As an English teacher by trade I am passionate about getting children reading.
Parents often worry about ways to encourage it. Especially in those who are reluctant to pick up a full novel. Either because they are overwhelmed by the size, or they are less interested in fiction than fact.
First News is a perfect solution. Aimed at 7-14 year olds, it is a fun, colourful publication crammed full of articles guaranteed to ignite the interests of children and young people.
What’s more, I love how it doesn’t shy away from serious, hard hitting topics – instead presenting them in an age appropriate manner. Young people have access to so much information today, it’s easy for them to worry about world issues, without knowing the full facts.
It’s reassuring therefore as a parent to be able to give your child the information they want without worrying about the appropriateness of the content.
Number One is delighted with the concept too. She has an insatiable desire for knowledge; knowledge which she loves to be able to share with us. I love how after reading First News, she was really inspired to go out and find more about the topics that interested her.
As a teacher, I know what a difference this will make in her future.
So often in school, I ask students to draw on knowledge and experience they have gained from outside the classroom. And it’s always clear from their answers to see which students read widely and have an awareness of world issues. Publications like First News can go a long way in helping our young people develop the awareness of the wider world, which is needed for success not only in the education system but in life.
It’s what I want for my students. But arguably even more importantly, it’s what I want for my daughter.
It isn’t all serious though, far from it! In addition to serious news stories, First News is crammed full of competitions, quizzes and cartoons. With a wordsearch, crossword and soduku alongside a word wheel, word ladder and spot the difference there really is something for everyone. Number One loved completing them. And I loved that they kept her brain ticking. It was lovely to see her so enthusiastic and engaged, as she read and completed the tasks on each page with great gusto.
In fact she loved it so much, she literally didn’t put down her copy of First News until she had read it from cover to cover.
Something that I think happened in large part because of the huge variety of stories it contains. From quick snippets to draw her in to more in depth articles to satisfy her need for knowledge. From serious articles about gene modification to fun facts about the world’s biggest bouncy castle.
It is a publication designed with children and young people in mind. It really is no wonder that it’s one that has stood the test of time. At eleven years old, this is a paper that is clearly designed by people who know and care about their target audience.
As a mum I can’t recommend it highly enough. And as a teacher I’m even more impressed.
It’s a product that will not only benefit children because of what they read in each edition, but because of the curiosity about the world it will give them. I know that we will be subscribing as a family.
It will be money very well spent.
Don’t take my word for it though. You can test it out for yourself. First News are currently offering families a trial of six free issues upon inputting your payment details. This means that your children can experience it before you commit to a subscription as cancellation at any point during the first six weeks will not incure any cost.
It really is well worth checking out. Especially if you are keen to encourage your child to read.
Disclaimer: We were sent First News to review and compensated for our time to write this post. As always however, all thoughts and opinions contained within it are my own.