Learning to read and write with Mrs Wordsmith: Review
Little Man loves Mrs Wordsmith. I love Mrs Wordsmith. We interact with her every other morning for a good 20 minutes. She lives with us, housed in Little Man's desk drawer. Surprised? Well, Mrs Wordsmith is not a woman, but a wonderful set of story and activity books and word cards that help children learn vocabulary.
Now you might argue that you can get word cards/ flash cards and similar books from anywhere, so why subscribe to dear Mrs Wordsmith? Well, that's what I wanted to find out and thus agreed to review the first set relevant to Little Man's age. And here's why she's so special in our house…
For starters, Mrs W (as I call her for short) – rather the team of language experts that created her – have done so keeping in mind scientific data and creativity, to produce hilariously illustrated words that children use or will use in school and daily conversation.
It is a fact that pre-schoolers – more so boys – get bored quite quickly, especially during quieter activities like reading and writing. But the book is illustrated so well and with such humour, that it keeps Little Man entertained throughout. Not once has he said he wants to "do something else" while we're reading with Mrs W.
Reading, writing, counting are all learnt in the early years of school; however, it's important that children are able to express themselves clearly before starting school, and this series – The Social Journey – helps them do exactly that. It is a research-based vocabulary program designed to help 2-5 year olds understand and give attributes to their emotions, express themselves better and help them develop social-emotional intelligence, an essential life skill. It is developed in partnership with leading early years academics, so it's a great start for Little Man (and other children) who will be starting reception.
The books in this series focus on words in five key categories: self-awareness, resilience, creativity, communication and community. Every word is illustrated (by Hollywood design artists) to further accentuate its meaning and significance, helping little children to tell the difference between different emotions. The brand rightly states that visuals and laughter are the fastest, most effective route to learning – and I couldn't agree more.
Visuals and laughter are the fastest, most effective route to learning
Each set also has an accompanying Word of the Day Activity Book that reiterates what the children have read and learnt in the story book. With simple activities like tracing the alphabets in the words and colouring and drawing, the children practice reading and writing in a fun manner.
And last but not the least, there is also a set of word cards on the same theme. So there is never a dull moment during the learning process.
I only reviewed the first set for the first month (it's a 12 month program, with a new set for every month). And if your child reaches the next level (or if you have an older child), there is also The Narrative Journey designed for 6-13 year olds and helps them develop their storytelling, communication and description skills.
Indeed a fun and interesting way to learn!
For more information, visit https://www.mrswordsmith.com/
Disclosure: The items reviewed in this post were sent to me for the purpose of the review; however all opinions are my own
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