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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Too Risky??

I have just read an interesting post by Tara Cain ‘Wringing Every Last Drop Out of School. In it she describes her frustration at the restrictions that now abound the primary school and the playground specifically. She mentions how the list of banned things is growing ever longer with such things as football swap cards, hand stands & cartwheels.She (& […]

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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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Resource Centre – Week #14

Last week really reminded me why I love the Spring – so many wonderful ideas to share the season with the children. Thank you all for your links. We had some wonderful lanterns from Melissa at the Chocolate Muffin Tree, some  felt egg cosies from Maggy at Red Ted Art and Charlene over at Adventures in MommyLand showed us some great […]

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Resource Centre – Week #12

The re-launch of the Resource Centre last week was amazing for links to some great ideas for arts and crafts in classrooms! We had all sorts of things among them paint sprayers from Sun Hats & Wellies, paper kites from Fabmums and a great way to use colour cards from Sweet and Simple Things. One of the ideas linked ‘We’re […]

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