I’ve sat on this post for the longest time now because we were settling into Primary school in the earlier half of the year (here’s how we settled into our routine).
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’m here to say that I’ve got two sets of books to recommend (thanks to Scholastic Education International (Singapore) for kindly sending them over!). They’ve got both my kids in mind when they sent over the books because one set is targeted for 6-8year olds and the other for 4-6year olds. (And the good news is that TWO lucky readers will get to win these books too – read till the end of the post!)
Do you have a Geronimo Stilton fan at home? Well, regardless whether your children have been acquainted with Geronimo Stilton books, I think this series of books – which are actually Comprehension books – would intrigue them!
Geronimo Stilton Academy builds on children’s interests in best-selling children’s book series, Geronimo Stilton. It doesn’t matter that children have not read the books or do not know Geronimo Stilton at all as each 4-page unit starts with an excerpt.
I like the books because the questions aren’t the ordinary run-of-the-mill straightforward question type so if you’re looking for something more challenging, yet appealing to children, this is the series for you and your child.
Personally, I used to think of comprehension as a daunting task (though I kinda found it interesting to teach comprehension at the ‘A’ levels). But these comprehension books are so colourful that I think it’s half the battle won getting the kids excited about comprehension. If I’m 7 and I’m given these books, I know I’d love them! – Such a nerd response, I know. But apparently my girl shares my sentiments:
Pawbook 1 skills focus: Predicting, inferring, sequencing, comparing and contrasting, recalling details and main ideas
Pawbook 2 skills focus: Additional skills such as drawing conclusions and summarising
Pawbook 3 skills focus: Additional skills such as giving reasons, stating opinions and point of view
Comprehension and Vocabulary Pawbooks are available now (3 levels each). Grammar and Literacy Skills Pawbook will be made available end of this year to early next year (also a 3-book series).
Now for the book recommendation for the preschoolers!
Sam and Sally are hidden picture puzzle books. They help to develop spatial intelligence and learn vocabulary in context.
Each book includes:
- 28 thematic picture puzzles with over 200 words
- 9 two-page challenge puzzles
- A thoughtful question in each puzzle to encourage thinking and speaking skills
- Visual discrimination skills practice
The books also build thinking and speaking skills through thoughtful questions in each puzzle.
I like that the puzzles are challenging enough because not all hidden items are made obvious (normal orientation). Some are hidden (normal orientation), while there are others which differ in size (bigger/smaller) or rotated (left/right).
A complete wordlist and solutions are available at the back of the books:
There are currently 3 titles (At Home/ Go to School/ Out and About) in the market now and you can expect 6 more titles in the last quarter of 2015.
The look on my little boy’s face when he spots an item is priceless! He’s not always so willing to colour the items though – more often than not he’d ask me to help him out with the colouring while he continues to spot the hidden objects.
Now here’s the good news for my readers. You can win by simply leaving a comment on this blog post and remembering to click ‘I Commented’ in the Rafflecopter widget to qualify. The rest of the options are optional, but would render you more chances to win!
Cost/ where to buy:
Sam and Sally – each book at S$6.90
Geronimo Stilton Academy – each book at S$9.40
All prices are before GST.
They can be found at all POPULAR bookstores. Geronimo Stilton Academy can also be found at selected TIMES bookstores.
Disclosure: I was gifted with the books. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are mine.