Parragon Gold Stars Big Workbook

Friday, August 22, 2014

Whilst at Britmums Live I got to chat with the lovely Parragon Books team again, who we have worked closely with as book buddies for the past 12 months. They showed me their Gold Star workbooks for children and sent me home with the 'Ready for School Big Workbook' recommended for Pre-school children aged 3-5 years. This was perfectly timed for us with Gracie being so excited to start school soon and so eager to do anything concerning school and learning.

The idea of the workbooks is to encourage children between the ages of 3-11 years old to take part in the 'Summer with Gold Stars' challenge. Keeping them active and engaged over the summer holidays. The idea of the challenge is to complete a page a day in the book for 30 days of the summer holidays. Every child that successfully completes 30 pages of their gold stars book will receive a congratulatory letter and personalised certificate via email.

Although we haven't done a page every day, we have been doing 2-3 pages at a time and have tried to do it once or twice a week. I've found this suits Gracie much more at the moment as I think going from no school type work straight into doing it everyday would have been too much. She gets very excited as soon as she sees the workbook and pencil come out and in the short amount of time we've been doing it I've noticed a huge difference in her concentration levels. She doesn't get as distracted now as she did the first few times and she gets very proud of herself at the end of each page when it's time for the gold star! 

I think these workbooks are brilliant! I have said I'm going to buy more to do at home with her over the next few months to help with the bits she struggles most with so we can keep practising until she's happy and confident with them. 

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