Back to school with Smiggle

How do you decide what to buy for children and how much is too much? It’s a difficult balance between always saying no and ending up buying things they don’t need. We’re not a family that always buys a new pencil case and rucksack for the new school year. By the same token, we rarely buy the girls things when we’re on a day out. Recently though, the girls have started to show more of an interest in acquiring things. So, we’ve given them birthday money to spend. They’ve started to have a couple of pounds a week in pocket…

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Back to primary school checklist

What’s your back to school style? It seems that most of us are either last minute wonders or super organised. My preference is to buy uniform at the start of the holidays to avoid the early September rush. That said, it’s often sensible to leave it to the last minute to buy shoes. If you buy those early, you can almost guarantee they’ll grow during the school summer holidays. Here’s my checklist for what to buy before they go back to school. What have I forgotten?? School uniform I always buy uniform a little on the large side and either…

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Gift ideas for teachers

As the summer holidays approach, our thoughts turn to gifts for teachers. It has become traditional to buy something to thank them for their hard work throughout the year. The problem is though, what do you buy for someone you barely know? Sometimes children have a great idea of what they think their teacher will like. After all, they know them better than you do. Failing that though, here are a few gift ideas for teachers that might give you some inspiration. Something the children have made Every now and then, I take the girls to paint a pot or…

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[AD] Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition winners

Throughout England and Wales, over 25,000 primary school children entered the Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition. Each child wrote a poem with the theme of diversity. They were asked to think about what makes people “beautifully different and wonderfully the same” with a little help from a poem written by Joseph Coelho.  The Winners Two national winners were selected in the competition, one from key stage one and one from key stage two. Judges included Lauren Child, the Children’s Laureate, footballer Rio Ferdinand, poet Joseph Coelho and singer Olly Murs. The judges had the tough job of deciding which…

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Good things and bad things

Is it a struggle to find out anything about your child’s day? When my eldest started preschool, we’d have the same conversation with her day in, day out. “What did you to today?” “Sing songs, play toys.” We never got much more out of her than that. Some days, her teachers would tell us that she’d ridden the pony, or made a new friend. She never mentioned it. Other days, she’d be a bit subdued when she came home, and we had no idea why. Talking over dinner One thing we’ve always insisted on with our children is that we…

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