How do you introduce children to the news in a positive way?

Our Little Girl was asking her Daddy what he was watching on the ipad.  He was watching the news and said, “It’s for grown-ups, let’s watch something else.”

And she did.

She watched a sugar-coated episode of Sofia the First.

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But it got me to thinking abut child-friendly news.  I enjoyed watching programmes like Newsround when I was younger.  For the benefit of the International readers and the younger (!) readers, this was a great programme presented by John Craven in a very simplistic way that made it very easy to understand and digest.  Our Dad used to like watching it with us too.  I think it took the jargon out for adults too!

This was on at 5 pm or thereabouts – always just before we had our tea.  I loved it.  Granted, I was a fair bit older than Our little girl, who is currently 6.

Yes, the news is usually full of depressing stuff BUT it’s important to keep astride of world events, I think.  Even from a fairly young age.

But what are the best ways of introducing a young child to the news, without tainting their innocence?

I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Welcome! This is where I share #AllSortsofBlogs in my pick of the best blogs to read from recent weeks.  Feel free to add any or all of your favourite posts to the linky.  I’ll share all posts across my social media ~ twitter, pinterest, stumbleupon, g+.

The door’s always open with a new linky starting on the last Friday of the month…

And if you’d like to add my badge, it’s at the bottom of this post.  Thanks.

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Now onto my best reads:

Jenny at The Unremarkable Files has some great ideas for when your kids are old enough to be left home alone.

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While Sam at And Then The Fun Began also had a great post discussing how we need to embrace negativity.  Of course, I firmly believe that we need to turn a negative into a positive to keep healthy minds.  Such an interesting post, thanks Sam!

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Here’s a truly magical and enchanting place  – The Black Isle peninsula in the Scottish Highlands from Ailish Sinclair…

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I love how random blogging can be.  And this is no exception… try this one from Karen Soutar for size!

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Whizz Pop Bang science magazine ~ review and giveaway

Welcome to THE Whizz Pop Bang magazine review and giveaway!

(with offer code too!)

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Question: What do you get when you cross a 6-11 year old child with an “awesomely amazing science” magazine for kids?

Answer: Learning galore in an interactive environment.  Which means happy children and parents too! 🙂

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When our little girl (aged 6) showed an interest in science, we decided to try Whizz Pop Bang science magazine.  We had seen it advertised on social media and knew that she would love to get something just for her, addressed to her, through the letter box.

We felt that she would likely learn (without realising) and it would encourage her away from a screen.

It sounded like a win-win to us.

And it was.

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We were very impressed with Whizz Pop Bang.

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Whizz Pop Bang is aimed at 6-11 year olds (and appeals to older readers too!).  The first issue that she got was about volcanoes.  This really appealed to me in all honesty!  They’ve always fascinated me and one of my favourite subjects at school was geography.  By reading this issue with our little girl, I refreshed my memory and learnt new volcano facts too!

In fact, I looked forward to reading the magazine on my own terms after her bedtime!

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 Our little girl is rapidly approaching 7 and some of the terminology needed explaining but she did really well with her phonics sounding out and blending and needed little help with the bigger words.  In my view, the longer words are a bonus because our children can never read too much and it has helped to expand her vocabulary as well as learn facts about science.

Another thing that I loved about the magazine is that it encouraged questions too.  In my view, our children can never ask too many questions (okay, maybe except at bedtime!..)  We tell our little girl to always ask questions.

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I’m not entirely sure how the creaters and designers have done it, but they have managed to create a magazine that’s fun, factual and age-appropriate to it’s target market.  Getting the balance right between keeping the age range of 6-11 year olds engrossed is tricky but they’ve done it.

Maybe it’s the regular sections the magazine has:

Puzzles

Competitions

Interviews with experts relevant to the particular issue

Activities (we were inspired to create an insect hotel!)

‘Ask’ Y – where robot Y answers childrens’ questions (our little girl has thought of lots already!)

Quiz (with answers on a separate page!)

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When the Minibeasts issue came through our door, our little girl was at school but at home-time, the TV didn’t get a look in!  As soon as she saw that she had a new issue of Whizz Pop Bang to read, she wanted to get stuck in!

We really enjoyed the pepper experiment and she couldn’t wait to tell daddy all about it 🙂

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The magazine is a very welcome addition to our household and there are plenty of experiments to spread out over the month…. to keep you going until the next issue!  As the website says, the magazine contains:

✓  Hours of educational fun each month

✓ Exciting experiments to try at home (I’ll soon be blogging about the pepper experiment and the pitfall trap!)

✓  Expert science writers

✓  Engaging layout and illustrations

✓  Gender-neutral content

✓  Linked to the National Curriculum

✓  No advertising

✓  No screens

36 printed pages of good wholesome science fun!

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It’s very reasonably priced too, at £2.92 per magazine when an annual subscription is ordered.

And for one lucky reader of my blog, the amazing team at Whizz Pop Bang are giving away a 3 issue bundle (see the rafflecopter giveaway below).

Not only that, I’ve also got an offer code relating to a paid subscription which entitles the bearer to one free magazine on top of your subscribed issues.  Simply go to the subscription link for the magazine website by clicking this link

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Why I love taking part in blog linkys and a list of linkys

Blog linkys/parties/hops often get a negative airing, I notice.  Because let’s face it, joining in with linkys can be hard work! But here’s why I love taking part in blog linkys and here’s a list of my favourite linkys (including mine!)

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First you have to write your content, then you have to remember to link up (or put it in your diary!), then you’re obliged to read some of the lovely posts that have linked up too.

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While it’s often regulars that join in with linkys, it’s also often the case that you stumble upon a new blog that is lovely and new and fresh.  Not to say the regulars aren’t lovely of course.  But take the thumbnails… I love the thumbnails!

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After I’ve clicked on the host’s link and saved the post in my bookmarks, I then click on the posts either side of my post and do the same.  Then I have a browse through and see which titles I might find interesting/funny/thought-provoking/positive.

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Now to answer the question of why I love linkys so much.  Some bloggers use a regular picture to link up.  You might even call it a branded picture of their blog.  While some bloggers link up the picture associated with the actual blogpost.  By doing this you can’t see which blogger has linked up… unless you hover over the thumbnail OR you click the link.

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Then for me, it’s that delicious moment when you look in your browser’s address bar to see which blog you’re about to land on.  I just love it when I see a name that I’m not familiar with.  For me, this is what it’s all about.  Might I make it clear that I love reading regular blogs too but there’s an air of anticipation when you land on a new-to-you blog 🙂

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And that’s why I love linkys.  As an aside, I tend to use a template for my blog pics because I’m happy with it and feel that it works with my branding.  But perhaps I should use a ‘secondary’ pic, one that is inserted further down the post… then another reader will get the same air of anticipation when they click on MY link! 😉

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I do also love that taking part in regular linkys helps me to keep up with blogs that I don’t necessarily always get the chance to regularly read.  I find that it’s like catching up with and old friend. 🙂

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Bags2School ~ raising funds by recycling

 

A little while ago, I found this in our little girl’s school bag.

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We always try to get involved in anything happening at her school and this was no exception.

In case you can’t read the bag (!), the concept is this:

A bag is filled up with clothing, weighed and the school gets money, depending on the weight of the clothes inside.

What a simple but great way of raising funds for school and recycling clothes too!

Admittedly, we hadn’t got a great deal to give away, due to the recent house move and subsequent ruthless clear-out.  But, like any other little girl, our daughter is growing into a big girl and soon we had something in it.  When we’ve had our clear-outs in the past, it’s often been a bit of a chore to physically take the donation to a charity shop in between the daily madness routine.  But this?  We just took it along with us on the school run.  Easy!

Our little girl always gets sentimental about giving her own things away.  So much that, to be honest, it’s easier to do it on the sly!  With this bag though, she wanted to get involved!  Okay, so she wanted to give my things away instead of hers, but we still managed to negotiate a few of her things… saying it was for her school helped too.

Have you ever heard of anything similar or got involved anything like this?   I’d love to hear in the comments below.  Or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Music ~ can you take it or leave it?

Music.  Can you take or leave it?  Or are you like me and my family and always have some form of music wherever you are?

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It’s a conscious action isn’t it?  You put a CD on, pop your earphones in, choose a spotify playlist…  The only time it’s not concious for me is when I turn the igition in my car.  And wham! – there’s the radio springing into action.

Recently, our little girl has started to show more and more interest in music.  She’s started to sing along to pop music and actually know the words, rather than just make random ones up.  (thank goodness for radio edits!)

Years and years ago I seriously considered applying for Big Brother.  I had no ties and got the application form.  A question was ‘what one thing could you not live without? (aside from family and friends).

My reply was ‘music’.  But my life took a happy turn and I never applied!

Music can make you feel happy in a heartbeat and vice versa.

It can evoke so many emotions can’t it?

When I was pregnant, I often used to listen to Classic FM on the way home from work (I still listen to it often now) and it would invariably make our little girl move around.  Mothering instinct told me it was a seal of calming approval. (saying that though, classical music can be just as emotive.)

Over the years, I’ve had some amazing musical experiences.  I’ve been to pop concerts (or ‘gigs’ if you’re cool!), I’ve been to Glastonbury which was an incredible experience (and where we left our tent because it was sooo wet and muddy!)

My friend used to call me her ‘amazingly wide taste music friend’ or sometime similar.  Whatever, it was a bit of mouthful but describes me pretty well, I’d say!  Other than thrash metal and really hardcore rap, my music tastes are very varied.

For example, if I was to whittle my all time faves down to 10 (ish), it would look something like this (in no particular order):

  • She’s Electric by Oasis
  • Sunshine of my life by Stevie Wonder
  • Story by St Etienne
  • Yes I do feel Better by someone and Butler!
  • Recipe for Love by Harry Connick Jr
  • Song 2 by Blur
  • Black Dog by The Manics
  • Bartend and Thief by Stereophonics
  • I don’t want a lover by Texas
  • Happy by someone who’s name fails me…
  • Promise Me by Beverly Craven
  • Real Gone Kid by Deacon Blue

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About 50% of these bring back ‘actual’ memories.  As in they make me stop what I’m doing and ‘actually’ re-live moments in my mind.  The sort that you sit in the car when you’ve reached your destination to listen to the end!

The rest I just really love for whatever reason; I connect with them; they resonate with me.

The list could go on and on and on… such is the power of music.

For our little girl’s birthday, we are looking to buy her a bog-standard, low wattage (less noise!) music system-type-thing.  She can have it in her bedroom and bop away in privacy, should she choose to.  Oh, the moments of singing into her hair brush she’ll have 🙂

So what about you?  What does music mean to you?  I’d love to hear in the comments below.  Or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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*Footnote ~ Aby at YouBabyMeMummy and Amy at MrandMrsTPlus3 recently held a #vlogstars linky on your favourite songs.  I had intended to vlog this but I didn’t have time.  It has since evolved.  Anyhow, I’m joining in with their #Thelist linky and would highly recommend taking part in their vlogstars linky 🙂

 

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Meet Kiki from Message in a Bottle ~ personalised book for children

 

Meet Kiki ~ a friendly, lovable bird from ‘Message in a Bottle’. 

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She’s relaxing in front of the sunset, thinking about her travels around the world and looking for her next adventure…

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But why is she going around the world? 

Because she’s got a very important journey ~ to deliver a message in a bottle to a very special person.  What a very helpful bird she is!

And you can help Kiki by getting involved and getting behind the launch team for Message in a Bottle ~ a personalised book for children.

Over recent weeks I’ve had the privilege of watching Kiki develop from a hand-drawn sketch to the wonderful colourful character that she is now 🙂

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How can you not love Kiki?

During the launch process, I popped some colouring-in sheets under our little girl’s nose (you can get yours by pledging your support on Kickstarter.

Her eyes lit up and she began to inject some colour into the sheets.  As she coloured, we had a chat about what the sheets were for.

I told her about Kiki’s task and how the little bird was going to get a special message to a very special person.  I love the work in progress here, don’t you?

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I’ve been excited to be able to show our little girl illustrations by Tuire Siiriainen as the book has been tweaked.  Myself and other members have given great feedback which has enabled the team to bring Message in a Bottle to what you see here on Kickstarter.

I love that Kiki (lovely little Kiki!) is ready for an adventure;

an adventure with an important goal…

Now we’ve got an important goal… to help Kiki get that message delivered.

Help her now!  You can even get a soft toy of Kiki… can you even imagine?…

Message in a Bottle has been produced with love by the very talented team and it’s now live on Kickstarter.  There are lots of different ways to pledge your support for Kiki and the Message in a Bottle book.

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And follow Kiki’s journey with Message in a Bottle across the World Wide Web!

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

And you can spread the word by pinning from my Message in a Bottle board on Pinterest

As they say, ‘don’t delay, get involved today!’

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“It’s none of these, it’s a…” ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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In our garden is a wall and a tree,

And right at the bottom, what will you see?

A teddy bear with a picnic, a fairy, a gnome?

It’s none of these, it’s a right Royal home!

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A home for a princess, a queen or a king?

With turrets, a staircase, a drawbridge thing?

A wicked witch, hair black as a raven?

It’s none of these, it’s an insect haven!

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What’s it built with, this haven of theirs?

Gingerbread for the roof? Sweets for the stairs?

Soil from the garden? And sap from the trees?

None of these; it’s built with twigs and leaves!

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We got down to nature in our own back yard,

She led the way, balancing leaves so hard,

We foraged for stones, for twigs, a snail’s shell,

We made a house of memories ‘n the ants liked it as well!

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The story behind the poem: After what can only be described as a dismal few days for weather here in the UK, the clouds parted and we built an insect hotel!  We had made a ‘flower garden’ previously and it was just beautiful to see our little girl (6) using her imagination to make a shelter for the insects 🙂

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“The Friendship Journey” ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

The Friendship Journey ~ a poem

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Moving house with a child is no easy thing to do,

A new bedroom, new school and new friends too,

A time of stress, anxiety, a logistical nightmare,

Emotions are tender, how will they fare?

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You get it all sorted, a school place is yours,

A settling in session, opening of new doors;

Metaphorically, literally, it’s a critical time,

Reassured by hubby and others, “she’ll be just fine…”

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It’s exciting, it’s scary for her and for us,

We try to hide our unease with a ‘positive’ fuss,

Goodbyes are said to old school friends, her mates,

A new chapter is coming, new friendships await…

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Then new names come up in our daily chat,

“So and so said this, so and so said that,

Soon can they come after school and for tea?

They can play with my toys, they can colour with me.”

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Of course the answer is, “yes, yes and yes!”

As long as she’s happy I can cope with the mess!

It’s lovely to see, a relief beyond doubt,

To see our girl happy, see new friendships carved out.

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What’s more, it’s so nice that she doesn’t care one bit

If her friend’s from Eastern Europe or if they’re a Brit!

All she wants is to play, to share jokes, to have fun,

As far as she sees it, they’re like her, we’re all ‘one’…

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By Carol Cameleon 2016

The story behind the poem: As our little girl is cementing new friendships after a house move and subsequent new school, it’s intriguing and refreshing that background really doesn’t matter, as long as she ‘clicks’ with them…

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