Making Phonics fun

Georgie recently went on a morning course explaining Phonics and how it can be made fun when supporting kids as they begin their journey to being able to read. The course was organised by Educate with Iona. She runs workshops in and around London (Georgie lives on the Hampshire/Berkshire border and she came out to do the course with some fellow school mums). Iona is a Mum of two boys as well as being aqualified and experienced teacher, who has taught in Kensington and Chelsea for over 9 years and co-ordinated the school’s phonics teaching for 6 years. During this time the school became one of the 250 top performing schools in the country in terms of the progress which the pupils made.  

 She was so enthusiastic and full of ideas which make Phonics less daunting for both parents and children. Georgie went away with a jam-packed resource folder which included games, hints and tips. Georgie has found other excellent games which we thought we would share.

If you live in the London / Home Counties area Georgie highly recommends contacting Iona to see if a workshop would work for you. Her details can be found here.

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Sight word game (free to download and print from here)

Phonics snakes and ladders

Snake and Ladders – these downloadable games can either be printed off with words already printed on the squares or there is an editable one which means you can put in words of your own choice or letters so the little ones can say the Phonic sounds when they land on the square (you can find it here).

Julia Donaldson Songbirds Phonics

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds pack by Julia Donaldson (available here) – a fantastic set to get started on the reading journey. It includes books, reward stickers, a alphabet chart and tips on supporting reading skills.

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Foam letters (available here) – perfect for hiding in a sandpit, around the house, even if going on a picnic or to the beach. The little ones have to find the letters, bring them back to you and make the Phonic sound.

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Cursive writing flashcards (available here) – some schools such as Harry’s learn the Hemispheres Think Write programme which uses cursive writing. There flashcards will help not only with Phonics but get your little one used to cursive shapes.

ABC flash cards

ABC wallet flash cards by So Awesome at Small Print Books (available here) – these are a lovely small size to fit into a handbag for learning “on the go”. Beautifully illustrated (with both blocks and cursive lettering on the front of each card) and although not all the objects on the reverse of each card have the Phonic sound, they do make a fun game.

Something for the Bank Holiday Weekend…

Woo hoo! A long weekend is almost upon us. Sunshine should make an appearance so here’s to barbecues, impromptu get-togethers and fun all round.  Here are some things we have spotted this week which you may be interested in if you have a moment to yourself to have a gander.

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As a New Baby gift, we love these changing mats with faux leather (meaning it’s totally wipeable!) and stylish fabric covers…this black and white leopard print is fabulous and there have been hints of a gold leopard print fabric on the Instagram feed (calm down Georgie!). Available here.

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Grace & Valour have some unique, pretty jewellery pieces which are well priced and would be perfect gifts. The Oak leaf necklace stood out to Georgie as she has two Oak trees in her garden which tower over the surrounding area evoking a real sense of permanency and togetherness as they stand side by side. Available here.

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This little book of loveliness from Kikki K means anyone can make pretty things. With Katie and Georgie totally reliant on Kikki K’s planners, this just adds to the world of inspired organisation. Available here.

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We have featured Little Cloud in the past and to add to their designs, the “I Love Paris” collection in the AW16 range has caught our eye for its fun and whimsical pieces. Available here.

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Is there anything in Zara we don’t love right now? Just brew a cuppa, grab an iPad and have a browse…here.

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Although we hope the fabulous weather continues, we can’t help but see all the tempting AW16 pieces coming in for both kids and adults alike. This cable knit cardigan from Boden is perfect for transitional styling for girls (in case you missed it, we did a round-up of some of our favourite Boden pieces for the kids here). Available here.

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Beauty Expert have a brilliant 20% when you buy two of their (long) edit of Summer essentials. You’ll be hard pushed to pick just two we feel! Available here (be quick as it expires today!).

Hush AW16 new collection

The new Hush collection for Autumn is here. Full of beautiful pieces to see you through Autumn and into Winter in great style, there is a yet again a gorgeous collection of fabrics and colours which we are so pleased to share with you.

Here is a selection of some of our favourite Hush AW16 outfits…

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1 Tina Dress £85

2 Lambswool Scarf £59

3 Kat Trainers £129

4 Burgundy Tights £10

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1 Breton Jumper £79

2 Winnie Trousers £60

3 Leather Star Trainers £115

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1 Claudia Dress £99

2 Flora Boots £209

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1 Josie Jumpsuit £75

2 Canta Ankle Boot £135

3 Lorelei Shoulder Bag £99

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1 Marina Skirt £65

2 Love Jumper £79

3 Long Star Pendant £26

4 Jodie Skater Shoe £149

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1 Wool/Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper £190

2 Majestic Star Trainers £165

3 Long Harem Trousers £55

4 Star Hoop £24

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mums fashion | AW16 trainers to add to your wardrobe

We love a trainer, as we know most mums do. Nothing much better (other than wellies!) for the school run in our opinion. There were some great designs out last year, but we have no doubt that this new season won’t fail to present us with even more.

Here are just a few AW16 trainers that we have come across so far and simply had to share them with you. We picked a metallic, a spot of leopard print and a simple pair…

From the new Hush AW16 collection, these Majestic Star trainers are £156

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From Jigsaw, we love this update to standard lace trainers. The Olivia Cross Strap trainers are £98

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We introduced you to some of the new collection from Air & Grace last week, here again are Katie’s favourite, the Leopard Print Copeland £139

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