Showing posts with label #backtoschool. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #backtoschool. Show all posts

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

... Back To School With Spiral Backpacks ...

It's finally here! 
Spiral's Back to school collection is ready to keep your kids
ahead of the pack this term.


Noah was recently sent one of Spiral's superly cool backpacks ready for his return to Year 6!
He's truly going to be rocking his back to school look with this awesome Galaxy Saturn design OG backpack.
RRP £24.99

Spiral is an eye-catching alternative to the outdated idea that backpacks are simply an item to carry your day to day belongings. 
Spiral backpacks are a canvas to make a statement about our character – and make sure we look good doing so!




Bag Features

- Hard wearing premium Polyester fabric 
- Reinforced and adjustable back straps 
- Additional back padding 
- Spacious front pocket 
- Media port 
- Grab handle 
- Custom Spiral labelling


Interior features:
- Large, 18L capacity 
- Hidden zip pouch 
- Inner laptop / book divider

Dimensions - 29 x 14 x 44 cm




As soon as Noah saw the bag he was in love, he's had the same backpack since Year 4 so he was over the moon to get such an awesome bag as a replacement. 
He's usually pretty fussy over bags and every time I show him a new one he'll always decline and say he likes his current one better.

I knew he would love this bag as his favourite colour is purple and he always enjoys looking at the stars with me and now he has all of that to carry around on his back.

There is plenty of space for all his school books and his homework will no longer go in scrunched up as he'll be able to place it neatly in the laptop section.
He also takes a ridiculous amount of reading books into class for what reason I am unsure of, but I know with the Spiral OG backpack he'll have plenty of space to do so.


To see more designs from Spiral why not check out their website & Social sites...



Monday, 11 September 2017

Big Ben, Back To School and Sleepy Lotion.


The start of last week I headed up to St Thomas with Jon.
His back has been playing him up and he told to turn his device off as it seemed to be giving him some side effects.
5 days without it on he was still having the shakes and feeling tired.

His doctors have told him it doesn't seem to be the device thats doing so their must be an underlying issue.
He's now booked into have an emergency EEG.


Whilst waiting for our train back to Kings Lynn we grabbed some lunch from Wabi's.
We've been together 7 years and this was our first sushi date.
He's still begging me to take him to Yo Sushi.


Tuesday was Rupert's last day at his old nursery and he came home and did his biggest line up yet.
He's not fond of goodbyes and I think this was his was with coping.
He didn't allow me to get rid of it and all the boys had to eat their breakfast around it on Wednesday morning.


All four boys starts back at school on Wednesday.
Noah headed off into Year 5, the Twins started their Year 1 adventure and Ru started the schools nursery.
We had no tears or tantrums, everyone was really excited about going back to school.
Even Ru went in without any fuss.


To celebrate everyone being back in school Jon and I popped over to Costa Coffee and had a coffee in peace and quite with out the usual I want that I need that oh Im bored now.
It was bliss.


After Costa we popped into Tesco and I got some flowers for the house, when I do a massive clean I always like some flowers to finish it off.
The rest of Wednesday was spent getting the house back in order.


I was half expecting Thursday to be full of tears and them telling me they didn't want to go back to school, but no they were just as happy as they were on Wednesday.


I popped into Hunstanton after drop off as we had library books to put back in and I had a book to collect.


The librarian was very excited when she handed me over the book as its one of her favourites.
I've heard good things about it and I'm getting really stuck into it.


Thursday I also put this Sleepy Lotion from Lush to the test, the internet is going crazy for it at the moment and I was really hoping it would be the magic I was looking for.....


But no!
No such luck for this sleep avoider.
He did smell lovely though, like a strange smelling biscuit.
I'll keep using it on all of the boys and myself as you really can't beat Lush lotion for making your skin silky smooth.


Friday I began to feel a bit lost without everyone around, so I decided to fill my time baking a cake.
The last few bakes I've done really didn't turn out so well, so it was nice to see this looking like it should have and It tasted amazing.

Salted Caramel Cake.



Friday, 8 September 2017

Worrying About Your Child's Development Now They're At School?

Lots of parents have gone through the ‘trauma’ of taking their babies to school for the first time. When you walk away from the school gate having just handed them over to the teacher, it’s difficult to tell which one of you was more teary, but before you left, you were observing. 
All mums discreetly check out the other kids while they’re waiting in line. 
They’re comparing what the other children can do, how well they speak, and how well behaved they are. 
How did your child compare to them?

Ultimately, we’re all worried that our kids aren’t where they should be by this age. It’s natural for any parent to fear that their child might not cope. 
The truth is that school is a steep learning curve. That doesn’t mean your child won’t make the climb and come out every bit as capable as the next child. 
On the contrary, it could be just the challenge they need to succeed.


Soon all of the children will be reading and writing and bringing home words to spell. They’ll be physically more adventurous, and socially more outgoing
Your child will change so much over the coming months! That won’t stop you worrying though. You’ll still wonder if they’re making enough progress - it’s natural! You should definitely speak to your child’s teacher if you are concerned. 
Of course, they are on the ball and will be chatting with you if there are any problems.

So what can you do to give your child an edge with their learning? There are plenty of great educational tools you can use at home like Reading Eggs and maths apps for kids. 
There are dozens of great books aimed at young school age children too. Practice a little each day. Physically, your child is being challenged in PE. You can help too, by playing football, catch, and jumping around. 
But what if you’re still worried?


One of the biggest worries people have when children start school is their speech. Poor speech means your child won’t be understood by the teacher. 
And it may mean they are socially excluded by the other kids if they can’t contribute to conversations. Fortunately, there is speech therapy for children that can be accessed at any age. If you’re worried, ask the teacher. You might also want to speak to your school nurse or GP too.


*Collaborative post*

Monday, 4 September 2017

Reading Eggs Review

Over the summer holidays I have been making sure the twins and Noah keep up with their reading with the help of Reading Eggs


What is Reading Eggs?
.
Reading Eggs was created by expert educators with over 30 years of experience.
The multi-award winning early learning resource supports your child’s learn to read journey with carefully designed online reading games and activities that are easy to follow, self-paced, and highly engaging for young children.
By incorporating Reading Eggs into your child’s daily routine, you will be helping to prepare them for the same structured learning they will need to succeed and feel confident at school.


How Reading Eggs teaches your child to read

  • The lessons use colourful animation, fun characters, songs, and rewards to keep children motivated.
  • The programme is completely interactive to keep children on task.
  • When children start the programme, they can complete a placement quiz to ensure they are starting at the correct reading level.
  • Parents can access detailed progress reports as well as hundreds of full-colour downloadable activity sheets that correspond with the lessons in the programme.
  • The programme includes over 2000 online books for kids – each ending with a comprehension quiz that assesses your child’s understanding.



I had heard about Reading Eggs but wasn't 100% sure whether to boys would take to it, but after seeing how much the twins enjoyed reading in Reception and given that Noah needed that little bit of encouragement when it comes to reading an actual book I was more than happy to give it ago.

Once you sign up you can create an account your child and there you will be able to see how they are getting on and their reading level and all the books that they have read.

Before the twins could start they had to take a simps test to see what level they are at.
Alex was bang on age 5 and knew 100 phonic skills and 18 sight words
Where Oscar is reading at age 5.25 and knows 137 phonic skills and 45 sight words.

This impressed us as Alex has always shown more of an interest in reading and Oscar has just been more laid back about it all.
So both Jon and I were expecting Alex to be scoring higher than Oscar.


Reading Eggspress is aimed at 7 - 13 year olds, Noah is 9 so this is what he logs on to when he wants to read and play games.
(He hasn't yet figured out that the games he plays when he's on Reading Eggspress he's actually learning!)

Before Noah could do anything he also needed to take a little test of 20 questions and once he was finished it was suggested he start on lesson 61.

He used to love reading but then with all the constant school changes (due to moving houses) and upheavals he soon started to back off and take more of an interest in his Playstation.

It's been much easier to get Noah to read a book off the laptop than it has been to read an actual paper book.
So every night once the twins have gone to bed he'll ask if he can pick a new book and have a go on the games.
It's been lovely to see his spark come back and him enjoying something other than Minecraft or Zelda.


Along with reading the boys have really loved playing all the games on their app.
Their favourite at the moment seems to be Driving Tests.

Every right question you answer moves your car around the track.
You have three choices,
Red Car -Sight Words,
Green Car -Letters and Sound Words,
and Blue Car -Content Words.

Both boys loved racing the Green Car, as they have never got a question wrong....yet!


The books which are suggested for each child are all down to their progress and they refresh once you've picked one.
Oscar & Alex love deciding which books to read and get rather excited at the massive choice they have.
Once they finished the books they would have to answer a quiz.


To start with they thought they could just blag it but they figured out they actually needed to read the whole book to be able to answer the quiz. 

Once the quiz is answered correctly you will receive egg points.
You can use your egg points in the store to buy all sorts of things from heads for your avatar to games!



It's been lovely to see how much fun the boys have had using Reading Eggs and I highly recommend to anyone who hasn't tried it yet.
It's perfect for little ones who are just starting out with reading and even those like Noah who are past the phonic stage but still learning.

There is a Reading Eggs Junior which is aimed at children aged 2-4years old.
If I thought Ru would actually sit still I would have tried with him but I think this will be something I do with him next summer before he starts Reception.
He did show an interest in watching the twins, so thats a good start!!


Have you tried Reading Eggs?
If not why not use this Special Link to get 5 Weeks for Free!?

The cost to get a 12 month subscription is £39.95 which is less than £3.40 pre month!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Back To School Round Up

As much as I was dreading the summer holidays they have flown past and it's actually been really nice having all the boys home.

They're weren't half as many fights, tantrums or moaning that I thought was going happen and everyone minus Ru got on with each other.
So really it's been rather pleasant.

With all the boys heading back to school on Wednesday, Noah starting Y5, the Twins heading off into Y1 and little Ru starting Pre School I've had to get my head into gear and make sure everyone has what they need to start the new term.


One thing that I was pretty rubbish at last term was making sure the Twins had decent water bottles, so when I was asked if I wanted to receive these cool Brita Fill&Go active water bottles I was more than happy to say yes.
They come in four colours,
Blue, Green, Purple and Pink.

Key Features;
Eco-Friendly, convenient and economical,
Filters as you go,
Designed for great tasting water,
BPA free

The filter should be changed every 4 weeks.
You can find these here for £12.00


Unlike the Twins Ru won't receive a hot meal in nursery so he'll need to take a lunchbox in with him on the days that he's going to be in all day.

This awesome tinned Robot will be perfect for him to carry in.
Knowing Ru he'll won't eat whats on the inside but he'll enjoy playing with it whilst the other kids eat.

You can find this Lunchbox over www.findmeagift.co.uk for £14.99*


Next on the list was bags....
Noah's rather attached to his backpack so said he didn't want a new one just yet, but the twins really wanted to upgrade from a school book bag to a character backpack.
So I found a TMNT bag off amazon for Oscar and Alex has the Minion backpack which we were sent in our Minion Back To School Bundle.
I tried to get Rupert a school book bag but by the time I went to order it they were all sold out.
So I went back to trusty amazon and found a Lightening McQueen book bag.
Ru was delighted when he saw it.


Whilst browsing a Facebook selling site I came across someone selling two Joules raincoats.
One Ru's size and one the Twins size.
£10 each!!!
As it was a proper bargain I said I would take them.
They're in a great condition and look as good as new.


I decided to try and find another one for Oscar as Alex took the Dinosaur one but try as I might I couldn't find another bargain, so I put in Hatley raincoats on google search and ended back on amazon and found this one for £15!
I decided that was another good steal so I bought it and Ozzy loves it.

We haven't found a coat for Noah just yet but he's given me a run down on what he wants in a coat...
Camo....must be camo
well yeah thats about it lol!


Another must before school starts is Back To School Haircuts!
We took them all to where Jon and Ru get theirs done and they all managed to get it done at the same time.
Ru's barber wasn't there so he didn't end up with a hair cut, so he'll have to wait until his dude is back.



We still have to buy Noah some stationary and we're expecting Oscars school shoes to turn up today, as he wanted ones from Next as he didn't see any he liked in Tesco.

Noah got some new Etnies (as he doesn't need to wear school shoes, as at his school they have indoor shoes and outdoor shoes. So outside he wears his trainers and inside he wears some plain pumps.)
Alex got some light up school shoes from Tesco but only one lights up, so I'll have to take them back next week before he starts school.




Friday, 25 August 2017

Mr Men and Little Miss ‘Back to School’ Giveaway

With September just around the corner I've teamed up with the guys over at Haliborange the UK’s number one children’s supplement brand to host this amazing Back to School Giveaway.

Whether your little one is starting school for the very first time, or they are going back after a Summer of fun, this prize bundle will be the perfect end of summer gift!

The prize bundle;

·         Mr Men/Little Miss pencil case
·         Mr Men/Little Miss lunch box
·         Mr Men/Little Miss water bottle
·         3 month supply of Haliborange vitamins


A little bit about Haliborange;
Haliborange is a leading children’s healthcare brand. It produces a range of supplements aimed specifically at children. Made by the UK’s leading supplements manufacturer Seven Seas, Haliborange is the UK’s number one children’s supplement brand. Loved and trusted for generations, Haliborange is specifically tailored to support a healthy diet and lifestyle according to your child’s individual nutritional needs.
Haliborange recognises that for parents today it can be a challenge getting children to eat a healthy and balanced diet, which is why the range features a whole of host of different combinations of essential vitamins and minerals to help support a child’s natural growth and development at every stage – from age one month to their teenage years.



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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Some Days I Wish I Could Sell The Boys On eBay.

The boys are all back at school, and I have an appointment for next Friday to go and view a nursery in the woods for Rupert.

As much as I love the boys, some days I wish I could sell them on eBay!
I know you're probably thinking im a monster for saying that, but hear me out....



The only volume level they play on is EXTREMELY LOUD, no matter how many times I tell them to quieten down it never happens.
Its really like iIm speaking another language when asking them to do so.
They have no idea what sharing is, I know most kids don't but the fights that come from one of them playing with something that belongs to someone else is unbelievable.
Personal space is something they really really don't believe in, they believe I brought them into this world just so they could use me as their own personal climbing frame...no matter where or no matter when...
On the toilet,
whilst im on the phone,
whilst out having a coffee,
even at the park ...... come on boys theres actual climbing frames here and yet you still think its ok to cling and climb all over me.
The minute they've finished eating they're hungry again, I literally run out of a weekly shop two days into the week!
Noah's turned 9 so that automatically means he knows everything and should have everything he wants.

I'm only one woman, with two arms I cant perform the miracles that they want me too, some days I out shine myself and not only impress them but impress myself, other days by lunch time I'm wanting to hide away in the wardrobe and hope they don't find me.
So when they go back to school I cant help but break out my happy dance.


My goal for this term was to make sure I was organised and on time and Noah always had his dinner money at the start of the week, rather than paying on the Friday because it always slipped my mind to get the money out....seriously the schools need to do online payments, it would make my life 100x easier.

The two weeks before the holidays that the boys joined their new schools my head was all over the place and I was still running to the old school time table, so I was constantly late for both drop off and pick up. I wanted to start this term on the ball and show that I'm not a headless chicken with too many children, I'm actually a mother in control and in the know!
That all went tits up when I called up the school on Wednesday morning making sure the kids were back at school, as the Internet was telling me one thing and the school news letter said another.
Turns out they actually started on the Tuesday and they forgot to give me the updated newsletter!


The house is an empty shell when the boys aren't around, and I of course I dooo enjoy it but by the afternoon I am missing the noise and cant wait to go and collect them.





How do you survive the school holidays?