I love the school summer holidays. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I am a stay at home mum so I get to spend time with the children and don’t have to worry about childcare.
We have had loads of fun this summer and we ended with moving home which was exciting – to say the least.
Being a teacher though, I always have learning on my mind and I realise the importance of continuing learning throughout the summer so that children are in touch. I know they learn through experience but the writing part is also essential.
I don’t make them sit and work like they would in school but I do make them do a bit of writing. Here’s where I found that workbooks are very handy. I was sent the Carole Voderman 10 Minutes a Day set of books from DK Publishing, which were quite challenging and fun.
I was sent –
– 10 Minutes A Day Spelling Fun (ages 5-7) (DK, £5.99)
– 10 Minutes A Day Vocabulary (ages 7-11) (DK, £5.99)
– Made Easy Spelling Punctuation and Grammar (ages 5-7) (DK, £3.99)
– 10 Minutes A Day Maths (ages 5-7) (DK, £5.99)
The titles say it all – it’s 10 minutes a day which is not a lot of time to spend learning so the children don’t really complain. Of course, I try and ensure that they do some home study for more than that daily during the holiday.
The books come with a timer which also further challenges the child to finish the lesson within a time frame helping them to be time efficient.
The Spelling Fun helped Ethan to identify vowel sounds (long and short sounds) and learn rules for formation of plurals and adding suffixes and prefixes.
Jadyn has a good vocabulary as she loves reading. Some of the bits of the book were challenging for her and helped reinforce and increase her knowledge of homophones, homographs, metaphors and similies.
The Maths book was challenging because of the time element and it inspired Ethan to work faster.
I liked these books as even when you have completed the lesson, you can always come back to it and improve your time thus reinforcing the concepts learnt.
The workbooks are colourful and are child friendly and I am glad to say that the children enjoyed working on them. They are really handy too and the children having used the timer, then proceeded to time themselves when working on other homework.
Here’s a little more about the books and Carole Voderman –
Carol Vorderman is the number one bestselling children’s education author* and is the author of the 10 Minutes A Day Spelling Fun and 10 Minutes A Day Vocabulary workbooks, newly released as part of the English Made Easy range published by DK. Carol Vorderman MA (Cantab) MBE, is one of Britain’s best-loved TV presenters and is renowned for her skills in mathematics. She has hosted numerous shows from light entertainment with Carol Vorderman’s Better Homes and The Pride of Britain Awards, to scientific programmes such as Tomorrow’s World, on the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4. Whether co-hosting Channel 4’s Countdown for 26 years, or advising Rt. Hon David Cameron on the future of UK mathematics education, Carol has a passion and devotion to explaining educational subjects in an exciting and easily understandable way.
To know more about the range please visit DK.com