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Wipe-Clean First Spellings: Start School with Topsy and Tim

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This Topsy and Tim activity book has shiny, wipe-clean pages and a special pen to make practising first spellings as easy as A, B, C!
Each page has a selection of themed, high-frequency words to practise that children will come across often and that are based on the new English curriculum to help support school learning. Content includes key phonics spelling patterns such as 'ai', 'er' and 'igh', nouns, verbs, tricky words, numbers and family words. The last page can be used as a place for your child to practise their own school spellings using the 'look, cover, write, check' approach. Help your child to copy over the words or write them out themselves, then they can wipe clean using the special eraser on top of the pen and practise again! Written in conjuntion with an educational consultant and teacher, this book is perfect to help support children learning to spell simple words at school and is the ideal companion to Topsy and Tim's Wipe-Clean First Letters.

Wipe-Clean First Spellings: Start School with Topsy and Tim Reviews | Toppsta

9780241246290
  • ISBN: 9780241246290
  • Pub Date: 1st May 2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint: Ladybird
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 16

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20th September '16
LexBee read it themselves aged 4 aged 4
Wipe-Clean First Spellings: Start School with Topsy and Tim 9780241246290
5 stars
I was surprised Lexie spent so long on her first try as I thought it would be a bit of a struggle for a child just starting reception.  We talked through what to on the pages to fill in the missing letter and she got them right.  
Copying the dotted words is her favourite and drawing & wiping the reusable pen that came with it makes it something that has travelled in the car, to football practise and to show off to Grandma & Grandpa.  
Covers lots of KS1 tricky words, most used words, shapes, numbers and question words ( who, when,what,where, which, how) some nouns and verbs. As a spelling book I am very impressed. It's reusable and supports what she is learning at school. Of course she draws a lot and writes her name but its all part of letters and spelling. By hiding it for a few weeks she will see how much better her handwriting and recognition of words becomes too. Thank you for sending me a copy in the giveaway.
If your child is in nursery or not as interested yet in making words there are twirlywoos, peppa and bing bunny wipe clean activity early years books available out there too. 
15th September '16
I read it to Rubiroo aged 4 aged 4
Wipe-Clean First Spellings: Start School with Topsy and Tim 9780241246290
5 stars
My four year was over the moon to review this book she loves Topsy and Tim and completely recognised them when opening the packet. She started in reception this September and had been watching them on CBeebies starting school too. She was on half days so was looking for more school interacted activities when she arrived home. The book was bright and colourful and even though some of the activities we will have to come back to there was lots to get her started. The pen and wiping clean was so easy and definitely help her in her first couple of days at school she spent time on her own and wanted interaction to understand and discuss bits with us. A great book to support starting school and reception class 
31st May '18
I read it to jackkeene aged 6 aged 6
Wipe-Clean First Spellings: Start School with Topsy and Tim 9780241246290
5 stars
I can't believe I forgot to write this. We received this as a Toppsta giveaway as Jack was starting Reception. He was beginning to learn spellings and writing and I thought this would be a fantastic resource for him. 

He loves it - it has really helped him to get better at spelling and writing and he is always revisiting this. 
6th September '16
I read it to archie aged 4 aged 4
Wipe-Clean First Spellings: Start School with Topsy and Tim 9780241246290
5 stars
My little boy loves this book. He has spent a while writing the letters as best as he can and if he made a mistake he would quickly rub it out and try again. Archie is a slower learner. But he has really tried his best with the book which is great to see. Love learning books that stand out for children and this has for my son
11th September '16
I read it to dani aged 4 aged 4
Wipe-Clean First Spellings: Start School with Topsy and Tim 9780241246290
5 stars
My newly 4 year old daughter really enjoys this book, which has a pen and eraser to use over and over. She loves scribbling on the pages and erasing them. I'm still working on getting her to trace the letters, but she is at least marking over the letters and illustrations. So I know forming the letters will come before she starts Reception next year. This is a really fun way to get children interested in starting writing. And the fact that it can be used again and again makes it much more useful than most workbooks. I'm looking forward to months of fun and learning with this book. It also introduces a range of words and uses different methods throughout the book. It's a great first learner and a lot of fun.
10th October '16
Polka read it themselves aged 4 aged 4
Wipe-Clean First Spellings: Start School with Topsy and Tim 9780241246290
5 stars
The book is nicely published.  My daughter had fun with using 'magic' pen and then wiping them off. Excellent for child learning to write. The book perfectly suits the needs of 4 years old kid, good compilation of words used and nice quality of pages. Recommended.
17th September '16
I read it to Kendra aged 5 aged 5
Wipe-Clean First Spellings: Start School with Topsy and Tim 9780241246290
5 stars
My daughter was so excited to receive this lovely book.She loves Topsy and  Tim. She started doing the activities straight away. It's a great book for my daughter to learn / revise her phonics word.  We enjoyed doing the activities together. Love that it can be rubbed out and done again. My daughter said she likes that the pen has a home on the book
12th September '16
I read it to Tilly aged 3 aged 3
Wipe-Clean First Spellings: Start School with Topsy and Tim 9780241246290
5 stars
These books are just perfect! Our almost 4 year old is at preschool, and just at the age where she is beginning to take a keen interest in words and numbers and phonics (which she picked up off her older sister - their favourite game is 'school') and pointing out words that she knows, and is already counting well and doing simple sums with her fingers and objects. She loves tracing over the letters and numbers, and is happy to do it all by herself which is great for confidence building. The wipe-clean pages are such a fabulous activity and both books are based on the school curriculum which is a great help and important to support school learning. This will be such a fab start for when she joins the Reception class next September, by which time she will be familiar with lots that she will experience in school. Even if little ones aren't quite ready for spellings they can still recognise the letters and practice them freely and have fun. The plastic holder on the front of the book needs to be removed so that the book can lay flat, but that is easy enough to do, and the pen can them be kept safely it it's little box. I'm sure there are other Topsy and Tim books in this range, which I shall be looking out for. A great way to get little ones off on their learning journey - so important. We love them. 
7th September '16
Eay11 read it themselves aged 4 aged 4
Wipe-Clean First Spellings: Start School with Topsy and Tim 9780241246290
4 stars
Wow what a brilliant learning book! My 4year old daughter started school this week and she is thrilled with this! She finds it fairly easy, so probably a good starting book for slightly younger children, but I love that it's wipe clean and she can do it over and over again. She even comes home from school and gets straight to it, so a brilliant learning tool! 
6th September '16
I read it to Bob2 aged 4 aged 4
Wipe-Clean First Spellings: Start School with Topsy and Tim 9780241246290
2 stars
At first glance this book looks great for children in year R as its called 'first spellings' so I was under the impression it would use the first 100 words all key stage 1 children would be exposed too. Upon inspection though there are far harder words in here for 'first words' such as children / grandmother / woman / rectangle. Really it should have a title that reflects its contents- which is a wipe clean book that focuses on colours, shapes, nouns, verbs, numbers, and some blends such as 'ai' / 'er' / 'o_e' words. 
My son who is about to enter year R loved the pen and the wipe clean eraser - which is why it got two stars for the review.  However the most annoying part is the holder for the pen is very bulky (on the front of the book), which means the page isn't flat when writing on any of the left hand pages. Only alternative is to take the holder off. 
Overall it's ok, but I've seen better versions. Topsy & Tim 'could do better' here I'm afraid...
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Jean Adamson is the creator of more than 100 much-loved children's books spanning five decades.
She studied Illustration at Goldsmiths where she met her future husband and writing partner Gareth Adamson (1925-1982). They worked on children's books together, with Gareth producing the storylines and Jean the illustration, including Topsy and Tim.
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