Must Have Educational Tools for Children

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Children go through different stages of development and it is only natural that the educational tools we provide them with as parents and carers change to suit their levels and needs. Here at KidStart we’re delighted to have been asked by eBay to write about these must have educational tools for children.
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Around this time of year thousands of kids across the country are preparing to start school for the first time or go back to school. Providing them with the tools they need to flourish is essential and need not be a confusing or expensive exercise.

So ‘class’ lets get started and take a journey through your child’s must have education tools to support them through their careers in infant, primary and secondary school!
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1) Toddlers and infants – it’s as easy as A-B-C!

Price £2.95.
 
One of the most important gifts you can give your child is the power of language and words, the building blocks of which is the alphabet. A-Z wall charts will help your infant learn the sounds of the alphabet and the shapes of the letters by associating them with common everyday objects which they are familiar with.
 
KidStart tip: don’t try and make your child learn the whole alphabet in one go! Focus on the letters or objects they show most interest in and try to make it like a game so they don’t come to view the chart as a chore!
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2) The pen is mightier than the sword – but which pen?

Price £11.60
 
Typically schools will train your kids to write using pencils and once they have shown the ability to write in neat, joined up handwriting they will progress to using pens. As a child, one of my strongest memories from school was the day I got my first fountain pen. The process of filling it with the deep blue ink, carefully blotting the excess and the sheer joy of how the nib flowed smoothly across a fresh piece of white paper are experiences I still savour to this day. Words are important; they help us express our thoughts. Taking care when forming and writing down words is a life skill and one that for many kids starts with the day they own their first proper pen.
 
KidStart tip: Over time fountain pen nibs wear down slightly to suit an individual’s style of hand writing so it is worth investing a good quality fountain pen that your child can use and enjoy for years to come. 
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3) Its calculus Jim, but not as we know it!

Price £11.52
 
Its exam day, your child is ready – the maths books have been hit, and hit hard. Revision guides, BBC Bitesize, YouTube clips of bearded men in front of whiteboards laden with equations – you and your child have thrown everything at it for the last 8 weeks. Hell they even smell a bit fishy for all the Omega-3 you’ve been shovelling in them – or perhaps that is just how teenagers usually smell? Whatever the case don’t let your child make the mistake I did on exam day and take a calculator they are unfamiliar with. Scientific and Graphing calculators look complicated and the truth is they are - initially. Once your child is familiar with the layout and various symbols however they are essential tools for a number of topics in Maths, Physics and even Chemistry.
 
KidStart tip: Check with your child’s school or Maths teachers what models of calculator are suitable and whether your child will be allowed to use it on exam day.  
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