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Parents' tips and resources

This is a section where mums from our EAL group share tips on what books to read to your child, useful websites, tips for homework, resources, games and activities outside of school etc...of course there are many more references that you can use and this list is not exhaustive. 

BOOKS
Thesaurus or dictionary of words with the same or nearly the same meanings, or synonyms, and their opposites, or antonyms, such as thesaurus.com. Here is one used by one of our mums: www.usborne.com

Great books for BED TIME STORIES: School Library where you can find and borrow a variety of books, click here for opening hours

100 top classic books www.booktrust.org.uk 

Your local Library is very convenient to borrow books/DVDs, CDs and audiobooks. Click here to find a library 

Mr Men and Little Miss books (they also exist as audiobooks) www.mrmen.com 

Jan Pienkowski's the Meg and Mog stories

Julia Donaldson: all her books are great. The Gruffulo; The Snail and the Whale etc

Dr Seuss: The Cat and the Hat; Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax etc...

RESOURCES
A whiteboard or black board are very good to write spellings and multiplication tables as well as great fun for drawing. You can buy from the Early Learning Centre  or the roll from Ebay

Play money is good to play with and learn how we use money - click here to buy

Learn how to tell the time here 

Learning posters to put in your kitchen or your child's bedroom, to learn times tables, phonics, geography etc... Here is an example of a website where you can find engaging educational posters www.daydreameducation.co.uk/posters 

APPS, TV, CDs
Phonics with Pinterest 

TV programmes: CBeebies for preschoolers to Year2, CBBC from Year 3 

Useful phonics information on the school website here 

Squeebles is a fantastic tool to use for learning school spellings 

CBeebies ALPHABLOCKS is fantastic for learning phonics for children who are starting school and for parents who would like to learn phonics too.  

CDs to listen to in the car: Horrible Histories are great to learn History (you can watch the stories on the CBBC channel (from 6/7 years old). Julia Donaldson is an amazing author, we love her audio collection (babies to Year 2), you can of course get books with CDs inside. 

Dr Seuss (babies to Year 2) also available in Books with CD.  

GAMES
Brain Boxes are very good for general knowledge and memory. Any "tell the story" picture cards - lots or resources on the Internet/Pinterest.

Shut the Box is a great game for Maths  
Scrabble Junior 
Lego is fantastic for imagination but is also a useful tool to learn Maths and fractions in particular: use these links for more information Using Lego for mathsLego educationfractions with Lego 

OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL
Scouts/Beavers/Rainbows/Brownies groups are highly recommended for life skills and making friends - see Avon Scouts and Girl Guiding

Holiday clubs and camps: these are for your children when you are working, they provide fun days full of sports, games and arts and crafts. St Bon's After School Club and holiday club, Kings CampsShine Holiday ClubsKids Clubs BristolBristol City Community Trust