Reading With Panda Post

Munch reading his letter from Panda Post

Many children, as they start primary school, take an interest in the written word. They might notice signs around them, books on shelves, to-do lists pinned to the fridge door, and of course post being delivered. Panda Post have expertly linked this early interest in learning to blend and read simple words, with the excitement of receiving real post through the letterbox.

Panda post coming through the letterbox

Aimed at children starting their reading journey, Panda Post sends weekly letters to your child. They kindly have been sending Munch post for nearly two months now. Munch’s level of reading is very good, but I was intrigued to see if these letters might increase his confidence and joy of reading. We have a wide variety of books for him to choose from at home, but I feel that sometimes a different presentation can encourage an enthusiasm for the subject, especially if it doesn’t feel as though you’re learning. As I hoped, he has taken to receiving these letters with palpable delight. He looks forward to them arriving, carefully opens the envelope (after admiring the postage stamp and bright illustrations) and reads each letter fluently.

Envelope from Panda Post

Little Miss Christmas stamp

I genuinely don’t think that he associates it with any type of formal learning. As far as he is concerned it is simply fun post that he receives every week. On one occasion there was an activity (with stickers!) enclosed which he loved completing. The text was aimed at parents, but again he read it without thinking, being eager to enjoy the post that he had received.

Panda Post letter

I am delighted with his response to Panda Post. His confidence and self-belief with his reading skills are really being supported and encouraged by these letters. He looks forward to them arriving and keeps them all safely tucked into a presentation folder which you receive when you begin a subscription.

Letter and envelope from Panda Post

All letters complement the UK Phonics National Curriculum, and children do have the opportunity to write to Panda themselves if they would like to. That is one thing that Munch hasn’t done yet, although he is eager to get in contact with Panda!

For further information, including subscription charges, please visit the Panda Post website here, or visit them on Facebook here.

Literacy fun with Panda Post

N.B. Munch has received an annual subscription in exchange for me writing this post. All thoughts are my own. For more information please visit my disclosure page.

29th December 2017

20 comments

I love this idea. I need to do some research to see if they have it in the US too. I love getting mail. Email isn’t quite the same.

Getting post is so much fun and I really don’t think it feels like forced learning at all. It’s even encouraging his younger brother to look at more text!

I love this! I really wish it was international. I have a few children who could benefit greatly from something like this.

It’s such a great idea. I’ll pass your comments on to the company 🙂

What a lovely idea, my 4 year old started school in September and would love to receive her own post x

It’s a great idea, really builds confidence in early readers. Our little one loves it, as do his brothers 😉

I really love this idea. Our eldest starts nursery in June and so we are in full nursery prep mode. I think these would be great for her xx

I really like how gentle they are. Super for building interest and confidence 🙂

This is a great idea, my daughter would love this although she is a bit older. I will check out the website to see if they offer something for slightly older children.

It is a super idea. Although Munch’s level of reading is beyond the beginner stage these have helped a lot with his confidence and he loves receiving them each week!

This sounds fantastic! What a brilliant way to encourage confidence with reading. My nieces and nephews would love this!
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It’s great. My little one looks forward to them arriving!

This is an awesome idea!! My little boy loves receiving the post and something that’s directed at him would be such a great surprise! Thanks for sharing this. #Blogstravaganza

You’re welcome! My little one loves it 🙂

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I LOVE this idea. Since starting school my little man is trying to read everything and he loves getting things in the post. I’m going to look into this now. Thanks for sharing it. What a great idea it is. #blogstravaganza

It is a super idea and a fab way to build confidence with reading without there being any pressure 🙂

This is fab, kids love receiving post don’t they! #Blogstravaganza

Yes, he loves it when the post arrives and there’s a Panda letter for him! Even his brothers get excited to see it 🙂

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