Monkey’s Guide to Starting School
In this part of my Starting School series I look at a great activity pack to help prepare children with their first days at school. We were sent the Monkey Goes to School Storybook & Monkey’s guide to Starting School Activity Guide to look at with Freyja. This comes with “Monkey Goes to School” storybook, “Monkey’s Guide to Starting School” activity guide, a pack of 6 coloured pencils, 16 stickers and a Starting School certificate. The whole pack costs just £5.50.
The book follows Monkey’s First Day at school and covers first day nerves, meeting the new teacher and classmates, making new friends and activities that reception children could expect to do in those first few days. The book has a picture on each page and there are lots of opportunities to talk with your child about what is happening and how Monkey and the children may be feeling and what they are doing.
The activity book supports the book, giving children the opportunity to talk about how they are feeling about starting school and what they might do or what they have done at school. There are also some nice letter and number activities. At the back of the booklet is a page with some tips for parents too. Throughout the book, children can use the stickers and pencils to help complete the activities.
The book and activity guide was pitched just right for Freyja. She enjoyed talking about what was going on in the pictures and about what she might be doing at school when she starts. She also loved the stickers and is very excited about receiving her certificate from Monkey when she has started school.
Monkey has a whole different series of books and activity guides which have been developed to reassure and educate children by a wonderful woman called Helen Sadler. Her daughter, Josephine, had to undergo major surgery at 18 months and after Helen was unable to find a book which would really help prepare her for this experience she decided to produce her own. You can find out more about Helen and Monkey as well as the other books and guides available at Monkey Wellbeing.
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Disclaimer: We were sent the “Monkey Goes to School Storybook” & “Monkey’s guide to Starting School Activity Guide” for review, but as always all thoughts and opinions are our own