Tuesday 27 October 2020

The Week Junior


At 9 Dylan is starting to understand more about the world around him and he is so curious. We started getting The Week Junior magazine at the beginning of lockdown and it was a great way to communicate with him about what was going on in the world without worrying that we were giving him too much information, not enough or sharing something not age appropriate. 2020 has been a big year and it has definitely helped him navigate it. It has encouraged conversations on pandemics, racism, politics and the education system and one of our favourite pages to read together is the debate (This week’s is whether Drive-ins are the best way to enjoy events). 

Without the school runs to get up for, I am doing everything I can to keep mornings slow paced and relaxing and I love that Dylan can chill in bed with his magazine and a cup of tea whilst I sit with mine and a coffee. I hope this is a routine we can continue as he gets older.

I love the easy to read format of The Week Junior and the balance of the way it covers the big and most pressing stories alongside tales of positivity and inspirational stories from around the world. The Week Junior covers politics, economics, science and nature alongside technology (articles on Minecraft are always well read here), education and everything else. Each edition has a ‘how-to’ guide for various things (this week’s is how to make a delicious ‘red red’ dish, a west-African stew), some of which we have loved trying out and baking over the summer. With half term upon us, we have been going back through past issues to look for ideas to keep us busy, and The Week Junior have launched an activity hub on the website which you can access for free which is full of ideas. There are recipes we want to make and activities we can do from home or nearby. A week can be a long time to fill with local restrictions and this is going to be a great way to stave off any boredom!

You can get your first 6 issues of The Week Junior for free if you sign up now! Dylan and I would highly recommend it for any children aged 8-14 with an interest in the world around them.

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