Harvest Festival Memories

Autumn days, when the grass is jewelled And the silk inside a chestnut shell Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled All these things I love so well So I mustn’t forget No, I mustn’t forget To say a great big thank you I mustn’t forget. Clouds that look like familiar faces And a winter’s moon with frosted […]

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Parent Matters #2 – Homework

This occasional series is for teachers and parents exploring areas of concern that parents have about all matters educational. HOMEWORK! This word can send shivers down the spines of children, parents and teachers. It is one topic that is never far from the top of agendas for schools and can cause major ructions in homes. The reason for bringing it […]

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Parent Matters#1 – Early Years

This occasional series is for teachers and parents exploring areas of concern that parents have about all matters educational. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A number of parents have expressed concern that their youngsters will be pushed to learn before they are ready. I interpreted this to mean worries about ‘formal’ learning like sitting in rows writing, arithmetic and reading for the children. For […]

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Resource Centre – Week #19(Pass It On)

Before I set up this week’s Resource Centre for all the great ideas that can be shared can I ask you to do something for me first? As you may know Christine Mosler is going to Mozambique next week to follow a vaccine and see the work of Save the Children. The visit is part of the campaign ‘Pass It On’ to […]

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Resource Centre – Week #18

The entries last week were ideal for classrooms! We had touring museums from the Daily Dabbler ,some bubble printing and straw painting from Melissa at the Chocolate Muffin Tree and some great gardening journals from Kathy at the Nurture Store The ideas on the Resource Centre are for teachers to use in their classrooms as well as parents and carers […]

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Resource Centre – Week #17

Yet again we had a variety of ideas shared last week. Among them we had music from Maria at Fab Mums ,   Anna Ranson at Imagination Tree gave us a selection of books with matching activities and Jacqui Murray linked with some great maths web sites This week, I’m hoping to encourage more teachers to link with their ideas many of […]

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Resource Centre – Week #16

Well done everyone who linked in Week #15 ! Again we had some unusual ideas including a wind sock from Learning Ideas Grades K-8 and how to show place value using paper clips from Sarah at Confessions of an Untenured Teacher Now that we have got all those bank holidays over (well part from the last of the academic year) it is […]

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#Purposedpsi

Picture a group of like-minded folk, a state-of-the-art university and cupcakes and you have a recipe for a great afternoon of discussion and debate. That was the menu for the first Purpos/ed Summit for Instigators. Sounds rather dangerous and in a way it was. Giving people the chance to express opinions can be dangerous but when it comes to our […]

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