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Blog posts for: Age 3-4

Read Write Inc. guide for parents

Read Write Inc. guide for parents

Find out what Read Write Inc. Phonics is and find eBooks, videos, and kits to help your child as they learn to read with Read Write Inc. Phonics at home.

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Learn to read with phonics

Learn to read with phonics

What is phonics? Find out in our phonics guide for parents. Learn about Letters and Sounds, the phonics screening test, and how to practice phonics at home.

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Books to inspire young scientists

Books to inspire young scientists

Science and engineering provide fantastic career opportunities, but science is not just for scientists – it’s a huge part of everyday life. A good grounding in science will help every child to navigate their world and make good decisions. Isabel Thomas recommends books for ages 3–11 to inspire your young scientist.

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The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

Oxford University Press surveyed over 1,300 teachers who reported that the word gap is not only affecting children’s achievement at school but also that it can have a damaging impact on self-esteem and children’s ability to make friends. Find out what you can do to encourage language development at home.
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Why does your child need a dictionary?

Why does your child need a dictionary?

Dictionaries are great for developing your child’s vocabulary, but not just any will do. Publisher Sam Armstrong explains how Oxford Children’s Dictionaries can support your child.

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Early years

Early years

If your child is aged 3–4, the chances are that they are in some form of Early Years setting, whether at nursery, preschool, or with a childminder. Find out what they’ll be learning and how you can help.

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Read with Oxford Stage 1

Read with Oxford Stage 1

Read with Oxford is an exciting range of levelled books to build reading confidence at home. Use Stage 1 to start your child on their reading journey.

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Cerrie Burnell’s top tips for reading bedtime stories

Cerrie Burnell’s top tips for reading bedtime stories

Sharing a book at bedtime helps develop your child’s vocabulary, gets them used to the idea of regular reading, and gives you both a great opportunity to bond. Children’s author Cerrie Burnell gives us her top tips for getting the most out of bedtime reading.

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Top 8 books about starting school

Top 8 books about starting school

Starting school is a big milestone in a child’s life – not to mention a parent/carer’s too! Here are eight engaging stories and picture books about starting school to share with your child, to gently prepare them for their first day.

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8 fun ways to learn about shapes

8 fun ways to learn about shapes

Shapes are all around us and there are many ways you can start exploring them with your child. Get ideas on how to help familiarise your child with different shapes in all sorts of contexts.

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World Book Day costume ideas

World Book Day costume ideas

Make this year’s celebration of books and reading extra special with our no-sew World Book Day costume ideas, inlcluding Winnie the Witch and Isadora Moon.

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Reading: Age 3–4 (Early years)

Reading: Age 3–4 (Early years)

Find out how your child’s reading skills will develop in nursery. Discover fun activities, ideas, and books to support your 3–4-year-old at home.

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Progress with Oxford Age 3–4

Progress with Oxford Age 3–4

Fun activity books to develop early numeracy and literacy skills. Try some free activities and help your child get ready for primary school.

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Maths: Age 3–4 (Early Years)

Maths: Age 3–4 (Early Years)

It’s never too early to explore numbers with your child. These ideas will help your child to explore numbers, giving them a great start to developing early maths skills and concepts.

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Big Words for Little People

Big Words for Little People

A series of picture books created by the language experts at Oxford University Press to introduce young children to the words they need to make sense of their feelings.

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Building reading dens

Building reading dens

Isabel Thomas explains how making reading dens with your child can turn reading a book into a special shared adventure with these simple ideas.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Rhyming Games Flashcards

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Rhyming Games Flashcards

These exciting rhyming games encourage children to practise their letters and sounds. They will help your child link groups of letters with their sounds, recognise rhyming words, develop memory and concentration skills and develop early reading and spelling skills.

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Phonics Games Flashcards

Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Phonics Games Flashcards

These exciting phonics games encourage children to practise their letters and sounds and have an awareness of rhyme. They will help children to link groups of letters with their sounds, recognise rhyming words, develop memory and concentration skills and develop early reading and spelling skills.

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Alphabet Games Flashcards

Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Alphabet Games Flashcards

These exciting alphabet games encourage children to practise their letters and sounds and have an awareness of rhyme. They will help children to link groups of letters with their sounds, to recognise individual letter shapes and sounds, and read and spell simple words.

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Winnie and Wilbur Around the World

Winnie and Wilbur Around the World

Winnie and Wilbur are visiting the wild animals from their library book in real life. It’s exciting to journey by magic all around the world, but there’s trouble ahead!

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Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa

Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa

It’s Christmas Eve and Winnie and Wilbur are super excited. They’ve posted their letters to the North Pole and made everything festive. But then disaster strikes…

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Storyteller videos

Storyteller videos

Let our professional storytellers take you on an adventure! Traditional tales, Winnie the witch stories, and more for children aged 3–8.

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Numicon: 1st Steps with Numicon at Home Kit

Numicon: 1st Steps with Numicon at Home Kit

The First Steps with Numicon at Home Kit has been designed for parents and carers of pre-school children (aged 3–5) and uses a multi-sensory approach to help develop essential maths skills during the Foundation Stage and early Key Stage 1.

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Phonics: The Town Mouse and Country Mouse and Other Tales

Phonics: The Town Mouse and Country Mouse and Other Tales

This beautifully illustrated Stage 1 book is filled with the traditional stories of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse; The Gingerbread Man; The Enormous Turnip; and Get the Rat. The tales have been re-written so that children can read for themselves and develop their phonics skills.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: I Can Read Kit

Biff, Chip and Kipper: I Can Read Kit

Packed full of fun activities, engaging stories and useful tips, this kit provides you with everything you need to celebrate your child’s progress and keep their interest in reading alive. Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy the dog are all at hand to guide your child’s learning, while stickers help build your child’s confidence.

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Phonics Age 3–4

Phonics Age 3–4

This Progress with Oxford activity book will help your child learn the sounds of each letter and understand how those sounds make words. Picture clues show young children how to complete activities with minimal support, and a progress chart, stickers, and a lively character all help make learning phonics fun.

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Starting to Write Age 3–4

Starting to Write Age 3–4

This activity book will help your child to develop pencil control and form letters correctly. Picture clues show young children how to complete activities with minimal support, and a progress chart, colourful stickers, and a lively character all help make their first steps in learning to write fun and exciting.

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abc Age 3–4

abc Age 3–4

This activity workbook will help to build and develop your child’s alphabetical skills. With the help of picture clues, lively characters and a progress chart, young children will quickly learn to recognise the 26 letters of the alphabet, the sounds they make and the sequence of the letters.

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Numbers up to 10 Age 3–4

Numbers up to 10 Age 3–4

This activity book will help our child to progress with numbers with minimal support while having fun. Picture clues, a progress chart and a lively character help young children to recognise numbers, their names and their digits, as well as understanding how to write them.

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Counting up to 10 Age 3–4

Counting up to 10 Age 3–4

This fun activity book will aid in your child’s counting progress. Picture clues and colourful activities make learning how to count from 1 to 10 both fun and exciting. A lively character accompanies your child through the book as they develop independent learning skills.

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Colours and Patterns Age 3–4

Colours and Patterns Age 3–4

This activity book will develop your child’s understanding of colours and patterns. With the help of engaging activities and a lively character, your child with quickly learn the names of colours, be able to identify colours in pictures and learn simple patterns.

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Shape and Size Age 3–4

Shape and Size Age 3–4

This fun activity book will help your child to develop their knowledge of shapes and size. They will quickly learn the names of shapes, recognise their features and learn the vocabulary of measurement and dimension.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Say and Spell Flashcards

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Say and Spell Flashcards

Support your child’s reading development at home with these phonics games. Designed by experts, these games help children to match letters to words and pictures, match letter sounds to letter shapes, read words and spell simple words.

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