Raymond by Yann and Gwendal Le Bec

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Meet Raymond. Raymond is a happy dog and a good dog too. He lives with a caring family who throw him surprise birthday parties and love to give him a good scratch behind the ears (isn’t that something we would all like?). However Raymond begins to yearn for more and children and adults alike will love to see how Raymond becomes more human-like throughout the story.

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Raymond eventually ends up working for top magazine Dogue and we see how Raymond really finds life as a top journalist.

This was a charming story and I finished the book with a smile on my face. It is a cautionary tale on work/life balance and I know a few people I would like to share this with! I particularly enjoyed the bright and colourful illustrations and I know children would love spotting the ways the dogs in the story are acting as humans. I particularly love the law enforcement officers!

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This is a great book for 3 years plus and is a delight to read. Dog lovers will particularly enjoy seeing what can happen if dogs can walk and talk! Written and illustrated by two brothers, Gwendal and Yann Le Bec, I cannot wait to see more from them. Raymond is published by Walker Books.

Note: I was kindly given a copy of Raymond to review by Walker Books. My thoughts about the book are entirely true and genuine!

Safer Internet Day- 6th February

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The Internet. As a bit of a geek I love the internet and think it is a wonderful tool to allow children to be creative and informed.  I am a huge believer that children should be able to use the internet but believe E-Safety is of the upmost importance. As a primary school teacher I know many schools work hard to teach children these skills but I think there are lots of opportunities for parents to do the same at home. Safer Internet Day is an excellent opportunity to bring the topic into conversation at home. Safer Internet Day takes place globally in February every year to promote “the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people” and I love the theme for this year- Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you.

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If you have a look at the Safer Internet Day website you will find a great education pack for parents and carers with lots of ideas for the family including conversation starters, pledge cards and some links to some fun activities children can complete.

Here are some other ideas for what you and the family can do at home;

– make a short film about being safe on the internet. How about trying stop motion animation?

– use Scratch to program an interactive story about being safe on the internet.

– use junk modelling to design and make a Safer Internet Day mascot.

– put on a play showing how people can be safe on the internet. Invite family around to watch!?

– if you have a subscription to Twinkl they have a range of resources you could use including powerpoints and wordsearches!

If you do something for Safer Internet Day I would love to hear all about it!

Life Lately- February 2018

So Little Miss DaylightExplorer is 5 months old!

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The little love arrived 3 weeks early (and VERY quickly!) and has kept us on our toes ever since! She has a full head of hair and the cutest of smiles (mother’s bias I know!) but she hates sleeping and tummy time. I have really been enjoying maternity leave and have made sure I get out and about to do some exploring (ok so it has been mainly local haunts but it’s a start!).

We try and go for regular walks with new friends and even enjoyed Baby Massage classes. I look forward to all the things we will do when she is a little bit older.

I have missed this blog and am planning a few changes over the next few weeks including a change in appearance and a slight change in focus. These changes will probably happen slowly and when the BIG BOSS allows it but I cannot wait to get stuck back in.

So how are you? I would love to hear what you have been up to so please feel free to leave a comment below!