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Thursday photo #174

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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Celebrating learning achievements with Reading Eggs

Since Libby started school, reading has become part of our 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 we…

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How to teach handwriting without destroying self esteem

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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Family travel tips #13

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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21 West Midlands Christmas days out

Update: Check out my new post for┬áBest West Midlands Christmas days out 2019. 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…

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