Panda Post is about confidence.
Panda Post delivers a moment where your child gets to join in with the real grown-up world of reading post.
It puts reading practice right into their hands (or at least on their doorstep!). Everyone loves a letter, especially kids.
They're involved and excited, right from the moment they spot their name on the envelope.
Panda Post is targeted at children in Reception. We're hoping to launch Panda Post for Year 1's soon.
The writer and creator of Panda Post is children's author Dr Yasmin Finch.
Yasmin is a published children's author and also has a wide experience of working with children and young people. As a mum she nurtured her two boys in their own reading journeys. Her eldest claims he had 'read through most of the school library' by Year 3.
Yasmin's PhD is in Literary Theory and the Bible and she has used her academic mind to to create a unique and exciting resource in Panda Post.
The structured and targeted letters Panda sends out are an exceptional opportunity for parents and children to enjoy and boost learning to read.
This is what she says about creating Panda Post...
Panda Post is magic.
It's the magic of a letter arriving, the magic of Panda's world, and the magic of a child being able to understand and read for themselves.
I created Panda Post because I found that when my kids learned to read, if they loved the book, if they were excited, they were happy and the reading flowed. All that hard work at school paid off. The tricky words got picked up easily because they just wanted to know WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.
If they were excited, they were happy and the reading flowed
One day, I was chatting to a Mummy friend and the idea for Panda Post just came to me. It was just there. It was so exciting, I knew I had to try to create it. My youngest was in Year 1, so he was chief Panda Post tester.
There were pandas everywhere
I write picture books and have been working on early readers too, so I took over the spare room and did 3 months of extensive research into phonics and the National Curriculum. I have a PhD, so I'm at home with researching, but this was very different. There were pictures of pandas everywhere, and my mind was full of 3-letter words day and night!
When they're all grown-up they'll remember THAT POST from an amazing little Panda
My hope for Panda Post is that it gives parents some fun and some great times with their kids learning to read.
And for kids?
That it's a magical world they get to belong to for a while, and when they're all grown-up they'll remember THAT POST from an amazing little Panda who used to write letters just for them.
What do teachers say about Panda Post?
"Panda Post is a unique and creative way to engage your child in the reading process. The excitement of receiving a letter through the post from the adorable Panda is extremely motivational for early readers.
It provides a meaningful context for the literary process and will help your child to understand the purpose for learning to not only read, but also write.
Each letter is perfectly pitched to your child's reading level and contains the ideal combination of phonetic and sight words, which will competently support your child on their journey towards becoming a fluent reader.
Bravo Panda Post!"
Lucy Kaufmann - Reception Teacher
Tell me about the Envelope
There's always a Panda picture on the envelope. What's Panda been up to this week? The story starts in pictures before they've even begun reading. It's easy and immediate and gives them some clues to what's coming.
Every child's name is in giant letters for them to easily see. Names are one of the very first things children learn to read and recognise and so we make it big, bold and fun.
The letters are extensively researched.. They carefully follow the UK's Phonic's National Curriculum and reflect reading levels found in school reading books.
They use a specialist font called Sassoon which is used for children's reading books in schools.
Each letter has about the same amount of text as a school reading book. It is specifically laid out in sections and colour blocks to make it easy to read.
The letters are fully illustrated with bright, colourful pictures to tell the story.