Tinkling The Ivories

This piano waited ten years for someone to be able to play it. Sanded, polished and cared for as best as two non-musicians could, I swear the keys tinkled with excitement when The Boy started having lessons.

Sometimes the simplest sounding piece of music is actually deceptively difficult, like Calon Lân. He learnt this within a fortnight for the school's Eisteddfod competitions, and I think it sounds utterly beautiful; like a lullaby.

I will keep this child playing, regardless of how much he may complain in the future, because being able to play the piano is an amazing and beautiful talent.

Children and Foreign Languages: an Investment Worth Every Penny

As a teacher living in Wales, I have to teach Welsh as a second language at primary level. It's a challenge (especially when languages are not your forte!), however it is amazing to see children's confidence develop whilst learning these new skills, developing cultural interest and pride, and embedding their place as global citizens.Knowing additional languages in today’s world is very important, especially given that our children are growing up in a highly globalised environment. It may be costly, but overall there are many options you can resort to for language learning.

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The Top 5 Tips On Preparing For Your First Baby

It’s always a very exciting yet nerve racking time when you’re expecting your first baby. Not only are you preparing mentally for a new little member in your life but ensuring you are fully equipped with the necessities can be a task in itself. In order to feel organised and prepared to welcome your new born into the world, check out some of Kiddies Kingdom’s top tips on how you can get ready for your little one’s arrival.

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Reverse Mortgages: What You Need to Know

There are many reasons you may need to apply for a mortgage on your home, and retirement is certainly one. When your income drops due to retiring, you may need a way to make up for some of that loss, at least temporarily. A traditional home mortgage offers immediate help, but it also comes with almost immediate consequences. A reverse mortgage provides more worry-free assistance on a long-term basis. Here is what you need to know before you sign up for one.

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Natural Childhood

A Sprinkle of Summer Fun Memories!

When I think back to my childhood, there are some memories which are far more vivid than others: pretending our picnic table was a stage and performing for my family; playing in the paddling pool with my brothers and sister; and quickly slurping up the juice of a refreshing lolly before it dribbled down my […]

Going Ape in the New Forest!

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Play & Craft

Beach Memory Jars

Memories made at the beach last a lifetime. As far as I'm concerned, this is completely true! However, sometimes it helps to have a little something to aid the memories. My sister pointed out a glass jar to me recently which had 'Sand from our favorite beach' printed on it. I really liked the idea, […]

Summer Holiday Boredom Busters

Within the next week or so, all school-aged children in the UK will be on Summer holidays, American and Australian children are already enjoying the break. How long before the cry of 'I'm bored' sounds out? I've put together a collection of posts for Tuesday Tutorials this week which should help alleviate that frustration!

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365

Project 365 (2018): Days 7 – 32

Well, look at me! The chilled out 365-er who hasn't posted weekly. I haven't even got a photo a day either! I've missed about three days this month, probably because they were a Tuesday and I was knackered after work. The world still turns though, who cares if I've missed a day? I've still taken […]

Reviews

Paw Patrol: Zoomer Marshall (Review)

For several years now, my son's favourite programme has been Paw Patrol; a television series which follows the adventures of the inhabitants of Adventure Bay and their frequent rescuers – eight pups and their ten year old leader, Ryder. I've often wondered about the sense of having a town's emergency services completely staffed by a […]

Hatchimals (Review)

The trend in toys seems to be cyclical; many toys which I had as a child I've seen come back again and again, just with a modern take on them each time. I was a little too old for the Furby when it was launched, although my 21 year old niece had one when she […]

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