Now that Angel is turning six end of the year, she has been very interested in picking up new words and learning to spell. As if books and spelling lists are not enough, she also likes to read signboards, labels, posters and basically anything that has words on it. Obviously, I am very heartened to see that she has a thirst for knowledge and at times, as a mum, I wonder how I can help my preschooler to learn new words and build up her vocabulary.
The thing is, I don't want our sessions to become mundane or wearisome. I want the learning to be fun, exciting and hopefully something that the girl will look forward to. Yes, I'm a firm believer that learning works best through play. So when Scholastic Education, the world's largest children books publishing and distribution company, sent over a series of books targeted at children aged 4 to 7, I was really excited to see how they could spice up our learning sessions.
Sam and Sally series
If your child loves to spot hidden pictures and do colouring, then the Sam and Sally series is definitely one that I will recommend. Angel has really been into spot the differences and crossword puzzles lately, so it was natural that she fell in love with these hidden picture puzzles the first time she saw them.
Each book features:
There are three different titles in the series, namely Sam and Sally At Home, Sam and Sally Go to School and Sam and Sally Out and About. Each title is divided into units related to the theme so that the child can learn more in depth. The contents page clearly indicates the pictures contained in the book and it is easy to pick out what you want, for instance, the first thing that Angel picked in Sam and Sally At Home was the garden because she is such an animal lover.
My World series
Next up, My World series is one that I think encourages the child to explore further and think more in depth through the use of visual stories. There are two titles in this series, namely My World of Words and My World of more Words.
Part 2 is where the problem is resolved and there is writing exercise where the child has to identify and write the words which help to reinforce understanding. There is a second 'Talk about' section to discuss about how the story has developed. Next, there is a 'Share about' section which helps the child to relate the story to everyday life and boost his/her speaking skills.
The 'Write about' section requires the child to fill in the missing words in the passage using the vocabulary learnt in the story. Yes, there's quite a bit of writing involved! Lastly, which is also my favourite part, there is the 'My Word Bank' where your child can fill in any additional word he/she thinks is related to the story but not indicated in the word list.
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a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: We received the Sally and Sally series and My World series from Scholastic Education for review purposes. All opinions are our own.