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When I was growing up we didn’t have home computers, tablets or apps to help with our learning however that was a different time. These days IT is at the epicentre of the majority of career choices in one way or another and ITC related subjects are enthusiastically and thoroughly explored as part of the national curriculum.

Having access to the internet is a real advantage for many children and having had the opportunity to review Reading Eggs with Kieran I am convinced that in a way the children of today have a great number of advantages when it comes to learning that we didn’t.

Reading Eggs is a website which offers fun and learning-focused levels dependant on age and ability.

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Kieran chose to review the Reading Eggspress section, already being a keen and skilled reader. Needless to say he was impressed!

Testing out Reading Eggs

At this level the site offers a wide range of themed games and activities, as well as online books to read, all of which build on existing skills and confidence in all aspects of literacy from a love of reading to spelling and more.

The way the site works is that users may collect golden eggs etc for achievements made on the site and these may be swapped for clothes for their avatar and more. For anyone who knows anything about Club Penguin, it works in much the same way apart from the games and activities are far more focused on learning.

A spelling game in progress.... choose which of the worlds are incorrectly written and correct them for bonus points!

A spelling game in progress…. choose which of the worlds are incorrectly written and correct them for bonus points!

While I am keen for Kieran to be out and about, enjoying the fresh air and climbing trees, using the PC is a part of his leisure time and I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to review Reading Eggs with him as he now has a place online that merges fun with learning.

My rating as a parent: 5* – a fun and educational website which is easy to navigate and promotes a love of reading and a wide range of skills. As confidence and ability grows your child may move up through the levels to find more challenges games and activities. I also appreciated the feature which enables users to read stories online and then leave a review.

Kieran’s Rating: Ten out of ten! I loved playing the games and when I go on next time I want to beat my score in the Spelling Sprint and go up a level to get more golden eggs. I’ve enjoyed playing on the site so much that I even chose it over Minecraft one day!

We were given an extended free trail in order to review this site and after this runs out we will be subscribing (full subscription information is available on the website). For my readers wanting to try the site out themselves I have been given a code which will give you a four week free trail as opposed to the standard 2 weeks. Just add UKB26RET when registering.

I’m a big fan and would love to hear what other parents and children have to say about it so do leave a comment if you choose to give it a go.

 

Everywhere I look at the moment someone seems to be pregnant. In fact I’m switching to bottled water because I’m half convinced that there is something in the tap water and my two little darlings are just enough for us.

The great thing though about all of these new babies, those that have arrived and those who will be introducing themselves in the coming months is that as well as cute cuddles there are also some brilliant parties to go to! Christenings are primarily about introducing a child into the church however they are also a wonderful family occasion which enables the proud parents to show off their new arrival. These really are special events and special events deserve special gifts.

It is traditional to bring a gift when coming to a christening however that does not mean that anyone should bankrupt themselves in order to keep up with the Joneses. Gifting a new-born infant with a horse or a set of fifty genuine silver antique spoons could be considered a little too much nowadays as most people look to more practical or smaller yet equally lovely gift ideas.

These days everything seems to cost so much and so it is refreshing to see that there are option for christening gifts which are imaginative as well as budget friendly. The most important part of the christening is that family are able to attend, not that they bring a gift and if extravagant gifts were still the “norm”, on top of accommodation for those coming from out of town, travel costs, outfits and what not, I expect a few people might find themselves bowing out and missing this wonderful occasion.

Christenings for parents are expensive too. There are the outfits, flowers, gifts, food, a photographer or videographer, a hall or venue for the reception; the list never seems to end. Christeningideas.co.uk do have a handy PDF on their site which enables parents looking to plan their child’s christening to break down the costs and work out a budget they can afford and save towards the christening rather than using costly credit.

See the ChristeningIdeas.co.uk website for help with budgeting for your christening

See the ChristeningIdeas.co.uk website for help with budgeting for your christening

Welcoming a child into the world is about family, introducing the child into the church and celebrating their birth and fortunately this is now much more affordable with budget planners and beautiful yet affordable keepsakes to choose from.

We didn’t christen either of our boys however if we had we would also have been looking at a budget christening and hoping no-one spent ridiculous amounts on gifts. Cuddles are much lovelier than a £300 first tooth jar, and much less breakable!

my special keepsakes linen bag

Christening gifts don’t need to be big and flashy to be much loved and appreciated

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