Are you looking for a fun way to help your child in reception learn to read? Well post from panda might just be what you are looking for. Would your child enjoy receiving a fun and personalised letter from panda each week? My daughter received a subscription to this service for the past year and has loved the experience. Read on to find out more about how we got on and exactly what is included.
Disclosure: we received a year of post from panda in exchange for this blog post. We also shared a post at the beginning of our year. Find it here.
When when you sign up to post from Panda, the year starts with a letter to the grown up explaining how it works and a welcome kit for the child. This kit contains a folder to store all the letters in, a club card, an activity sheet and some stickers just for fun. My daughter loved this part and it was a great introduction to Panda and setting the scene for what she should expect.
Each week your child gets a letter addressed to them through the post. Even the envelope has bright and colourful pictures of panda and friends. Your child’s name is in large font so they can easily identify it’s for them. The little details have been considered too, even the stamp will be a fun children’s one like Mr men.
The letters start off really simple and are perfect for children just starting to read. You can see in this photo below how the letters progress through the year. The first ones are mostly 3 letter words.
My daughter loved receiving these letters after school each Thursday. She loved hearing what fun things panda and his friends had been up to. Occasionally the letters even included a small set of stickers which she loved too. I’ve really enjoyed watching her reading improve through the year.
The only small problem we had was the letters got a little too long and the words too complex for her before she was ready. I don’t think this was the fault of the letters as she didn’t reach the end of reception target (She’s caught up in her first half term of year 1). When the letters got a bit too long for her, we broke the letters up into smaller parts and just focused on reading one or two paragraphs at a time as she didn’t have the concentration to read them fully. Just three months on though and we are now going back and rereading these letters now that her reading has improved sufficiently to enjoy them.
Overall, we have loved our year of Post from Panda and I would recommend it to anyone who would like a fun way to support their child’s reading during reception year. Post from Panda is currently £9.99 a month. For up to date information, please visit the Post from Panda web page.
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Disclosure – we have received a year of letters from Post from Panda in exchange for this review. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.