I was delighted when the lovely Educational Toys people at Jaques London got in touch to see if I'd like to offer Downs Side Up readers a chance to win a gorgeous Magnetic Calendar.
The last 18 months have seen us all home educating our youngsters, often at the drop of a hat, and Natty and I found ourselves focussing on lots of the basics, such as number work, days of the week and seasons as well as reading old favourites and doing messy crafting activities.
I found that the key to success was having a lot of fun activities to hand, and changing the pace often.
|The key to successful home schooling is |
a fun variety of activities and educational toys
The magnetic calendar was ideal for this, and features colourful pieces for the date, day, month and season (small parts mean it is not suitable for very small children or those who like to chew), and Natty loves updating it daily. Her favourite elements are the weather symbols, and she often likes to imagine what the weather holds for the following day, and plan her school uniform choices around that. Proving that you are never too old for a beautifully made, bright and visually appealing calendar.
It's also great as a way of counting down the days before an exciting event, such as Natty's next dance class, or swimming lesson, or seeing Grandma, or (shhhh) Christmas.
As well as the calendar, Jaques London also sent us a traditional wooden Ludo/Snakes and Ladders set to try, both games being great for numeracy, turn taking skills and problem solving. Super additions to our games cupboard and ideal for family fun, reducing screen time and supporting maths for children with additional needs.Jaques London are also offering a whopping 15% discount on any purchases when you sign up to their mailing list, using the following code https://jaques.games/15off
I've got my eye on that wooden teaching clock next...
#AD We were gifted a calendar, snakes and ladders game and paid for our time to review and write this blog post.
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