Read-to-Cure Challenge and 5 week free trial

My four-year-old, Curly-locks, just found out that she is not going to prep next year.

The word DEVASTATED springs to mind.

Her beloved cousin and her best friend are going, but with Curly-locks being a July baby she just misses out.

I attempted to explain to her that her cousin and friend are four and a half and almost five and that she will just have to wait until she’s a little older. Unfortunately, my explanation did not go down well.

‘I am FOUR!’ she had wailed with her eyes wide and bottom lip trembling as if I had just broken her heart.

‘I AM a big girl.

‘I AM going to prep,’ she continued before collapsing on the floor dramatically where she cried and cried and cried.

This was no act. She was truly upset.

Curly-locks has a hunger for learning and is desperate to go to school.

She is obsessed with the alphabet, in particular, pointing out letters to me and asking about ones she doesn’t know. She loves practicing her writing and can often be found ‘reading’ to her little sister.

While I’m secretly glad she is not going to prep next year as I think another year of pre-school will continue to help build her confidence, I know I need to continue to satisfy her hunger for learning.

This is where ABC Reading Eggs comes in.

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As you know, we started the program earlier this year and loved it. We had a brief hiatus when the lessons became a little tricky for her, but with her a little older now we are keen to well and truly get back into it.

It’s perfect timing as well, because Reading Eggs is set to launch their second annual Read-To-Cure Challenge fundraising event to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Institute.

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Across the country, from 4 August to 1 September, kids will complete online reading lessons and books in the ABC Reading Eggs program to take part in the challenge.

ABC Reading Eggs hopes to reach a target of $100,000, which will go directly towards improving the lives of hundreds of children and their families who are affected by childhood cancer.

With over 625 children diagnosed with cancer in Australia every year, the Children’s Cancer Institute relies on vital funds to support their lifesaving medical research into finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Participants are encouraged to complete as many books and online reading lessons as possible within the program, and have their friends and family sponsor them. The ABC Reading Eggspress is designed for 7 to 13 year olds, but if you have a younger one like me, you can join in by working through the Reading Eggs online reading lessons and work your way through to the Storylands books.

Not only will you be raising money for an important cause and improving your child’s literacy, there are heaps of awesome prizes to be won (See below).

Curly-locks and I will be joining in and we’d love it if you joined in also.

ABC Reading Eggs is kindly offering Mummy, Wife, Me readers five weeks of free access to ABC Reading Eggs to join this cause.

All you need to do is click here for your free five week trial and join the Read-To-Cure Challenge from 4 August.

The offer ends on 1 September, 2014.

PRIZES

The top five children who complete the most books and lessons WIN:

First prize: Apple iPad mini PLUS Apple iTunes gift card and Hoyts Family Movie Pass*, valued at $650.

Second prize: JB Hi Fi voucher worth $500 and $50 Hoyts Family Movie Pass, valued at $550.

Third prize: Toys R Us voucher worth $150 and $50 Hoyts Family Movie Pass, valued at $200.

Fourth prize: Toys R Us voucher worth $100 and $50 Hoyts Family Movie Pass, valued at $150.

Fifth prize: Hoyts Family Movie Pass valued at $50.

The top five children who raise the most funds WIN:

First prize: Apple iPad mini PLUS Apple iTunes gift card and Hoyts Family Movie Pass*, valued at $650.

Second prize: JB Hi Fi voucher worth $500 and $50 Hoyts Family Movie Pass, valued at $550.

Third prize: Toys R Us voucher worth $150 and $50 Hoyts Family Movie Pass, valued at $200.

Fourth prize: Toys R Us voucher worth $100 and $50 Hoyts Family Movie Pass, valued at $150.

Fifth prize: Hoyts Family Movie Pass valued at $50.

Hoyts Family Movie Passes include 2 adults and 2 children passes for general admission.

This post was written in collaboration with ABC Reading Eggs. No financial compensation was received. As always, all opinions are my own.

Linking up today with Jess for IBOT.

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34 comments on Read-to-Cure Challenge and 5 week free trial

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    July 29, 2014 at 7:30 am (3 years ago)

    What great prizes!! That’s a fab programme…

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  2. Me
    July 29, 2014 at 9:35 am (3 years ago)

    I know you will be happier to have kept her back a year and, I”m certain, she will thrive so much better not only next year but through-out her career because she will always be one of the older ones. K is a May baby and so was always one of the younger ones and, while she was totally ready for kindy and school, I often wonder if we had kept her back if things would have been different through school for her ?
    Have a wonderful day !
    Me

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      July 29, 2014 at 10:54 pm (3 years ago)

      I think we will be happier too, especially considering her personality. Thanks for dropping in x

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  3. Jodi Gibson (JF Gibson Writer)
    July 29, 2014 at 9:38 am (3 years ago)

    This is such a fantastic idea. Both our younger girls love Reading Eggs, we will have to join in for sure.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2014 at 10:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes definitely do, Jodi!

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  4. Toni
    July 29, 2014 at 9:38 am (3 years ago)

    Such a cool idea. I remember doing the MS Read-a-thon when I was younger and I loved it because I was obsessed with reading. Hayley is a July baby too so I’m going to have to deal with the prep breakdown eventually too. I don’t really understand how it all works though because I was an October baby and still went to school the year I was turning 5 but apparently its all different now?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm (3 years ago)

      I know! It’s so confusing. I don’t know why they changed it. Our girls will be 18 when they’re in grade 12 this way :/

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  5. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    July 29, 2014 at 10:38 am (3 years ago)

    It sounds like a great program, we will certainly take part in it when big boy is a little older. I am a little worried about the whole prep thing already. Not so much for our Big Boy who is a January baby, but baby boy was born late May, but should have arrived in July. As a June baby I was ALWAYS the youngest in my year and found it hard socially at times.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Hmm yes. Maybe see how your youngest is going closer to the time. It may be best to let him wait a year.

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  6. Robyn (Mrs D)
    July 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm (3 years ago)

    We’re all signed up to this challenge too. I think it’s such an awesome idea and hope they raise loads of money. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2014 at 11:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Me too, Robyn! It’s a great cause xx

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  7. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    July 29, 2014 at 4:19 pm (3 years ago)

    We love Reading Eggs in this house, I didn’t know about this challenge but do now! Will look into it! You know if she’s on the cusp they might consider letting her go…. but for some reason I think you won’t be looking into that xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2014 at 11:03 pm (3 years ago)

      I didn’t know it was something you could negotiate but yes, I think the best plan is to keep her as is despite her not being too keen on the idea xx

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  8. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    July 29, 2014 at 8:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve used Reading Eggs in my classroom before and the kids have loved it!!!! Aww your poor little lady not being able to start Prep! Nevermind, she will be well and truly ready when the following year rolls around – which is so much better anyway!! xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2014 at 11:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Lucy. It’s lovely to hear your words of wisdom. Yes, she will definitely be ready come 2016. Yikes. xx

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  9. EssentiallyJess
    July 29, 2014 at 10:03 pm (3 years ago)

    We have a similar school issue here. I’m darwin Ava would have started preschool this term, but now she has to wait an extra year.
    Thanks for this trial. Will sign up when I get my computer. 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2014 at 11:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes definitely do, Jess. Sign them all up. They’ll love it.

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  10. Druimé@SnippetsandSpirits
    July 29, 2014 at 11:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Curly locks sounds just gorgeous ! You have inspired me to sign up for Mr 4 also Thank you I think he will love it ! What is prep? Is that pre-primary ? Is curly locks in kindy? I find this schooling system confusing. My little man starts 4 year old kindy next year is that the same thing?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 11:09 am (3 years ago)

      It seriously is confusing. Four year old kindy is different to prep. He will start prep 2016 the same year as mine by the sound of it. Miss Four is in what her daycare centre calls pre-school. She could go to Kindy next year, but the hours didn’t fit with my work hours, so we’ll keep her at pre-school again next year and then prep will be the year after. Are you more confused than ever now? 🙂

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  11. Emma Fahy Davis
    July 30, 2014 at 11:51 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve heard so much about reading eggs, I might give it a go with Chiara as she’s really struggling with reading at the moment and it might help support the work she’s doing in the Reading Recovery programme at school.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 11:11 am (3 years ago)

      I think that sounds like a good idea, Emma.

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  12. Zanni Louise
    July 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Sounds great! I received an email from them and to be honest, having gotten around to it, but maybe I should! Elfie is still in dreamland, but her interest in the alphabet etc is definitely awakening. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 11:11 am (3 years ago)

      Well this is quite fun with lots of cute characters so she might like it 🙂 x

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  13. Kathy
    July 30, 2014 at 8:43 pm (3 years ago)

    This is great that you are doing this Renee. I do feel a bit sorry for Curly Locks, but she will be ahead of the game when she starts Prep the following year. I know at 4.5 Little Yang will be ready next year (socially he’s really ready and I think that’s the main thing) but I must get him into reading eggs – we did with Miss Yin when she was in Prep/Year 1 and she enjoyed it (she’s a July baby so is the oldest in her class).

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 11:12 am (3 years ago)

      So Curly-locks will be the same as Miss Yin 🙂 Yes, I think it is good for her to wait another year – she’s not quite ready socially.

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  14. Shelley@MoneyMummy
    July 30, 2014 at 9:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Such a great idea – I will be signing up my little one! Thanks Renee!

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  15. Tegan
    July 30, 2014 at 10:02 pm (3 years ago)

    I have a July baby too, but he just wasn’t ready to start school this year. All of his friends are born in the second half of the year too thankfully so he didn’t really notice the difference. He’s at Kindy this year though and is loving learning different things.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 11:13 am (3 years ago)

      That’s great, Tegan and very lucky that all of his friends are born in the second half of the year too.

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  16. Grace
    July 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm (3 years ago)

    What a great challenge! The boys have really taken off with reading books in the past month or so. Doing this challenge with them will be a perfect way to keep them interested with reading. Off to get that free trial!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 8:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Good on you, Grace. I hope they love it 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm (3 years ago)

      They are great aren’t they?! Brilliant idea 🙂

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