Christmas Book Guide For Children

Gosh, where did November go?! I had really hoped to get another couple of blog posts published in the lead up to Christmas, but what with several bouts of illness in our house, and underestimating the time it would take to package 30 advent calendars, I've not managed it. Children's books are one of my biggest passions. I began to collect favourites during my first term at University, believing that I was making a great investment in my future teaching career. During my many years in the classroom I prioritised a good half hour at the end of the school day for reading the children a story. It was, and still is, one of my favourite things to do. I am still collecting books. I don't think I wi

Celebrating Advent with Children

How do you celebrate advent with your children? When Bean was around 2 years old, I began to think about what family traditions I would like to introduce for Christmas. Her first two Christmases were magical, but she didn't really have much of a clue what was going on! I knew that, as she got older, she would begin to anticipate Christmas with great excitement, and that now was the time to begin thinking about it. I wanted to find an alternative to the 'Elf on the Shelf' idea which didn't sit well with my gentle parenting style, and I was inspired by The Imagination Tree's 'Kindness Elves'. You can read all about the concept here, but in short, they are little elves who arrive on the first o

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