Now Wilf is at school (still getting over the fact I have a school aged child now) we're settling into everything that comes with that. The school run, the routine and the structure of a school setting. What I love about his school is pretty much all of their learning is based around play and 75% of it outdoors too. There is a repetition to his day, which involves circle time, snacks, outdoor play and stories, it also involves two sessions of 'playing with dough disco's' which is basically dancing squeezing a blob of dough in each hand. Apparently this is to strengthen the muscles needed to do things like hold a pencil in the grip needed for writing! I had no idea that these muscles needed to develop before kids could do things like learning to write, but it makes total sense when you think about it.
In reception, the only thing Wilf need's to bring home so far is his weekly book. My little boy has always loved reading, he will ask for story after story without losing interest; I do think that reading to him since he was a baby really helped when it came to him speaking at quite an early age. One of the things I'm most excited for him to learn, is to be able to read for himself and I know that whilst school helps, the work is really done together at home.
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Whilst we do have screen time at home (especially during quiet time and when I'm trying to get the baby to nap!). It is still seen as a treat, which is why I LOVE the 'read along' stories and audiobooks that come with the DisneyLife app. We often choose an audiobook for moments when I need to let him play with it himself, but we also sit down to look at the 'read along' stories together. I love that he's being engaged and stimulated with learning, as well as thinking that he's having a treat by being entertained on the iPad!
DisneyLife has a wealth of books as part of the app from all the classic Disney stories, but also organised into stages. So for someone like Wilf who can't yet read, he can choose any from the Stage 1 books to follow along, but it doesn't stop him from listening to the stories from the other stages too if he wants to.
Wilf's current favourite thing to watch on the Disney Junior channel is Doc McStuffins so he was thrilled to find he could 'read' along on the Stage 1 books as each word lit up as the sentence moved along. I think it's really helped him to get the concept of reading words, by having them change colour as they move along the sentace..
What's really nice too is that we've watched so many of the Disney films together and the stories are well known and loved by us both as well as lots of new series. I think it helps to know the plot when reading the same story on the app. It's also nice to have all these stories in one place when we travel or are away from home as it provides that familiarity I think.
The books on the DisneyLife app go from beginners like Wilf on Stage 1, all the way to Juniors on Stage 4. I think the fact that they are Disney stories means that even reluctant readers would be engaged as the characters and stories are so familiar. I mean who doesn't love a good Disney film? With the app you can get all aspects of Disney be it films, books or music, all in one place.
The DisneyLife membership costs £9.99 a month and you can get a free month by signing up here.
I am a DisneyLife Brand Ambassador and this post was created in partnership with DisneyLife who have provided me with a free 12 month DisneyLife membership.