Wednesday, August 28, 2013
#ReadItMD13 Theme Week - "Back to School" - Learning books that really don't feel like 'school' books
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:42 AM Labels: #ReadItMD13 Theme Week, Back to School Week, Bright Sparks Range, First Readers, Lets Start Reading, Marks and Spencer Books, National Curriculum
|Marks and Spencer "Bright Sparks" First Writing|
Phew! That's a tall order, and the range comes from somewhere you probably might not expect. Marks and Spencer have several book ranges but we're huge fans of the "Bright Sparks activity books, covering a diverse range of numeracy, literacy and science subjects but in fun and exciting ways.
"First Writing" mixes wipe-clean pages with stickers and activities for children just learning to write and form letters on their own.
Moving on to books for slightly older children in the Bright Sparks range...
We have recently dug out our own copies of the Bright Sparks books we've bought to get Charlotte back into the swing of things before school starts back up. Though we had school work plans and sheets sent home for the holidays, they're quite often bulk printed in black and white whereas the Bright Sparks range are nice and colourful with less of that "school" feel to them.
We often find it quite tough to get Charlotte in the right mood for tackling exercises and class-set stuff but we have the exact opposite experience with the Bright Sparks books, in fact we often have to try and rein her in a bit as she loves them a bit TOO much and would probably happily stay up till midnight completing them.
M & S also do a fantastic range of early reader storybooks.
Picking familiar stories and characters and giving them an early reading 'tweak' without resorting to dry phonics-style exercises, these books have been a massive help in boosting Charlotte's reading. Again we often struggle with class-set texts (as much as we love the Biff, Chip and Kipper range - they're instantly identified as school books and it can be quite tough to get Charlotte to engage with them and complete them for her homework assignments.
These are great as they're fairly short (so attention spans don't wander), perfect for bedtime reading (subjects and content are familiar and 'comfy' for children) and the word pick panels allow children to easily read, pick out and then recognise key words throughout the stories.
They're nicely written and illustrated and the price is very reasonable too (these retail for around £2.40 which is ludicrously good value).
So next time you're popping into M & S for a new pair of undies, check out the children's book section and you'll be pleasantly surprised. We really do recommend the Bright Sparks workbooks as they're great to take away on holiday, or to grandparents so that children can settle down and boost their brain power without feeling pressured.
Check out our previous reviews of the Early Readers range