Skill books

Helping Kids at Home Skill Books provide fun and interactive activities that reinforce all the concepts taught at school. These books used, stickers, games and interactive tasks to reinforce mathematics and literacy concepts. These consumable books are for individual use.  There are 12 books in the Skill Book series.

Each of the four subject areas has three levels:

  • Level 1: Getting Started (4–5 years)
  • Level 2: Moving On (6–7 years)
  • Level 3: Taking Off (8-9 years)
 

Sample spread from Word study level 2


Word Study

LEVEL 1: GETTING STARTED

This book provides fun and interactive activities to help children recognise the letters of the alphabet, match letters to sounds, and read simple words. The activities also introduce children to early spelling and writing skills, and reinforce many of the language concepts children will learn during their first year of school.

The activities in this book will help the child to:

  • recognise and write their own name
  • recognise and write the letters of the alphabet
  • match upper-case and lower-case letters
  • match letters to sounds
  • read simple words
  • write the letters of the alphabet.

 

LEVEL 2: MOVING ON

This book provides fun and interactive activities to help children in their second and third years of school learn about the relationships between letters and sounds. This knowledge is vital as children develop their spelling skills. The activities in this book systematically explore the letters most commonly used to represent each sound, and will help children accurately read and spell a range of frequently used words.

The activities in this book will help the child to:

  • match letters to sounds
  • explore the spelling of words with short- and long-vowel sounds
  • practise alphabetical order
  • correctly spell a number of everyday words
  • further develop reading and writing skills.

 

LEVEL 3: TAKING OFF

This book provides fun and interactive activities to help children in their third and fourth years of school learn about the relationships between letters and sounds. This knowledge is vital as children develop their spelling skills. The activities in this book systematically explore the letters most commonly used to represent each sound and will help children accurately read and spell a range of frequently used words.

The activities in this book will help the child to:

  • match letters to sounds
  • explore the spelling of words with short- and long-vowel sounds
  • correctly spell a number of everyday words
  • practise alphabetical order
  • explore word types such as compound words, homophones and contractions
  • further develop reading and writing skills.

Reading

LEVEL 1: GETTING STARTED

This book provides fun and interactive activities to help children develop a lifelong love of reading. At four or five years of age, children often enjoy simple repetitive picture storybooks and love being read to. They are beginning to understand how reading works and may be able to read simple repetitive books themselves. They are learning to recognise a range of sight words such as ‘the’, ‘and’, ‘is’, etc., and to use picture and context clues to support their reading. The development of these reading skills goes hand-in-hand with learning to write.

The activities in this book will help the child to:

  • understand and make sense of what they read and what is read to them
  • read a range of everyday words (often called sight words) and sentence starters
  • read a range of nouns, including the days of the week and animal names
  • write their own sentences and stories using the vocabulary learned
  • use rhyme and letter recognition to decode new words
  • make links between reading and writing.

LEVEL 2: MOVING ON

This book provides fun and interactive activities to help children develop a lifelong love of reading. Most children in the second and third years of school have developed an understanding of how written language sounds and looks. They can read simple books and answer questions about the text. They enjoy being read to and can read part of the books themselves. All of these reading skills go hand-in-hand with the development of a child’s writing skills.

The activities in this book will help the child to:

  • understand and make sense of what they read and what is read to them
  • read an increasing range of everyday words (often called sight words)
  • read an increasing range of nouns
  • and verbs
  • read a variety of texts including fiction and nonfiction (i.e. information, explanations, recipes, and tables)
  • write their own sentences and stories using the vocabulary learned
  • use rhyme and letter recognition to decode new words
  • understand aspects of stories, including sequence and characters
  • read fluently and with expression
  • make links between reading and writing.

LEVEL 3: TAKING OFF

This book provides fun and interactive activities to help children develop a lifelong love of reading. Many children in their third and fourth years of school are able to read a broad range of books and other types of texts independently. Many children are learning to read longer books that require more than one sitting to finish, and are remembering the story from one sitting to the next. They are beginning to select appropriate information and summarise this to use in projects. All of these reading skills go hand-in-hand with the development of a child’s writing skills.

The activities in this book will help the child to:

  • understand and make sense of what they read and what is read to them
  • broaden their reading experiences
  • read a range of fiction and nonfiction texts including poems, rhymes, songs, information, and recipes
  • understand many aspects of stories including characters, sequence, and plot
  • interpret what they read in light of their own experiences
  • plan and write their own stories
  • read fluently and with expression.

Explore and Create

LEVEL 1: GETTING STARTED

This book contains pairs of activities that encourage children to first undertake a scientific investigation, and then use what they have learned to create a work of art. Activities are grouped under typical science areas such as biology (Amazing Animals, Plants, All About Me), physics (Energy and Force, Light and Sound, Movement, Heat), and chemistry (Mixtures). Each ‘explore’ activity encourages kids to use science skills such as observation and recording, while the ‘create’ activities will help develop kids’ art skills. Encourage the child to take the ideas in this book and to change them as their own imagination dictates. A flower can become a snowflake! A roller-coaster can become a racetrack!

 

LEVEL 2: MOVING ON

This book contains pairs of activities that encourage children to first undertake a scientific investigation, and then use what they have learned to create a work of art. Activities are grouped under typical science areas such as biology (Amazing Animals, Plants, All About Me), physics (Energy and Force, Light and Sound, Movement, Heat), and chemistry (Mixtures). Each ‘explore’ activity encourages kids to use science skills such as observation and recording, while the ‘create’ activities will help develop kids’ art skills. Encourage the child to take the ideas in this book and to change them as their own imagination dictates. A flower can become a snowflake! A roller-coaster can become a racetrack!

 

 

LEVEL 3: TAKING OFF

This book contains pairs of activities that encourage children to first undertake a scientific investigation, and then use what they have learned to create a work of art. Activities are grouped under typical science areas such as biology (Amazing Animals, Plants, All About Me), physics (Energy and Force, Light, Movement, Structures), and chemistry (Mixtures). Each ‘explore’ activity encourages kids to use science skills such as observation and recording. These activities can be explored even further when kids show a particular interest in a given topic. An investigation about how frogs behave can be developed to find out about other animals’ behaviours. Where do they live? What adaptations have they made to enable them to survive?, etc. The ‘create’ activities will help develop kids’ art skills. Encourage the child to take the ideas in this book and to change them as their own imagination dictates.

 


Maths

LEVEL 1: GETTING STARTED

This book provides a range of engaging activities that will reinforce many of the maths concepts children learn during their first year of school.

The activities in this book will help the child to:

  • develop an understanding of numbers
  • become skilled and confident when counting objects
  • recognise the numbers to 10
  • place the numbers 1 to 10 in the correct order
  • copy, continue, and create patterns
  • use 1st, 2nd, 3rd ... 6th correctly
  • develop simple addition and subtraction skills.

 

LEVEL 2: MOVING ON

This book provides a range of engaging activities that will reinforce many of the maths concepts children learn during their second and third years of school.

The activities in this book will help the child to:

  • develop an understanding of numbers to 100 and their value
  • become skilled and confident when counting to 100
  • recognise the numbers to 100
  • place the numbers 1 to 100 in the correct order
  • count by 2s, 5s, and 10s to 100
  • copy, continue, and create patterns
  • add and subtract numbers up to 20.

LEVEL 3: TAKING OFF

This book provides a range of engaging activities that will reinforce many of the maths concepts children learn during their third and fourth years of school.

The activities in this book will help the child to:

  • copy, continue, and create number patterns
  • develop an understanding of numbers to 100 and their value
  • become skilled and confident when counting to 100
  • learn addition and subtraction facts to 20
  • add 1-digit numbers to any number up to 100
  • subtract 1-digit numbers from any number up to 100
  • recognise and compare simple fractions
  • add simple fractions with the same denominator
  • master the 2 and 10 times tables.