It is important to realise this attractive looking booklet is a `workbook' and not a textbook, and as such it is suited to one-off use by a single child. It is large size (approx. 8 inches x 12 inches) but slim with only 30 coloured pages of questions and 8 black & white pages of answers (pull out). However slim it may appear it embraces many hours of involvement (probably 4-6 hours for overall completion). Parental help will depend on the individual child but the target age band of 6-7 years and linking to Key Stage One is appropriate (there are additional booklets in the series for ages 5-6 for Key Stage One and 7-8, 8-9, 9-19 & 10-11 years for Key Stage Two).
Unlike the `Maths' booklets those for `English' do not always have set answers as children are asked for personal information or to give selective responses. Questions are set and portrayed temptingly for children to interact with a range of subjects including phonics and sounds, sentences, prefixes and suffixes, riddles, compound words, adjectives, punctuation etc. plus poems, non-fiction and fiction, facts etc. The appearance of pages as `play' scenarios makes learning almost subconscious, and the final page is a game as a form of `snakes and ladders' entitled `Race to the Cabin'. Each booklet is relatively cheap and likely to be purchased by parents to supplement school work, rather than purchased by schools where in any event schools will be teaching via their own procedures and methods. However I understand from a daughter/teacher that, in response to demands from parents for homework to be set, such booklets are used by schools (at parents' expense).
on 16 February 2012
This 'Practice & Learn: English (Age 6-7)' has been put together in a way that makes learning very attractive for children. Half the battle at times is making learning enjoyable and this learning aid helps to avoid those awkward "Oh Dad do we have to?" situations.
Our five year old daughter along with our seven year old son have both enjoyed using this book to complement their school learning. Some questions our younger daughter can answer and other more challenging questions our son has been tackling.
Liberal use of illustrations help make this English book a positive learning experience for children and not something they dread. Often the same concept is considered from different angles helping to reinforce learning of a particular concept.
Good fun: I would confidently recommend this book to any parents with children within the age range.
This is a colourful workbook. The clip-art style graphics are just eye catching enough to keep the student interested, without proving to be a distraction. There is a mixture of exercises, including writing words and sentences, circling words, reading out loud, colouring, and drawing lines to connect the question and the answer.
The topics covered in this book are Phonics Practice, Air and Ear Sounds, More Than One, Writing Sentences, Prefixes and Suffixes, Tongue Twisters, Riddles, Compound Words, Adjectives, Questions, Punctuation, The Same and Opposite, Joining Sentences, Poems, Non-fiction, Finding Facts, Fiction and Checking Your Work.
The centre pages contain the answers. You also get helpful learning tips such as, 'For extra practice, ask your child to look at family photographs and write a few sentences to describe what is happening in each picture.'
There is an English-based board game printed on the inside back cover, called Race To The Cabin. It's either an opportunity to help the student revise, or a potential distraction from the task of completing the previous pages. Your mileage will vary, depending on the dedication and focus of the student.
My niece loved this activity book, although I have the sneaky suspicion that she found it rather easy to go through. My brother's little bundle joy is 5 and half so well within the target audience so to speak! Her critique was rather interesting and I must say ahead of her age! She loved the bright colours and the page layout and remarked that books like these should not be too long as it is easy to lose interest, the little cherub! The tasks were nice and varied and the board game at the end meant that, even after completing most of the tasks she would look at again, what was nice is the fact that book is packed with a lot of key skills, but to name a few:-
2.Prefixes and Suffixes
3.Same and Opposite
Above is just a sample of the areas covered in this edition. To some sum then a very nice a colourful way in which to engage a young mind without making it look and feel it's another school set, homework based exercise. Therefore `we' give it a well worthy 4 stars.
This is a large and colourful book that provides exercises to help a child make his/her way through English Key Stage 1 (ages 6-7). Each page contains one or more themed tasks for a child to complete alone or with a teacher. The tasks typically require the child to highlight or write correct words in answer to questions, colour-in pictures of objects described in words, construct parts of sentences, or write sentences about a given subject. The centre pages contain the answers. These may be pulled out to separate them from the book, so the teacher or child may check later that the answers given are correct.
The writing standard is generally excellent, as you might expect. It occasionally misuses proper nouns, and throws in a few unexplained apostrophes but, other than that, I am very impressed with it. As a professional writer reviewing this book, I think it's a really good introduction to using words. It is organized into topics that become progressively more difficult, and it presents each topic in an engaging way. The illustrations are not great, but they do add colour and interest to every page. A good effort!
I have come across CGP texts previously, but this is the first time I have used their children's range of workbooks.
This 32 page book is more of a revision book than a workbook.
There are questions, quizzes and puzzles to reinforce the lessons which your child has had. They are obviously for children who have already learnt what prefixes, suffixes, adjectives, punctuation, etc, are.
Games include word searches, riddles, complete the sentences, and crosswords. There is also a "Race to the Cabin" game inside the back cover.
The centre pages form an answer booklet, so if you are unsure you can check the answers yourself.
The pages are a little on the thin side and, because children tend to press hard with their writing implements, they could easily tear the pages.
I would recommend that you copy the relevant worksheet, especially if more than one child is going to use the book.
You may want to look at some of the junior puzzle books such as junior crosswords and word searches for further English tutoring.
I got this for my 5-year-old who is in Reception Year. It's mostly too advanced for her; it is aimed a higher age group after all so it'd be wrong if it wasn't. There is some stuff she could do but the rest we'll wait until later to teach her. The topics in the book are:
- Air and ear sounds
- Prefixes and suffixes
- Tongue twisters and riddles
- Compound words
- Words that are the same and opposities
- Joining sentences
- Non-fiction and fiction
- Finding facts
- Checking over your work
The book has an answers section which can be pulled out of the centre so the answers can be checked. This will be useful for parents to check their child's work, but do take it out before you give the book to your child in case they are tempted to cheat.
Overall then: a useful aid to your child's learning if they are 6-7, but to be used in conjunction with other teaching.
I have also got the Maths edition of this Practice & Learn series, and this book follows very much in the same vein with its clear and colourful approach. The eldest of my nieces and nephews is 6 (I think...) and seems quite academically forward. This book seemed to cover his abilities well, which is encouraging both for him, and in the teachings he must have received at school.
I did have occasional moments of doubt with the book's use of grammar, which I notice has been highlighted in some of the other reviews here (which in itself is reassuring, as I thought I was imagining it at first). I imagine the days of perfect Queen's English is long gone, so we probably can't be too fussy on our insistence of certain grammatical nuances that we may have been taught in our youth. As long as we can do our best to stop as much "street" talk and slang especially at this young age, then that's probably the best we can hope for, considering the exposure children have through the media.
Getting any child to do extra homework is a task in itself, so a nice, easy to use and fun looking system for improving children's language and writing skills is a bonus.
Practice & learn English for 6 to 7 year olds is aimed at the Key Stage 1 to early Key Stage 2 market and the wealth of different tasks suits this age bracket well. In fact, it could be just as useful for slightly older children who may be struggling with their English skills.
The best use of this training tool will be as an extra guide on top of more structured work. This is not meant to replace standard schooling, but is a fun way to extend this beyond the classroom. The colourful designs and range of activities, from poems to an excellent board game at the back, engage children while ensuring that they are using skills that they've already been taught elsewhere.
Anything we do as parents to support our children, to help them engage, to stimulate their interest and keep them focused is a good thing - no, it's not just good it's become a necessity. With larger class sizes and a minority of children taking up the majority of time in many classes, with the quality of teachers struggling against the indoctrination of an impoverished system it is our responsibility, as parents, to do our bit.
This book is well laid out and pretty much does its job. It needs your attention to be there as your child works their way through questions, problems and exercises and does a fairly good job. Of course this might seem excessive, so pace yourself and your child - don't strip out the pleasure.
This book is an excellent place to start supporting your child.