You may remember that I went to BritMums Live back in June and one of the companies I was really interested in meeting up with was Parragon.  I’ve loved reading reviews of their books from other bloggers and was interested to see what they had to show us. Well they set us a challenge – the Summer with Gold Stars challenge!

Summer with Gold Stars

Parragon have a range of Gold Stars work books suitable for children aged 3-11 years, working with pre-school through to Key Stage 2 learning aids.  Monkey starts school next week (next week!!! – I will remain calm) so I was eager to get a better understanding of the Summer with Gold Stars challenge.

We were given a Gold Star book – Ready for School, aimed at children aged between 3-5 years and asked to complete a page a day for 30 days.  Monkey has been somewhat reluctant with regards to writing, so I was hoping that this challenge might help.

Summer with Gold Stars

Of course what I should have realised that the lure of getting a gold star sticker for every completed page would get my son sitting down and cracking on!

He has loved Summer with Gold Stars challenge.  I’ve found it quite emotional actually. Monkey has been trying to write letters, he’s written numbers.  He’s had a go, yes, he’s got frustrated at times but he’s come back for more.

The idea behind the challenge is to keep children engaged with learning during the summer holidays.  Monkey, as with everything works at his own pace.  He has friends who are writing all sorts of things, we haven’t managed his name in full yet.  But I know he will get there, and the fact that he has loved sitting down with this book, has thrilled me.  It’s a massive step forward for us.

There are 123 challenge pages in our book, varying from letter forming challenges, number recognition and shape sorting.  There are also more complex pages – being able to write words, so this is a book we can spend time with.  We can pick it up and complete other pages over the months to come.  We’ve gone through some of these pages, with me just explaining them.  He has already started working with phonics in his Nursery class, so is aware of quite a few of the letter sounds now.

I’ve noticed this series of books in our local Sainsburys and I can thoroughly recommend them.  I like the idea of short little exercises, great for someone like Monkey.  He can concentrate for a few minutes and then move on to something else.

Our Summer with Gold Stars 30 days challenge took us a little longer than planned as we were both ill last week.  But earlier this week he completed his 30 pages and will continue to gain more gold stars as he takes this book on his school journey.

Priced at £7.99 I’m really pleased we were asked to take part in the Summer with Gold Stars challenge.  I’m so pleased with my little star.

disclaimer:  we were provided with the book shown in order to complete this challenge

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The Alphabet Photography Project P is for Parents #alphabetphoto

Week 16 of PODcast‘s linky The Alphabet Photography Project. Monkey promptly passed on his germs last week, so I apologise for lack of commenting. We are off for a couple of days so I’ll try better this week when we get back. My The Alphabet Photography Project P is for Parents.

The Alphabet Photography Project P is for Parents

I don’t think you have any idea how hard it is to be a parent until you become one yourself.  I had a very difficult…

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WASGIJ Studio Tour

You may remember that I was introduced to the world of WASGIJ recently and became an instant convert.  I was thrilled when Jumbo Games asked if I’d like to review their new WASGIJ Studio Tour jigsaw puzzle.

WASGIJ Studio Tour

With the last WASGIJ jigsaw puzzle I tried, you were making a picture of the future from the Destiny series. With the WASGIJ Studio Tour you are making a picture of what the crowd can see as the latest release in the Original series.  It’s a really different way of tackling a jigsaw puzzle and I’ve enjoyed the new challenge.

One thing to note with the WASGIJ Studio Tour is that it’s a 1500 piece puzzle.  I soon realised that my puzzle storage board is designed for 1000 piece puzzles.  So a quick rearrangement of my office dining table and I was off!

WASGIJ Studio Tour

The WASGIJ Studio Tour is based on the opening of a new tourist attraction – The Wasgij Studios.  The fans are crammed on an open top bus and are walking around Wasgij Towers.

As the puzzler, you are left to assemble the scene.  I personally put the puzzle lid to one side and start from scratch.  It means moving sections of puzzle around as the picture emerges but it’s great seeing it appear.  Even Brewster got in on the action!

WASGIJ Studio Tour

So last week, with a poorly Monkey having some sofa time, I cracked on with my latest WASGIJ puzzle and really enjoyed putting it all together.

These are great puzzles and this one has an RRP of £14.99 and can be found in numerous retailers including Argos, The Entertainer and Amazon.

For more information on the range why not visit the WASGIJ website.

disclaimer:  we were sent this item in exchange for an honest review

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Rockabilly Kids Toothbrush - a giveaway

Rockabilly Kids Toothbrush - a #giveaway

Rockabilly Kids Toothbrush You may remember that we reviewed the great new Rockabilly Kids Toothbrush recently.  It’s been such a big hit here, Monkey loves it and I love the fact that for £6.99 I get a toothbrush that will last him the whole year. Rockabilly Kids ToothbrushThe Rockabilly Kids Toothbrush comes with 3 replacement heads, it can wobble but it will always stand up by itself.  It looks a bit like an electric toothbrush, making Monkey…

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The B&W Photography Project Week 7 #bwphotoproject

My The B&W Photography Project Week 7 with PODCast comes from Bucklebury Farm Park.

The B&W Photography Project Week 7I’m presuming it’s a hot air balloon canopy?  But it’s being used as a shelter in the woods in the farm.  We had a wonderful time there with my oldest friend; Monkey’s godmother and her daughter.

When I was looking through my photos I was going to use the colour photo as My Sunday Photo for the week, but then I…

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