Here's What No One Tells You About Motor Skills

Here's What No One Tells You About Motor Skills

When I first became a teacher (almost 15 years ago!), I began to hear the terms “gross motor” and “fine motor” discussed in planning sessions and staff meetings. They were concepts with which I was only vaguely familiar – I suspect many parents feel the same way. So I thought it may be useful to demystify gross and fine motor skills here, and suggest some resources and activities you can use at home to help your child develop them!

I Can Read a Rainbow: The Best Colour Books for Preschoolers

I Can Read a Rainbow: The Best Colour Books for Preschoolers

All kids love colours, right? So it’s no surprise that there’s a fabulous range of books out there to read to every colour-loving kid. From rainbows and zoo animals to emotions and architecture, you can find a colour book to appeal to even the most obscure interests.

Happily Ever After: Four Important Reasons To Share Fairy Tales With Your Kids

Happily Ever After: Four Important Reasons To Share Fairy Tales With Your Kids

With a constant supply of new and exciting children’s books being released each week, it’s easy to overlook traditional fairy tales when choosing a bedtime story. However, there are many excellent reasons to continue sharing traditional fairy tales with your children, and some fantastic newer editions of these classic tales that can help to make them appealing to a young audience! Read on.

123, Count With Me: The Best Counting Books for Preschoolers

123, Count With Me: The Best Counting Books for Preschoolers

It’s never too early to start familiarising your children with numbers and counting, and books can be a great way to spark their interest. Together with drawing their attention to numbers in the world around them, sharing counting books with kids is a logical way to help them engage with numbers and begin to learn to count.

ABC, Read to Me! The Best Alphabet Books for Preschoolers

ABC, Read to Me! The Best Alphabet Books for Preschoolers

So your kids have mastered the alphabet song (sort of…) and you want to feed their newfound fascination with letters by reading some awesome alphabet books? You may have realised that there are more than a few to choose from! Here’s a list of some of my favourite alphabet titles that are both enjoyable and educational, including some lesser-known books that you may not have come across before – happy reading!

Making the Most of Social Media: Fun Accounts for Practical Parenting

Making the Most of Social Media: Fun Accounts for Practical Parenting

I must admit to being somewhat of a social media newbie – I only joined Facebook and Instagram in late 2016. Since then, I’ve come across many slightly creepy accounts, which are sadly draining the confidence of new mums…but I’ve also come across some fantastic websites and social media accounts, filled with great ideas for activities to try at home with young kids! Here are some of my favourites.

We Need to Talk: 15 Books For Discussing Difficult Subjects With Your Children

We Need to Talk: 15 Books For Discussing Difficult Subjects With Your Children

I often use picture books to raise issues with my own children – they're an invaluable springboard for discussions about challenging topics. That's why I'm sharing some of my favourites about issues that can be particularly difficult to address with young children.

Digital Mentorship - How To Safely Prepare Your Children For A Screen-Based World

Digital Mentorship - How To Safely Prepare Your Children For A Screen-Based World

Since writing my Screentime vs Storytime blog last month I’ve been on a journey. I’ve continued researching the topic, and while some findings are alarming, they’re also thought provoking. However, simply worrying about the evils of technology won’t help us to raise kids who are prepared for a world dominated by screens… I decided I needed action.

Screen Time VS Story Time: what does the research say?

Screen Time VS Story Time: what does the research say?

Screen Time: one of my biggest daily battles. Most of us have an inkling that screens are not the best way for children to occupy themselves, but what does the research say?

Spoiler alert: it's not looking good. 

3 Easy Steps To Nurture Your Child’s Literacy (and Gain More Me-Time!)

3 Easy Steps To Nurture Your Child’s Literacy (and Gain More Me-Time!)

As parents, we all want to raise children who become life-long readers...but how do we actually achieve that? I've spent over 10 years applying the techniques in this blog, and the result is that hundreds of children I've taught are now confirmed bookworms!  

Busy Bookworms' 10 Best Books of 2017

Busy Bookworms' 10 Best Books of 2017

As the year comes to an end, we look back at some of the best new children’s books of 2017…Happy reading!