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Post From Panda – magical reading practice for Reception

It’s been a rollercoaster of a year and we’re still not done yet! I’ve launched Post From Panda – magical reading practice for children in reception. A real letter is delivered every week via Royal Mail. Where did Panda Post come from? When my 2 boys learned to read it was such a special time. It was like, my baby’s growing up. It’s such a massive life step. And I wanted my role in it to be the best it could be. I realised quickly that school worked them really hard on the phonics. All that learning they were working SO hard at day in day out. Monday through to Friday. At home I realised that they needed a serious dose of magic. A moment where the hard work paid off. And that does of magic would keep them going, keep them trying, keep them working on those tricky words and split diagraphs! Reading practice needed to be something they wanted to do. Reading practice could be something that they asked to do, not me …

New! School Visits

UPDATE: I currently can’t take on any more school visits. Please check back for when I’m available again. Thanks! x   I’m excited to say I’m now available for school visits. I LOVE getting children enthusiastic about stories, writing and reading. I’m an experienced youth worker and can deliver a full range of workshops, activities and events for your school. I’m also fully DBS checked and a primary school governor. Amazing assemblies Wonderful workshops Creative crafts and exciting adventures in writing Fees £350 for a full school day, including an after school book signing. A full day usually consists of one assembly and 3 workshops, but I can be flexible and work to your requirements. £200 for half a school day Travel: 45p/mile or train fare as appropriate. For more more information and availability email me today.      

Mr Mustachio, Summer and Me

MR MUSTACHIO has been a long time coming. He started as a joke with my kids, whenever they drank milk we’d call them Mr Mustachio because of their milk moustaches. One day, as we were mucking around on the kitchen floor, it hit me what a great picture book character he would make. I ran upstairs and the Mr Mustachio story started. Then, in summer 2014, the manuscript was a runner-up in the Greenhouse Funny Prize. I picked up the news at the end of a 32 mile bike ride on a windy Northumberland beach. I flicked open my email on my phone and there were two bits of news that day pinging in. One was Mr Mustachio and the Greenhouse win and one was that I’d finally been awarded my PhD and could officially use the title Dr Yasmin Finch. With life-changing news on the wind rolling in from the North Sea, I could see why the ancient celts looked for God on these shores.     Later in the autumn of 2014, when the nights had drawn …