There are loads of useful sections inside including Need To Know pages for information, numbers, website address, In Case I Lose My Mobile and !!! (I love this one!); important pages to record personal information for all members of the family, a Pocket Money Record and Dates To Remember; Our Plans containing calendars and planners for the current and following years and pages for Travel Plans; Our Week to record the regular weekly routine - one for each term; The Week - a double page spread with the clever GRID format; and finally a Notes section. My only negative here is that the notes section is a bit too short for my liking.
The BIG Family School Year Diary certainly looks the part with a reptile-effect glossy cover available in three colours; raspberry, blackberry (this is the colour I have) and peppermint. It measures 24cm by 19cm with 176 pages so it's more a desk diary than a carry-around diary (unless you have a cavernous bag like me). It has a thin harback cover with rounded corners, a gusset pocket on the inside back cover (for all those school letters that you really should keep right?), 2 grosgrain ribbons, an elastic strap to hold it all together and a pen loop. It's dated from August 2013 to August 2014 to coincide with the new school year and has a RRP of £16.95. Me likey and I can't wait to get Curly Girl's weekly schedule so that I can start filling it in!
Whether your child is starting school for the first time or going back for another year it can certainly cost a pretty penny with everything from uniform and shoes to bags and stationery. So next I have some Back to School deals for you from Netvouchercodes.co.uk:
- Free standard delivery on School Wear orders over £15 at ASDA George
- £5 off Kids Sport Shoes when you spend over £20 at
- 10% off when you spend £25 or more on books at Waterstones
- Up to 50% off in the School Uniform Shop Sale at the School Uniform Shop
- Buy one get one free on selected Back to School stationery at Sainsbury's
When Curly Girl starts school next week she needs to be able to perform various feats of toddler engineering including, but not limited to, taking herself off to the toilet, wiping herself and washing her hands (ideally in that order), using a knife and fork correctly and last but definitely not least; getting herself dressed. So far getting dressed has involved pulling up and pulling down but not buttoning or zipping. Eeeek! I was hopeful that by Ted Dewan would help to get her in the right frame of mind for something a bit more tricky like school uniform.
This is one in a series of playful picture books about the miniature wonders of toddlers’ everyday life featuring a little black rabbit called Bing and his friend Flop. In this edition Bing learns to get dressed. With short texts, bright artwork and appealing characters, Bing has masters putting on his clothes with a little help from Flop, but he’s struggling with the right order. And when he’s fully dressed, uh-oh, he has an accident. But Flop tells him 'Don’t worry, Bing. It’s no big thing. Just get dressed all over again!'
I love this book. It's bright, colourful and funny and I also love how the series came about - here's Ted Dewan explaining the story:
Bing was born on a boring trip home on the Northern Line of the London Underground, when I was facing another evening of reading some of the tedious toddler books my daughter was in thrall with at the time. Put simply, I was cross that the many people behind these toddler books (author, illustrator, editor, etc) expected me to endure dozens of repeated readings of their brain-numbing pablum. Picture books for kids 4 and up often address both adults and kids. But I couldn't figure out why toddler books didn't bother. I reckoned it was tough enough being a toddler's parent, why make it worse? The idea behind Bing was to bring the pathos, the triumph, and the tragedy of being with toddlers into each Bing Bunny book.
I hope that Bing Bunny will change people's attitude to the infuriating moments in their toddlers' lives. It's worked on me, especially when Helen and I were in the middle of potty training my daughter and I was often getting cross at her refusal to "try", only to then go hide under the kitchen table and pee there. Helen suggested I think of the picture of Bing Bunny when he wets himself in "Get Dressed" as a way of reacting to all the accidents.
It sounds dumb, but that picture got me on my own Road to Damascus when it came to my attitude towards parenting. I've found it easier and easier to remind myself that the little disasters are just "Bing Things", no big deals after all.
To celebrate the re-release of the series I have one copy of Bing: Get Dressed to giveaway to one lucky reader. To enter just answer the question using the Rafflecopter widgety thing below. Good luck!
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To kick things off they've created this film *points up* called after speaking to 500 parents from across the UK to raise awareness of the campaign and to get parents thinking about their journey to school. Have a look if you have the time, it made me chuckle.
While we don't have a choice about driving or walking - there are no pavements where we live - the campaign still is also encouraging those of us who have to drive to park a little further away and walk the last half a mile with our children. Now THAT I can do. I walked to school EVERYDAY as a child and it worries me that the British walk to school is in decline. Apparently nearly a third of families drive to school and more than one in five has never even considered walking their child there. I wonder why? Will you be walking to school this September?
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the Big Family School Diary and a copy of Bing: Get Dressed to review and offered another to give away. I received no other compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.