There are so many workbooks on the market that it is often confusing to know which to buy. I usually rely on well known brands (Bond, Letts, etc) and was intrigued by this title, which I had not seen before, and decided to give it a try. It is written by Victoria Olubi, a private tutor, who has a newsletter and has also published other workbooks - "Clever Comprehension" and "Excellent English 11+". I have not seen those titles, but I felt this workbook had some real limitations. Firstly, it is very short - in fact, only 24 pages long. The book itself is printed in black and white; it isn't particularly colourful or attractive and, although not really necessary at this age, there is no answer book included. That may become an issue if answers are not included in her workbooks for older children, although I do not know if that is the case.
The workbook covers verbs, adjectives, nouns, punctuation, alphabetical order, writing practice, vowels, spelling, high frequency words, 100 super words, creating new words and rhymes. However, what your child actually has to do is quite undemanding. For example, in the 'verbs' section, there are sentences and your child has to underline the verb in each section or add a missing verb. There is lots of writing practice, which is good, although quite basic. One example is a picture of a little woman (rather like Mrs Pepperpot) and the instruction, "write a story to go along with the picture." More of an issue is the 'spelling practice' and list of 'super words'. Every word, regardless of whether it needs a capital letter or not, has one. So you have words such as: Me, Full, Hard, Back and They. I feel it is quite confusing for young children, who may 'mislearn' to spell the word with a capital letter that it doesn't need unless, obviously, it is used at the beginning of a sentence.
Overall, this was quite disappointing. Most of the activities you could easily do yourself - for example, providing a picture and asking your child to write about it, or creating a spelling list to learn. There are much better books on the market for SAT's practice for this age group, for example Bond No Nonsense English 5-6 Years (Bond Assessment Papers), Bond No Nonsense English 6-7 years (Bond Assessment Papers), Letts 11+ Success - English Age 6-7: Assessment Papers or KS1 English SAT Buster - Spelling. As well as not providing more than basic questions in the main areas of the English curriculum it is not particularly engaging or attractive and I found my daughter was not keen to complete it - although the pages she did finish she completed very quickly.
on 6 March 2013
If you want to provide your young ones with an educational book that they can get hand on practice with, this is a good choice. It covers all of the main English language areas, such as verbs, nouns, adjectives, punctuation, and spelling, to name but a few. Kids will find it easier to learn and remember what they learn by doing the exercises in the book. The book is simple but effective, which is what you need for younger kids in order to keep their attention.
on 6 March 2013
What I really like about this book is that it is designed to keep kids interested, which as any parent knows can be a difficult task when they are five or six years old. There were some great exercises in the book for kids to try for themselves, as well as some graphics. I think the exercises are the best bit about the book, as this will really help young kids to learn.