Well that was that, the Summer holidays are over and it’s time to get back into a routine. This time, I’ve got 15 hours a week with no children. I had visions of getting everything done with time to spare. Never being behind with work and being ultra-organised. But of course, nothing ever goes to plan. The driving lesson We rounded off the school holidays with a fun-packed day on Saturday. Libby went to a wonderful birthday party where she was able to interact with lots of different creatures. She was very proud that she’d held a snake, several lizards…

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Since Libby started school, reading has become part of our morning routine. She brings a book home every day and we sit together to read it. There was a stage where it was a bit of a chore. She’d moved on from the simple books she used to read to ones with a more exciting story. But they were also longer and more difficult to read. The turning point Before Easter, we saw Libby’s teacher for a parents evening. Libby had slipped from being in an advanced reading group, to being slightly behind where she should be. So, I decided…

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This is a collaborative post. Isn’t it amazing what an impact a seemingly insignificant moment can have on your life? For me, it was a decision taken by a primary school teacher. When all my friends moved up into the next class after the summer, I was to go into a different class with children a year older than me. Handwriting and self-esteem I went into that class as a confident child with lots of friends who was doing well academically. I could read well for my age and my writing and drawing were fine. But that was the problem.…

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Well that’s it for us, the Summer holidays are over. It has been a manic few weeks and I’m going to miss my little sidekicks now they’re back to school and pre-school. But it is a great opportunity to catch up with some work. I can’t be the only one to have got somewhat behind with what I should be doing! I’m looking forward to catching up with everybody’s posts and reading about your summer adventures. Featured posts There were some fabulous posts linked up last week, and one in particular I found really useful. Vicky from Earth Based Fun…

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Here in the West Midlands, Christmas events for 2017 are selling out incredibly quickly. So, I make no apologies for publishing this so early and I would recommend purchasing tickets relatively soon. I’ve linked to all relevant websites, plus comprehensive reviews where available. If I couldn’t find a blog review, I have linked to the relevant page on Trip Advisor. 1. Santa’s Winter Wonderland – SnowDome, Tamworth If you dream of a white Christmas, the Snowdome might just be the place for you. Follow the Christmas snow trail with walks, slides, sledges, snowball fights and snow tubes. If you’d prefer…

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As the farmer counted down, 25 children crouched in the starting position. … 4, 3, 2, 1, GO! The gate flew open and two pigs came flying out of their pen like rats up a drainpipe. On the other side of the fence, the children were in hot pursuit. Grown adults were heard to shout, “Come on Ginger!” Showing support for their favourite pig. The unusual birthday party Libby had waited all year for her birthday party. She’d been to some brilliant ones – the rest of the class had set a pretty high bar. And now it was her…

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As the Summer holidays come screeching to a halt, we’re left wondering where on earth the last six weeks have gone. It doesn’t seem like more than a few days ago that we were ushering the usual herd of children out of school for the last time, saying their goodbyes as if they’d never see each other again. Last minute preparations After another busy week including a trip to the fabulous Monkey Forest, Lia starts pre-school on Monday. I’ve seen so many blog posts and social media updates about how parents are horrified that this has come around so soon…

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