Monthly Archives: October 2011

Add to the Magic this Hallowe’en with a Talking Pumpkin

When I worked in a nursery we displayed a Hallowe’en Pumpkin in our entrance hall.  It was placed on a table covered with a table-cloth.  Under the table-cloth we put a tape recording of the pumpkin’s voice that we would play when … Continue reading

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Children’s Book Display and Storage from Big Book Little Book

My children have a huge amount of books that are always spilling from their bookcases.  With conventional bookcases it is difficult for the children to see the books in order to make an independent choice and even more difficult for … Continue reading

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‘I’m Not Going Cross Eyed Now’ – Children Wearing Glasses.

My 3 year old has just been given glasses. Firstly how would you know that a 3 year old is struggling to see properly? The simple answer is I didn’t. A while ago I noticed that my daughter could go … Continue reading

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Grooving Mums – Shopping and the Little Black Dress

I have recently been joining Kate on Thin Ice in her Grooving Mums feature.  This is a way of sharing stories of how mums are doing things for themselves.  I’m trying to see myself as more than just a mum and stop seeing  doing things … Continue reading

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Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster on Kinect – A Review

I have been so excited about the forthcoming release of this game for a number of reasons. I am a huge Sesame Street fan and think it is the best in pre-school entertainment I have been waiting for a game … Continue reading

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Why Use Technology in Education? Professor Tanya Byron

In the above video from Tanya Byron’s keynote speech at the 2011 FOSI conference, she explains her response to the government when faced with this question.  She speaks with such passion and conviction and I found myself nodding with excitement all … Continue reading

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Improve Miscarriage Care – Why I’m Supporting Mumsnet’s Campaign

Friday 15th October is Baby Loss Awareness Day.  1 in 4 women suffer miscarriage, so there is no doubt that the majority of you know someone who has been through this painful experience.  I am one of those women.  This … Continue reading

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All I Ever Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Those of us working with young children are familiar with the term Foundations of Learning.  What does that really mean? For me it means everything that gives us the capacity to learn, think, create, behave, communicate and build relationships. The … Continue reading

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Fisher-Price Red Rover Game – A Review

My middle daughter is 3 next week and she has just become interested in games.  We have found some that occupy her and her friend but I am always on the lookout for more. Today Red Rover arrived at our … Continue reading

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Magic Breakfast

At TEDx London I was introduced to a charity called Magic Breakfast. They provide breakfast for schools with more than 50% free school meals. Why is this so important? 3.9 million children live in income poverty in the UK (defined60% … Continue reading

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