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  • 12 Mar 2014

    What is the What book review

    Every so often, you read a book that changes the way you see the world around you. Chances are, that book lands in your lap by chance. It might not be the kind of book you’d usually read and it might be such a tome that you put the actual reading of it off, thinking that you’ll never find the time to finish it. And then you read through a chapter or two and you are gripped…you have embarked on that crazy rollercoaster of a ride that begins with the opening lines and ends when you reluctantly close the back cover, your understanding, consciousness and feelings changed in some irrevocable way. […] more

  • 10 Mar 2014

    Stories offer unequalled learning opportunities

    Stories form the backbone of our lives. They integrate our understanding of self, of where we fit in the grand scheme of things. Through stories, we come to understand the lives of our ancestors in the form of history, and the social mores of the culture around us. Stories are a vital part of a child’s learning experience; from the earliest stage they begin to form sounds through storytelling. As they grow, stories teach children empathy, language skills, emotional intelligence, connection, reflection and resolution, amongst a whole gamut of other things. […] more

  • 10 Mar 2014

    Show your children how to succeed

    We all know at least one. You know, the parent with the exceptionally gifted child. Everything said child does is amazing, indicates unparalleled genius and leaves us occasionally wondering if our own parenting is up to scratch or if maybe our children are even a little behind below average developmentally. If you’re lucky, that is. Most of us know about ten… thousand. Everyone’s child is a genius, these days. Such is the reality of everyday motherhood. It’s a little bit boring, and a whole lot crazy-difficult, so the bragging naturally ensues. […] more

  • 21 Feb 2014

    Six Gorgeous Fairtrade Toys

    With Fairtrade Fortnight running from 24th Feb to 4th March, we’ve rounded up some delightful Fairtrade toys. With the notion of Fairtrade becoming more understood and respected, there is gradually a change towards ethical trading. Still a long way to go, of course, but these companies show that it is possible to source unique products that last whilst adhering to principles of a fair deal for everyone. There is often the impression that Fairtrade gifts are too expensive but buying cheap toys is a false economy – not only are they often produced in sweat-shop conditions, they also rarely last from one child to the next. […] more

  • 13 Feb 2014

    Make a home for your garden birds

    The fact National Nest Box Week begins on 14th February is rather lovely. Birds need our love and respect especially at this time of year, so treating them to a cosy home is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Building a nest box is also a fun activity for older children and watching little feathered visitors make themselves at home is entertaining and educational for any age-group. There’s huge satisfaction to be gained from spotting a bird with a beak full of twigs dart into a home-made nest box. The week is part of the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) devotion to all our beloved native birds, and is a way to help this fantastic charity do their important work. […] more

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