Finding inspiration from How to Train Your Dragon

Finding inspiration from How to Train Your Dragon

There’s no secret that my son is a reluctant writer and although he loves books, he’s still not the happiest independent reader.  He’s much better than he was, but homework is always a battle and a change in reading band recently had a few issues.  But we plod on, doing… Continue reading »

A little reading success

A little reading success

Yesterday morning we were sat having breakfast.  Each morning Monkey reads his school reading book to me, reluctantly.  Since the new school term I’m lucky if we get five pages out of him.  It’s not much when you see the number of sentences per page.  Some mornings are less of… Continue reading »

Pass the Word

Pass the Word

As you all know Monkey is a rather reluctant writer.  He gets easily frustrated and struggles with it all.  The situation probably isn’t helped by his letter formation, when he writes, he starts most letters in the wrong place, so he’s always covering more distance on a page than he needs… Continue reading »

Bella Broomstick

Bella Broomstick

You may recall that Monkey had his first taste of audio books last year and The Worst Witch was an instant hit.  I’m keen for him to read a balanced selection of books, with female lead characters as will as male. We are thrilled to be asked to get involved… Continue reading »

Reading progression

Reading progression

As you all know, my Monkey son does everything at his own pace. Although he loves books and will happily sit with me for hours, literally, and let me read to him, it’s been a bit of a battle to get him to take the lead. But since starting in… Continue reading »

Match and Spell – a review for Orchard Toys

Match and Spell

We’re big fans of Orchard Toys – it’s no secret.  Great games and puzzles, well made, lovely graphics and a good price.  Those are the basic facts.  I met up with Orchard Toys at The Toy Fair in January and got a sneaky peek at a few new games being… Continue reading »

International Book Giving Day #GiveABook

International Book Giving Day

You all know that I’m a book-worm and I’ve been reading to Monkey pretty much from day one.  Our home is full of books, and I can’t imagine not reading to my son.  I am now starting to enjoy him reading to me, books are just such wonderful things.  A… Continue reading »

Bucklebury Farm Park #CountryKids

Bucklebury Farm Park

I’m taking you back to warm sunny, summer days today, my summer of fun post this week takes us to Bucklebury Farm Park, near to Reading in Berkshire. The village of Bucklebury has become famous the world over for being the home of the Duchess of Cambridge, but my family were… Continue reading »

Christmas books at Coles Bookstore

Christmas Books at Coles Bookstore #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. I love books as you all are more than well aware, so when I was offered my first #CollectiveBias mission recently I knew it was for me.  I’ve been to visit my local independent… Continue reading »

#Magic Moments – a trip to the Library

A trip to the Library is my magic moment for this week. As you are well aware we love books in this house, and reading is something that has always been part of my life.  I cannot imagine a life without books and the joy they bring – knowledge, escapes,… Continue reading »