Book Review: Comprehension Ninja

Book Review: Comprehension Ninja   Comprehension Ninja Written by Andrew Jennings 48 pages each Published by Bloomsbury Publication date: 11th June 2020 Summary: Comprehension Ninja Workbooks are ideal for supporting your child’s learning at home. With bespoke non-fiction texts and hundreds of questions, they’re packed full of comprehension practice with strong links to the National…

Book Review: The Wonder Machine

Book Review: The Wonder Machine   The Wonder Machine Written by Barry Timms Illustrated by Laura Brenlla 24 pages Published by Little Tiger Publication date: 5th September 2019 (hardback), 11th June 2020 (paperback) Summary (from Little Tiger): Haven’t you heard? Wolf is building a machine. A machine that makes dreams come true! “My greatest invention…

Read, Play, Learn: On the Farm

Read, Play, Learn: On the Farm   Read, Play Learn: On the Farm Due to my background in education, and the years I spent teaching in a Early Years setting, I have been unable to resist applying some of that experience to raising my own child – hence this series of ‘Read, Play Learn‘ posts…

5 ideas for tummy time

5 ideas for tummy time   Have you heard the terminology ‘tummy time’? As a new parent I heard it mentioned that tummy time was important as it encourages the baby to hold their head up, developing their neck muscles. The name seemed self-explanatory – put the baby on their tummy for some time each…

7 Easy Sensory Play Ideas for Babies

7 Easy Sensory Play Ideas for Babies   What is sensory play? Sensory play is a way of playing with your child that encourages them to use all of their senses – most people associate it with feeling different textures, but it can involve a variety of smells, sounds and flavours as well as feelings….

5 of the most beautiful words in the English language

5 of the most beautiful words in the English language   I am endlessly fascinated by the vagaries and specificities of language, particularly when it comes to words which are difficult to translate because they encapsulate such a large or small concept. Check out some unique words in other languages or untranslatable words. Here are…

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020

Multicultural Children’s Book Day – 31st January 2020   This is my third year taking part in supporting Multicultural Children’s Book Day and I am, as always, privileged to be able to take part and spread the message of inclusivity in books. See my posts about Multicultural Children’s Book Day for 2018 and 2019. Why…

5 ways to encourage reading for pleasure in your classroom

5 ways to encourage reading for pleasure in your classroom   Make time for reading This is an important one. While reading before your pupils go home is relatively common, and a great way to finish the day, the fact is that this time is often ‘squished’ out due to unexpected events, handing out letters,…

Book Review: It’s Your World Now

Book Review: It’s Your World Now It’s Your World Now Written and illustrated by Barry Falls 32 pages Published by Pavilion Books Publication date: 2nd May 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): So go and play and live and learn. It’s your world now, this is your turn to think and ask and make and do. The…

2020 Resolutions

2020 Resolutions   What are you hoping to achieve in 2020? Do you enjoy making New Year’s Resolutions or prefer not to make them? Do you have any tips to help keep your resolutions? Every year, when the Christmas decorations have disappeared from the shops, books about healthy eating, cleaning products and organizational aids fill…