How to build a garden pond

Earlier this year my husband and I decided to get our six year old twins their first pet. Ideally we wanted a cat, but our landlord wasn’t keen on this idea, but he did suggest a goldfish perhaps or a rabbit. After much deliberation we decided on a rabbit! Our girls named him Snuggles, and he’s become a big part of our family. Since introducing a rabbit to our children, they’ve become more and more interested in animals. Initially they loved learning all about rabbits. I’d look online for random facts about them to tell our girls. For example, did… [Read More]

Review: Mrs Wordsmith | The Narrative Journey

Encouraging children to learn can be at times frustrating, especially if the subject matter doesn’t appeal. This summer, my husband and I have been doing lots of different things to encourage our girls to read. We signed them up to our local library’s summer reading challenge and they’ve actually completed the challenge already. I think the incentive of stickers along the way, and a medal and certificate when they finish have helped, but in fairness, they’ve both done really well. Now that they’ve completed their reading challenge, they’re eager to learn lots more words. We were recently sent an exciting… [Read More]

The benefits of school trips abroad

When I was in school, I always remember going on lots of school trips. They were one of the highlights of school for me. Whether it was a museum, farm, or local park, it didn’t matter to me. School trips were fun. A chance to go somewhere new with your classmates. However, one of the things that my parents never allowed my sister and I to do was go on school trips abroad. I always remember this one school trip new york. I’m not sure of the exact reasons why our parents didn’t let us go, but perhaps it was due… [Read More]

5 tips for choosing a tutor for your child

If you are looking for a tutor for your child, then you are going to want to ensure that you pick the right one. After all, they are responsible for helping to improve the academic skills that your child has and help them through tests too. But for some parents this could be easier said than done. How do you make sure that you have picked the right tutor for your child? James Goldsmith at 11plustutorsinessex.co.uk offers 5 top tips to help you along the way. 1 – Ask for recommendations No matter the age of your child, if they… [Read More]

How to Help Your Kids Fall in Love with Maths

It’s difficult for anyone to put effort into something they dislike, let alone a child. If a young person has no interest in a subject or struggles to understand it, they’re hardly going to feel motivated to learn. That’s why it’s essential that you instil a love of maths in children – to encourage enthusiasm for the subject. Discover 5 ways to motivate your child to love maths, and in turn, want to learn. 1. Gamify Maths By gamifying maths, you’ll make learning fun for your child. In fact, they won’t even realise they’re learning as they’ll be too busy… [Read More]

This is what we really should be teaching our young girls

As a mum of girls, I often worry about their future and think about all of the things that I’d like them to learn before they spread their wings and leave the nest. There are so many things that I wish I’d been taught when I was younger. As such I thought I’d ask some other parents, who also happen to be bloggers, what they think we should really be teaching young girls. Here’s what they said. Money Pete from Household Money Saving said: I would teach them about money – why it’s important for the future and how best… [Read More]

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]

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]

Twinkl Educational Resources Review: Video Special

Like many parents I want to ensure that my children really enjoy the summer holidays. However, I do wonder what impact this break from school will have on their education. Our girls have been doing so well with their learning and reading. It seems a shame to go a whole six weeks without doing anything to support them and continue building on what they’ve already learnt. That’s why when Twinkl asked me to review their website, I was pretty excited. I have reviewed them once before back in 2014, but now that the girls are leaving reception and heading into year… [Read More]