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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Is the English language infiltrating every day Italian?

Is the English language infiltrating every day Italian?

Last week I had a chat with my Italian Father-in-law about something that really distresses him. The use of English within Italian every-day life. The instances of this are growing and creating upset among older generations but also amongst those who wish to preserve the Italian language as it is.

This is something that’s easy to miss when you are English yourself. However the moment Nonno (Grandpa/dad) mentions it I realise that I don’t notice how much English is blaring out of the TV next to us as we speak!

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Cucina Tipica; an Inspiring Italian Expat Adventure with Andrew Cotto

Cucina Tipica; an Inspiring Italian Expat Adventure with Andrew Cotto

This week on Mammaprada I’m delighted to welcome award-winning author Andrew Cotto. Andrew has written three novels and is a regular contributor to The New York Times.

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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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A Bilingual Love Story

A Bilingual Love Story

A Bilingual Love Story

When you hear the words love and story I bet you start thinking about two people poetically in love. Add Italy and you can already picture the two of them sharing dinner at a ristorante like Lady and The Tramp with candles slowly burning between their glasses of wine. And even if a love story about Italy often involves a man with dark eyelashes and a charming accent, we'll leave the men for now.

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Super Easy Spring Language Workbook for Children - Free Download

Super Easy Spring Language Workbook for Children - Free Download

Super Easy Spring Language workbook for children - Free download

We’ve reached the Summer term! I hope you’re all back to school and into a routine?

For all school subjects, Spring is great season to inspire little ones to learn. There are so many animals, colours, words to use and get their minds buzzing.

Due to this I’ve created another language workbook to support their learning.

If you downloaded the Easter workbook I did earlier in the month, you know what to expect. If not, here is what’s included:

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Top 3 ways to secure your child's future

Top 3 ways to secure your child's future

Top 3 ways to secure your child's future

Are you worried about your child’s future? This is perfectly normal considering the the uncertainty regarding Brexit and other factors. However, this should not stop you from making future plans, and if anything thinking ahead is probably the best thing you can do in this financial climate.

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Why you'll love listening to The Big Travel Podcast

Why you'll love listening to The Big Travel Podcast

Why you'll love listening to The Big Travel Podcast

This week I’ve been chatting to a very inspiring friend of mine, Lisa Francesca Nand. A travel journalist, writer, filmmaker and regular on radio and TV in the UK, Lisa has a long list of accomplishments!

She is also a brilliant, kind friend, mum of two gorgeous boys and the creator of what has become one of the top rated podcasts on iTunes around the world, ‘The Big Travel Podcast’.

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Beautiful Italian cakes to impress on Easter Sunday

Beautiful Italian cakes to impress on Easter Sunday

Beautiful Italian cakes to impress on Easter Sunday

Easter is big in Italy both as a religious festival and as a reason to gather together with family and friends. 

As with the UK, lamb features on the menu. It's cooked in various ways depending on which region of Italy you are in. 

One year we sent my Father-in-law to buy the lamb as I was in charge of the cooking and he came back with goat!

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Italian Inspired Gifts for Mother's Day

Italian Inspired Gifts for Mother's Day

Are you a mamma or do you have a mama who always plays down the importance of Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday as we call it in the UK?

A mama who tells everyone not to worry and it’s just a ‘hallmark’ day but actually would just love breakfast in bed and some flowers?

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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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World Book Day 2019 - Bilingual Book Ideas

World Book Day 2019 - Bilingual Book Ideas

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again when we all celebrate the brilliant initiative World Book Day! It seems to come around so quickly and this year I have two children old enough to take part!

They will be going to school as a shark and a penguin carrying their favourite books. There has been a bit of backlash this year from people claiming that children just dress up and don’t actually care about the books.

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How to cook Italian food; but not pizza or pasta

How to cook Italian food; but not pizza or pasta

Do you love Italian food but wonder if there’s more to it than just pizza or pasta? The truth is you’re right! There are a wealth of dishes for every season, in every region.

So here you can try: Involtini al Formaggio!

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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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From London lawyer to Italian cashmere luxury label; the woman behind Lois Avery

From London lawyer to Italian cashmere luxury label; the woman behind Lois Avery

How to go from London lawyer to Italian cashmere luxury label?

If you follow Mammaprada on Instagram you’ll know I’m a huge fan of the beautiful Italian cashmere scarves of Lois Avery. I’ve met some of the most inspiring people in the last 3 years that I’ve been using Instagram and one of them is the lovely Jennie, Founder of Lois Avery.

She has the most dreamy, Italian feed, plenty of travel inspiration, shots of her super soft scarves and she shares her very personal journey of creating this amazing brand around her 3 children.

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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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