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OXFORD FIRST MATHS DICTIONARY
OXFORD FIRST MATHS DICTIONARY
by Hachette Children's Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Maths Dictionary for Young Children, 14 Jan 2008
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We are a home-educating family and this dictionary is perfect for the kids. The layout is very, very easy to get on with, with simple, straightforward text, with cartoons that are bright and jolly without being totally in-your-face. The book explains mathematical concepts in a wonderfully simple way and would probably be most useful from age 6-7 onwards. A really 5* book.


Un Deux Trois (Dual Language French/English): First French Rhymes (Book & CD)
Un Deux Trois (Dual Language French/English): First French Rhymes (Book & CD)
by Opal Dunn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired, boring, painful, 14 Nov 2007
I am having trouble understanding the other reviews on this book and CD, as I found this book unbelievably contrived, with too much talking. There is a french lady who introduces each song, which totally spoils the flow, especially as she has a really fake syrupy way of speaking which is very grating.

I was so annoyed with the CD, I actually threw it away so my children (and others) would never be subjected to listening to it. I never do things like that normally, but I felt very passionately about this! If kids are bored and turned off to French early on, it may be hard work geting them interested again later on, by which time the damage has already been done.

I would recommend either Putumayo French Playground for a lively, contemporary, and really fun introduction to french, or the fantastic 'Songs in French for children' (on Amazon), which is a compilation of traditional nursery rhymes and has a charming Disney-style 1950's era sound.


French Playground
French Playground
Price: 13.21

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful compilation of french songs for kids,,, and adults!!!, 30 Oct 2007
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I can't fault this CD, it is fantastic. I have a 6 year old, a 4 year old and a 2 year old. This album was on repeat play for months and the kids have picked up and started singing along to the tunes, which are a lot of fun - very catchy and contemporary and original but very french in character. The songwords and translations are provided in a little booklet so you can learn about the songs and their meanings, and there is a little explanation about the artist. I have bought this several times over, and given it away as a gift to friends.

Learning French in school or pre-school is all very well, but to really feel the french language, you can't beat a cracking singalong, and this is a sheer joy to singalong to :-) Learning languages comes easiest when it is fun, and on that level, this gets 5* all round.


Songs In French For Children
Songs In French For Children
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 5.50

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 1950`s French music for kids, 30 Oct 2007
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This is s really lovely little French CD, the songs are in the style of 1950's Disney film scores, they are fun and charming. Much better to listen to these types of CD to absorb some French than spend hundreds on Muzzy. Of course it is great to learn all that too, but to begin with, just playing french music and singing along has to be one of the best ways to learn French. I would also highly recommend Putumayo 'French Playground' CD - more contemporary than this album but equally charming, fun and irresistably catchy!
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The Way Things Work [DVD]
The Way Things Work [DVD]

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Utterly Brilliant, 25 Oct 2006
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These animated dvds are educational without being at all boring. The fundamental principles of physics are taught in a way that even very little children find absorbing and understandable. My 3 and 5 year old boys can be monkeying around and being very hyper one minute, and then sit awestruck and very engrossed watching one of these DVD's.

My five year old really does absorb the scientific principles The Way Things Work aims to teach - I know this because he will apply some of them in his play with lego, traintrack building, and so on and also he will astound me by relaying a principle he has learnt in our casual conversations.

The DVD's are superbly animated, and not at all americanized or patronizing, I would say this double DVD set has appeal for all ages - even my wife and I like watching them. We also have the book, which is a really useful reference book for schooled or home-educated kids alike, and indeed for the whole family!


The Life Laundry: How to De-junk Your Life
The Life Laundry: How to De-junk Your Life
by Dawna Walter
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book does make you identify why you are addicted to clutter, 31 July 2006
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Buy this book!

I like this book because the format is easy to read and understand, and it does make you address the underlying emotional issues of how you have let your home get in such a mess. It also looks at the physical symptoms of stress brought on by living with so much negative junk.

After identifying what has caused you to live like this, there is some good advice on letting go emotionally from your past, and the things you cling to which you actually don't really need any more (but think you do)

This is just as, if not more important than the practical advice on how to organize your stuff.

Another reviewer made a comment about creative clutter - all very well, but this is different from the kind of messiness which just creeps into every corner of your house and is literally clogging up your life, stopping you from being able to function properly.

Do not underestimate how much damage (subtle or overt) that clinging to junk can do to your social, mental and physical health!


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