Finding out… All about me, my family & friends

Hopster's Discovery Learning Map All about me, my family & friends

At Hopster we see the value of connecting informal education with children’s individual learning journeys, whether they are at nursery, kindergarten, or at home. To provide a fully rounded experience, and make sure all our content is aligned to early childhood education around the world, we developed our own curriculum. Our unique Discovery Learning Map … Read More

Helping your child with phonics at home: A parents guide

parents guide to phonics, helping your child with Phonics

In all likelihood, your child will learn to read and write by using phonics. Phonics is a way of teaching children the relationship between letters and sounds to form words, so they can learn to read and write. When your child learns that the letter ‘A’ has the speech sound of /a/ as in Ant, … Read More

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

How to keep young children busy on long trips

How to keep young children busy on long trips, how to keep toddlers busy on long road trips

Holidays are a great time for families to unwind and relax. Unfortunately, in order to get to your destination you have to travel there – and that’s when the trouble can start. Whether you are travelling by car, plane, train, or spaceship – going on holiday with young children (especially toddlers & preschoolers) can be … 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

Hopster Discovery-Learning-Map

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

Bubble Beat cube

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