Tag Archive | children

Get a Grip (2)

Pencil GripsLast year I wrote about the importance of the pencil grip (here) and how I have been using pencil grips and large-sized pencils to help my sprog achieve the desired result. 6 months on and I am still battling with this, but I think I have found a way forward. Read More…

Stuck on Stickers

sticker book fun

I don’t remember when we got the first sticker activity book for our sprog, but I do know I will be getting some more! Read More…

Tummy Ache

Tummy Ache game

The other week I visited a fellow Brit. and father to two bilingual children. On a trip back to the U.K he bought two or three of the Orchard Toys range. We had a quick go with tummy ache and enjoyed it a lot! Read More…

Winter Wonderful

Mega Marbles

I saw this photo on a friend’s Facebook link. What a great idea. Those aren’t regular marbles, they’re balloon size! Read More…

Sir Ken is Animated

This is a truly great animation, but an even better speech. It relates just as much to our education of multilinguals at home as to the education of anybody else at school. Watch, and listen especially for the section on divergent thinking. Fascinating and potentially motivating stuff.

By The Book


As we move along through the books the number of points we need to practice increases. This week we have mostly been using Splat the Cat to practice words that contain -ake. Read More…

Treasure Hunt pdf

You can download this pdf of the treasure hunt activity I introduced recently here: Treasure Hunt. The first page is the key. The next page contains the clues. Go through the key with your child before you play. Make sure they know what is what. Have them cut out the clues and then you can play.

The Ultimate Plaything?

The idea that boxes are fun is, I suppose, nothing new. But the teacher in the article linked below makes a really good point when he says that regular toys are prescriptive, the have ‘pre-assigned value’. The boxes allow children to discover and create a use for themselves. I think I have just found the ultimate party toy! (link to video and article here.)

Orange Pear Apple Bear

Here is a great book to help the little one start reading. You can cheat a bit with this because it’s a book they can read without really reading. Read More…

Monkey Puzzle

From the writer and illustrator of ‘The Gruffalo’ comes ‘Monkey Puzzle’. “It’s not a puzzle, it’s a book”, my daughter pointed out. “Well…. There’s this monkey, see? And he’s…. puzzled.” You can imagine how that continued. The great thing about the edition I bought (here) is that it comes with a CD recording of the story and an extra Monkey Puzzle song. What’s good about it?

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