“Does she ever stop talking?” Is a sentence I’ve heard about my daughter since she began the back and forth dance of conversation. Talking is one of, if not the most, important component of literacy and begins before a child has seen a book or picked up a pencil. Without the bank of vocabulary that… Continue reading Chatterbox
Pencil control, fine motor skills, precise positioning. These skills that children develop from as young as 10 months have become something of a focus in the Early Years setting at Primary school. The ability to grip, manoeuvre and place seem like skills that children will gain instinctively but without opportunities they can become overlooked. Studies… Continue reading Fine Motor Fun
Lately I've had quite a few messages asking my opinion on childcare options. Having a profession within the education setting sees me inundated with questions, queries, reassurances and general musings (which I love, honestly, ask away!). The play school/ nursery/ childminder/ pre-school debate is always something I see on the internet and now social media… Continue reading Childcare Conundrum
Ok, let's talk about how we can help our little offspring with reading. The English language is one of the most complex languages in the world. We have words that are spelt the same but with different meanings, spelt differently but sound the same and rules that don't apply most of the time (yes I'm… Continue reading Let’s Read
It's Father's Day on Sunday and I have no idea what to buy Adam. It's his first Father's Day so I want it to be something meaningful and special. I trawled Pinterest to find some inspiration and I decided on a combination of 'Evelyn artwork' and pictures. I also managed to create something mess less!!! … Continue reading Father’s Day Art!
Teacher mode! I recently wrote a post on the importance of reading from a young age, For the Love of Reading. Books are massively important to me and I hope that they will be to Evelyn too. I will make sure she knows which were my favourite, which my mum read to me and which… Continue reading Top 10 Books to Read to Young Children
From the moment Evelyn was born I couldn't wait to take her into the swimming pool. I used to love going swimming as a child and would beg my Dad to take me to the pools with the big slides and inflatable toys! I learned to swim from an early age and have never been… Continue reading Just Keep Swimming!!
Last week I went to the Roald Dahl museum in Great Missenden. What a beautiful little village that was! The sun was shining, the birds were tweeting and the prospect of visiting The Twits Cafe and sampling some Bruce Bogtrotter chocolate cake was thrilling! The museum itself is quite small but has a… Continue reading Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it…
As a primary school teacher I have seen the benefits of all round sensory learning. Children learn better when they can use as many of their senses as possible! Children also need to be stimulated when playing, to build the learning process. Lots of toys today feature a number of different elements to engage… Continue reading Sensory Play!
One of my first memories is being tucked into bed and read a bedtime story. I used to love being read to by my parents and it inspired me to go on and read a lot, take English as an A level, do a literary degree and become a primary school teacher who loves… Continue reading For the love of reading!