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Play, Learn, Grow!

18 May

Hi folks,

I hope everyone is staying safe & staying positive. We’re all fine here… plodding on as best we can. I think one of the hardest aspects is keeping the kids occupied. Going out for a morning walk is great for burning off energy & then playing in the garden is also a massive help. But when the rain comes… it’s a whole different story.

We were sent some lovely toys from Best Learning who you can find on Amazon here.

Seth is 4 years old now. He’s really missing nursery right now. He’s missing all aspects of it… the structure… the learning & most of all; his friends. I’m not homeschooling as such, like I’m not setting out a full structured school day… but I am integrating learning into play. Seth loves to learn. The recent VE Day Celebrations have really piqued his interest in our little island & learning more about the UK as a whole. This i-Poster of the United Kingdom really did arrive just at the right time.

The i Poster has over 300 facts & questions about the UK. There’s also all sorts of different fun questions to test your knowledge in the quiz mode. There’s also a fantastic feature that will sing the national anthem too! As you can see from the photo above, we have ours hung up. Its in the front room as a permanent feature now. It really is a beautiful toy/ learning aid. Seth loves choosing an area of the UK & pressing it to find out facts.

We have a weekly phone call from Seth’s teacher & he has told her all about his talking map. The material is great – it wipes down easily if grubby fingers have touched it. It’s also super easy to use, simply touch the area you want to learn about & the map will come to life just like magic. Seth really thinks its magical.

Ted was sent the My Spin & Learn Steering Wheel. It’s the cutest little toy. Ted instantly took to this toy & its a one he will consistently choose to play with everyday. My favourite thing about this toy is the ’emotions’ feature. I’ve not come across many baby/toddler toys that touch on emotion. This is so lovely with a light up button referring to each emotion. It also incorporates light, shapes, sound, music & it also spins. Great for hand eye coordination. There’s so many elements to this toy that makes it different to other interactive toddler toys.

The wheel itself is the perfect size for little hands to hold & carry. It’s great for developing dexterity & motor function.

If you’re looking for some fun & educational toys to keep the little ones entertained – then Best Learning are a great place to start.

I hope you’ve all found this review helpful. Don’t forget to stay safe & stay positive!

Thank you as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Educational Easter Activity Ideas!

28 Mar

Hi folks,

I’ve teamed up with the fab folk over at Education.com , who have kindly put together a fun, educational activity that you can do with the little ones over the Easter holidays, since Easter is literally just around the corner. If you check out their website you’ll find lots more activities & exercises.

So… here’s your fun activity:

Write Parts of Speech Acrostic Poetry!
You’ve packed up the kids, jackets, water bottles, tchotkes and all, and you’re off for a special afternoon. Maybe you’ll see a park; maybe a museum; maybe a special friend. Whatever it is, you know it will be fun, and you’ll want to keep some memories. You might even want to send a few along, perhaps in a letter to a relative, or a thank you to a host. Here’s a creative way to do it…while helping your second grader with adjectives, nouns, and other classic parts of the curriculum this year!

What You Need:

  • Camera
  • Pencil or pens
  • Booklet Paper

What You Do:
1. Next time your child goes somewhere enjoyable—to the park, or on a day trip to a museum, explain that to add to the fun, you’re going to collect words for what you see, hear, and feel. On the trip there, you have a perfect chance to review what we call some different kinds of words in our written language: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs. Second graders are studying all of them this year, and if you get a “we already know that!” go ahead and applaud; that’s great news!

2. As you’re traveling, it helps to review these fundamental parts of speech, even if your child feels pretty confident. Here’s a list, and a brief description to get you going:

  • Nouns: a person, place, thing (there are common nouns, which are not capitalized, and there are proper nouns, which are capitalized because they are names of people, places, or things). For example: cat, day, sound, coffee, bone, book (common nouns)
  • Verbs: action words. For example: run, read, eat, skipping, jogged, loved, thought
  • Adjectives: describing words. For example: green, round, shiny, tall, old, woodenbug
  • Adverbs: words that describe verbs (many end in –ly) For example: quickly, busily, happily, angrily

3. When you get to your destination, do like any typical tourist: take some pictures! Enjoy everything about your experience!

4. Then, on the way home or later that day, make your “Parts of Speech Travel Guide” for today. Have your child write the chosen part of speech vertically, in all capital letters, down the left side of the paper, as shown.

5. Now have your child create an acrostic poem about this word, using only words that are that particular part of speech. This means that for the first line, she will need to think of a noun that starts with the letter n, such as nest, net, or noodle. She writes her noun beside the capital letter N, and uses the capital N as the first letter. Then she goes on to the next line, and thinks of a noun that begins with the letter o, such as octopus, octagon, or ox. She continues in this way until all the vertical letters have been used.

6. Have her reread her NOUN (or verb, or adjective, etc.) acrostic poem. Ask her to explain what all the words in the poem have in common. (They are all nouns, or they are all people, places, or things.)

7. Repeat for other parts of speech. Then, compile all the parts of speech pages into a stapled booklet with your favorite trip photo on top. You’ll have a creative, unique “travel guide” memory of today’s experience—a book to keep or to send to a relative or as a thank you to a host. You have also given your child a natural, memorable lesson in basics of language that she’ll be using for the rest of her life. Not bad for one day’s excursion!

I’d like to say a big thank you to Education.com for sending that over! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading & I hope you’ve found this useful!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx