Win a Selection of Reading and Activity Books from Oxford University Press

Would you like to win a selection of reading and activity books tailored to the correct stage for your child?  Well at the bottom of this post you can, but first here is a little bit of info about this fantastic new range from the Oxford University Press.

Having spoken with parents of young children as part of extensive market research into home learning, OUP found that many parents were unsure which books were matched to their children’s stage of learning, and therefore struggled to identify which books to read at home. Additionally, while they wanted to support their child’s school learning at home, they wanted the process to be fun, rather than to feel like a chore tagged on to already busy lives.

To help children to make progress at home, whilst encouraging reading and learning for pleasure, OUP has created two new ranges of reading and activity books – Read with Oxford and Progress with Oxford –  and Read with Oxford Stages, a new, clear, and comprehensive six-stage levelling system to support learning progression at home.

The OxfordOwl website now hosts extensive new and free supporting materials for use at home. Not sure where to start? Try our simple test to find out which Read with Oxford Stage is best for your child, or have a look on www.oxfordowl.co.uk to find out more about each stage, including tips to support your child at home, free activities, downloadable activity sheets, and suggested reading lists.

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Knowing What to Expect On The First Day Of Preschool

The first day that your child attends preschool can be very tough on both the children and parents. It will likely be the first time that you and your child have been away from each other for a daily set period of time, and it can be just as nerve-wracking for a parent as it is for the child. However uncomfortable this feeling may seem, it is something that parents and children must get used to as a daily routine, and one that will continue through the years.

Knowing What to Expect On The First Day Of Preschool

We’ve put together this brief guide so that you can know what to expect on the first day that your child attends preschool to help try and alleviate some of the anxieties. It helps to be prepared as much as possible for this day ahead before sending your child to preschool day care in Brisbane or in your local area.

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Yorkshire Water: The Yorkshire Fish Pass Scheme

In my day job (when I’m not on maternity leave!) as part of my job role I’m a fishmonger. So anything to do with sustainable fishing, the environmental agency, nature and rivers I find really fascinating. In fact a few years back I studied an environmental studies course with the Open University. This was before I got into blogging.

When I heard that up in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Water board were getting involved in fish pass schemes to help with reserve and improve fish preservation I wanted to help and share the work they are doing. I love Yorkshire, it’s a beautiful county with so much nature, picturesque views and places to explore.

Yorkshire Fish Pass Scheme

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Top Books for Encouraging Discussion

*This is a guest post from Gemma over at Mummy’s Waisted on her top books for encouraging discussion in preschoolers. 

We get through a lot of books in our house, with a five year old boy and two year old girl. There are some which have remained favourites for a long time though, through my son as a pre-schooler and now in Reception, and now onto my daughter. It seems that the books which stay popular for us are those which prompt a lot of further discussion, or attempting to copy what’s in the book!

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Celebrating British Science Week With The Project Mc2 Doll

Last year you may have remembered that I reviewed the Project Mc2 doll – Ember Evergreen. This year I’m happy to share with you another Project Mc2 doll – Camryn Coyle in celebrating British Science week. Plus at the end you have the chance to win her!

British Science week is a ten-day celebration from the 9th -18th March of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. You can take part in the week by organising an event. The British Science week organisation will help you plan by providing free activity and support resources. They welcome and support any type of organiser, from schools to community groups, and from parents to large organisations. Or you can take part by just popping along to a pre-existing event.

Celebrating British Science Week with Project Mc2 Doll

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How to introduce colour into early years teaching

The importance of colour in early years.

Babies begin to learn from the second that they are born. But stimulating a child’s mind and helping them develop their awareness are crucial to ensuring that they absorb as much as possible in the early years.

Where does colour come into learning and development? Infinite Playgrounds, designers and creators of playground canopies, investigate:

Colour and early years development

When a baby is born, they can only see in monochrome. Until around eight months when their colour vision is fully developed, an infant is unable to distinguish the difference between colours. However, by ages three or four, a child can recognise basic shades — and frequent exposure can help strengthen this skill.

Why do children need to learn about colour?

When a baby reaches eight months, it can be beneficial for them to be surrounded by different colours. This can help them make colour connections early on in life and experts have said that showing patterns to a baby is important, as it provides visual and cognitive stimulation.

Being able to identify the primary colours is important, but so is naming shades. Learning these allows children to recognise significant visual hues — such as red as a code for danger. It is useful outside of the curriculum too — for example; knowing the difference between a red and a blue coloured tap.

When a child is confident in naming colours, they become more able to read and write maturely. Describing an object without saying its colour is difficult! Similarly, colour is an important part of descriptive techniques, so learning about colour also helps exercising their imaginations when creating a story.

The Importance of colour in early years Photo by Greyson Joralemon on Unsplash

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