Well hello there! *Sheepish wave* It’s been a while, hasn’t it? It seems I have taken an unintended, rather extended break from the old blog. Like I said, certainly wasn’t a planned event. However, I am still here and feeling like I just can’t let the blog go. I thought about it, but it just didn’t sit right, so I thought I would just start writing again when it felt good.
It’s been a busy first half of the year for us – Ms 5 is in kinder and Mr 3 is in three year old kinder. They attend a small kinder, which is lovely, but also means that the sessions do not run concurrently. So a couple of days a week I am up and back, up and back, up and back! Some days we have a little half hour break in between their sessions, which the kids love, because they get to run around the kinder yard with their friends a bit longer.
With Ms 5 in kinder, it’s meant we have had to choose a primary school! Oh, all the feels! It’s not like we were making a choice between private and public, but we did have a couple of options in our area. We’ve gone with the closest one, right near her kinder, which has thrilled Ms 5 no end of course, because that is where nearly everyone else from kinder is going. It’s such a mix of emotions, isn’t it, choosing a school for the first time. She is not ‘small’ anymore, not a baby, not a toddler, nearly not a preschooler anymore. Oh! How did that happen so fast. She is hurtling toward being a big girl, she is sooooooo desperate to be a big girl! And I am just trying to hold on as she speeds by, desperate to have her not grow up too quick, to stay with me just a little longer. Then she told me this morning, after discussing how grown ups live with friends or by themselves, that she won’t because “mummy I will stay with you and dad. Because I don’t want to leave you.” Heart. Melts.
So, I am still here. I plan on writing a lot more, in between kinder runs and school planning and dealing with the fact that my first born little daughter is rapidly growing up!!
Tell me – what have you been doing this first half of the year? Anyone else approaching school for their kids for the first time? Tell me how you’re going with it!!
*I received an ASG Little Learner Pack in order to complete this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*
Have your little one’s started school or kinder this week? How are you feeling – anxious, proud, relieved?! Our Ms 3 starts three year old kinder this week, and BOY is she excited. For the past five days she has appeared next to my bed in the mornings declaring it is kinder day, and wanting me to get up. She’s very gorgeous 😉
This will be our first year parenting in the world formal education. So I thought, why not start a series about it. With tips, hints, resources, product reviews etc that might just be helpful to other parents out there, new or otherwise. I think I’ll call it The Kinder Files.
To kick the series off, I’ve got a review of ASG’s Little Learner Pack. When I was offered the opportunity to do this review, it was perfect timing, having just started planning this little series. So let’s start with the nuts and bolts. The Little Learner Pack comes to you from ASG. ASG is focused on supporting children’s education – it’s all they do. They’re typically known for their educational funds, however this pack is an example of the educational resources they provide.
The pack contains the following:
- The Cat in the Hat DVD
- five hardcover children’s books from highly regarded education consultant, Michael E Bernard, featuring stories on how to get along, confidence, resilience, being organised and persistence
- a membership to MY ASG, an ever-expanding source of articles and resources from parenting experts
- discounted access to Parentingideas Club, an online parenting centre founded by Michael Grose – one of Australia’s leading parenting experts
- discounts on CDs and DVDs distributed by Marcom Projects, ASG’s multimedia educational products division
- discounted health insurance with MediGUARD Health Cover, provided by Australian Unity
The pack is targeted to pre-school kids, up to about six years of age, and contains $180 worth of products. I’m really impressed with this pack. Of course, MS 3 loves the DVD – Dr Seuss has been a hit in our household ever since we started reading to her, when she was just a wee bubba. I love that she loves Dr Seuss stories. They are such fun to read. But the books have also been a great hit with her. I thought they may have been a little ‘old’ for her – they’re stories about things like getting along, being organised and persistence, but she loves them. She loves the story about getting along, all about Sally learning that other people’s feelings matter, and she loves the one about Lucy and her dream to play the violin. Given that she is starting kinder, I really think these books will be a lovely way to talk with her about these subjects. The fact that she keeps suggesting them at bedtime is a pretty good indicator that they’re a-ok 🙂
Something that I think is going to be of great benefit is not only the MY ASG membership but the discount to the Parentingideas Club. MY ASG provides articles and resources aimed at supporting children’s education. The subjects covered span from toddler tantrums to teaching children about social media and safety. The Parentingideas Club provides support, information and resources covering age appropriate parenting strategies. I think I’ll be signing up for this ASAP! I’m finding this current stage of development with Ms 3 to be “challenging”, and the Parentingideas Club covers parenting styles, birth order of children, sibling matters and a whole lot more. It looks to be a fabulous resource, for parents with children of all ages.
If you think any of this sounds like it could be of use to you and your family, head on over to the ASG site here, where you can purchase ASG’s Little Learner Pack. It costs $49.95 and has over $180 worth of material and resources.
As an added bonus, check out the competition ASG are running – you could win a share of $15,000 to put towards your child’s education. Enter here.
If you decide to purchase ASG’s Little Learner Pack, or are already a MY ASG member, let me know! I’d love to know what you think. And I can’t wait to develop this little series further – let me know if you have any topics you think would be useful and I’ll see what I can do 🙂
ASG website: http://www.asg.com.au
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