Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pronunciation of the letter 'L' success!

I saw Millie's key worker from Nursery this evening (she also happens to be Chesters Beaver scout leader) and she excitedly told me all about Millie's progress with her pronunciation of the letter 'L', even getting Millie to demonstrate. It went a little something like this.......

Now you may wonder why I am so excited about this?

Well Millie has never pronounced her 'L' correctly, she replaces it with 'R', and no matter how many times we try and correct her she just doesn't get it. 

Until now.

I had never mentioned to Millie's Nursery that I was concerned, I suppose there was a little part of me that was hoping she would grow out of it. So when her key worker excitedly told me about her achievement this evening I was overwhelmed! She explained that they had been sitting down with her and giving her a stamp if she pronounced it correctly. 

I totally trust Millie's nursery and everyone that works there, and have never doubted their ability to look after Millie. But this has just bowled me over, in my eyes they have recognised a problem and gone that extra mile to help her out. The fact Millie's key worker was so excited to tell me, strengthens my belief that they really do care and show and interest in each child. 

I can't thank them enough! 

Does your child struggle with the pronunciation of a letter? 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

It's my favourite season of the year again!

Everyone who knows me, knows that I don't do summer, and by summer I mean heat. I have to say that this year the heat hasn't been too bad, most days it's been tolerable. But now we are entering my favourite season, autumn and I couldn't be more excited! 

It means lots of jumping in muddy puddles, looking for conkers and kicking leaves. It also means lots of snuggling on the sofa as a family, enjoying a movie and a hot chocolate. 

But most of all, these days, the reason I like autum so much is that I can buy Millie some really georgous clothing! 

As you all know, Millie is a real girly girl. She loves dolls, anything pink and Disney Princesses. Clothing wise she likes to dress in skirts or dresses. She has never worn a pair of jeans in her life, the closest she has got to trousers is leggings, and she only wears them because she wears them with long tops which she thinks are dresses! 

I myself am not girly at all, I feel most comfortable in jeans and watching football! So in a way, it's nice to be able to dress Millie in girly clothes and give her the confidence to wear what she want to.

She really loves to go clothes shopping too, even if it is just on the Internet. I was browsing on a few sites the other morning when a skirt caught her eye, she said 'oh Mummy I really must have that Skirt, it's pink and I love it'! It did make me chuckle, and needless to say she got the skirt! 

Do you have a girl, is she into fashion or is she happy wearing whatever is put on her? 

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Celebrating the release of 'What the Ladybird Heard Next'

The title of this post should really be 'Celebrating the release of What the Ladybird Heard Next, with Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.

Because that is exactly what we did yesterday! 

Like many a household we are massive Julia Donaldson fans, her stories are fun and exciting, and she always seems to pair with the perfect illustrators to help bring out the best in her stories. 

Her most recent story is a sequel to much loved story 'What the Ladybird Heard' entitled 'What the Ladybird Heard Next', it's a story about two greedy robbers, who have a cunning plan to steal the fat red hen, but the ladybird has an even better plan and the robbers end up getting a smelly surprise! 

What better way to celebrate the release of a book set in a farmyard, than on a farm?! 

After much convincing (she wanted to be a panda) Millie had her face painted to look like a PINK ladybird! 

We were treated to some lovely cupcakes...

And we got to chat with Julia and Lydia and get our book signed! 

BUT the best part of the afternoon was the play of the story, narrated by Julia Donaldson herself! Looking around the room, the adults were just as mesmerised as the children! Millie was one of the children picked by Julia to play the part of a bee, which she loved and hasn't stopped talking about since! 

Then Lydia Monks took to the floor to draw a funny picture which included all of the animals in the story. She is simply amazing! 

We had an absolutely amazing afternoon. To meet the lady who's books have brought fun and laughter to our bedtime story routine for the last 7 years was simply amazing. Chester and Millie really love story time and came away full of excitement and happiness, having had the story acted out in front of them like that. It has certainly made me realise that it would be nice to take them to some plays and shows suitable for their age group. 

The new book, 'What the Ladybird Heard Next' is out now and available from all good retailers. We have read the book lots already and absolutely love it, not least because it has glitter on every page! So of course we would happily recommend it!