Written in collaboration with Emily Jones Combining learning with playing is the ultimate goal for spending time with your kids. Bonus if you can do something that everyone enjoys, too! We try to mix up the games and activities we do with Erin so she can learn new things and perhaps find a new favourite interest. Since kids also tend to get bored easily, having a few activities up your sleeve makes it easier for when a shift is needed. Here are 10 fun and educational activities to do with your kids: 1. Play with an interactive language app Learning
AD | Includes gifted item and affiliate links (marked with *) This week’s children’s book review is all about Weird Weather and Changing Climates. It was published by Welbeck Publishing and can be purchased on Amazon*. Engage Key Stage 1 and 2 children with real world issues by combining carefully tailored information with simple and fun activities and projects that they can do at home. The world’s climate is changing as a direct result of human activity. This book looks at what climate change is, the ways in which it is affecting our planet and suggests projects and ideas to
Being at home for 10+ weeks and trying to homeschool a 4 year old is really hard, especially when you’re not a teacher. Although we started off well, keeping to a loose routine and making sure Erin did plenty of educational activities every day it sadly didn’t last long. Erin wasn’t really a fan of how we did things, which might be down to the fact that she attends a Montessori nursery and they do things a little bit differently there. There’s no sitting at a dining table and working on sheets filled with letters to learn how to write.
AD | Gifted subscription Educating Erin at home was never something I had planned. I’m sure it’s something a lot of us didn’t plan for our children. However, we were thrown into a strange situation very quickly and this meant that a lot of our children wasn’t able to go to school for quite some time. I am not a teacher, and I don’t really know much about what Erin should be learning at age 4. With her due to start in Reception in September I was keen to make sure we did at least something every day but I quickly
AD | Post contains gifted items and affiliate links (marked with *) This week’s children’s book review is all about What Do Scientists Do All Day?, which can be purchased on Amazon*. What do scientists do all day? Find out in this beautifully illustrated book that features more than 100 scientists at work. Little ones can explore 14 different colourful scenes, turning the page after each to learn about eight special scientists you will find there. Spot the scientists and learn about the jobs they do in these fascinating places: nature reserve, health center, Arctic research station, hospital, museum, our
It seems like a lifetime ago when we applied for Erin’s place at infant school. Due to everything else that has been going on lately the day for admission announcements kind of got forgotten. It only dawned on my the evening before and after that I was filled with both excitement and fear. We live in a small town with two infant schools. One is a 2 minute walk away from our house and the other is right across town. We don’t drive so Erin not getting in to our first choice would have made things quite difficult. Thankfully we
AD | Paid collaboration For some time now we have been spending a lot more time at home as a family and we are keen to keep up Erin’s education before she is due to start Reception in September. As none of us are teachers, and really don’t know much about what a 4 year old needs to learn, we turn to online resources and shops to help us out. This is also a great time for family members to order gifts online, when they might not be able to see someone in person. The thing about education is that
AD | Post contains gifted items and affiliate links (marked with *) This week’s children’s book review is all about Life On Earth: Space. It was published by Quarto and can be purchased on Amazon*. Life on Earth: Space is the perfect introduction to our universe for 5+-year-olds. With 100 questions and 70 flaps to lift, this beautifully illustrated board book keeps kids engaged while learning. Lift the flaps to find the answers to common questions, such as, ‘How does a telescope work?’, ‘Why can’t a plane fly to space?’ and ‘What is a dwarf planet?’ Topics covered include astronaut training, planets