How can we help our children to learn about sharing? – WILF Books

I was contacted by the lovely people at WILF Books asking if they could guest post on my blog to let all you all know about their new sharing-based children’s book delivery service.

Now you all know how much I love books so I’m very happy to help. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I’m very delighted to spread the word of this service that they are offering.

 

WILF Books - Inspire Imagination book sharing childrens
Image from WILF Books

 

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The Mummy Clique

Don’t you hate it when you walk into a room and everyone looks up at you?

That happened to me today.

This week was my daughters first baby sensory class. At 4 1/2 months old we feel as if we have been on the waiting list forever.
I can see why now.
The class is full of the ‘mummy clique’ parents.

 

“The Mummy Clique”

 

These are all mummy’s that have been before, probably since the week their babies were born.

And yet here they are starting the classes all over again.
No wonder there is a never ending waiting list as you will never get onto the course.
Or if you do your baby will be too old for the 0-6 month class and so you start all over again with the 6-12 month classes.
The town I live in has about 23,000 residents, and this is the only baby sensory class so I feel it’s a bit unfair that the same parents keep signing up to the same blocks of classes over and over again.
Not letting others get a look in. But then this is the mummy clique. They attend all the other baby groups locally. As one mummy told me.
“We haven’t seen you around before and we get out and do some group or play everyday”
I really felt like an outsider from the moment I walked in until the very end. But my daughter really enjoys sensory stuff so I’m doing it for her.
It would have been nice to have felt more welcomed, I don’t want to join the ‘inner circle’ as that is not my type of thing.
I felt so out of place with the singing and signing as I knew nothing.
To be honest the teacher never helped as she just said we do the same song every week so you will soon catch up.
Am I being wrong in thinking that it was a new set of classes, so expected for us all to be taught from scratch?
But then I’m not in the mummy clique so everyone else just carried on. There’s me trying to watch my baby and the teacher at the same time learning all the hand signs.
I know how beneficial baby sensory classes can be for babies, so I’m determined to make the most out of these classes for my daughter.

You should have seen her face when the light show came on. Moments like that are very precious and so worth me putting up with the ‘mummy clique’.Maybe the next class will be better…

 
 
*This blog was first posted on meetothermums.com

 

Little House of Science – Classes for Curious Minds

When I first discovered my love for Science I had just moved to secondary school. I don’t honestly remember doing any science at primary school. It was a shame because it became my favourite subject. All the way through secondary school and on to A Levels where I studied Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

Back when I was small there wasn’t opportunities to send children to science classes. Now I have found you can send your children to the Little House of Science and their Classes for Curious minds. 
Children are natural born scientists and it is never too early to start educating them about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Both girls and boys are curious to learn about the world around them and how things work. 
We see this from the moment children start to talk. They observe and ask questions. My 5 month old baby girl is already interested in everything around her. It’s funny to see her frown and stare at her toys taking it all in.
Children love to ask questions such as why is the sun so bright? How did the stars get into the sky? How do planes fly and cars drive? How are bridges built? How does the fabulous brain work? The questions are endless. 
Little House of Science - classes for curious minds

What is the Little House of Science?

Little House of Science offers project based weekly after- & in- school maths and science workshops for children ranging from 3 to 11 years of age as well as experiential sessions for babies and toddlers from 6 months.

They aim to make the classes fun. The little scientists get hands-on learning sophisticated maths and science, instead of just watching us make things go ‘pop’ and ‘bang’.They want to help contribute to children’s understanding of how nature and the world around them works. 

Their reputation has grown quickly as a company and they have a serious interest in teaching the children – making Little House of Science a better choice for parents.

Little House of Science has set up an annual Young Scientist Award together with the Institute of Physics, run the kids section at the annual Royal Society Summer Exhibition and works together with the Science Museum in London hosting joint guided tours.

They run a franchise as well which is perfect for people looking to work with children and help little future scientists.

The Classes:

Little Discovery - Little House of Science



Little Discovery – Age 6-12, 12-24 months


A class for mum and baby discovering the fascinating world around us. A new topic is taken each week and it’s explored and investigated through the senses. Babies are introduced to new ideas, shapes, colours, textures and sounds.                            
Little Maths - Little House of Science

Little Maths,

Rhythm and Shapes – 2-3 and 3-4 years
A class for toddlers learning about how numbers are everywhere. Music, shapes and colours are included as well as quantities and the numbers 1-10.

Little Science - Little House of Science

Little Science – 3-4, 4-7 and 5-8 years


Little Science offers weekly in-school or after school workshops for children aged 3-8 years. These classes help lay the foundations for future academic  progress. The children will learn about problem solving, decision making and how to process information.

Big Science - Little House of Science

Big Science – 8-11 years


Big Science classes are in-school or after school workshops and focus on expanding the knowledge learned in the eariler classes.




Here is a little bit about Little House of Science:

Little House of Science was founded by three ladies in London in 2014, (Veronika Covington, Liliana Crachilova and Elisabeth Keck), who saw the ever growing demand from children wanting to learn more about how the world works! Children who love science and are inspired by it. This led to the birth of Little House of Science.

Little House of Science Founders -first day
Denise O’Mara is joining the team, having spent her career and education in science and engineering with her last 10 years working in the industry/Engineering sector in the South of England. With two young children, aged 5 and 3, she is ready to bring Little House of Science to the children and families in the area of Southampton.
Denise is passionate about Science and education and has always been a big advocate of getting children interested in Science from an early age, so they can have a positive attitude towards maths and science in the later stage of their development.
Where Can You Find Classes?



You can find Little House of Science classes in and around London in various locations and also now in Hampshire. They have a timetable with lots of different classes throughout the Summer, Autumn and also Holiday Workshops and parties that they run. 

Little House of Science can also be found on FacebookTwitter and Youtube


Are your children interested in Science?
Would you take your little ones to a class?



*Disclosure – This is a collborated post

Happy Jones Families Game Review

When I was given the chance to review a family game I really couldn’t say no. We love to play games especially card games  so this Happy Families game from Go For It Games  includes the Go Fish gme as well seemed perfect.
Now I have an unusual surname and so was unable to get the game for my family name. It was pot luck which name I would get out of the list of the most popular 24 surnames and so I ended up with Jones!
Perfect!
I know a couple of Jones’s so will be fun teasing them with some facts I now know while I played the game about their surname.
The games have been redesigned especially for people with these surnames.
I love this idea – a personalised game. Great for kids to learn the origins and facts of their surname.
“Go For It Games are a small family enterprise specialising in really good little games and produce them in small quantities. Current ranges include card games for a special birthday milestone, games based on popular first names, and of course this one – popular surnames”
Jones Happy Families from Go For It Games

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4 Month Baby Review

Baby girl has reached the 4 month old mark. Where has that time gone?
 I can still vividly remember that freezing cold Tuesday in February bringing her home.
This is her 4 month baby review of things I have observed and experienced.
Baby Review -4 months

 

You probably realise by now that I don’t post pictures of her on here because I want to protect her from the online world that is out there. I know a lot of bloggers are fine with posting photos of their little ones but at this moment I feel as if I need to protect her from it. I would hate for her to get teased when she’s older by other kids that have found her mums blog with all her embarrassing baby photos. You know what kids are like.
She is turning into a gorgeous little lady and growing before our very eyes. Each day she is developing and learning something new.
One of her favourite shows to watch is Doc McStuffins and when the fix you up song comes on it really grabs her attention!
I was breastfeeding her yesterday and when that song came on she whipped herself off my boob and turned her head towards the TV smiling away. It was one of those precious moments.
Before the Doc McStuffins moment we had to go and see the nurse for her last set of immunisations. I was holding her on my knee in the waiting room and she really surprised me by calling out in her own words to the kids playing on the floor. She was laughing and cooing away not forgetting drooling down her chin!
I just thought to myself, you poor little sweet baby you just don’t know what’s coming.

I pulled her little trousers down a bit and the nurse gave her two injections in one thigh then the Meningitis B vaccine in the other. She just screamed like a banshee. Worse than the other two previous occasions.Bless her, tears rolling down her face, hugging tightly into my chest. It made me feel sick. At least it’s over now until she’s 1 year old, where the polite nurse informed me there’s 4 injections!

Baby girl is really good at her tummy time. She holds her head up. Her little legs kicking away. But she is still yet to turn over. I feel this could happen any day.
Ha ha.
I’ve been saying it for a few weeks now and what does she do last evening?
Yep turned right over in front of our eyes!
baby on tummy - 4 months

 

I am sure there will be no stopping her now.

 

 

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Will My Baby’s Eyes Change Colour?

There has been a huge ongoing discussion in my house about our baby’s eye colour, since she was born 4 months ago.
Will her eyes stay blue? 
 
Or will they turn brown?

My eyes are a deep chocolate brown shade, but my husband’s are light blue like the sea. I have always thought brown eyes are a more dominant gene.This got me thinking, so I have decided to do some research into baby eye colours.

Will My Baby's Eyes Change Colour?

I asked my friend about her little boy’s eye colour when he was born as he has deep brown eyes now, and she said his was blue when he was born.OK still hope for my little girl to have my eye colouring. At six months old she said his eyes went brown after being grey for 3 months.

Really, I said to her, so they do change colour it’s not a myth then?

She must have thought I was a bit stupid.

As a first time mum unless you read up on stuff like this in books or on Google you really don’t have a clue.Where do you find the time to do that as a new mummy?

I’m sure most new mum’s like me are up to their ears in nappy changes, feeding, sterilising, clothes washing and the constant tidying up.

Whilst I came up with this idea for a post I thought I had better look up baby’s eye colours and see what exactly happens.Will my husband win the blue eye battle or me with brown eyes?

What are the odds?

I started reading lots of different articles about babies eye colours and they can also have neither of the parents eye colours but can inherit a grandparent’s colouring.Well this has put a cat amongst the pigeons so to speak as my dad’s eyes are a greeny colour!

So that has just thrown another angle into the “discussion”.

So I have discovered that something called melanin is responsible for the colour of the iris and the amount that is present, has something to do with the genes that the baby has.When the baby arrives into the outside world the melanin production in the eyes is kickstarted by the bright light. A small increase in melanin means the eye colour will stay blue. A larger increase produces darker colours like brown.

My findings are that the biggest changes in a babies eye colour happens between 6 and 9 months, so a little bit more waiting for us i’m afraid and our baby will have a 50:50 chance of having blue or brown eyes.
 
So will mum or dad win the battle of the eye colour?
 
 You will have to pop back in a few months time to find out!

 

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