Category Archives: Early Literacy & Numeracy

The Clever Tykes Books -Super, Positive, Encouraging, Engaging! (Book review)

Recently we were approached to review a series of 3 books called Clever Tykes and today we are thrilled to share our review of these fantastic books. The Clever Tykes Books What are the Clever Tykes Books? Clever Tykes, a series of three storybooks for primary school children has been bringing positive entrepreneurial role models to the classrooms of over 50

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Fantastic Reading Corner Ideas to Inspire and Encourage a Love of Reading in Children

Fantastic Reading Corner Ideas to Inspire and Encourage a Love of Reading in Children - Our Little House in the Country

Fantastic Reading Corner Ideas to Inspire and Encourage a Love of Reading in Children Our home is full to the brim with books and I have created little reading corners and book displays throughout the house for the kids which you may have seen on Instagram and in an older post about displaying childrens books.  There is no need to

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Simple St Patrick’s Day Themed Phonics Activity

Simple St Patrick's Day Phonics Activity - Our Little House in the Country

A Simple St Patrick’s Day and Rainbow Themed Phonics Activity! My little boy (5) was becoming bored with his homework recently (ssssh don’t tell his teacher) so I have been coming up with fun ways for him to work on his phonics- initial sounds and sight words! This activity can be used for any of the sounds but for demo

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6 Fantastic Christmas Poetry and Song Books for Children

6 Fantastic Christmas Song and Poetry Books for Kids - Our Little House in the Country

A gorgeous collection of books packed with songs, carols and poems for children to enjoy this Christmas. 6 Fantastic Christmas Poetry and Song Books for Children 1.  The Usborne Little Book of Christmas Carols – Number 1 on our list has been a firm favourite of mine for some time.  I have used it over the years with my students

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10 Spooktacular Halloween Picture Books for Children

10 Spooktacular Halloween Picture Books - Our Little House in the Country

There are so many fantastic picture books about Halloween, however some can be quite scary especially for the more sensitive child.  With that in mind we have compiled our favourite spooky stories for younger children from our vast collection of books! Our Top 10 Halloween Picture Books The Night Before Halloween – Natasha Wing & Cynthia Fisher: A spooktacular take

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5 Autumn /Fall Books for Preschoolers

5 Autumn Fall Picture Books for Preschoolers and Toddlers - Our Little House in the Country

These 5 beautiful picture books about Autumn are my little girl’s favourites at the moment.  We have a book rack in our kitchen that we use to display seasonal books and since I took out all of our Autumn and Halloween themed books last week she has been fascinated by these five in particular. Our 5 Favourite Autumn Picture Books

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Lottie’s Holiday Adventure Writing Competition

Disclosure: I am an Ambassador for Lottie Dolls, I have received a doll in exchange for a fair and honest review (coming soon), Arklu, the manufacturer of Lottie are currently running this writing competition that I thought some of our readers may be interested in.  All queries and questions should be forwarded to the contact details supplied below not to

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Preparing Your Child to Start School – 20 Tips for a Smooth Transition and Happy Start to School.

20 Tips for Preparing Your Child to Start School - #startingschool #backtoschool

Starting school for the first time is an exciting and huge step in any child’s life.  We have 20 tips to make this transition easier and enjoyable.Over the years I have offered the following tips many times, this however, is the first time that I will have to take my own advice as a parent of a 5 year old

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Alphabet Book – Hunting for Letters, Cutting Skills, Learning Our ABCs

Our Alphabet Book developing letter, phonics and cutting skills - Our Little House in the Country #earlyliteracy #kidsactivities #abcs #phonics #cuttingskills

Hi all, this is a short and sweet post this morning about an activity we have been working on.  Doodles and I have been having lots of fun working on letters and phonics recently (just the basics).  Oodles has been joining in too, but the activities were aimed at D (almost 5 y.o).  Today, after doing an “a” sound hunt

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Fun Pre Writing Activities – Early Literacy & Fine Motor Skills Development

Over the past few weeks we have been having quite a bit of fun developing our fine motor skills, in particular we have been working of prewriting activities.  Doodles is starting school in September and is very eager to do homework at the moment (let’s hope he maintains that enthusiasm in the years to come!!!). Activity 1 – Writing Trays

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