The Best Phonics and Number Workbooks To Help Your Kids Learn Before They Start School

Help your little one transition from pre-school to primary school.

by Hannah James |

We aren’t too sure how it happens, but suddenly your tiny baby goes from crawling to getting ready to go to school. With everything happening so quickly, you may feel very underprepared for the new challenges ahead. There are so many worries: will they make friends? Will they eat lunch? Are they ready? Inevitably, these things have a way of working themselves out. However, getting your child as prepared as possible for their next stage of learning is always a great idea - that’s where the best phonics and number workbooks come in.

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What will my child learn at school?

When your child begins school, they will start to learn numbers and phonics. Ok, so we know what you are thinking. What on earth is phonics? The National Literacy Trust explains that ‘phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.’

We all know how difficult the English language can be (do not get us started on affect and effect), but phonics makes it simpler for children to understand. Things have changed since you were last at school, so these phonics and number workbooks are a fantastic learning aid for you and your child. And, you’ll be pleased to hear numbers haven’t really changed.

Top tips for home learning

Use colours

Using different coloured pens or pencils is a great way to not only build your child’s fine motor skills but it also gives them a chance to express their preferences and personality.

Calm is key

Pick a time and place where you and your child won’t be distracted. It will mean your attention is solely on your little one and you can help them without either of you getting frustrated.


Be patient**

You didn’t learn how to count or read and write overnight - nor will your child. These exercises should not be full of pressure but rather a fun time in which you can bond. Use this time to enthusiastically celebrate your little one’s accomplishments – no matter how big or small they are.

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When should I start teaching numbers and phonics?

It is a good idea to introduce your child to numbers and phonics when they are between the ages of three and four in preparation for school and further learning. There is, however, no hard rule of when it is best. Legally, a child must start school no later than the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday.

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