Monday, 15 September 2014

Book Review: The Flying Bath

Former Children’s Laureate and children’s book supremo Julia Donaldson has done it again. The writer of much-loved titles The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, What the Ladybird Heard and many more, has this time teamed up with award-winning illustrator, David Roberts this time. Their collaboration, The Flying Bath, is also set to be a massive hit at bedtimes and storytimes.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Time Goes By So Fast! #PowerOfSoft

Are you like us and have packed photo albums jammed on your shelf that sort of peter out around ten years ago with the arrival of digital?  I love sitting looking through old photo albums but find that I just don't it as often when they're on the laptop or memory cards.  So I am on a mission - to print out the past years of photos.  Yes, it's going to take ages, but I reckon it'll be worth it.  Nothing beats having a proper photograph to hold and look at.  To this end I am gradually sorting all our pictures out, from all the scattered memory cards, the camera and phone memories, emails we've been sent, and everywhere else.  But oh gosh it's brought back some memories, and evoked lots of tears!

Our Learning This Week #2

No photos this week because we've managed to break the camera - oops!  It seems slightly odd noting what the girls are learning week by week, as we are really just getting on with business as usual.  They've been learning every week from birth, of course, but when you actually stop day by day to think about what has been covered in the 14 or so hours they were up, it's pretty amazing.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Why Every Child Should Have a Fish

I believe having a pet, and looking after it well, is so important for children.  We have our cats of course, but Lara's also desperate for one of these Peppa Pig Aquariums at the moment, so this guest post was very timely!  What pets do your children have?

There have been many studies performed that have demonstrated the beneficial effects of having pets on children. Children who own a pet have been shown to benefit socially, educationally and in terms of their health, and research released in 2010 indicated that pet ownership engenders positive attitudes towards wildlife in children (Prokop and Tunncliffe).

In Case of Emergency

I recently re-started comping after quite a while off, or at least only doing it sporadically.  During my first week of doing it more seriously again I won an Etch-a-Sketch, some theme park tickets and 5000 Nectar points.  Today I learned that a blog post I wrote for blogging competition a while back had won first prize - £250 cash.  Comping is definitely worth doing, especially if you approach it quite seriously.  Some people even make a living out of it.

Turning Over a New (Autumn) Leaf

Is it a hang over from childhood and school that September seems as much, if not more, of a new year, than January 1st?  The changing of the seasons, rather too early for my liking this year, and the prospect of a new school year, even to those of us for whom that is meaningless, leads thoughts to turn to new timetables, schedules, plans and activities.  For some of us, the transition from long hot sunny days to cosy, wrapped up autumn ones even requires something akin to the making of New Year's resolutions.


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