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Book Review (by Natasha 08/05/17) - Ladybird Start School Collection (with pictures below)
The “Start School” collection are an amazing set of books and are perfect for pre-schoolers as well as school age children. They are a way to show your children what they are going to experience at school. The books do this through each of their interactive elements. These include push out pieces, flaps to lift, holes to peek through and a clock with moveable hands. They show the fun and routine things that children get to experience at school. Through very vibrant illustrations and easy to follow text you get to experience finding your peg, playing dress up, getting changed for PE, playing in the playground at break time, having lunch and telling the time.
“My School Peg” shows what a typical day at school might be like, from finding your peg to playing. The “My Tick Tock Day” book is perfect for getting children started on learning to tell the time. “When I Start School” deals with some of the common worries that children have about staring school, which will make them realise they are not alone. It also encourages them to acknowledge their feelings in order to deal with them. “My New Playground” shows the fun children can have at break times and “School Lunch” is a great lift-the-flap book that shows the fun lunch boxes and food children can have when they go to school.
I absolutely love these books. We have had most of them for about 10 years now and I used them for when Kayleigh was going to start school. Obviously, I didn't need them for the boys because they never went to school as we home school now but they have still enjoyed reading them. We love the large colourful pictures, as well as the easy to read text.
Children often get nervous and anxious about starting school and these books are a way of alleviating some of that fear. It will prepare them and help them feel more confident about starting such an important journey in their lives. They will even get excited about it because it teaches them through play. The illustrations of the children are very relatable for small children and they will easily be able to imagine themselves doing the same things. This will then progress with them when they go to school for the first time. They will have a sense of familiarity, making them feel more comfortable in the new surroundings. If your children are not going to school, then these are still great books for learning about different ways of life.
My favourite, out of the collection, is “My School Peg”. I love that it has pieces for you to place on each page to make you feel like you are part of the story and actually carrying out those tasks yourself. It helps children engage with what is happening in the story, which makes it so much more enjoyable for them. This is one book that Kayleigh and I enjoyed again and again and again, and we never got bored of it! For education and fun purposes, these books do not disappoint.
Ladybird Start School Collection
Bobble and Knit Book Club
5 out of 5
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