The App that helps kids with Spelling


My 1st Grader comes home every Monday with a new list of words to learn.Then a test on these words is written on the Friday.

I try to make things fun because at this age they still learn when they play.So instead of rote learning or writing the word over and over I try my best to make it fun.

We’ve done bath (well shower really) time spelling.

Added Bonus: My shower doors get a real good clean


We use really cheap shaving foam I found at Dischem for R16.00 and a little goes a loooooonnngggg way, we also used a ear bud(q-tip) but he decided his index finger was just a lot easier.

That easy – we was learning without even realizing it and the results proved it.

Then there’s spelling with Magnets.


I found the magnets at Baby City and bought 2 packets straight away (If I recall they were R14.99).We use my baking tray to put them on.

However this began to stagnate after a while and I had to find something else.

We tried a few apps to use on our Ipad.

By far the best one we have come across¬† to date is a FREE app called Spellosaur…………………here’s why;


Every week I get to punch in the words for the week plus the additional Dolch word.

We then go though the 4 stages and in the end he does the test.

Have a look:

Once you have punched in the words these are the 4 Levels you will have to finish









After all levels are achieved they then go onto the Test


To find the app on iTunes this is the screen you looking for:

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It is also available on Android

All snapshots are from the app itself and iTunes.

Hope this helps as much as its helped us.


My favourite Finds – 1


Happy Spring!

I’m slowly coming out of this blogger hibernation.Actually our Telkom was down for most of the month (Torture) and has been on and off since May.

I thought Id take baby steps and ease myself back into my favourite hobby…..blogging.

I love sharing my special finds with you and this is a quickie:

Tupperware Wipes/Tissue Dispensers

We have had our two for a month now and I’m really impressed!



  • It has done exactly what it says it does – its airtight so the wipes stay moist for as long as they are in there, and I actually remove them from the original packaging the wipes come in.
  • Its pretty – I love pretty – Who doesn’t?
  • Its fits perfect the boys backpack and perfect when traveling lite (meaning when I throw 2 nappies and the wipes into my handbag).
  • We get asked all the time as to where we got it as everyone that sees it loves it.
  • The price isn’t scary.

Besides using the Wipes Dispenser along side nappies (diapers) I figured they ideal for the following:

  • The extra one I got will be attached with double-sided tape and will live close to the fridge or on the side of the fridge.Its use – it will house my old dry wipes that I will be reviving with tea tree oil and diluted with enough water to make the perfectly moist again.Perfect for wiping down any bottles and goodies that will be returning to the fridge after use.
  • Ideal to be kept close to your homework station or arts and crafts area for the kids to wipe their hands.
  • Leave one in the car for your tissues.

There are two sizes as you can see:

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Where to get it from:

We all know a Tupperware lady – mine is Terry Roux (082 718 8206) residing in the South of Johannesburg.

If you need to find a Tupperware Consultant in your area – click on this link for contact details.

Let me know what you think.



The Slantboard – Our New Favourite Item

I always seek the advice from the wonderful team (as in Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist ,Speech Therapist and at times even our Paed) that surrounds my child when it comes to birthday/Christmas gifts etc.Like most parents I prefer to get him something that can better his therapies or where its at right now in terms of his development.An added bonus is when both boys benefit from said aid.

This applies for our new item……. a Slant board.

What is a Slant board?

It’s a 22 Degree Angle Board designed to Facilitate reading and writing development The Slant Board is designed to provide the ideal working surface.


The Slant Board puts your reading surface at the optimal 22 degree angle while its two collapsible legs make it portable and discrete. The folding legs will lock in the extended position making it very stable then fold flat for compact storage. The Visual Edge Slant Board measures 44cm x 30cm and weighs only 950 grams. A convenient book catch at the bottom holds any size book or electrical device, while a clip at the top holds individual papers securely.

The Slant Board is simply the best reading and writing aid on the market. It is multifunctional, lightweight, easy to store and affordable. Research has shown that by placing your reading and writing at the proper angle you will increase your reading and writing performance. School desks of the past used a slanted surface for this very reason.

My little 6 year old has taken some time to adjust to school and lets face it they dead tired when they come back from school.We have the perfect height desk for homework so that the legs are fixed to the floor and not dangling on the ground.He is at perfect sitting height to the desk, however that head is constantly being supported by his one hand while the other is working.I find myself channeling my mother….”your head is not going to fall off – sit up straight”

We started using the Slant Board over the holidays while we did our Holiday Homework and wow did I notice a difference.No holding up the head.Posture was nice and straight and overall we seemed to get the work done with a lot more ease.

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Has this changed since we have been back at school?

Not at all (in case you were thinking the improvement was attributed to the relaxation of our holiday time),we do all our workbook homework 1st using our slant board and then I test him on the test words for the week.He loves this part as he gets to use the whiteboard function on the slant board.


The Slant Board is light weight and can be taken everywhere.Its even perfect for car travel in my opinion as ours goes everywhere with us.I love ours we do homework on it, we read on it, we play with our play doh on it, we have even done shaving foam therapy on it.Its ideal for any family and any age and I’ve seen the results.

They come in awesome colours and in my opinion reasonable priced.

Remember The Slant Board the next time you stuck on what to get your child, niece or nephew or anyone you know – its an Ideal gift……a fun,sensible,useful and helpful gift.

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Visit their website for prices and a selection of other Slant boards.

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Easter fun – look what I found!

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We had so much fun last year when we did our glow in the dark Easter Egg hunt.

I was so happy to find this cute packet of Easter Egg Hunt Direction banners at Clicks.

We will definitely be egg hunting our little hearts out with these directions to help.

The best part – this packet cost just R 24.95

Have a look….Happy Hunting


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See the Easter Clicks Promotions for all those yummy treats to hid.