Finding the joy in reading

Society puts a huge pressure on young children to learn to read. Very early on in school, they start recognising letters, piecing together words and eventually reading them out loud with the correct expression and punctuation. Books come home and it’s a parent’s job to listen to their child read. Encourage them when they’re right, work through errors and help the child to learn. Learning to read Every day, Libby would bring home her reading book. We’d plough through it. She’d get frustrated that it was difficult and I’d be left questioning how she could get totally stuck on a…

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10 best bedtime stories for preschool to key stage 1

We’re not ones for routine, in fact life tends to be quite chaotic here. Days out and even holidays are often spontaneous. Best laid plans often descend into chaos and bedtime isn’t at the same time every day. But the one thing we do insist on is a bedtime story. Every night before bed, one of us will cuddle up with the girls in our bed and read our favourite books. These have changed over the years, but there’s one that I suspect will remain a favourite for years to come. Here are my top ten bedtime stories for children…

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#StarWarsReads review and giveaway

To celebrate Star Wars Day on May the 4th, Egmont have released a selection of Star Wars branded books for children. They have kindly sent us a selection of the books to review and as you will see, Libby has got into the spirit of it! Star Wars The Force Awakens illustrated story book The illustrated story book of The Force Awakens is a brilliant introduction to Star Wars for younger children. The words are simple and there are fantastic pictures. It gives a little briefing about each of the characters as they are introduced. This is great for people who…

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Thomas’ Big Pop-Up Journey – Review & Giveaway!

This is a collaborative post. All views, opinions and images are my own. The girls have been fans of Thomas and Friends for as long as I can remember. We often go to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor, in fact Lia has been going since she was four months old. The girls love both reading Thomas books and playing with the characters. So when we were asked to review Thomas’ Big Pop-Up Journey book and play scene, I knew they were going to love it. Thomas’ Big Pop-Up Journey – The Book I love reading with the girls and any book…

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Teletubbies Magazine – Review

This is a collaborative post. Libby has always enjoyed a magazine. She likes doing all the activities and having the one on one time to go through it together. If I’m honest, I’d never really got around to buying a magazine just for Lia. But with Libby at school, when we were offered the opportunity to review the Teletubbies magazine, I realised it was time I started doing things like this with Lia. Teletubbies Magazine – Free Gift I’m not going to lie, I’ve never known a child read a magazine before playing with the free gift. With the Teletubbies…

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