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To our Ella, on the night before you start school.

To our Ella, on the night before you start school.

To our dearest Ella

As much as I want to hold your hand, tightly in mine and keep you young forever, tomorrow I will let it go as you start your biggest adventure yet. Tomorrow we will kiss you and send you off as your start school.

I swear it was only yesterday that we brought you home, that we wrapped you lovingly in your cot, that we rocked you to sleep. I swear it was only yesterday that you spoke your first words (Dadda of course). When you took your first steps, when you slept through the night, when you met your brother for the first time. I swear it was only yesterday, but yet, here we are. A big girl, grown up before our eyes.

There are so many things that I hope and dream for you. So much that I could say. So much that I want you to know.

As a teacher

I hope that you continue your love of learning.

That your spark and curiosity flourish.

I hope learn for school to be a wonderful place

That your teacher will nurture you and guide you

That you see yourself as someone who can take risks

I hope that you learn to listen, and be listened to

I hope that your creative mind gets bigger and bigger

I hope that you feel proud of your achievements

I hope that you learn through your mistakes

That you know that not everyone is perfect

That mistakes are ok, more than ok!

That you are ‘smart’ in lots of ways

I hope you explore the world in all it’s glory

That you find your talents

That you learn to appreciate others

That you learn about yourself


As your Mother

I hope that you are happy

That you feel safe and secure

That you make beautiful friends whom you will cherish your whole life (like me)

That you experience success, and learn from failure

That you see yourself as important

I hope that you experience the joy of being part of something glorious

That you laugh, that you smile, that you grow

That you use your voice to make things happen

I hope you know how wonderful you are, and

How wonderful others can be

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Our darling Ella, tomorrow is the biggest day of your life yet.

I started this blog to remember the big milestones in our family, and tomorrow is one we will never forget!

You are so ready

Oh’ the places you’ll go sweet girl!

We love you.

Love Mum & Dad


App Review: ABCmouse

App Review: ABCmouse

One of the most commonly asked questions I get from parents and friends is about the apps we use at school to help children in literacy and numeracy. There are literally thousands of apps that promote knowledge of letters, sounds, numbers, counting and the list goes on. The fact is, the more practice that you do to promote foundational knowledge, the better. Now that my own daughter Ella is starting school next year, there has never been a more important time to spend time with her. Reading, drawing, playing. There has also been an app that I have come across that has literally propelled her to new levels of knowledge and confidence. If you have Foxtel at home, and your children watch Nick Junior, then you may be familiar with ABCmouse. Being both a parent, and a teacher I approached ABCmouse myself to ask them if I could check it out and review it from the perspective of both. I have been given the chance to try it out for a year with my children. This is something that I searched for myself, it was not something that was offered to me. I genuinely want to find products that help parents help their kids learn. We have been using the program for a month, and I have to say that I’ve never seen anything like it. Ella literally begs me to use ABCmouse. She has developed her knowledge of commonly used words and phonetical strategies. She is able to predict text before she reads is and uses the wonderful visual cues to help her sound out words. Ella is mid way through kindergarten. Her intrinsic motivation to learn to read has literally blown me away. As a teacher, I have to say that the personalised nature of the learning pathway is phenomenal. As a parent, seeing my daughter literally soak up the learning has brought me to tears. If I were another parent, I would literally delete all of the other educational apps and just install this one. It’s that good. I repeat, I have not been paid in any way to write this review. It’s not a sponsored post. It’s just a great educational find to help parents, help their kids.

What’s more is I’ve got a 50% off code to give parents an annual subscription half price. Read below to find out how!

Haven’t heard about ABCmouse?

ABCmouse’s reading curriculum helps children to quickly learn the letters of the alphabet and their sounds, as well as learn to instantly recognize the sight words that are most important for beginning readers. Your students will learn to love to read with our hundreds of fables, fairy tales, nonfiction books, and more.
The Reading Curriculum Includes:
  • Concepts of Print
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Oral Language
  • Phonics
  • Word Families
  • Sight Words
  • And more


The Step-by-Step Learning Path™ presents the full ABCmouse curriculum in a carefully designed program of more than 850 lessons on ten levels. As your students complete each lesson, they are guided to the next one and are motivated to continue learning by the ABCmouse Tickets and Rewards System.
ABCmouse teaches numbers, shapes, patterns, and measurements. The site’s games and creative activities make math fun while giving young learners the practice they need to build a strong foundation for success. The Math Curriculum Includes:
  • Concepts of more and less
  • Counting to 120
  • Number Sense
  • Shapes
  • Addition and Subtraction Facts
  • Patterns
  • Measurement concepts
  • And more

It also includes Art, puzzles, games, songs and printable to help kids learn in all areas of the Curriculum!

Ella has literally loved it. The best part is you can create accounts for each of your children, for their level of ability. They create their own avatar and earn rewards to spend in the virtual online shop (decorating their bedroom online etc). It is the most well rounded app that I’ve come across for learning. Best of all, you can get 50% off right now by clicking on any of the images in this post. The normal cost for an annual subscription is $70 US. Right now they are holding a Memorial Day sale for $45 US. That is six months free! This offer is only available until May 29.

Ella’s personalised program on ABCmouse
Ella literally begs me to get online and learn
Available on any device!
You cant’t wipe the smile off her face!

To get this offer, simply click on any image in this post, or head to the link here: CLICK HERE FOR THE 50% OFF SALE.