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Mon avis Sur le livre “oh, j’ai perdu Mon mom ” de LostMyName

Il y a quelque temps je vous parlais de ce livre que j’avais choisi pour annoncer la naissance de notre petite dernière. J’avais également écrit un article où je donnais mon avis sur la version anglaise que nous avions. L’article en question est en anglais. Pour l’anniversaire de notre aînée, nous avons décidé de lui offrir “oh, j’ai perdu mon nom!”tant nous avions été satisfaits par les versions anglaises de nos cadettes. Notre aînée, âgée de 5 ans, est en plus en plein apprentissage de la lecture. Nous nous sommes dit que vu l’engouement de celle-ci pour les livres de ses soeurs, elle serait certainement ravie et pourquoi pas la motiver également? Le site web de Lostmyname est réellement très facile d’utilisation et instinctif. Ce que j’aime particulièrement, c’est cette capacité à pouvoir créer sa propre histoire au travers du choix des personnages, une expérience unique et assez distrayante. De plus, à ma grande surprise le choix des personnages diffèrent d’une langue à l’autre, ce qui a rendu le livre encore plus intéressant pour notre …

Rainbow box, Montessori philosophy, child’s play and Toy Rotation

We are lucky to have a spare room in our flat and we use it as a playroom. We have never been satisfied by the way it was looking and found it so unpractical with lots of plastic boxes filled with toys.  It took us few months to decide exactly how we wanted to organize this spare room and how we wanted to use it. We definitely knew that the room needed to be divided in different areas like reading, playing, and study. We wanted to make a class room with a Montessori philosophy. I will explain this later in another post. Basically, we are looking for the child independence and try to encourage it by letting him choose and decide. Therefore, the two essentials we absolutely needed were a child-sized table and chairs and  low shelving unit for materials. We choose the famous Kallax units {Ikea} and used them to divide the room too. We made a reading/Montessori Study corner, a writing/Art corner with a table and a playing/Practical life corner. We now organize any educational …

Developing fine motor skills through Arts {OkoeNorm Cone Crayons Review}

When I was young I always enjoyed drawing and painting. I love arts in every form so it was naturally that I introduced arts very early in my daughters lives. I am no Picasso or Monet. I just enjoy using charcoals, watercolours and paints. And a thing I learned as a childminder –I used to do it to pay my studies – children love arts too! Children delight in exploring and creating with art materials. These experiences help children develop many life skills. Art is important during their early development. It engages all the senses in open-ended play and supports the development of cognitive, social-emotional and multisensory skills. As children progress, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self-esteem and creativity. This is why I introduced really early arts in my children lives. Baba#1 started when she was really young to be interested by my crayons and she learned easily to hold a pen. She loves crafting and drawing. Baba#2, only two years old, starts being fascinated by our drawing sessions and wants to join …

The Little Girl Who lost her name Book – Review

Today, it is time for me to review our “The Little Girl who lost her name” Book. Do you remember how we ended up with this lovely book. We chose this book to announce our daughters Baby’s name. You can read my article about Our Baby’s name announcement here. My first article was about the reason why we chose this book and now I want to review in details all the process and if it was worth it after 3 months using it. Who is behind Lost My Name? “Once upon a time (in 2012) four friends got together to make a personalised book – better than one had ever been made before. They worked on it in their spare time, as a pet project. Late nights! Understanding families! Pretending to work on work stuff at work, when they weren’t! Eventually it was finished, stories, illustrations, code, site, print house, everything. They launched it. Word got around. People bought it, and said nice things about it. And they thought, Hang on. Hang on a second. This could …

#AlhamdulillahForSeries, a muslim’s mini Gratitude Journal by Ayeina

Few months ago, I have been lucky to discover on Instagram Ayeina. I fell in love with all the beautiful drawings and graphics Ayeina was designing and publishing. Impressed by the watercolors and the deep message Ayeina is sending: Gratitude for each thing we are lucky to have in our life, I was excited to see the launch of their first Mini Gratitude Journal. The day to day life can push us away from our thoughts and we get tuned to be ungrateful and not to see the blessings in our life. We focus all our energy and attention towards finding out what we lack or the not so good sides forgetting the essentials. Being more positive and showing gratitude leads us for a more productive approach to life. And not only it is important To show gratitude in our adult life but it is even more essential to teach this positive attitude to our children. One of the first Surah I learnt as a child and I taught to my daughters is Surah al-Fatihah. Why am …

Pretend Play to help Develop Social skills and behaviour in toddlers featuring Honeybake Toys range by Le Toy Van

Parenting sometimes can be really challenging and surely when you child is a bit different or have more/special needs. Difference is never easy to cope with and to find the right support and the right things to do.  Sometimes, a child will need more help to develop social and interpersonal skills: it does not mean that you child has an issue or is not “normal”. I absolutely hate this word as it does not mean anything. A thing I have learnt with the time is that there is nothing more helpful than play. Yes, Playing helps learn so many things and also helps reveal any difficulties your child might have. So how children can learn through play? Young children are learning and developing quickly. They are playing, learning and experimenting. Children learn through all their senses by: tasting, touching, seeing, hearing and smelling watching and copying people close to them: this is how they learn language and behaviour We have already discussed the importance to touch and see and I presented you Grimm’s Toys in my article …

Baby’s first name Announcement to Siblings featuring LostMyName Book

When I was pregnant {it seems so far but a month ago, I was still with my bump}, Anna {4 years old pre-schooler} kept asking about Baby’s first name and when Baby will go out to meet her. She was really curious about baby and eager to discover her and learn her name. Hubby and I decided to keep Baby’s gender and name secret until birth and we built a little story for our daughters. We wanted them to have a real surprise when baby would arrive and some “sibling” gifts. Because Anna kept asking why Baby did not have a name, we started to say that Baby lost her name and would find it when she would be born but we would need to help her find it. We found this more whimsical than just tell her that we were going to choose a name. 🙂 I was looking for: something original, something beautiful and playful something that each of them will keep something to develop some skills finally something that will corroborate our story. Do you know …

Raising a bilingual child: Waldorf education and Grimm’s Wooden toys

Holidays are coming very soon and our little not to say our very grown up Baba1 is going to enrol in Reception 1 in September. We wanted to help her the best for what next year will bring in her little life: new challenges, new expectations and new experiences. We have always encouraged learning through activities and playtime since she is very young. She is very creative and loves manual activities. It definitely helps her to concentrate and learn. It is not always easy to get a young child attention and do deliver a content, most of all to make sure the content is integrated. Because she is being raised in a bi/trilingual environment, we are quite active in all aspects of her education. Baby, her speech was delayed. She started speaking only when she was 2 and a half years old. We were not really worried as she clearly understood and pointed at things. When she started nursery, she was familiar to English but just a bit. Raising a bilingual child demands to make …

{Review time #1 ~ Learning Roots} Books for Little Ones, The Way to Jannah

{Review time #1 } Books for Little Ones Learning Roots “The Way to Jannah” Bonjour ~ Salamu ‘alaykunna à toutes ! Ce sont les vacances et je pense Doudous avant tout! Je voulais publier cet article hier mais malheureusement je n’ai pas eu le temps. Ce n’est pas grave, je me rattrape aujourd’hui. Je ne sais pas vous mais à un moment donné, je me suis posée beaucoup de questions sur l’éducation que je souhaitais donnée à mes enfants, l’orientation que je devais prendre et la méthode à choisir. En plus de ces questions, se posaient le poblème de trouver des supports de qualité et adaptés aux besoins de L’Enfant et à son Stade de développement. Bien que l’offre quand aux livres “musulmans” pour enfant se soit élargie et enrichie ces quelques dernières années, j’ai parfois été déçue par l’inadéquation des graphismes ou du contenu. Il était donc difficile de les utiliser pour “capter” assez longtemps l’attention d’un petit enfant. Puis, j’ai trouvé tout à fait par hazard ce livre de Learning Roots, qui propose …