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…

Library Loot: Non-fiction galore!

Library Loot: Non-fiction galore! Wow, it’s been an age since I posted one of these, despite the fact that I have been borrowing tonnes of books from the library, as always. I’m there at least once a week to pick up reservations and grab books from the ‘Recent Arrivals’ section, plus buy books in the…

D.I.Y. Adorable Peg Doll Animals

D.I.Y. Adorable Peg Doll Animals   So I decided to try something a bit different! Alongside moving into a house that needs a lot of updating so learning a lot about home improvement, my boyfriend and I have been trying out lots of handicrafts. He has been crocheting and painting models while I have been…

Book Review: Rebel Dogs!

Book Review: Rebel Dogs! Rebel Dogs! Heroic Tales of Trusty Hounds Written by Kimberlie Hamilton 160 pages Published by Scholastic UK Publication date: 1st August 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Tail-wagging tales of real-life Rebel Dogs! Get your paws on the stories and secrets of some of history’s most heroic hounds! An engaging collection packed with over…

Book Review: The Dog That Saved Christmas

The Dog That Saved Christmas Written by Nicola Davies Illustrated by Mike Byrne 96 pages Published by Barrington Stoke Publication date: 15th October 2018 Summary (from Barrington Stoke): Christmas is a nightmare for Jake. He hates the bright lights, all the noise and the disruption to his routine. But everything changes when he finds a…

Multilingual flashcard: Coral

Coral in 10 languages Hands up if you thought coral was a plant – anyone? I remember reading that coral was an animal, but always thought of it as in the same category as seaweed, etc. It turns out that it’s much more complex than that! Coral are invertebrate animals which generally live in colonies…

Multilingual flashcard: Crab

Crab in 10 languages Crabs have existed since the Jurassic period (200- 145 million years ago) and live all over the world, in fresh and sea water and on the land, with around 850 species currently known to humans. They are decapod (ten-legged) crustaceans. Just as an aside, how many people learned about decapods from…

Multilingual flashcard: Manta Ray

Multilingual flashcard: Manta Ray Learn how to say ‘Manta Ray‘ in 10 different languages. I’ve decided to create some multilingual flashcards for various species of animals, starting with sea creatures, inspired by the growing awareness of our deleterious impact on the biodiversity of our oceans. First up is the Manta Ray. They live in warm…

Multilingual flashcard: Cheetah

Cheetah in 10 languages This is the fastest land mammal alive, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph over short distances. However, cheetahs are considered vulnerable as there are just over 7000 cheetahs left alive in the wild. This is due to poaching, habitat loss, the illegal pet trade and conflict with humans. In the…

Waiting on Wednesday: When The Mountains Roared

When the Mountains Roared Written by Jess Butterworth 282 pages Published by Orion Publication date: 5th April 2018 Genre: Contemporary, Travel Age range: 9+ Summary (from Goodreads): I thought we’d live here forever. But then I thought Mum would be here forever too. When Ruby’s dad uproots her from Australia to set up a hotel…

Six for Sunday: Animal Companions in Books

This is my third week taking part in #Six for Sunday, created by Steph at A Little but a Lot. See my previous posts here: Books I would like to see adapted into film and Book Characters I would like to be stuck in a lift/elevator with. The theme for this week was Book Characters…

Multilingual flashcard: Hedgehog

Hedgehog in 10 languages to help you learn a new language, or ten new languages, one word at a time! The collective noun for hedgehogs is an array of hedgehogs. There are seventeen different species found in Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand (after being introduced there by humans). There are none native to Australia…