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Books for 4 and 5 Year Olds

Plenty of 4-5 year olds are ready to get into books. Those budding bookworms can be picky about which titles they like and which they don’t. Here are some popular books for this exciting age group.

By Audrey Penn. School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.Blurb, Amazon

Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia’s fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi’s house is empty.Blurb, Goodreads

Told in simple rhyming verse and colourful, playful illustrations, You Are My I Love You is a tribute to the unique relationship between parents and children. Full of smiles, giggles, messes and meals, it tells the story of a truly special day in the life of parent and child.Blurb, Amazon

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.Blurb, Goodreads

This true story of an octopus escaping a tank is interesting, but I was more interested to learn all sorts of new facts about the humble octopus. If you or your kids are interested in animals, this is a really fun pick!Amazon reviewer

Written to the classic melody of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” by an expert in astrophysics, this book is the perfect introduction to the real science behind the magic of stars. Discover how stars are created, what they’re made of, and even what makes them look like they’re twinkling.Blurb, Amazon

Entertaining. A great read for young readers with a fascination with pink.Goodreads reviewer

What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.Blurb, Goodreads

Teamwork is hard.

Red, Yellow and Blue are learning to work together, but teamwork can be tricky to figure out.

Feelings get hurt when the colors leave each other out during playtime, but they don’t give up!Blurb, Amazon

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Stress-Relief Ideas for the Mind, Body and Soul

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Romeo & Juliet – Characters: Romeo. iGCSE English Literature

Here is a handy info-graphic containing some key information about the character of Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.

What do you think of when you imagine the character or Romeo?

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Handy (free!) Apps and Websites to Help Make Maths a Habit

Most of us have habits. Some are good, some are bad! Maybe you bite your nails? Do you instinctively have a cup of tea in the morning, or a glass of water in the evening?

You can do the same with maths! Now that we have an app for anything and millions of websites, it’s never been easier. We can even allow the apps to send notifications to encourage us!

I have put together my own list of personal favourite apps and sites for you to try. I have tested them all, and I don’t pay for any of them. This is a completely honest list; I have not been asked to endorse any site or app.

I have been using Khan Academy for years and I always recommend it to my students. You can use it through the website, but there is also an app. I think the website is a lot better at this stage.

The great thing about Khan Academy is that it spans so many levels. It starts at “kindergarten” and goes up to university level. For each topic, you can work through unlimited practice questions, read through lessons, watch informative videos and read tips. You can do all or some of these, so it suits all learning styles.

I have used Khan Academy with students as young as six and they love it. Older students also find it very helpful. It’s easy to spend a few minutes or a few hours on the site and it’s all completely free.

Transum Mathematics is a big website designed for maths teachers, but the Starter of The Day page is great for students. They have a different maths puzzle for every day of the year. Many are what I would consider to be brain-teasers, which can be really fun to get stuck into as a family.

The difficulty varies from day to day, but I think most of the activities suit anyone from Key Stage 2 to adult learners. Of course, the fact that it’s a daily puzzle is something that can help you to build your maths habit! Every day might be a bit much, but perhaps you could try every other day, or every weekend.

Times Tables.me.uk

There are many websites and apps to help you improve the speed and accuracy of your times tables, but I particularly like this site. It’s very simple and allows you to choose which tables are included, how many questions are asked, and whether you have multiplication questions, division questions or a combination of the two.

It also records your speed and accuracy, so it’s really good for building that habit! Why not try ten questions a day? That’s probably only a minute or two. Record your score on a note on the fridge and get other family members involved. We learn our times tables at primary school, but I find that many older students need to brush up on these skills too.

Most people think of Memrise as a tool for learning languages, but it has loads of maths courses too! You can use Memrise through the website or by downloading the excellent app.

The content is made by other users and there is a premium (paid) option, but I’ve always found the free account to be more than helpful. You can allow the app to send you notifications, so it’s great for building our maths habit!

Courses range from multiplication to GCSE and each can take anywhere from 35 minutes to 81 hours to complete! I think the style of Memrise is very enjoyable and makes learning any subject into a game.

It’s great for other subjects too, so have a little explore and add the courses you want to try.

I’ve been using Elevate a lot recently and I love it. It’s described as a brain-training app for adults, but I think it’s great for KS2 & 3 students and adults. You can practise your maths and English skills through very quick and fun games.

It tracks your high scores and you can unlock new games by doing well in each subject. Again, you can allow the app to send you notifications to help build your maths habit!

The app does have a premium option, but the free version is great if you just want to do a little each each day. I did sign up for the free trial when I first started using the app, and this allows you to play all of the games as much as you want. I would recommend saving the free trial for a school holiday or just before an exam so that you can get the most out of it.


Tinycards is similar to Memrise, in that you can learn all sorts of things through this app and website. I prefer to use the app and it’s great if you only have a few minutes to spare.

Courses vary from multiplications and fractions to equations and trigonometry.

Have you tried any of these apps or websites? What did you think? Can you recommend any others?

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Their Eyes Were Watching God – iGCSE – Key Quotes

Here are some key quotes from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.

“Ships at a distance have everyman’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the same horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked away by Time. That is the life of men. Now, women forget all these things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.”

“There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still gulf of formless feeling untouched by thought.”

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – If you’re studying for the iGCSE exam, this quote is really worth learning.

“Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches.”

What are your favourite quotes from Their Eyes Were Watching God?

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