Christmas Gifts For Teachers : What Is Expected?

Recently there have been a number of posts on social media about christmas gifts for teachers. There are questions galore! Should people buy chocolates, give hand made gifts, buy vouchers or contribute to a bigger gift?  It feels like such a…

Oily Cart : A Winters Tale (Shakespeare For Children!)

I love Shakespeare. I adore the rhyme and rhythm of the words and, over the years, I have read or watched pretty much all of the plays.  So when I heard about a company called ‘Oily Cart’ which were putting…

Dessert for Christmas Lunch : Cheat or Make?

This year we will be at my mum’s for Christmas lunch which we are all really looking forward to. She is super organised and has already bought the turkey and planned what we are having for the main meal.  We…

Magical Christmas Eve Box Ideas

When we were small, we always had a tradition on Christmas Eve. We’d always be allowed to open one present and, no matter how well we chose, it always seemed to be brand new pyjamas! Even though we would have…

Christmas Stockings : Is It Worth Cheating?

So, it is a few weeks before Christmas and we are pretty much done with the present buying. We’ve spent hours on the internet checking out reviews, bickering about what gifts the children will actually play with and deciding what…

PLYT Review : A New Board Game To Help With Maths!

As regular readers of this blog will know, I decided this year to homeschool Little Miss in order to help fill in some of the huge gaps in her learning.  I hadn’t anticipated this would be any different from teaching…

Dear Santa: Love From The Newby Tribe

Dear Santa We hope you, Rudolph and all the reindeer are well and that the stress of getting everything ready for Christmas isn’t too much.  The children have been loving learning Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer this year and particularly…