I have a reluctant reader aged 9 and I’m currently trying to encourage her to read more in the hope that she will love it! She has always enjoyed ‘story time’, loving many beautifully illustrated children’s story books and is keen to choose new books from the library, but not to read herself. She will… Continue reading 8 Ways to Encourage Your Reluctant Reader
**Warning!! Opinionated post alert!** The Boy came home from school absolutely buzzing about the Easter story, retold it to me in great detail and has continued to reference it since then. I have to admit to being quite impressed with the school for making it appeal to a group of five and six year olds… Continue reading Why Schools Should Stick to the Facts When Teaching Religion
**Warning** soppy post alert! Proud mummy gets mushy!!! The word ‘proud’ isn’t strong enough to describe how I feel about K’s latest school report. It was just an end of term brief really, stating how much they have progressed, attitude to learning and where they are in relation to what is expected for their age,… Continue reading Overcoming Dyslexic Difficulties
This summer, just before the kids wen back to school, we went on, what I can only describe as, a ‘proper’ Spanish holiday. I honestly didn’t think these existed anymore! When we go to Spain, we all tend to holiday at the resorts lining the southern coast or reside on the Balearic Islands, as we… Continue reading Why We Are Learning Spanish as a Family
My work as a fitness professional and sports coach, has meant that I have always had a keen interest in nutrition. However, when it comes to kids (especially my own!), all the knowledge in the world won’t help unless they understand how different foods effect their well-being, give them energy, help them grow etc. I have always… Continue reading How to Encourage Kids to make HEALTHY Food Choices
So, last week was parents evening at school. Typically this coincided with J being away on business so I had to ‘go it alone’ again, a short-list of questions in hand (as ‘baby-brain’ has never really left me) and a bag full of food to keep them quiet (yes, food is still the best pacifier,… Continue reading Parenting Win! He Can Do What, Now?
The past year has been a bit of a roller coaster for us. With everyone finally agreeing that K is dyslexic and getting her the extra help that she needs, life has been rather more frantic, ferrying her around to tutors, helping her at home and dragging her poor siblings around everywhere along the way!… Continue reading Officially Dyslexic
OMG! Year 5 saw everything step up a gear at school and now my oldest baby has just started year 6 with the 11+ exam due to be taken next week! For those of you not resident in the UK or indeed living in parts of the country where there are no grammar schools, this… Continue reading Entrance Exams- Who's More Stressed, Parents or Kids?
The end-of-term strops are upon us! My three primary school aged children, have now officially changed their names to Stroppy, Grumpy & Tired! Towards the end of term it’s always the same and I really can’t see what they can possibly be getting out of them at school, as it’s like refereeing a grudge match… Continue reading Is Our Current School Calendar Working For You?
K: “I really should do my homework now.” Lou: “Yes, let’s sit down quietly at the table and get on with it by ourselves” The Boy: “I’ll put away my noisy toys and stop running around screaming, so you can concentrate.” Ha ha, in my dreams!! I shall just step back into the real world……… Even… Continue reading A Guide to Happy Homework With 3!