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.
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.
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.
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.
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.