What is phonics?

What is phonics, Phonics explained, parents guide to phonics

Phonics is widely used in early years and primary education for teaching literacy throughout the English-speaking world. But, what is phonics? Well, phonics is a way of teaching children the relationship between letters and sounds to form words so they can learn to read and spell. When your child learns that the letter A has … Read More

Digital play… Here to stay

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Can digital play really help develop fundamental early years skills? Our children are living in a digital age where most 3 year olds have a natural affinity for using tablets or smartphones to explore their growing world. A seven-year old now holds the record for the World’s Youngest Programmer. More than half (55%) of kids … Read More

How we help your kids learn

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At Hopster we put children’s learning at the heart of everything we do, believing that entertainment and education can go hand in hand. With that in mind, we have created our very own curriculum alongside leading academics in childhood education and cognitive development. Our unique ‘Discovery Learning Map’ is closely aligned with the UK early … Read More

Fun preschool music game ideas

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Young children seem to have an almost natural musicality; adoring all sorts of fun, musical interactions, be it through song, rhymes, moving or playing an instrument. We’ve all seen the joy in a child’s face when they’ve pulled out the pots and pans and are banging away merrily with a wooden spoon or dancing and … Read More

We love books and so should your tots

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Why reading is vital for kids Time and time again studies have shown that reading for pleasure makes a huge difference to children’s early academic success. The Department of Education believes that reading for enjoyment is in fact more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background. … Read More

Wanda and the Alien costume ideas

Wanda and the Alien

Make your own adorable Wanda and the Alien outfits with your tinies We love dressing up and make-believe plays as they boost kids’ imaginations and strengthen their emotional and social skills. It lets them try out different roles and it nurtures their empathy too. Acting out their favourite shows can be a great way for … Read More