Learning during a Pandemic with Reading Fairy York

AD/GIFTED Classes* If you’d have said to me at the start of 2020 ” You’re going to be in lockdown due to a Pandemic at the end of March and have to survive WFH full time and parenting as well as being pregnant!”, I would have definitely thought you were having me on.

When things got bad and the reality of parenting and WFH started to become a reality, I found my days were becoming more of a struggle in terms of having structure with Freya. We started well with an activity every day but quickly she lost interest and just wanted to be lazy and watch TV.

When I was offered the chance to join a term of Reading Fairy York classes with the lovely Gemma, to say I bit the hand off of Kate at Avocado Events would be an understatement. Freya and I had done no classes together other than swimming every other week since I went back to work in October 2018 so I was intrigued to see what she would be like.

If you’ve not heard about Reading Fairy before the here’s a snippet from their website:

Reading Fairy classes are designed to develop the crucial building blocks for reading and language development from 1-5 years. We believe in learning through play and nurturing a love of reading. Activities will be introduced by Reading Fairy and her four lovable friends; Phonic Fox, Music Mouse, Chat Cat and Book Bear. Each session includes: sensory and performance story telling, songs and rhymes, first words and fun phonics games and picture book time.

Our classes are progressive and are split into age groups:

Book Babies (Age 1+) -encourages early language and literacy

Toddler Tales (Age 18 months +) -active early language and literacy

Story Stars (Age 2+) -introduces letters and sounds for early reading fun

Reading Recruits (Ages 3 and 4) -develops skills for reading to prepare your child for reading at school.

Having never used Zoom before, I was a little nervous when I agreed to do the classes however Gemma provides a full information sheet ahead of each weeks class including meeting/pass codes and what the theme of the week ahead is. Alongside each theme is a list of items your child may want to have for the class as well as some amazing printouts to enjoy.

At the start of each class, Gemma lets you into the meeting and greets your child. Freya was definitely a little apprehensive at first but most recently, she has come out of her shell and enjoyed the classes more. Throughout the class there are stories, singing and lots of phonics something that Freya has started to pick up on after each class. She has enjoyed singing the songs, especially the ones she recognises from nursery and the different characters we are introduced to each week.

The brilliant thing about Gemma is she is completely understanding of children that are not feeling the camera one day or disappear out of sight during the call. I’ve regularly had Freya run off to find more toys, run to the potty or even just ask for our camera to be switched off and just enjoyed watching and listening instead. Gemma is great at engaging with the children due to her background in education and Early Years, it’s really easy to see why all the kids love her during the class.

If you’re looking for some classes in York that focus on reading and phonics then I would highly recommend Gemma.

Laura x

*Gifted Classes for a term*

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Doing Bedtime right with Usborne Books

Since Freya was a little dot, we’ve always tried to have a bedtime routine that consists of bath, bottle and book and then bed (hopefully). Obviously this hasn’t always gone to plan and sometimes she’s decided she’d rather sing songs or play instead of sleep. Now she’s 6.5 months old, she understands when we say bath time to her and gets excited as she loves the bath and knows what’s coming afterwards.

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Using my maternity leave wisely

Maternity Leave however long you have off, is pretty much spent up by feeding, changing, comforting or running after the baby. But very occasionally you may get some time to yourself and try not to waste it. I plan ahead and will do one of several things.

Have a pamper

I absolutely love a facemask and painting my nails but this is definitely a once every so often thing nowadays. Whenever I know I have some free time or if Freya is unexpectedly still asleep, I treat myself to a quick pamper to perk myself up a little from the day-to-day routine.

Blog

This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve been writing my blog for 3 years now and it’s definitely flown. I love writing up my thoughts or sharing products with you that I’ve tried out and this is something I continue to do even with a 10 week old baby. It’s hard sometimes but very rewarding and I’ve had some amazing experiences from it.

Play Online Games

I’ve spoken before about online gaming and betting and recently I discovered Boomtown Bingo. It’s important to know your limits with anything like this and set yourself a maximum spend if you are going to take part in online slots or games. If this is your cup of tea then it’s a nice relaxing pastime as long as you don’t get overly obsessed.

Read

I absolutely love reading and started reading more as soon as my maternity leave started. Freya decided to arrive 2 weeks early so I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked but I’m determined to get back into it after Christmas.

Exercise

I have a huge love/hate relationship with this one. I always thought that a few weeks after giving birth, I’d be able to get back into my skinny jeans again. The reality is that I still don’t fit them, and probably won’t again. My hips are wider and my stomach is still a little wobbly but every day, I try to walk at least 10’000-12’500 steps and do some toning exercises as well. I feel healthier and hopefully after Christmas, will see results.

These are just a few of my maternity leave ideas so if you manage to get some quiet time, then take full advantage.

Laura x

*This has been a collaborative post*

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