Summer holiday Learning

Do you remember when you returned to school after the school holidays and you used to turn to your friend and say 'I've forgotten how to write' or something similar.  Earlier this month I read the following article on the BBC, it looked at the possibility of shortening school holidays and also spoke about the summer forgetting period.  This got me thinking, how can I help my daughter as she starts her first year of school.  I want her to get into good habits so that she doesn't see the summer as a break just a different learning opportunity.  In addition to this I don't want her to feel over whelmed and want her to see learning as fun.

I have started to do two things with her recently, the first is the Parragon books #summerwithgoldstars challenge.  This takes one of Parragon books excellent learning resource and you do a page a day, tweet a picture with the #summerwithgoldstars and after 30 days of doing a page a day the child receives a certificate.  The idea is to keep it simple but to keep learning alive.  By doing just a page my daughter doesn't feel overwhelmed and she keeps up her learning.  I have already noticed a great improvement in her phonics and she is so happy with her gold stars.

The other thing I have started doing is creating our own learning resource.  I have written before about our love for twinkl and of some of the ways we have used twinkl but as I have twinkl premium I also have access to twinkl create.  Twinkl create means I can make my own resources to help my daughters.  This great resource means that everything is personalised to their individual stage of learning.  For example my youngest likes animals so I am currently creating flash cards of animals to help her learn different animals and also to explore different colours of the animals. 

There is such a huge amount of resource available on twinkl that we can turn learning into fun ensuring that my daughter has the best possible start to school. 

To help with learning over the summer I have one premium subscription to give away.  Competition closes on the 15th August GMT at midnight.

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1.This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over, except for those associated with the production company, their families or anyone else associated with this competition. 
2.All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. 
3. All entries must be received by the advertised closing time date. 
4.1 winner will win a Premium twinkl subscription 
5. The winner[s] may be required to take part in publicity. 
6. All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. 
7.The prize is subject to availability. 
8.Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter, and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof. 
9.This Day I love is responsible for the first part of the promotion, which is the publication and adjudication of the competition. All other facilities connected with the provision of the prize are the responsibility of the Promoter. 
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11, Winner will be drawn at Random from all valid entries 
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  1. I would create a jungle theme, my 5 tear old is jungle crazy!

  2. a communication book for my son who is struggling to communicate what he wants at 2 yrs 6

  3. I'd love to use this for my 5 yr old daughter. I've heard so much amazing good things about it .

  4. I would create a story using fire engines and trains - my sons favourite things to keep him interested over the summer

  5. I would create unicorn designs

  6. my grandaughter loves making up stories

  7. im sure my older 3 would create something beautiful for their 2 baby sisters :) x

  8. I would use phonics to help my twins to read and write and make up stories especially one of my boys who has learning difficulties

  9. Reading resources to use with my young son

  10. Jungle all the way here. We're a little obsessed with anything jungle related this summer!


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