Blog Tour- The Magical Sunglasses (Children’s book)

How did I get it?:
Received for the blog tour!

Synopsis:

What would you do if you had one day with magical powers? This fun, bouncy read captures the imagination, and demonstrates the power of courage and self-belief. Inclusive book for early school aged children. Message for everyone.

Thoughts:

This book is SO cute. It’s a short and snappy story with rhyme that explores the inner power that children have. In the story, the children are told by their teacher that there’s magical sunglasses that will help them face their fears. The children all try them on and face their fears. Little do they know that they actually have the magic within them. It’s such a sweet story.

I can imagine that the younger range of primary school children would really enjoy this book. I’ll definitely pass it onto the infant school teachers in my school. I think 4-7 year olds would thoroughly enjoy the short, rhyming story. The illustrations are bright and colourful and it’s such an engaging story!

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Blog Tour- Tigger’s Arrival (Children’s Book)

How did I get it?:
I received it for the blog tour!

Synopsis:

Sarah works at the animal shelter, and Tigger is a rescue cat there. Sarah wants to take him home to live with her and her family. Will she be allowed to? He could get up to all sorts, with the other cats. Harley, Midnight and Pumpkin. Tigger is a real little character and loves having fun. Come and join him and his friends, and see what they get up to.

How would I use this book in the classroom?:

  • Writing instructions of how to look after a cat.
  • Drawing life like pictures of cats.
  • Designing posters to promote the rescue centre.
  • Carrying on the story- what will happen to Tigger next?
  • Looking at using speech within stories.
  • Comprehension- asking children questions about the story.

 

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Listening Skills?

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching 7-9 year olds. I have worked for 2 years with 6-7 years, 2 years with 7-9 and I’m now starting the third year of teaching 7-9 years old. My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

This week has been a long one! I don’t know if I was exhausted from the week before, but I found this week to be a struggle. Don’t get me wrong, my class are (mainly) very good, but their listening skills have definitely slipped this week. I need to be on that straight away this week. I’ve had so many compliments about what a lovely class they are and we need to definitely live up to that expectation!

I definitely have to kick start our fundraising this week for the school. I haven’t had all of the children in the team at school as they’ve been on a residential trip. I’m definitely going to meet them tomorrow and get the ball rolling. So much to be done, if we want to raise lots of money!

There’s more scrutiny this week at work. I’m trying to not let it get to me. The reason why we’re having so much, is to improve after our ‘lovely’ visit from inspectors last year. I’ve just got to keep doing what I do and improve my practice whenever I can. I’m never one to think that I can’t improve. That’s the thing about working in education, you’re constantly learning yourself and I love that.

As for blogging, I have a few posts coming up this week. I definitely need to get in a better groove, but life is kicking my ass at the moment and I don’t have a lot of reading time. I’m glad I don’t stress to much about that now. There’s really no point! I have learnt to let it go if I don’t have a daily post out. I daily posted for almost 6 years and that was an incredible achievement, but I started to lose the excitement around blogging. Now I like to blog, when I want to and that’s okay with me! 🙂

Have a great week all!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Observation and New Beginnings!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching 7-9 year olds. I have worked for 2 years with 6-7 years, 2 years with 7-9 and I’m now starting the third year of teaching 7-9 years old. My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

I knew this week was going to be hectic with some very, very busy days. I had an observation in Maths which went really, really well. I have put a LOT of effort into my Maths planning and teaching so to see it paying off is great. I do need to thoroughly look at their Maths books this week because we have a Maths book scrutiny this week. Can you tell that we’re focusing on Maths this year? Ha!

I had a lovely meeting with some of our children for ideas for fundraising to raise money for the school. They’ve got so many wonderful ideas which really makes me happy. I hope we can raise a lot of money this year and have lots of fun while we do so!

This week I also enrolled on my Master’s degree and had my first Saturday lecture day. I am so excited to get stuck into my Master’s. Next year, I’ll be writing a dissertation on a chosen topic to do with something at school. I really think the Master’s will enhance my teaching style. I’m excited to see where it takes me.

My class aren’t as angelic as they were, but they’re still really hard workers and I’m really enjoying getting to know them. Long may this positivity continue!

Where She Went (If I Stay #2)

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

It’s been three years since the devastating accident… three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.

Thoughts:

I really liked If I Stay and have been meaning to read the sequel for so long now. I finally got around to reading it and I’m pleased I did. It was such an emotional read. It is told from Adam’s point of view which is lovely to read. I enjoyed reading from Mia’s point of view in the first book, but it felt important to me to learn how Adam was feeling.

In If I Stay, Mia loses her family. Adam also struggles with the loss of Mia’s family because he was incredibly close to them too. Since the loss of Mia’s family, Adam rockets to fame in a band. Adam experiences severe anxiety and ends up crumbling under the pressure of fame. Adam is still reeling from Mia disappearing on him. He still thinks of her, despite being in a new relationship. The relationship is not working but Adam is sticking with it, despite his girlfriend feeling he’s still into Mia. It’s so lovely to read from Adam’s point of view. We know that Mia experienced a lot of loss and her life completely changed. Everyone treads on egg shells around Mia, not wanting to upset her. I felt like Adam’s grief is pretty much forgotten. He’s sad and unhappy with what happened. He’s miserable in his current relationship and with the fame he’s experiencing. It’s all so heart-breaking.

One night, Adam comes across Mia playing a show. He goes and then ends up spending some time with her as they get ready to go their separate ways. Adam has to go meet up with his band and Mia is going to Tokyo to play in a concert. This is where the story becomes a little bit predictable. I knew how things were going to end up. Yet, I didn’t mind because I WANTED them to reconnect.

I love Mia and Adam as characters and thought this was a really cute story to read. I’d highly recommend reading this dualogy if you haven’t already!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A really engaging follow up to If I Stay! Worth reading!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- It’s been a week…

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching 7-9 year olds. I have worked for 2 years with 6-7 years, 2 years with 7-9 and I’m now starting the third year of teaching 7-9 years old. My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

So, I have now had my class for just over a week and I’m pleased to report…they’re adorable and SO well behaved. I was so tentative last week because usually new classes are good for a bit and then their true colours start to shine through. Ha! Don’t get me wrong, they’re not perfect (they are children… they are occasionally chatty and loud!) but 90% of the time they are on task, quiet and focused. They’ve been a pleasure to teach so far.

This week we started our proper lessons. We had a settling in period and then have started our academic timetable this week. They’ve adapted well. I have a few potential slow workers but on the whole, they’ve been fabulous. I’m not used to a quiet class when they’re working. It’s lovely…if a little disturbing. I’m so used to telling my class to be quiet so often! I should make the most of the peace and quiet. I find it amazing that they’re not following me around the room asking me for help, or by my side when I’m teaching a small group. They sit quietly and put their hand up if they’re stuck. I’m not complaining. It’s just disconcerting for them to be so good and so focused early in the school year.

One thing I’ve noticed about my class this year is how well they get on. They’re so lovely to each other and incredibly supportive of one another. I teach a mixed year group so I have 15 Year 3 (7-8 year olds) and 15 Year 4 (8-9 year olds) and the older children are taking care of the younger ones. It is the sweetest thing. I feel blessed to have such a sweet class. Long may their awesome attitude continue!

I have an observation in Maths this coming week. I’m nervous about that, but hopefully everything goes okay! I shall let you know..

Blog Tour- Invisible Us by Dougie Arnold

Invisible Us

How did I get it?:
Sent to me for the blog tour. This does not affect my opinion of the book!

Synopsis:

Can you imagine being almost invisible? Well, that’s exactly what Gecko felt he was, so decided to set out on an adventure to find some new friends like him. Join Gecko on his journey and you will be amazed at the fantastic creatures he meets. Have fun trying to find them in this magical story.

Thoughts:

I was asked to review this sweet book and I jumped at the chance to explore a new picture book. I’m a primary (elementary) school teacher so I’m always looking out for new picture books. I’m also keen to try authors that aren’t as well known as you can find some real gems.

Invisible Us is a story about a Gecko who doesn’t seem to fit in because he was camouflaged by his habitat. Gecko goes on an adventure and finds other animals that are also ‘invisible’ because of where they live. I loved the story of friendship and how even though the animals looked different, they had something in common. What a lovely message for young children.

Unfortunately, it being the start of the school year, I didn’t have the opportunity to share this book with the children as we’ve been super busy. I am going to take it into school for them to enjoy. There’s so much to look at with the lovely illustrations so I’m sure it’s going to be a book they’ll enjoy!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A super sweet story about friendship! Perfect for 4-7 year olds.