I love reviewing it has introduced me to products and services I might never have known about otherwise. One of these is the company Reading Chest; after my review period ran out I gladly subscribed so that my eldest could continue to make good progress with his reading. I have just started a subscription for my youngest to give him the same opportunity as his eldest brother. He is plodding along, slowly getting the hang of it, when he has increased his ability I can gradually work him up the Reading Chest levels. I love how it is structured and the boys look forward to seeing if the post brings with it some new books to read.
My eldest is always excited when I say he has received another certificate for another milestone in his reading, since we first started I think he has got through over 140 books now, which is a wonderful achievement. At school he only brings home one a week so we are flying through them.
My boys do not always like to think I am encouraging learning outside of school hours though, they seem to have willing accepted Reading Chest, probably because they enjoy having their own post and feeling grownup about it! But when I bring out the official learning books I often get a big groan of complaint. Learning needs to be disguised to have their acceptance. I do not want to leave the long summer holiday without some attempt of schooling, but if I look like I am dragging out anything resembling school materials I have soon lost their interest!
So to get round this we try and play lots of games, including top trumps; my eldest has tons of packets, from Dinosaurs to Sea Creatures and epic farm machinery! We even have one packet I can barely stomach looking at, plop trumps (all the different poops of animals scored on smelliness etc charming I know!). It really does help them with their numeracy as they get to grips with all the numbers for different skills. Eldest would play this all day long if I let him.
I also find the boys quite enthusiastic about certain educational apps, even though strictly speaking this is learning. But because they do not think mummy would actively encourage screen time, its seen as a treat and they embrace the maths challenges.
I like taking the boys out to see attractions with lots for them to learn, like Ironbridge, it’s a great history lesson then. Lots of information will be sinking in but wrapped up in a fun family day out.
Reading Chest is offering Missing Sleep Readers £5.00 off their first month’s membership with the promotional code MISSINGSLEEP14 and I am also hosting a competition for one lucky reader to win 6 months of the silver package (to help you survive when school breaks up!). If you would like to enter for a chance of this rather fabulous prize worth £70 then kindly fill out the rafflecopter below by the 10th of July.
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