I don’t remember who taught me to read but I could from quite a young age, perhaps it was my mother although I have very scarce memories of her living with us so I can’t be sure. I was six years old when I received my first Roald Dahl book as a gift, it was The BFG and from the first page I was hooked, I still have that dog eared copy to this day and it’s one of the items I would definitely save from a fire.
I wasn’t a happy little girl, home life was turbulent and I never felt like I quite fit in at school so books became my escape. I would lose myself in the chapters where trees were made of sweeties and there were rivers of chocolate , where a little girl would befriend a giant and where a boy who was bored made the most fantastic concoction from the bathroom cabinet and for those few hours spent engrossed between those pages I was truly happy.
Of course I devoured other books, whether it was sitting crossed legged listening to the teacher animatedly telling us Aesop’s fables or Saturday afternoons spent in musty charity shops with my Nan marvelling over the amazing yellow paged ancient novels that lined the shelves. I simply loved books and they made me feel like I could be anything or anyone I wanted to be. Books were pure magic, they made me feel less alone in a world that often seemed daunting.
I still remember the day that I borrowed Matilda from the library I was 10 years old and pretty miserable. Have you ever read a book at exactly the right time in your life with the exact messages you needed to hear? I felt like that about this marvellous book and what those pages taught me I’ve carried through my life and tried to pass on to my own children.
Roald Dahl books were fun and magical but also quite dark in parts and I think that’s why I loved them so much as a child, they made me feel normal.
My copies are safely stashed away until Daisy and Jake are old enough to enjoy them and when they are not only will I tell them the stories I will also tell them about the author behind them and why the words he wrote made the world of difference to their Mummy.
Today, September 13th is Roald Dahl day and I will be raising my imaginary glass of frobscottle in honour of the author who made this little girls life a little less lonely.
We were recently offered a subscription for the Kidloland app to review, it’s a fun and educational app for children under 5 and it has over 300 interactive nursery rhymes, songs and educational activities to help them learn.
Both Jake and Daisy have had lots of fun exploring the app, they love that each song and activity is interactive they like to see the screen come alive when they touch the colourful objects, people and creatures.
I think it can be difficult to find apps that younger children can use, some we have tried in the past have been directed more towards pre-school age and Jake has quickly lost interest as they were over complicated and didn’t require much interaction, with Kidloland Jake has been able to use the app independently (with just a little guidance from mummy).
The Kidloland app is so easy to use and I think it’s a great way to teach children to use technology for learning and not just for leisure, it’s also an important way for children to develop their cognitive skills by helping with recognition, categorisation, memory and problem solving.
One of the features I love most about this app is that once you have downloaded the songs and activities you don’t need an internet connection to play them, it makes the app ideal for when you are out and about and need to entertain the little ones.
The app is free to download and you get some of the rhymes for free and you can access the other content by using the in-app purchase feature which requires an adult verification so no need to worry about accidental purchases.
Kidloland have generously offered 5 of my lovely readers a chance to win a 3 month subscription to the app.
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This weeks word of the week is learn, Daisy is in her final weeks of nursery and will be starting full time school in September. She is learning so many new skills to help her on her journey through primary school.
This week she asked Daddy how to spell some words and preceded to write them down herself on her sketch board. I think the process of learning to write is amazing and Daisy seems to have embraced it full force, she loves phonics and I’m hoping she will love the written word as much as I do.
A reading book has also been a staple feature of our week, I so enjoy listening to her sounding out the words and recognising them, it makes me excited to think of all the books she is yet to read especially the ones I loved as a child. I spent a lot of my childhood with my nose stuck in a book and I think Daisy will too.
I think the best way to teach a child is to make it fun for them to learn and I also believe that every child learns at their own pace, the best thing we can do as parents is to offer our children space and encouragement on their learning journeys and not stress too much about the rest.
I’m linking up with Jocelyn at The Reading Residence for Word of the Week.
Daisy has a sand table which she loves playing with in the garden, she likes to build castles, make shapes and bury treasures to dig up the only problem is that we she can only do this if the weather is dry, we don’t have any space indoors for her to play with it so when I spotted kinetic sand on a Youtube video I knew I had found the solution.
I did lots of research before I bought this Kinetic Sand box set from Amazon, I wanted something compact that was easy to tidy away but was also lots of fun to play with, this set is the perfect size for Daisy.
I’m absolutely fascinated by the concept of kinetic sand, it’s made up of 98% sand and 2% polymers and it mimics the properties of wet sand which makes it ideal for sculpting and building.
It’s also great for sensory play, I myself have found it very therapeutic to watch it tumble through my fingers almost like liquid and then regain it’s solid shape, Daisy and I have had great fun sculpting with it and using the moulds to create an underwater theme, she particularly loves squeezing it through her fingers and letting it fall back into the box.
The set comes with a plastic sand box, 1lb of purple kinetic sand and four moulds, I did worry that it wouldn’t be enough sand after reading some reviews but it’s plenty for one or two children to play with, it’s suitable for ages 3 years and up.
As well as being super easy to tidy up the sand never dries out so you can easily store it back on the toy shelf or cupboard, I think it will be a firm favourite of hours for years to come.
Do your children play with kinetic sand ? have you had a go at making your own ? leave me a comment below I would love to hear from you.
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