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10 Hungry Caterpillar Inspired Activities

To celebrate the 40th birthday of one of the world’s most famous picture books, I have 10 Hungry Caterpillar inspired activities. Maths: Build caterpillars from dough or clay. Count the number of segments that make up the caterpillar. Play a matching game … Continue reading

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Donate Children’s Books to Get Britain Reading

For some time now I have been wondering what to do with all my children’s books. I collected children’s books before I had children and these were given to my children.  There are many that I can’t part with but … Continue reading

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Books about Children Wearing Glasses – The Pirate of Kindergarten

My 3 year old wears glasses. She has been getting on really well with them and feels quite special and unique.  She wears them because she has a turn and is long sighted.  The ophthalmologist thinks that her glasses will … Continue reading

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The Changing Face of Literacy

As an Early Years teacher I have always capitalised on opportunities for literacy in everyday life. Making children aware and involving them in these things is often key to children viewing reading and writing as fun. Traditionally these would have … Continue reading

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Top 5 Books for Children Under 5 as Chosen by my Children

My competition to win 6 Picture Books has prompted some wonderful comments about reading with young children.  Lots of the comments suggested that parents were always keen to find new books to share with their children.  I have already written a post … Continue reading

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The Pleasure of Reading to Children – Win 6 Children’s Picture Books

There has been a lot in the news in recent weeks about both the benefits and pleasures  of reading to young children.  A recent study suggested that reading to children was the highlight of many parents’ day. This is often the case … Continue reading

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Review of ‘Your Baby Can Read’

Some time ago I was asked to review ‘Your Baby Can Read’, a system for teaching babies from 3 months old to read. The system aims to introduce the written word at the same time as a baby is developing a verbal … Continue reading

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My Top 5 Books for Under 5′s

To mark World book day, I thought I would list my top 5 books for under 5′s .  I have chosen the books that the children enjoy, but also that I do not get tired of reading. There were lots on the shortlist but … Continue reading

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Who touched your life when you were a child? – Michael Morpurgo’s Richard Dimbleby Lecture

I have finally managed to watch Michael Morpurgo’s Richard Dimbleby Lecture.  How refreshing to hear someone from outside of the world of Education recognising how undervalued the Early Years profession is.  The lack of financial reward and status means that … Continue reading

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Hooray for Kindle!

My most useful recent purchase has to be my Amazon Kindle.  As part of a de-clutter my husband suggested selling/giving away our room full of books and replacing the ones that we really like on a Kindle.  I wasn’t really … Continue reading

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