Monthly Archives: March 2011

My Thoughts on the Tickell Review of the Early Years Foundation Stage

I usually approach such reading with trepidation, however when Jonathan Douglas Chairman of the National Literacy Trust described it as ‘exhilarating’ my ears pricked up. The Review recognises the success and popularity of the EYFS and that it will be … Continue reading

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Can Technology Engage and Improve Boys Literacy?

How many times do you hear stories about boys falling behind girls in their literacy scores?  In the last 2 years the Foundation Stage Profile Results ( assessment at the end of the child’s first year in school) show that … Continue reading

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How to Encourage Your Child’s Early Literacy

Wahm-Bam is hosting a Book Week this week with all kinds of information relating to books and reading.  Check out my Guest post  ‘ Learning to Read – Get them talking First’. I’ve also joined this months British Mummy Bloggers … Continue reading

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World Poetry Day – Musings on Poetry and Some to Share

There has been a lot of discussion in recent weeks amongst mummy bloggers  as to whether or not we would be prepared to share poetry that we had written as teenagers.  The general concensus was ‘no way, it is far … Continue reading

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Turning 40 Part 2 – Is Eeyore in his 40’s?…. and more thoughts about Eeyore.

I picked up a book in my doctor’s surgery , ‘Forty-fied – How to be a Fortysomething’ by Malcolm Burgess. I loved this quote Eeyore is probably 40, seeing that his stuffing is falling out, he’s terminally depressed and surrounded … Continue reading

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Someone to Watch Over Me – Childhood Risks

I’m so pleased that my eldest (almost 7) has finally started to play in the street with her friends.  It is well known that if you ask adults about the most memorable and enjoyable times from their childhood they will almost … 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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