At almost 6 and a half, Ben is becoming a keen reader. Reading has very definitely “clicked” for him now and he is happy to pick up a book to sit and read to himself. He has recently started to hunt out more challenging texts and has borrowed a set of alternative fairy tales from my bookshelf which we thought made a great introduction to books with chapters and less illustrations. I’ve also picked out a selection of non-fiction books for him relating to his current topic at school. (It’s handy when your Mum is a teacher and has lots of books at just the right level for your school work!)
Before Christmas we were sent the Clever Tykes series for Ben to have a look at. This set of three books is aimed at KS2 children (8 to 11) but it was suggested that Ben would probably be able to manage them and of course I planned to sit and share the books with him anyway.
The idea behind the stories is that each features a main character who realises that they have something which they are really good or passionate about and that, in fact, they can make this a business venture! Of course the purpose of this is to encourage children to consider their own passions and ambitions whilst developing learning behaviours such as independence, goal-setting, hard work and resourcefulness. I think bringing children up to have ambition and to believe they can have the career they want is of utmost important. Many a time I’ve sat down with a class and asked them what they want to be when they grow up only for them to not have a clue. Children need a focus, a reason to work and a belief in themselves. The Clever Tykes books are built upon positive role models whilst subtly delivering entrepreneurial messages.
Although the books are more novel like than Ben is used to, the text spacing and line drawings make the books more accessible to him. He was excited to have a go at reading them and was more than able to cope with the text. I love that the books are giving Ben things to think about, teaching him things, without him really realising. As far as he’s concerned he’s just reading a story. I do think that he will get more out of them for re-reading them in another year or two though when he’s older and more able to absorb the messages.
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*Disclaimer – We were sent the Clever Tykes series free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*