Importance of the library

Hey readers,

Importance of the library!

Ever since I was a young girl I adored the public library. I used to go there every week. Even though I lived in the care system and other kids would tease me because apparently, it is not the done deal to read books, you should be smoking a spliff instead. I still loved going to the public library and it was my favorite thing to do. I used to get excited for when the day came. I felt so free to be surrounded by books of all sorts and knowing I could make the decision to which ones I wanted to read.

Now that I am an adult, one of my favorite places to go is the library. I love reading and the feeling of escaping in a book. It stops me obsessing about my thoughts for awhile allowing me to have a breather.

Libraries are a beautiful place for all to access. It doesn’t matter about your background, age, sex, disability etc the doors are open for you to come and explore if you wish.

I love the fact now that I am a parent I can share my love for libraries on to my children. They too can have that experience in choosing books and learning. escaping and the enjoyment of reading. Not to mention that the library has a role to play in education as it provides the tools to further reading and help the child understand the topics that are taught when they are learning.

I find so much joy going to the library and just taking time to look around, knowing I can borrow anything feels like I am in Willy Wonka Chocolate factory for bookworms. I love that there are new and old titles you can take out. I like to time to read sometimes books, there is a sense of community when others are doing similar things to you. Even though you might not speak to anyone, there is that sense of community spirit.

Also, I go to the library now as an adult to do my blogging work. I use it as a place where I can get a lot of work done in a short space of time. Having that opportunity gives me a sense of achievement and I feel good after as I have not wasted time being distracted at home.

I come to the library as they offer invaluable service for my children to take part in the community by having library activities such as in the past rythme time with then they were younger. It introduced them to books, songs and words. I now can go there with them for storytime to help get them excited to read and be around other similar aged children. In the summer my library offers reading challenges and at the end the child to read x amount of books gets a certificate. My eldest loves this because feels proud that he has achieved something. Also during the summer holiday, they offer activities and story time each week to go alongside the summer challenge. It is a great way to do something structured once a week that doesn’t cost me a lot but helps my son’s development and rewards him in other ways.

So, as you can see there are so many benefits for libraries, I am lucky that my library hasn’t been closed down as it would be a real shame for a lot of people. Especially vulnerable and elderly as it does provide a positive service to the community.

Cheers for reading X

Where to get free stuff for your kids!

Hey readers,

As a parent, especially after a child, reaches five years it can be expensive business paying for this and that. Nothing makes me happier than finding things for free. So, let me tell you good places to source free stuff your kids.

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I love my local library, it is one of my favourite places now that I am a parent. There is so much on offer for children and it is free. Not only can you get books out you can also get DVDs and audiobooks for children. Audiobooks are perfect to get on loan if you are going on a long car journey to keep little ones entertained. The library also offers rythme time and story time for children. For the older children, there is coding club as well or free, perfect!

A fantastic site to check out current products for free for children is www.wowfreestuff.co.uk great place to see the latest free stuff you can get your hands on. From free crafty activity boxes to free toys. It is definitely worth a gander to see what you can get!

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If you’re looking for free events then I would suggest that you check your local council who advertise free events or festivals in your local area.

A lot of companies have an option to sign up for membership to their products. A brilliant example would be Lego where you can get a free magazine or if you have young children Pampers frequently send coupons in the post if you join Pampers club.

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Another brilliant website for finding fun and educational workshirts is k5learning fantastic for if you are teaching writing, reading or maths.

Are there any suggestions that I have mentioned where you can get free stuff for children? I would love to hear what you have found.

Cheers for reading X

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Planning

Hey readers,

This week my word is:

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This is because I am consciously aware of the fact that we are fastly approaching the summer holiday. I am not good at adapting to change due to my autism, so I need to plan a system in place with how I am going to get through it. Previous years I tend to get quite obsessed with it but this year I am trying to be general and just have options of things to do when I feel like tearing my hair out.

I have also been to the library and withdrew some books out. I have lost my mojo to read physical books recently so purposely took the time to find some good books to get my teeth stuck into.

My youngest gave me a scare this week, whilst at nursery he fell on a balancing beam and the beam sprang up into his face. So, he has a gorgeous massive brush on his nose, close to his eye socket. Luckily his eyesight is ok and mainly superficial bruising rather then any damage.

Cheers for reading X

The Reading Residence

Why libraries are good for children

Hey readers,

Today is take your child to the library day and therefore I want to write about why I feel it is a positive activity to do regular with your child.

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Firstly, if you make it a fun day out for your child, such as getting on a bus, grabbing a drink and checking out the books that are available at your local library. This can be a positive influence on the way that child views reading and furthermore can create excitement and a sense of adventure.

The library is such a brilliant place as it is open to everyone no matter what your background. At the library there is so much choice and diverse range of books to take out for free so you don’t have to worry about how much it is going cost buying books.

Going to the library can give your child the sense of independence in choosing the books that they like the look of.  This can also help your child to get motivation to want to read them as it is something that they are interested in the first place.

With getting your children to join up with the library, they have their own library card, meaning that they have there own responsibility.  It teaches the child to look after books and also makes sure that the books get back on time or they will quickly learn that if you do not follow rules there  will be consequences. Personally, I feel this is such a valuable lesson to learn for the child to learn in life that with choice.

Giving the child the opportunity in accessing the library services allows that child to learn, understand and create imagination.  It can help with their education, learning and allow the child to explore. It can also give the child confidence in themselves as they learn more and more information.

Cheers for reading X

Half term

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

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This is because it is half term and I love a good old cliché 😉

It has been lovely not to rush around in the morning but we have also been decorating the boys bedroom. So long days and chaos. It will be worth in the end however it is currently solid work. Plus trying to entertain children has made me a bit worn out.
Though I did enjoy rythme time this week with the boys. We have not done it for so long as the boys are both in nursery now. The boys enjoyed the library with the singing and having the opportunity to chose a book. It really is the simple things that can give you so much pleasure. I have learnt so much recently in watching children and their perspective. You always think you will be the teacher when you become a parent. That is not always the case as children teach you things too.

Anyhow enough of the emotional crap I had a day out child free this week also. I so needed a break and I went to Birmingham. I went on the tram as I am a bit of a geek like that. I love it, it is so ace and easy to get to places. I now have to take my boy which I know he will love it so much!
Also while I was in Birmingham I treated myself to some gorgeous multi coloured pens from Paperchase.

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Cheers for reading X

The Reading Residence