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3 Ways to Make this Halloween Magical

3 Ways to Make this Halloween Magical

Halloween is the season of witches, wizards, and all sorts of otherworldly creatures. What better time to enjoy a bit of do-it-yourself magic? You can help your kids cast a seasonal spell with these holiday activities.

Over the pandemic, many parents rethought how much screen time was acceptable for children. Kids who had previously been allowed only an hour of screen time every day were now spending most of their time in video calls for class and social activities. Many families also loosened up restrictions on how much time kids could spend in front of the television, since parents working from home couldn’t send their children to daycare. As lockdowns end and in-person schooling resumes, families are rethinking the amount of time their children spend in front of screens. If you’re trying to change your family’s computer, phone, and television habits, consider these tips for using screens responsibly.

Make screen time educational, not addictive

Not all time spent in front of a television or a computer is the same. Consider finding educational television programs and video games for your children, so they can continue learning even durin

Back-to-school season doesn't have to be stressful

 Back-to-school season doesn't have to be stressful

Back to school season is upon us! Around the world, parents are getting ready to send their kids to in-person pre-schools, daycares, and primary schools.

How to help a struggling reader

How to help a struggling reader

We’d all like our children to take to reading early and enjoy books throughout their lives. Unfortunately, not every child has an immediate and natural love of reading. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with your kid! Sometimes, parents and teachers need to do a little work to help cultivate a love of literature.

How to make reading with your child fun

How to make reading with your child fun

How to help your child to read?...It's a question that sends lots of parents into a sweaty-palmed panic. It needn't, it should be fun.

Kids love search-and-find books, and early childhood educators love them too. While all books are great for teaching kids to read, the interactive nature of a seek-and-find book adds an extra element of play to the learning process. In addition to helping kids practice reading, these books are an interactive experience that help kids learn the skills they need to solve problems, create their own stories, and much more.

When will my child learn to spell their name?

When will my child learn to spell their name?

Many parents dread teaching their children how to spell. English is a difficult language that’s not always phonetic, and kids have so many things they’d rather be doing than puzzling over letters! Fortunately, most young children are very interested in their own names. Teaching your child to spell their name is an important part of getting kids interested in reading and writing for themselves.

What does a "reading level" really mean?

What does a "reading level" really mean?

If you have an early reader in your family, you’ve probably already heard teachers talking about reading levels.

Five last minute Father’s Day gift ideas

1. Personalised BBQ Set

For any grill loving Dad, why not get the kids to decorate a set of BBQ utensils which you can pick up in most stores.  Add a message like ‘No. 1 Dad’ or “Grill master Steve’ to make it really personalised.

You will need:

  • BBQ Utensils
  • Acrylic paint

2. Giant Personalised Cookie

An easy peasy recipe using stock cupboard ingredients. It’s quicker than individual cookies and makes a bigger impact. The kids can get involved and decorate it with Smarties/M&Ms or chocolate chips which is way less messy than icing!

You will need:

  • 225g (1 cup) butter melted and cooled, unsalted is best but you can use salted
  • 350g (2 cups) soft light brown sugar is best but regular will do if that’s what you have
  • 2 eggs

It's World Book Day!

It's World Book Day!

Hi everyone, and welcome back to the Penwizard blog!

World Book Day is here! It's a day for celebrating reading, telling magical stories and everything good about books! At Penwizard, we love books and love sharing our fantastic stories featuring our favourite characters from PAW Patrol, Trolls, LEGO and Peppa Pig.

World Book Day is about encouraging children to start becoming passionate about reading, open their imaginations and enjoy reading their favourite books!

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