Extending Learning Outside of the Classroom

Extending Learning Outside of the Classroom

Schools teach kids so much from reading and writing to mathematics, science, religion and much more. But for them to learn all of the skills they need to become functioning and well-rounded adults, education shouldn’t stop in the classroom. There’s plenty we can do as parents to keep them learning, here are some examples.

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Beds For Kids: Best Boy And Girl Choices

Beds For Kids: Best Boy And Girl Choices

Once your child moves into their own room, one of the big decisions is choosing a bed! After all, you need to make sure the bed you choose is exciting and appeals to them, otherwise, you will have a child in your bed every evening!

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Help your child learn phonics more easily and make it fun [ad]

Help your child learn phonics more easily and make it fun [ad]

As a parent I know there is nothing we all want more than to support our child to reach the best of their potential.

Sometimes this is a challenge and having been through the first few years of school with mine, I definitely feel the difference in how I was taught and the pain of bridging that gap so I am helping my child in the manner they are taught now.

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Bad Habits to Fix Before Having Children

Bad Habits to Fix Before Having Children

Becoming a parent is a very exciting time in a person's life. We all enter the world of parenting blissfully unaware, unrealistically optimistic, and wanting the best for our children.

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What is 'Fetal Fraction' and What Does it Mean for Your Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Results?

What is 'Fetal Fraction' and What Does it Mean for Your Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Results?

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a screening test used to detect the risk that a fetus will be born with certain genetic conditions. It can be performed as early as 10 weeks in pregnancy and only requires a blood sample from the mother. NIPT analyzes small pieces of DNA, called cell-free DNA (cfDNA), found in the mother’s bloodstream.

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How to find meaningful gifts this Fathers Day

How to find meaningful gifts this Fathers Day

Father’s Day is almost upon us! Sunday 16th June for those of you who aren’t great at remembering these special occasions!

It’s always tough finding presents for dads. They often end up with something dull like another pair of socks and can feel a little forgotten! Or they tell you they don’t want anything but you would really like to show how much you appreciate them.

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Best Travel Shoes for Kids

Best Travel Shoes for Kids

When you travel a lot with kids, you have to have good footwear. Your kids need to be protected but comfortable. You need something that’s a space saver in the suitcase but is easy to deal with when it comes to slipping them on and off.

Here are some of the best kids shoes for travel that I’ve found.

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5 educational Apps for Primary School aged children in 2019

5 educational Apps for Primary School aged children in 2019

5 educational Apps for Primary School aged children in 2019

Although I’m full of book suggestions; which I’m hoping you all enjoy! I often get asked which educational apps or websites I could recommend for children.

I agree there are some great ones out there, but finding them can be quite overwhelming.

So today I’ve created for you a list of ‘5 educational Apps for Primary School aged children’.

These fall into the main subjects you may be concerned with; English, math, science, languages and art.

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Why Bormio is one of the greatest Italian Ski Resorts

Why Bormio is one of the greatest Italian Ski Resorts

Why Bormio is one of the greatest Italian Ski Resorts 

I wrote about why we love Bormio a year ago now and nothing has changed. We will be off there again in February to take both our children, one who can now ski. Partly from learning in Bormio and partly in the UK at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

My youngest is too little being only 3, although the Swiss start at 2 years old! However a good ski instructor friend of ours told us the perfect age is 4 years old.

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WIN! 3 month membership to Gru Languages English resources for children [closed]

WIN! 3 month membership to Gru Languages English resources for children [closed]

English Language resources for children!

So the New Year has arrived and already we are all about giving you plenty of help with raising those bambini!

This week we’ve teamed up with lovely Sarah, the Founder of Gru Languages.

If you haven’t discovered Gru yet, they offer over 800 resources which suit children learning English as a second/third language or for English speaking children in reception and Year 1.

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Why the beautiful Cutty Sark is the perfect play Time for your Toddler

Why the beautiful Cutty Sark is the perfect play Time for your Toddler

Why the beautiful Cutty Sark is the perfect play Time for your Toddler

Last week we were invited to the stunning Cutty Sark Ship in Greewich.

We’ve been many times with our 6 year old Son. It’s truly one of the best attractions in London.

However last week we went to try and new activity for the little ones. Toddler Time!

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So you think you know who you are? Love your true DNA story

 So you think you know who you are? Love your true DNA story

I’m sure many of you will feel you know exactly where your family origins lie. Maybe you’re aware of many interlocking layers of language, culture and nationality. Maybe you are convinced that you are 100% British/French/Chinese.

I love hearing stories passed down through families where one Grandma, like my own was convinced that there is a Spanish connection and no one. Not even her own Brother agrees! I always wonder how much of this is true?

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Beautiful handmade Halloween costumes for sweet little ghosts

Beautiful handmade Halloween costumes for sweet little ghosts

Beautiful handmade halloween costumes for sweet little ghosts

If you're looking for a safe, quality Halloween costumes this year, something made well, you can trust. Very soft and carefully crafted look no further!

Crafty Pear a beautiful children's handmade clothing company use quality fabrics, in amazing prints which can be worn again and again. They are made from cotton with sewn applique designs. If you can't find what you're looking for, tell them and they will make something for you!

You also have the satisfaction that you are supporting a small business created by two mums, working around their children. 

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Road Trip Survival Tips for New Parents

Road Trip Survival Tips for New Parents

Road Trip Survival Tips for New Parents

You might think that going on a road trip with a baby might be a crazy idea, but in fact it might be less challenging than dealing with boisterous toddlers and teenagers. Babies just need to be fed and comfortable, and they need some caring. Toddlers will need discipline and constant entertainment. If you are determined to see more of the world, you might want to know that many babies seem to fall asleep as soon as the car starts moving. Below you will find a few tips on how to make the most out of your family trip.

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How To Comfort Your Child Through Their Eczema

How To Comfort Your Child Through Their Eczema

How To Comfort Your Child Through Their Eczema

National Eczema Week 2018

This week is National Eczema Week so as both of my children have suffered with this; and sometimes still do. I thought I would share how we’ve created a comforting routine for them that helps manage the worst of their flare ups.

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Get ready for School with My Nametags

Get ready for School with My Nametags

Get ready for School with My Nametags

We're saving ourselves time and effort this week by using My Nametags labels. Find out how they work and how they can save you yet another task before school starts!

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How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!

How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!

How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!

Today I wanted to draw your attention to a wonderful project which is helping comfort premature babies whilst they are still in hospital. As the mum of a preemie I wish my son had one of these as I hated leaving him each night. 

Marta, a friend of mine set this up herself to help a friend who had a premature baby. The initiative is growing and needs a bit of assistance to keep offering this vital service to bambini! Have a read about why an Octopus is such a little life saver! 

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5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller

5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller

5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller

It’s more difficult to plan a holiday when you’re pregnant. There are more restrictions than normal now you’re carrying a growing baby, plus your hormones will be all over the place.

However, there’s no need to worry if you want to take a holiday before your little one arrives. We’ve put together a list of five of the best places to visit as a pregnant traveller, so you can get some inspiration and start planning your trip today.

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What to do in May Half Term?

What to do in May Half Term?

What to do in May Half Term?

Some of you will be looking forward to the May Half Term holidays. Others will be dreading them! What to do with little ones for a whole week. How to keep them occupied and not bored or bickering.

How to stop it costing a fortune?! It can be tempting to book holiday clubs, but they can be expensive and some children will not want to be out all day, every day of their holidays. Mine are tired already! And you might actually want to see them too!

So how do you find a balance?

I asked lots of experts! Yes that means mothers! What they are planning this May Half Term and what they can recommend.

Have a read, we have got you covered!

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Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible

Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible

Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible

Travel with kids can be brilliant too! There’s nothing better than seeing your little one’s eyes widen with wonder as they take off on a plane for the first time, or the joy that brightens their faces as they splash about in pools, build sandcastles and search for pretty shells on beaches.

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