10 reasons why an educational toy isn’t just for Christmas

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We believe educational toys and games aren’t just for Christmas; they inspire a lifetime love of learning! Play nurtures development and is the foundation for all learning, helping children to build everything from communication and language skills to imagination and creativity. With this in mind, we’re confident that our educational toys will be played with all year round and have put together a list of ten areas of development that they support. read more

Tried & Tested – Plot Blocks™ Story Building Activity Set

Product: Plot Blocks™ Story Building Activity Set

Reviewed by: Belinda Robertson, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Establishment: Hitchin Speech Therapy

How did you use the product?

1:1 in a quiet speech and language therapy session, school based.

What was the age
range of the children you used it with?

I used these cubes and composite picture cards with KS1 children – aged 6 – 8 year olds as well as a Year 4, 9-year-old. read more

Imaginations Bloom Over Spring

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Spring time represents a flourishing stage of development with colourful blossoms and longer daylight hours. With only a few months until the end of the school year, it’s the perfect time to support hands-on learning at home as well as encouraging outdoor exploration and discovery. Learning Resources have introduced over 90 new educational toys and games for 2016, and we have selected a few of our favourites, to highlight the key benefits and skills that they help to support. read more

What is the phonics screening check and how do I prepare for it?

The phonics screening check is a quick assessment of your child’s phonics knowledge. Children are presented with 20 words and 20 non-words and will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. It helps schools make sure that your child is making sufficient progress with phonics skills to read words, and are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning. read more

International Literacy Day

Hello!

Today is the International Day of Literacy! Thanks to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) the International Day of Literacy was first celebrated in 1966 to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Celebrations of ILD have been taking place all over the world for 48 years, reminding the international community of the important skills; reading and writing. read more