This year, International Literacy Day is on the 8th of September and will highlight the challenges and opportunities in promoting literacy in a digital world. As pioneers for rich, hands-on play experiences, we’ve put together five of our favourite activities to support literacy skills at home.
Name: Sarah Burns from Let Them Be Small
Product Testing: Ten to the Top
Age of children: 4, 3 and 13 months
Sarah is mum to three children aged 4, 3 and 13 months. Life is busy but fun and she is home educating her eldest who would be due to start school in September. Sarah is a blogger and regularly shares posts about her favourite products, days out and home education ideas.
The Guardians of the Deep project aims to involve local people in the protection and monitoring of Kent’s coastal wildlife. It encourages young people to get excited about marine wildlife through a programme of snorkelling activities and practical learning opportunities at coastal sites around the county.
Author: Jackie Edwards from Fractus Learning
Jackie is a mum of two and an editor, researcher and writer. One of her children is on the autism spectrum and she actively finds ways to help her daughter achieve a sense of peace and freedom. She has carried out a lot of research on the impact of sensory environments on brain development and has teamed up with Learning Resources to share ideas for creating sensory environments at home.
Name: Shelly from O Family Learning Together
Age of young learners: 9 and 6 years old
Product Testing: Dive into Shapes! A “Sea” and Build Geometry Set
Shelly is a Chartered Accountant who is now a home-educating mum to two children. She blogs about the learning activities that they do at home and the resources that they have used and enjoyed.
Fine motor skills refer to the small muscle movements in the fingers, hands and forearms. These skills develop over time as children interact with the world around them. As children improve their fine motor skills they will become able to perform controlled and stable movements as well as learning to do more things with their hands independently such as:
Name: Jade from Raising the rings
Age of children: 4 & 2 years
Product Testing: Fox in the Box Positional Words Activity Set
Jade is a mid twenties, West Norfolk mum to two boys Toby and Teddy. Raising the Rings covers parenting, lifestyle, family and much more.
What were your first thoughts when the toy arrived?
Name: Clare from Mudpie Fridays
Age of child: 5 years
Product Testing: Alpha Catch™ Phonics Game
Clare is married with two boys, Monkey aged 5 and Kipper who is 15 months. Mudpie Fridays is a parenting and lifestyle blog that documents her parenthood balancing act between motherhood and corporate career girl. Clare shares crafting and learning activities, ideas for days out as well as product and toy reviews. Clare’s aim for Mudpie Fridays is to be a one stop shop for inspiration for all parents.
Speech and language underpins everything we do and allows us to build relationships and convey feelings. Adults play a critical role in supporting the development of these skills in children by creating language rich, stimulating environments.