Monthly Archives: April 2011

Is there any value in pre-schoolers using iPads?

  As you may have read in previous posts I am very interested in harnessing technology to engage children in early literacy.  I have been reading a number of articles about using iPad with pre-school children and am still yet to … Continue reading

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There’s a Spider on the Floor – Fun with Rhyme

  My 2 year old is just beginning to get the hang of rhyme and we often have fun at the dinner table making up rhymes for words. This morning at breakfast the girls found a plastic spider and I … Continue reading

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Leapfrog Maths Adventure to the Moon–A Review and the chance to win one of 3 copies.

I wouldn’t recommend that you teach a child mathematical concepts via a DVD, however for all of us the electronic babysitter is at times a necessary evil .  If the kids are going to watch DVDs without me I’d like … Continue reading

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Real Parenting Through the Eyes of Tim Minchin

I have just returned from a wonderful weekend in Edinburgh for my 40th birthday.  As part of the trip we went to see Tim Minchin. He was clever, funny, a stunning pianist and brave.  He has added a new song to … Continue reading

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New Pets That I Can Cope With – Littlest Pet Shop Hamster Playground (A Review)

                My eldest daughter is almost 7 and has a bedroom full of toys, some are played with regularly and others hardly at all.  I wasn’t quite sure which category this would fall into.  Polly Pocket is a firm favourite … Continue reading

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Turning 40 – What have I achieved in the past decade?

It’s my last week in my 30’s so I’m doing a lot of reflecting on the past 10 years.  I don’t really feel like I have done a great deal in that time but when you sit down and think … Continue reading

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Sesame Street on Kinect

I know it’s a bit sad but I was very excited to hear this news.  Firstly, I am a huge fan of Sesame Street – my mum often attributed my intelligence to the fact that she watched Sesame Street whilst … Continue reading

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Nominations open for MAD Blog Awards

    I’m new to blogging and so far it has been a liberating experience.  In the few months since this blogs creation the readership has grown and I have been really fortunate in being part of Netmum’s  Blogging Network.  One … Continue reading

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The Bitter Sweet of Mother’s Day

Most Mums wake up on Mother’s day looking forward to a day with their family, being spoiled and looked after.  The Facebook status of my friends who have children has been full of Happy Mother’s Day wishes and talk of … Continue reading

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