Category Archives: Reading

How reading helps young children learn


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Review: Dino Tales


At the age of 2 and a half, Brodie discovered dinosaurs.

All of a sudden, his toy trains didn’t matter any more. His imagination was sparked by Triceratops and Spinosaurus, by T-Rex and Diplodocus.

We themed his birthday parties on them, we booked tickets to see shows about them, we visited attractions which had them.

They’ve taught him a lot. These prehistoric creatures have widened his vocabulary, improved his spelling, and sparked his imagination.

So when the lovely folks at Netmums invited us to review the Dino Tales game, promising it would be educational, I had no doubt.

But now that he’s 8, Brodie is fairly knowledgable about dinosaurs, so I wondered if there was anything new this game could teach him about his favourite creatures.

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How do you choose your holiday reading?


I’ve started the countdown to our next holiday.

In just under 6 weeks now, we’re off.

Two whole weeks of sun, sea and….. time.

Time to read.

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How To Encourage Reluctant Readers


Don’t get me wrong. My boys love a story.

They just always want me to read it to them.

Putting in the effort to read books for themselves just seems too much like hard work.

And as someone who immersed herself in the Famous Five books and the Narnia adventures as a kid, I don’t want them to miss out on literary adventures.

So to celebrate World Book Day, here are my top tips for getting kids enthused about reading…

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