Supporting A Child’s Education With Bayard + 6 Month Subscription #Giveaway

When my daughter started school back in September, I started to feel overwhelmed quite quickly about the list of actions that were coming home with her to help support her education.  Every week we receive an email from her teachers about what they are going to be covering in school and how we can support them.  There are also tasks around supporting their early years literacy and numeracy skills.

When I first saw these emails, I started to worry that we would stop enjoying learning at home.  When you are presented with a weekly to do list, all of a sudden it can become focused on just ticking off what you have to do, instead of enjoying the learning you are sharing together.

I had a bit of an epiphany about these emails, and instead of looking at the list as something we needed to tick off, I started to look for tools I could use to work through the list in a more fun way.  Just then I was introduced to Bayard Magazines, and they are literally perfect for supporting a child’s reading and education from the age of 3 through to 12 years old.


StoryBox Edition

Princess and I have been enjoying the StoryBox magazine edition, and despite not being quite 3 yet, so has her little sister.  These are great quality magazines, brimming with fun stories, gorgeous illustrations and fun activities.  The characters in the stories appear throughout the series, so your child can build a deep connection with them, which enriches the learning they receive from each book.

Each magazine looks to ask and answer questions that your child might be raising about the world around them like ‘why is the sea salty’ or ‘why are there 4 seasons’ helping to introduce the world of science to them in a fun and imaginative way.


As well as reading, there are fun games and activities to do in the magazine, which help develop the learning covered in the book.  Princess and I have really been having fun with these books, whilst still ticking off the tasks we need to cover to support her learning at school.

AdventureBox Edition

The AdventureBox series from Bayard Magazines are aimed at children between 6 and 9 years old who have developed the skills to read on their own.  They are packed full of fun stories and interesting characters that appeal to this age group, helping to grow their love of reading.  The wonderful illustrations and comic book approach help to keep this magazine appealing to children, so they won’t even realise that they are continuing to build on those skills so important for supporting their education.


Each edition of AdventureBox is also packed full of age appropriate puzzles and games which are aimed at developing their word and number skills.  At the end of each edition, there is a page dedicated to what your child can look forward to when they get their next magazine.  If I knew I was going to be reading a story called ‘Battle of the Pants’, I would definitely look forward to reading it.

DiscoveryBox Edition

As your child’s eduction begins to cover a wider range of topics they can move on to enjoy the DiscoveryBox magazine aimed at 9 to 12 year olds.  Throughout all the editions of Bayard Magazines you start to feel like you are part of a club of children who share similar interests to you.  This is really captured perfectly in DiscoveryBox with children investigating topics like ‘how the Harry Potter films were made’. Readers can also submit their art work and ideas to be shared with other fans of the magazines.


DiscoveryBox is really about building on a child’s education and helping them to connect with the world around them in a fun way, through reading, games and puzzles.  Children learn more about animals, the natural world, science and history and all this is supported by fantastic art work and real world photos.  Even though these magazines are too old for my children now, I know I would very much have enjoyed them when I was younger because of the variety and the way the topics are presented.

More About Bayard Magazines + Giveaway

Bayard magazines have been around for 20 years, helping to support and fuel children’s education in a fun and dynamic way.  Their approach has won them many awards over the years and the magazines are also used as a support tool in schools.  The magazines are produced by educators and parents with a strong passion for children’s learning and it really shows in each edition that arrives on your doorstep. To keep up to date with  Baynard Magazines pop over to their Facebook page now.

If you are feeling a little overwhelmed about how to support your child’s education while still keeping the fun in learning, you really can’t go wrong by investing in a Bayard Magazine subscription.  I’m also offering Zena’s Suitcase readers a chance to win 1 of 2 six month subscriptions to a magazine of your choice.  It will be a great way to find out more about the magazines, and help your child get to know the series.  If you would like to enter, simply complete the rafflecopter below.  If you have more time, you can unlock bonus entries and increase your chance of winning.  The competition ends on 3/1/2017.  Other T & C’s apply.

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  1. Annabel Greaves
    December 9, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I always help both my kids with their homework and test them with spellings and other work when they have tests coming up at school

  2. Laura Banks
    December 9, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    i always used to help with homework and also read every night

  3. Leila Benhamida
    December 9, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Making it fun and enjoyable. Take my children to the library where they choose their own book and read.

  4. Lynn Heath
    December 9, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    I always support and encourage my kids with their homework and try to explain anything they need help with!

  5. Wendy Tolhurst
    December 9, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    If my daughter is struggling with homework, I help her by going through the question with her but making her do any working out so that she is actually learning whilst I’m helping. In addition, I try to make learning fun, so we may be in the car and have a quick fire round of maths questions. Also, I have found it very important to make time to read with her as she has grown more confident.

  6. iain maciver
    December 9, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    help with homework and also read every night

  7. clair downham
    December 10, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    help them with homework read to them and let them read to you

  8. Susie Wilkinson
    December 10, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    I try to incorporate it into everyday life so that it doesn’t seem like education

  9. emma walters
    December 11, 2016 / 8:09 am

    i try to bring learning into everyday life, asking my boys to spell & read things in shops 🙂

  10. Emma S
    December 11, 2016 / 11:03 am

    I always try and make learning into a game or a competition. We also use stickers and prizes.

  11. Samantha O'D
    December 11, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Make learning fun, include counting etc.. into everyday things

  12. December 12, 2016 / 9:08 am

    Sit with your children every night and listen to them read!

  13. Christine Lockley
    December 12, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    I try to encourage by listening to them read, taking them to the library and by searching the internet to find fun quizzes and games – pinterest is great for great ways to make learning fun

  14. melanie stirling
    December 16, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    I give them lots of encouragement and praise when they do well,I would never make a child feel bad if they make a mistake.

  15. Lynsey Buchanan
    December 19, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    Giving regular praise when due is a great way of helping your child’s learning at home

  16. kate kathurima
    December 22, 2016 / 12:46 am

    we make it fun and talk about things that she finds intresting

    December 22, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    make it fun, turn things into a game:)

    December 24, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    make things fun and interesting, try different methods as every child is different

  19. michelle o'neill
    December 27, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    just to make it fun to keep their attention, dont let it get boring x

  20. Karenhutchinson
    December 27, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Read everything – books , instructions ,signs – soon they are reading everything

  21. Kerry Locke
    December 29, 2016 / 9:37 am

    Incorporate learning into everyday activities – For example – Baking can involve maths and reading skills

  22. Jo Carroll
    December 29, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Making sure you spend enough time simply talking to your children is the key. They are all so full of questions…you end up learning stuff yourself as you go along 😉

  23. Richard Tyler
    December 29, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    Not to pressure too much, make it fun, learn at pace…

  24. Solange
    December 30, 2016 / 2:24 am

    Make learning fun and help with any homework.

    December 30, 2016 / 10:33 am

    I read books with my kids every night, we practise writing as well. I tried my best to our learning be fun for my children.

  26. Rachel Craig
    December 31, 2016 / 2:49 am

    Be positive, be patient and have fun. We learn best when relaxed and having fun. Be encouraging.

  27. Michaela Hannah
    January 1, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Make learning fun and definitely set a routine with homework and reading

  28. Kat Allinson
    January 1, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    Try and include them in lots of everyday tasks whilst incorporating counting items and looking for different shapes & objects, most importantly make sure it is always fun and be positive

  29. jo liddement
    January 1, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    My son reads a lot and enjoys maths so we buy him puzzle books and play games such as Scrabble aswell as his normal homework and projects after school.

  30. RebeccaC
    January 1, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    We spend lots of quality time together every evening reading.

  31. Emma Fox
    January 1, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    We try to do a little and often as my son’s not really keen on sitting down for long periods to do homework 🙂

  32. Danielle pooley
    January 1, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I try to make it fun. Also try to change the material every now & again so my little one doesn’t get bored.

  33. Karen Lloyd
    January 1, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    I have magnetic letters and numbers on my fridge so that we can practice spelling and maths.

  34. Sarah Parker
    January 1, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    we like to read a lot read read

  35. Jamie Millard
    January 2, 2017 / 1:24 am

    reading books together helps as well as talking about what they have learned

  36. Claire Ward
    January 2, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Games including board games help with lots of different things maths, spelling, English, logic. Make homework fun and take the time to sit with them when they do it

  37. Claire Davey
    January 2, 2017 / 9:10 am

    we read every night and we take every opportunity to learn new things words out and about animals on tv etc

  38. Lucy Carter
    January 2, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Set aside a regular time for reading and learning. It then becomes a routine and if made fun, it will be something to look forward too.

  39. Natalie Crossan
    January 2, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    We set up a specific part of the living room for all my daughters homework and studying, she has special posters that help with reading and writing too and a rewards chart too x

  40. Minnie Rose
    January 2, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Making reading fun, interesting and enjoyable by discussing stories and encouraging comprehension of texts which also highlights personal interests along the way 🙂

  41. Laura Pritchard
    January 2, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    I try not to put pressure on and just ask my son, who’s 5, to read his younger sister a story – he feels really proud even though he can’t read all the words yet!

  42. Diana
    January 2, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Make it fun. My daughter is 4 and she loves writing cards by herself to her aunties, then drawing in them and adding stickers. Also she loves doing colourful activity books.

  43. Deborah Mackenzie
    January 2, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    set times to do things so that they get it out of the way. Plus to make it fun and interesting when going to places as they learn so much doing things when they are having fun.

  44. claire little
    January 2, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    by making it fun, we sing songs and play schools

  45. Jo Glasspool
    January 2, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Make it fun and creative, something they can easily get involved in.

  46. Julie Scattergood
    January 2, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Make learning fun and exciting. There are so many ways to inject some fun into reading, spelling and even maths practice.

  47. Donna Caldwell
    January 2, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    I always try to incorporate something she has an interest into my daughters homework

  48. January 2, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    We like having new resources and making learning fun and exciting. I often pack things away for a few weeks so they are missed and get played with when they come back out.
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