Category Archives: education

Furchester Hotel – The Sesame Street Gang Come to CBeebies

  It always feels good to get a little something from CBeebies drop into my inbox.  We miss CBeebies quality programming featuring British accents and no adverts. American children’s television isn’t all bad though.  Through childhood, student years and as … Continue reading

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Ideas for Learning Environments Inspired by Children’s Museum of Tacoma

I’d never heard of a Children’s Museum before I moved here but as I entered the door I was greeted by a little bit of play heaven. I think I was more excited than the girls.  My 9 -year-old remarked … Continue reading

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The Land of Song – A Guest Post for St. David’s Day

  Today we have a St. David’s Day guest post from Penni Carr.  I met Penni during my  musical theatre days (sorry Penni for the old photo).  She went on to become a professional actress and since becoming a mum, has founded … Continue reading

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Outdoor Play: More Fun with Ice – Winter Pirates, Icicles and Little Scientists.

Ice Ornaments and Icicles A few weeks ago we filled up my baking tins with water  that we coloured with powder paint and dropped all manner of things into them.  Shells, berries, leaves, sequins, buttons and even a stone were … Continue reading

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10 Preschool Activities using Leftover Pumpkins

We were a little disorganised this year and didn’t get our pumpkins until Hallowe’en.  It seemed such a shame to throw them away almost as soon as we had made them.  To avoid  this the pumpkins were incorporated into our play, … Continue reading

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Shadow Play

Shadows provide extraordinary educational opportunities.  Not only do they raise a spontaneous curiosity in the child, stimulating his imagination and exercising his emerging intellectual abilities but they are also omnipresent (even more than sand, stones, water or “pencil and paper”, because … Continue reading

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Save the Children Food for Thought – The Link Between Literacy and Nutrition

I write a lot about the pre-requisite skills to learning to read.  Talking with children, playing with language, reading to your child and developing listening skills are all important but for some children even with these things they will fail … Continue reading

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CBeebies – Magic Hands: Translating Poetry into British Sign Language

Often as parents we are unsure about  introducing  children to poetry, fearing that it is difficult to understand. My children however love poetry and will often choose to read it rather than prose. A new CBeebies programme Magic Hands launching soon … Continue reading

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Homeschooling and Expatriation

Thank you to the  The Expat Hub for providing today’s guest post. The Expat Hub is a website with lots of useful tips for those who are considering a move overseas or those like us who have already made the move. Homeschooling … Continue reading

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The ParaNorman Local Legends Schools and Libraries Initiative

Right From the Start will soon be reviewing this new DVD and offering readers the chance to enter a fantastic giveaway. In the meantime I wanted to share an initiative for schools and libraries in association with the release. ParaNorman … Continue reading

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