Since Covid-19 started many of us have had time to reflect on what truly matter to us, for our families and for ourselves.
That reflection has created some surprising results. According to a YouGov poll only 8% of Britons want to go back to life as it was before the pandemic. The Economist has stated that this forced home working experiment is likely to change work life forever, perhaps toward some hybrid model that works for everyone. What is clear is that we have an opportunity to go way beyond some compromised version of ‘new normal’. We can take this time to consider what is important to us moving forward and make a plan for making that happen.
I’m a great believer in the power of micro moments and tiny interventions that when maintained lead to lasting change. The suggestions below are pulled from my Meee in a Minute books, each offering 60 one-minute micro-ideas and insights that can help us to shift our mindset and start taking positive and constructive action towards achieving our dreams for ourselves, our families and the world we want to live in.
The prevailing education sector has altered the mechanisms by which an education sector operates. It is all about embracing education and continuity to take stock of the online education mode. Such a move to the online system of education no longer poses to be a challenge as educators look up to the proctor for exam module. But such a knowledge gap is going to restrict the natural progression.
Choosing a school for your child is a massive milestone for any parent, whether it’s their first school or they are moving onto secondary education. It involves a lot of thought and thorough research but eventually you will make a decision that is right for your family as a whole, not just the child in question. Here are some tips for choosing the right school for your child from a prep school in the South West.
All parents want their children to thrive, especially when it comes to their academic performance and overall development. However, not all children are naturally gifted; in fact, most kids will need support from their parents to help them succeed, which comes in many shapes and sizes. With other commitments, you might not always be around to help with homework, but there are lots of other ways to show your child that you are devoted to their education. We have teamed up with a private girls’ school to explore further below.
Provide them with an Uplifting Atmosphere
Try and provide your child with a positive home environment, where they are comfortable taking risks and failing from time to time. This means instilling them with confidence by praising them when they succeed and not being too hard on them when they don’t. Remind your child that they are only human and sometimes they will make mistakes, they just need to learn from those mistakes and move forward in a positive direction.
Originality is simple. All you need to do is come up with something that no one in the world has ever thought of before. See? That’s that problem sorted out. I jest, naturally. Of course, that is actually how originality is seen by some of the people responsible for the most original ideas in human history. Take John Lennon, for example, who once jibed that the cyclical nature of musical trends made no sense to him, as there’s no need to repeat ideas because coming up with something new is more fun. Yes, John. Because it’s just that easy. Of course, where originality in essay writing becomes a sticking point that prevents you ever putting pen to paper (or rather, from putting finger to keyboard as the case may be), there are things that we can do to loosen up our minds and attempt to get those creative juices flowing. Paying attention to original essay titles can prevent situations in which you consult with a plagiarism checker and find that you have, let’s say, inadvertently taken the easy route.
The Science Mad Chemistry Lab set for ages 10 and up is a great way for kids to learn at home. With over 80 experiments included in this set, there is a lot to work through and completing these experiments will give your child a great foundation in chemistry. The set includes good quality equipment, and a fully comprehensive instruction manual which guides you through each experiment in terms of what to do but also in what exactly you will be learning from each one.
The set includes plenty of chemicals, and the basic equipment required such as a burner, test tubes, test tube holder, pipettes and more. However, there are also a fair amount of ingredients and chemicals which you will need to buy separately. This is because they would be dangerous to include within the packaging (such as methylated spirit for the burner), so this is understandable although at first was a little frustrating as there were certain experiments we weren’t able to jump straight into due to this. You can get around this by planning ahead, and there are still plenty of experiments that you can do just with the chemicals and supplies included within the set.
LearningResources has devised a range of FREE home learning activities for 2-11s to help parents and children prepare to spend more time at home.
Visit the blog to discover activities that will help keep kids learning and engaged through meaningful play. The family-friendly resources include downloadable activity books for maths, science/STEM, language and reading support, animals and geography plus printable worksheets, activity sheets and play-based learning ideas to keep children busy indoors.
For 35 years, the company has been the leader in educational toys and games for children aged 2-11 years and has built up trusted relationships to help meet the needs of teachers, parents, carers and other learning mentors.
There is tonnes available from activity books to print out and fill in, to hands on learning with STEM activity guides and recipe cards. There are ideas to extend the play and learning using Learning Resources products you may already have like the Coding Critters or Playfoam, and lots where you don’t need any special supplies or equipment at all.
We will definitely be using some of these to keep the children busy over the Easter holidays these next couple of weeks, and then to supplement their school learning afterwards while the school closures continue!
For more information visit LearningResources.co.uk or keep in touch over socials, where they are sharing plenty of ideas and inspiration to keep our children happy and learning during this time!
In response to national school closures, children’s publisher Puffin are offering a rich programme of online storytellings and ‘at home’ activities to spark the imagination of children and support families at home
The much-loved and biggest UK children’s book publisher, Puffin, which in 2020 celebrates its 80th birthday, is now re-planning events to take authors, illustrators and stories directly into children’s homes
Initiatives include a daily Puffin Storytime, a Puffin Podcast series, an online book festival – the Puffin Festival of Big Dreams – as well as updated Puffin Schools resources to facilitate home-learning. They are also working with numerous partners to ensure children can continue to dream big and engage with reading and the power of storytelling from their homes
Puffin’s range of activities and free initiatives across the coming months for children and families to enjoy from indoors, includes:
Puffin Storytime: From Monday 6th April, Puffin will be bringing 20 minutes of storytime magic to homes daily at 3.30pm on weekdays. This will include readings and draw-alongs from their stellar list of authors and illustrators. Caregivers, teachers and children can view Puffin Storytime on Puffin’s YouTube, Instagram and Facebook channels #PuffinStorytime
I’ve always enjoyed doing fun educational activities with my little ones at home, to help them develop their skills and just as a nice way to spend some calm and quiet quality time together. My Little Learner has a great range of products that make it easy to spend a few minutes doing this with your child, whether that may be helping them to learn to write their name, match their colours, or develop their vocabulary with picture flashcards.
I was sent a few products to try out with my two year old N, and she has had lots of fun exploring these at home.
Name Writing and Matching Mats
With the name writing mat, these are all personalised so of course you order your child’s name but you can choose whether to have first name and last name, or first name only. You can also choose what to have on the back of the mat as they are double sided, and you can choose what design you would like around the edge of the mat.
For N we went for a princess design around the edge, as that fits in with her interests so makes the mat more appealing. The writing mats are all wipe clean, whether you choose a name writing mat, or other mats such as shape writing, pen control with lines to follow (like wavy, zig zags and so on) or an ABC or number writing mat. This makes it easy for your child to practise over and over again without any pressure, as it can be wiped off and re done as many times as they would like. It also saves on paper!
Big Little Tent Festival was created last year during lockdown, since we aren’t able to be out there exploring just now, Caravan Club came up with this idea to allow families to have fun and continue the excitement of camping at home. The festival aims to bring the great outdoors to you – in the […]
Sink or float is one of the most popular classic science experiments for kids. It’s so easy to set up, and a great way to introduce them to basic experiments at home. This fun twist on the classic experiment uses surprise eggs to add another element of fun to the activity. This sink or float […]
Every child is different, and with these varied personalities and interests you will need different toys to best keep your child occupied and entertained. Recently, I was having this discussion with one of my mum groups about which toys are most used by our 4 year olds these days and it was really interesting to […]
Kaleidoscope Have fun making this Kaleidoscope craft with the kids. This simple kaleidoscope works best when it is held up to the light. Move the tube around to see the pretty colours, glitter and sequins dance around. What is a Kaleidoscope? A kaleidoscope (/kəˈlaɪdəskoʊp/) is an optical instrument with two or more reflecting surfaces tilted […]
We have all been stuck indoors for a while so it is always good to have some ideas of how to keep the little ones entertained during lockdown. We still have only a few months to go until things go back to normal – hopefully – so read on to get some inspiration. Anna and […]
It’s fantastic to see World Book Day grow year on year, teaching children about the joys of reading in a fun and playful way and getting them to engage with characters and literature is an amazing idea and it’s fantastic it has become so successful here in the UK. Truly highlighting the joys of reading […]
If you are a parent and like me struggles to come up with ideas to keep the little ones entertained read on. To be honest I think even the most creative parents are running out of options of what to do with the kids after all these lockdowns and time off school. It is hard […]