Fun Festive Christmas Resources from Twinkl

I’m a big advocate for home learning. Why should the learning and fun stop when the kids leave school? For that reason I absolutely love Twinkl. Twinkl is an online educational publishing house, producing teaching materials for children of all ages. You can get instant access to inspirational lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment, interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints, at teaching ideas! However, with Christmas just five days away, I’ve been looking through their festive resources and thought I’d share them with you! You can view their Christmas Primary Resources online here, and you can also find Welsh language resources here…. [Read More]

Handwriting on the decline among Children

It might not come as much of a surprise that handwriting is one of the skills that’s been on the decline over recent years. With the rise of technology such as ipads, tablets and smart phones, there isn’t such a need for children to be writing as much as they used to. It’s a little worrying as it’s such a vital skill especially for adult life and it also comes with added benefits such as helping with relaxation and focus. There are plenty of statistics surrounding handwriting, and National Pen have put together a few along with some tips and… [Read More]

Are you an over-sharent?

A few weeks ago my husband and I attended parents evening at our girls school. On the way out, my husband picked up a copy of a magazine called ‘Digital Parenting‘. Having never heard of this publication before, I was curious to see what it was all about. As it happens, it’s pretty much summed up by its name! The magazine covers a range of topics from cyber-bullying, fake news and screen time. One article I came across is called ‘Are you an over-sharent?’ I instantly felt a slight pang of guilt. I mean I have been known to share… [Read More]

SmartGlobe Adventure Review

Children have an instinctive need to learn about the world around them. From asking questions to exploring their surroundings without fear, their want for learning is incredible. A few months ago one of the girls older sisters went to Ghana with her university. She’s training to be a nurse so she went out to Uganda to help the children and families out there. Our five year old twins were very curious and wanted to learn more about Uganda. I showed them on a map where Uganda was and we talked about what animals live there etc. However, looking on a… [Read More]

My Little Pony Book Review and Competition

My Little Pony Movie was released earlier this month and it’s sure to be a big hit! To celebrate the release of the movie, we’ve been sent a My Little Pony book bundle to review, plus you could win your very own book bundle too! We received the following books: My Little Pony Movie Storybook My Little Pony 1,000 Sticker Activity Book My Little Pony Giant Sticker Book with Colouring I’ve always loved books that tell the story from a movie. My Little Pony: The Movie book is a 64 page hardback book that tells the story of a new dark… [Read More]

We review the revision website, Education Quizzes

I’m sure that the majority of parents would agree with me when I say that it’s important to give our children the best start in life. From the moment our children are born we have only the best intentions for them. To care and look after them, keep them safe and fed, to ensure they’re happy, to give them a stable home and to make sure they receive the best education possible. From nursery to pre-school and high school, our children can thrive when placed in the right environment, with the right people, but also with the right tools, whether… [Read More]

Practical Advice to Keep Your Children Mobile Safe at School

Generation Z Generation Z has been a pretty hot topic at the moment. For those unfamiliar with the term, Generation Z refers to 16-22 year old’s. Recent research carried out for Newsbeat found that older generations believe today’s youth are lazy, selfish and addicted to social media. As a mum and step-mum, I have to disagree with this, but I can certainly see why the older generation would possibly think this. My three step-children all fall into the category of Generation Z. They’re 18, 20 and 22. In their short lives they’ve achieved so much more than I ever did… [Read More]

We’re part of the Argos Chad Valley Play Panel! Driftstone CarPark & Cars Playset Review! Plus Win a £75 Argos Voucher!

I’m very excited to announce that we’ve been invited to be part of the Chad Valley 2017 Play Panel. This means over the next few months, we’ll be sharing some of the hottest toys with you, plus we’ll be giving you the chance to win one of three £75 Argos vouchers! Our first competition can be found toward the end of this post so make sure you enter for your chance to win a £75 Argos voucher – perfect with Christmas just around the corner! As part of the Chad Valley Play Panel we will be receiving a number of… [Read More]

Keeping children safe online in 2017

The world has changed a lot since I was a child. Back then it was all about MSN messenger and MySpace. Gone are the days of children playing happily outdoors, as it seems more and more children are opting to spend their free time glued to their smart phones, tablets and laptops. The worrying thing for me about this is that it’s claimed that almost a third of parents allow their kids to use the internet freely without any restrictions. Not only that, but the age in which children are accessing the internet is getting younger and younger with children going… [Read More]

Your first day in year one

To our beautiful girls, Today is your first day in year one. How is that possible? It only seems like yesterday when we took those first tentative steps into nursery with you both. Mummy and daddy prepared you as best we could. We talked about nursery a lot, what you’d do there, who would be there, what to do if you needed the toilet etc. We talked about the fact that you’d have your own special peg to hang your bag and coat on. We did everything we could think of to make the settling in period as easy as… [Read More]