27 March 2010

Spring A-Z Quiz – Win £10 M&S Voucher

Hello Everyone... here is a little game to keep your children entertained in the Easter holidays! The rules are simple – fill in as many of the gaps in each category as you can with an item starting with that letter.

If you want to make a £2 donation to my husband's marathon fundraising target for the NCT (you can donate using the JustGiving pages (include Gift Aid if you want) please indicate in the comments your donation is for quiz entry http://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Lambe).

Return your lists to me (by email is fine to elaine @ littlesheep-learning.co.uk ) by the 25 April 2010 (the day of the London Marathon).

You will score 1 point for every answer that is correct (judges decision final!) and 2 points if it is unique answer; the winner is the one with the most points.

Name and contact details _____________________________________________________

Name Vehicle Clothes Food Spring

Have fun

15 March 2010

Down's Syndrome Awareness Week 2010

This week (15th-21st March) is Down's Syndrome Awareness Week - I have blogged about it in previous years, but thought this week was worth mentioning again to raise awareness especially as 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the Down's Syndrome Association which provides help and support for people Down's Syndrome and their families. They have lots of information available here.

Also Antonia Chitty has got a new book on Down’s Syndrome coming out in June and the publishers are making a special pre-publication offer to tie in with Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week. Instead of £8.99 the book is available for £5 from 15th to 21st March. Buy it here if you want to be one of the first to use this practical guide. Please note: post and packing is included, so £5 is all you pay, but you will only get the book on publication – at the start of June.

04 March 2010

World Book Day... or World Disney Day?

In previous years I have blogged about World Book Day and have suggested some really simple costume ideas.

There are hundreds of children in books - Charlie or Lola, Harry (with his bucket of dinosaurs), Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, the Famous Five or Secret Seven, the Baudelaire children (from A Series of Unfortunate Events), Pippa Longstocking, Milly Molly Mandy, Poppy or Sam (Usborne Farmyard Tales) - I am sure you can think of even more...

So today is World Book Day - is your child dressing up?

I read parenting forums / see comments on facebook and think that the whole spirit of dressing up as a book character has been lost in the commercialism of character dressing up clothes.

I hear reports of schools full of little girls in Disney princess dresses (yes I know some of them existed in books before Disney got their hands on it but they didn't wear identikit Disney designed outfits) or going as Hannah Montana and boys going in their favourite football strip, Spiderman, Powerrangers and so on and wonder whether it is all a waste of time.

I suppose I can sit here a bit smug as we haven't had to dress up today so I haven't had any stress... what was your playground like this morning?