Friday, 28 March 2014

Skips CrossWord and CrossMaths Books



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Since young, Abby has a strong interest in activity sheets and exercise books. Even when she started school, her favourite homework is worksheets, and she even asked me to print extra for her from the Internet so she can do them during the holidays.

She is doing more Word Search this year at school, and you can tell that she was really pleased with herself when she has got everything correct, like she has achieved something big. So when I received a request through tots100 that Skips CrossWords were looking for bloggers to review their CrossWord and CrossMaths books, I knew that Abby would enjoy doing them very much.


primary school resources, crossword puzzle for kids, homeschooling exercise books

primary school resources, crossword puzzle for kids, homeschooling exercise books

The lovely PR from Skips Crosswords has kindly sent us Key Stage 1 Crossword and CrossMaths for Abby to do, as well as 2 Key Stage 2 books, which will be perfect for my nephew. Each exercise book cost £7.99 (£9.99 for 11+ books), but covers the whole Key Stage instead of just 1 year.


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Left: KS1 English    Right: KS1 Maths
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Left: KS2 English Book 1    Right: KS2 Maths Book 2
primary school resources, crossword puzzle for kids, homeschooling exercise books

KS1 Crossword contains 22 exercises, with the first 20 consisting of 3 parts, and the last 2 being final practises. With the help of pictures and pre-written alphabets, children need to find out what words they need to add into the Crossword puzzle in Part 2 and fill it in Part 1. Part 3 takes the letters that sits in relevant coloured boxes in Part 2, to make up new answers to part 3's sentence or joke.

KS1 CrossMaths also contains 22 exercises, which includes 2 end of chapter tests and 5 final practises. Looking at the content page, I can easily see where Abby should start to match her school work. But she does love doing the exercises so she started from the beginning. Again, each exercise consists of 3 parts, where children need to find what numbers need to be added to part 2's CrossMaths puzzle and write them down in Part 1. Once Part 2 is filled in with Part 1's answers, children will proceed in finishing the equations in Part 2, to find out the answer for each coloured boxes. They then use the answers in the coloured boxes to fill in Part 3.

KS2 Crossword Book 1 is like KS1 Crossword book but harder, but KS2 CrossMaths Book 2 is definitely more advanced, a bit like those for adults. All the other books has stickers to reward the children when they've finished an exercise, though I think because KS2's older children aren't into stickers anymore, Book 2 didn't have them. 


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I love it that Skips Crossword and CrossMaths books follows the National Curriculum guidelines, making it easier for us to choose which books are suitable for the kids. The drawings are cute and instructions are clear. My favourite is their last section in each exercise as some of jokes are really amusing!

Abby wasn't certain what she should be doing at the beginning, but with a bit of guidance, she immediately got on with the book and I have found her on different occasion sitting at her desk doing the puzzles without asking me for help. She even stuck stickers on herself after she's finished an exercise!

Skips Crossword books were designed to be used by the children together with their parents/ grandparents etc, to make learning more fun. As each book last for a whole KS stage, you wouldn't be expected to do them all within a month, in fact, around half an hour a day was recommended by Skips. If you like to keep up with the school work, you can always wait until your child is at the correct stage before continuing the book, or you can let them keep going and see how far they can go. It's also a great book to help those who are struggling a bit at school with the fun puzzles!

I'm really glad to be given the opportunity to review their books, I'll definitely but the next stage for Abby when she's at KS2!