you are spending time together and having fun then they will learn – and often faster too as they want to continue.
We were send some new books from HarperCollins Children’s Books for Emmy to review and they have been a huge hit not only with her but with Mummy too.
We have 3 books: Hello Kitty Numbers, Hello Kitty Starting to Write and Hello Kitty Alphabet letters.
Each book has clear instructions for the parent to read out to let the child know what to do and activities to follow, such as tracing the letters or numbers and then counting objects on the brightly coloured pages.
These are aimed at slightly older children perhaps 3-5 year olds however Emmy loved spending quality structured time with me, was able to follow the simple instructions and tried her hardest to trace the letters and numbers, to circle the correct objects and really enjoyed these books.
The books all come with over 100 colourful stickers to reward the child with (Stars, Hello Kitty, characters and phrases too) and they also have a reward chart at the back which can be completed daily and stickers added so your child and you can see their progress.
I haven’t forced Emmy to sit down and use these books at all, as she is only 2 and a half, if she wasn’t interested I wouldn’t do it however as you can see she has attempted herself to complete the tasks, has enjoyed it and even asks each day to do some more. Learning with children doesn’t have to be a chore – Emmy has learnt to recognise numbers and letters through these books and has also gained and is practising pencil control and the correct grip.
In the 1st picture above you can see Emmy grasping the pencil with her fist, however after only a few days she has better control and an almost perfect grip on her pencil.
We have been doing 1 – 2 pages a day and we love these books. Priced at £4.99 I think they are great value and Emmy does too.
Disclaimer: We received these books in exchange for a review however all thoughts and opinions are my own unbiased ones.