Does Mum Really Know Best? Old Wives' Tales Debunked (Guest Post)

For centuries, mums have just been saying the strangest things – weird sayings, old wives' tales, or superstitious beliefs that have been passed down for generations that you wouldn't dare question, because Mum would give you the "look" if you dared to ever challenge her. A lot of these superstitions revolved around health, whether it be a remedy or just preventative measures to take so that you wouldn't get sick. For the most part, we all grew to be healthy adults, so it seemed that maybe mum knew what she was talking about… but DID SHE REALLY? It is time to finally debunk some of these myths.

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O is for… (Alphabet Champions)

One of The Boy's favourite games to play is 'Eye-Spy'. And putting aside the internal groans that every parents experiences when this game is mentioned, it is a wonderful activity to help promote literacy skills and children's phonological awareness. Identifying the initial letter or sound of a word (onset) is so important to help children with their spellings, and it's good fun too!

We've been challenged by Innocent Smoothies to find something which depicts a specific letter of the alphabet, using the new set of magnets available on promotional packs.

Alphabet Photo

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Natural Childhood

Dams and Damselflies

We spent last week on holiday in Cornwall at one of our favourite places; Coombe Mill. This little slice of Heaven on Earth is the perfect place to revitalise and refresh, to reconnect with family and to nature. We always breathe more easily and freely, but then it's easy to feel calm when the background […]

#39: Catch A Crab

We're doing really quite well with our '50 Things To Do Before You're 11&¾' project; The Boy is only just 5 years old and has already ticked off 37 of the 50 things! There are quite a few that he just can't manage yet, mainly due to physical capability or maturity. However, when we stayed […]

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Play & Craft

How To Make A Minibeast Hotel

There's one activity that The Boy has been desperate to do all Summer; make a minibeast hotel! Last week we were playing in the garden when he spotted his old and battered wheelbarrow, went in search of a trowel, and decided that he'd had enough of waiting for me, and started doing it himself.

Elmer The Elephant Maths Activities (Free Downloadable)

Number bonds to ten and twenty are an important thing for infants to understand and learn. Practise, practise and more practise is the key to ensuring that children are able to remember them so that the answers just come instinctively, but worksheets and endless sums are boring and offputting. We've recently discovered the wonders of […]

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365

365 #37

Welcome to 365 Photo A Day Project linky. This linky covers round-up posts for the week or one of your favourite photos of the week. I've written a post providing tips for completing the project, always ask one of the regulars for help if you're stuck. The 365 linky only works because of people linking […]

Reviews

Back To School: Waterproof Clothing

Anyone who knows me and the activities featured on this blog will know that as far as I'm concerned, "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing." I'm pleased that The Boy's school also follows this philosophy, significantly helped by the introduction of the Foundation Phase a few years ago. Last week a […]

Books We've Been Reading #1 (Aged 5 Years)

I wanted to share with you some of the picture and story books that we've recently been sent. As with most five year olds, The Boy loves reading books and there are some crackers in this batch, including plenty of tails and tales!

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