Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Penpals at Home - Review

Penpals for Handwriting in the UK's leading handwriting product used in schools. The Penpals at Home series has been developed for parents to use at home with their children to help them gain confidence in their handwriting skills before they start school and are aimed at children aged 3-5 years. These books are published by Cambridge University Press.

We received two books to review with Miss C; Penpals at Home Forming Letters and Penpals at Home Getting Ready for Handwriting.

The pages in the books are laminated, making them wipe-clean so children can use them again and again. However, the books don't come with a pen so you'd need to buy one separately or make sure you already have one at home. A washable felt tip would work with these books. The pages are bright and engaging and the activities are well laid out on the page so Miss C didn't feel overwhelmed when she looked at them.

As well as the practising with a pen in the book, children are encouraged to practise forming the letters in the air and sounding out the letters.

I loved the notes for grown-ups at the bottom of the pages. They give really good tips and information so you can guide your child when they are practising. The books can also be brought to life through the app. The app gives a visual guide for children and parents to watch how the letters are formed.

The Penpals at Home books are available to buy from Amazon. These are a great set of books for children to use if you'd like to get them practising their handwriting in a fun way.

We received these books for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own. 

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