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Hi everyone

 

I hope that I have put this in the correct forum.

Has anyone subscribed to the Scholastic Early Years Bank? I just wondered if it was worth all my hard earned cash?

Thanks

:o Robin

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I subscribed to this a few years ago but like Gwen didn't make much use of lesson plans but the posters are useful. I found the lesson plans didn't have much content in the them although I have used them in combination with other plans or if I need something quick for a few days, maybe at the end of term.

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Hi Robin

I reviewed the Activity Bank for Scholastic last year. I had a years free publications and I had to complete a questionnaire after each quarter. I have to say that I didn't like it very much. As Gwen and Bubblejack have already said the posters and picture cards were very good but I found many of the activities a bit too old and teacher orientated. I felt that a lot would need too much adult input. Their links to the stepping stones and ELGs were tenuous to say the least-many activities I felt were in the wrong area of learning. And I told them this. There were some good ideas but many needed adapting and in the end I felt that it caused a lot more work than being of any great help.

Somebody else may have found very useful but I didn't go on to take out a subscription myself.

Linda

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Generally don't like Scholastic stuff all that much - it seems to provide quite a lot of activities which are rather obvious, and others that just take way too much resourcing (& I don't think I'm particularly lazy, just busy). Also agree with the point about tenuous links to objectives - things don't often seem to fit into the needs of moving the children on in the classroom context. Also it seems not to provoke me to be more thoughtful & improve my practise. Oops, seem to have slated them rather. Lovely posters etc!!!

 

Dianne xxx

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have to agree, with all above, posters good - irritating the way they put lots of stuff on the back of them so you lose this if you display them!! Some of the ideas were good but needed adapting a great deal for us, and we found we were doing most of the ideas already, or had thought of it with group planning.

 

Inge

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I'm onto my third folder now, and have subscribed for quite a while. I do find the posters and cards etc very good, and have adapted the activities where I needed to.

I don't use the activities as much as i thought i would, but they have come in useful. :)

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