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How do you get great sound in your bag? #Giveaway

As a language teacher I use music all the time so needed some small powerful Bluetooth speakers.
I was sent these ones free of charge in exchange for a review a year ago.So here it is…

As I opened it I was really impressed at the packaging. The cardboard box had a hard plastic packaging which held two speakers, an audio wire and a charging wire. I was really impressed to see that both speakers can be charged with a mains plug adaptor with a USB socket on it. The two speakers have a matt black finish and their triangular shape means they can be used on the side for sound into the room or standing on the base for sound above. The size of one speaker fits into a cup holder in the car when I want to listen to music from my phone whilst driving to my class. I easily connected my phone to the speakers by switching on the left speaker and searching for the device on my phone. I then simply clicked on the correct device and it was connected. I can also be connected to laptops and tablets by searching for the device.

I was really impressed at the clarity of the speakers. At first I was a little surprised there was no volume control on the speakers themselves but quickly figured out how to use my phone to control the volume. The rocker switch on the back of the left speaker can be used to change tracks on the device. I rarely use this function.
I was amazed at the volume I could get from the speakers and when the second one is connected it is even better. The first time I used the speakers at my class one of the parents commented she was surprised that clarity and volume came from such little speakers. I’m really impressed at the battery life in the speakers. I only need to charge them weekly with use in classes and at home. I’ve sometime forgotten to charge them ahead of time so was really pleased to find you can recharge them whilst you are listening. The speakers are brilliant for what I need. Small, compact and lightweight with great volume. I’d strongly recommend them for other teachers of children’s classes. If you looking for a good sound, and a very good priced speaker that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, this may for you. It also makes a great little gift! So after a years use I am happy to report I still feel the same. The battery life is just as good after a year.

I spoke to August and they’ve given me a set of speakers to giveway. To win your own simply enter via the rafflecopter form below.

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If you want to buy your own set click here.

James and the Amazing Gift book

If you read our blog regularly you’ll know we love books. When Nicola asked us to review her first ever book James and the Amazing Gift we were over the moon!

This book is about a boy called James. He has an amazing gift. He loves to James and the Giftsmile.

If you’ve ever traveled on the Underground with children you’ll recognise the scenario. People, packed like sardines refuse to make eye contact, let alone speak to each other, but littles who do not know the “rules” happily smile and interact with other passengers and even get the carriage talking to each other. As you can see my girls have beautiful smiles that others cannot resist.

A smile is an amazing gift, and this is exactly what the story is about.

James also has an incredible ability to make everyone he meets, smile too. But one day, whilst he is at a garden centre with his mummy, he sees an elderly lady who does not want to smile. She is sitting in the corner with her purple hat pulled down over her face. She is all alone. James has to work really hard to get her attention. Will he be able to make the old lady feel as if she is no longer just by herself?

This book is interesting as it really brings out the question of empathy and how others feel.


And over to my girls

Jasmin: My favourite character is James because he makes everybody smile. I think James is amazing because he cheers people up when they sad.

Emily: I like James amazing gift because his gift is smiling and I makes him happy and other people happy. I think at night time he even makes the owl smile! I think it was good when James made used his amazing gift to make the lonely elderly lady happy.

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James and the Amazing Gift illustrates beautifully how a smile can go a long way to impact upon the lives of others.
Nicola has written this, her first book to raise awareness of the loneliness of elderly people, especially at Christmas time. For every book sold, £1 of the proceeds will be donated to the UK charity Contact the Elderly, which
tackles loneliness among older people by holding tea parties.

James and the amazing gift is Available to buy from http://bit.ly/Amazing_Gift, as well as
Amazon and other selected stockists. It makes a lovely gift to share with your own smiller.

The good news is we have a copy of James and the Amazing Gift signed by Nicola for you to win. The giveaway closes on 31st December.

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Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Review of David Baddiel’s new book The Person Controller

Our family love reading. It’s great for language and literacy development and great fun too. We are considering a house extension just for a library!

I was chatting to a librarian friend a few months back and she mentioned this 2010 study “Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations” M.D.R. Evans a,∗, Jonathan Kelley b, Joanna Sikora c, Donald J. Treiman
A few of the key findings from this study were:
Creating a ‘reading culture’ and having a wide selection of books present in the home enhances a child’s educational attainment.
Increasing the number of books in the home, even by one title at a time, has a great impact on a child’s learning and boosts their attainment in the first few years of school.

In the light of this evidence for the value of reading we have another guest book review from my 8 year old reading monster.

She’s been reading David Baddiel’s new book. The Person Controller.

Who are the main characters?

The main characters are Ellie and her twin brother Fred. Ellie is really good at video games.

Who was your favourite character?
The fat man, Ellie’s dad because he likes bacon. I don’t like
the bully because he is mean.

Which character would you like to be and why?

The mystery man as he is mysterious.
The story was funny and very silly. I do not think it would happen in real life.

Since finishing this book she’s asked me to buy her the prequel. The Parent Agency. I think that speaks volumes!

 

WIN a PS4

What would YOU do if you had a Person Controller for the day?

 

As we said Ellie loves to play games.  Harper Collins – the publishers are giving away one PS4. To win your own PS4 enter on http://thepersoncontroller.harpercollinschildrensbooks.co.uk/

 

We were sent this book to review by the publisher. The review is our own honest thoughts on the book.

 

Giveaway and Review of Babi Bach CD

Babi Bach CDA few weeks ago I told you about Penni’s brilliant bilingual Welsh and English CD in the blog Babi Bach the 1st FULLY bilingual album in English and Welsh.

You’ll be pleased to hear we have one to giveaway this week.

Here’s what Penni says about the album…
The album has 12 very well known children’s nursery rhymes and songs which are all sung in both languages. Where necessary I have written or updated lyrics so that the English and Welsh versions are exactly the same to make it easier for learners to understand the songs.
It is a very well known fact that music aids memory and learning and so it is a great idea to use music to help your language learning.
The songs have been given a fresh sound with the arrangements by the super talented Darren Fellows. My experiences as a parent have taught me that if the music is of a high quality then you don’t mind quite so much when your little one asks you to repeat the CD for the 10th time that day! 😉 I have been told by parents that their children have been listening to the CD on repeat for ages – I can only hope the adults aren’t going completely crazy!

Here’s what we say…

We’ve been traveling a lot this week and listening to the Babi Bach CD in the car. Us grown ups only knew the Welsh we’d read on road signs and the children did not know any Welsh before listening to the CD. This did not stop them enjoying the CD and joining in when they could. They really enjoyed the dialogue between the singers in between the songs.

The album is a very lively and interactive and we all picked up a bit of Welsh. As a parent I know children’s CD’s can get irritating. In our experience this CD can be listened to over and over again.

If you want to buy your own copy you can here.

If you’d like to win one you can here.
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