Newsletter December 2011

Parents in Touch

This is a really exciting month for children. They are looking forward to all the Christmas plays and parties in school as well as maybe having a family gathering and presents. We have included in this month's newsletter some crosswords, wordsearches and fun papers which we hope the children and all the family can enjoy. Work like this helps children improve their vocabulary and thinking skills as well as enjoying working together with brothers and sisters.

We hope that you all have a really peaceful and enjoyable time together and have a restful time as a family.

Our giveaways have gone mad! This month, our friendly publishers are offering over 90 books free, as well as some other super prizes. For example, you can win the complete set of 10 books shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award 2012, a Fudgy Bear and a Leapfrog baby walker. Click here to enter any of the 12 competitions.

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Here are some fun maths papers with a Christmas theme. As well as being enjoyable they will help to consolidate work done in school.


All these comprehension papers are based on Christmas and by working together on them children should gain confidence, have fun and use their imagination.


Science should be enjoyable as it is all about discovering and expanding knowledge. Spinners are also good fun and can be used in lots of games with others. You might like to decorate the spinning snake and use him as a decoration. 


Most people like crosswords and holiday times are a really good time to sit down and enjoy doing them together. These help thinking, spelling and concentration so are well worth doing with the children.


Word searches help to increase both a child's vocabulary and their spelling. There is a special one for all the family too which should be used to encourage the children to concentrate whilst sharing and having fun together.


There are many Christmas stories but these are some that I had not heard before so I hope that you enjoy them. There are many more on the website as well, so do take a look.


It is much appreciated when a child has taken the time and the trouble to actually make a present rather than buy one. Here are some ideas for your children and you to do together.


A handmade card is always greatly appreciated. It is often worth the time and the trouble to encourage the children to make their own. Try it and see.


During the holidays there may be some days when you are forced to stay indoors. These topics might be useful and entertaining to do together then.

worksheets These pages are very popular and may give your children the confidence to face the new term with more enthusiasm

The Leapfrog baby walker is sure to interest your youngest. Fudgy Bear comes with his two latest story books, as well as his activity book. Look here to see the titles of all 10 books shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award 2012. Some of the other books offered are shown below. Don't miss out - click here for full details, reviews, and how to enter.

Leapfrog Baby Walker
  Fudgy Bear        

New Books These are just a few of the new books recently reviewed and they are especially good for this time of year  to share with friends and family or give as gifts. For lots more ideas, take a look at our Best new books pages. 


Best wishes
Jackie Bacon

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