Learning to read with Post from Panda

Learning to read with Post from Panda

Post from Panda recently contacted me and asked if I would like to review their subscription service for reception children. Once I had had a quick look at their website I knew straight away that I wanted to be involved. My eldest daughter is currently in reception learning to read and Post from Panda is perfect for her.

The service has been developed by Yasmin Finch, a children’s author and mum to two young boys. She has a PHD in literacy theory and the bible. She has used her skills and knowledge to create a magical service to support your child’s school learning without them even realising. Each week during the reception year, your child is sent a personalised letter from Panda, tailored to the UK phonic’s national curriculum. The idea is to get children excited about reading and help them learn to read.

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The first contact is a letter to the parent explaining who panda is and that he would like to write to your child each week. When ours arrived I showed the envelop to F who was immediately excited to open the envelope. F loved the idea and was excited to find the first letter to her arrive not long after.

Even the envelopes are exciting to young children. There is a different picture on the back each time which hints at what the letter is about. On the front is a bright yellow sun and their name in a large clear font. Even the stamp is a children’s one like a Mr Men one. F can recognise her name and after the first letter she already recognises Post from Panda envelopes.

Post from Panda

Each letter is brightly coloured and starts with the child’s name in large font at the top. Each time F has been excited to read the letter. She is able to recognise and sound out the words using her phonics knowledge. I love that she is excited to read the letters and that she is getting extra reading practice without even realising. It’s so important that she enjoys it and it doesn’t feel like a chore.

Post from Panda

We also received the welcome pack which includes a cute folder for keeping all your letters together, a membership card and a simple activity sheet and stickers. F loves stickers and also having her own card. I love the attention to detail and cute branding of the whole scheme.

Post from Panda

I can’t wait to help her read her letter each week and watch her excitement and also witness her reading abilities develop over the year. It truly does make learning to read magical for young children. If you want to sign your child up, head over to their website and until the end of November you can sign up for a 1 letter free trial. I’m excited to share that my readers can get a free taster letter even after this date by entering the code PANDAFRIEND1718

Disclosure – I have received a subscription to post from panda for the rest of reception year in exchange for this post. All photos, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

6 Comments

  1. December 3, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Oh what a fab idea!! My youngest two are 3 and 4 and Megan is just learning to read and write. This would be perfect, and for Harry to at pre-school. I love the idea of sending letters, mine go crazy for their own mail, it’s so exciting at that age. Off to try the free letter!

  2. December 3, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Oh this looks gorgeous and I can see that it would be really good for improving literacy skills. Anything that helps children their reading skills in a fun and interactive way is a win in my book! It’s wonderful to see when they become so excited about learning 🙂

  3. December 3, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    I’ve not heard of Post from Panda but I sure wish it had been around when my girls were young, It seems a lovely idea, who doesn’t like receiving a personalised letter? Anything that gets your little one engaged and wanting to read is an absolute winner in my book. Mich x
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  4. December 3, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    This is such a great idea. Our kids don’t go to school until they are 6 so they are not reading and writing yet and when they do it Will be in Greek. We are trying to teach them English at home so this is an amazing resource for us! Thanks for sharing x

  5. December 4, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    This looks amazing! My youngest is at preschool and will be starting school in September. There is nothing more exciting than receiving your own letters through the post x

  6. December 5, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Oh that’s such a lovely idea. My little one is a bit young for this, but it would be perfect for my Nephew who is just learning to read. He’s not that enthusiastic about it, so a little encouragement might help! 🙂

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