Thursday, 16 March 2017

Should I give in and try controlled crying?... I think I've found my answer...


Should I give in and try controlled crying? I think I've found my answer


This isn't the first time I have sat down and asked myself this question. Usually, after a particularly tiring night I might whisper the words in the back of mind - but then just as quickly I seem to push them away with even louder thoughts of "never, never, never..."

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Mark making activity box for pre-writing and emergent writers (plus giveaway)


Mark making activity box for emerging writers

When we are thinking about how to help young children become successful writers, there are a number of steps, or pre-requisites,  which must come before the expectation of a good pencil grip and the ability to form letters. The ability to mark make starts with the physical development of the child - esssential elements include building on their gross motor skills first and foremost before moving onto fine motor control and eventually pencil grip. Building up the muscles in their chest, shoulders, arms and hands is a really important process that young children must have the opportunity to go through before being expected to sit and form letters or write sentences - and this starts right at the beginning, through the use of 'tummy time' with babies.
This blog post isn't going to focus on these larger movements, I'll save that for another post! This piece will hopefully give you some ideas of the kinds of resources and activities you can do with children who are ready to start exploring mark making, or who are also getting lots of gross motor development alongside their mark making opportunities. The key, as always, is to keep things fun and interesting!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Children Changing Careers p:20 - Lucy from Boffin Recruitment


children changing careers Lucy from Boffin recruitment


Welcome to part 20 of the blog series 'Children Changing Careers' - A series for parents who have pulled off a career change after having children.

This week's post features Lucy from Boffin Recruitment


You can also find Lucy on her blog The Two Saving Sisters

Here is her career changing story...

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Learning Through Play Outside - Wigwams and WOW moments


Big Game Hunters WigWam
Wigwam from Big Game Hunters

One of the biggest mistakes we can make as educators and/or parents of young children is planning for and seeing the outdoors as something entirely separate to the indoor setting. In the Early Years, wherever possible the outdoor area should be an extension of the indoor classroom - not a carrot dangled on a stick in the form of 'playtime', used as a reward once the more 'important' work and activities have been completed inside. Often, when 'outdoor play' is confined to short bursts, we see a lot of 'low level' learning taking place and 'playing around' rather than quality play - simply because the children don't have the time to engage in all of those important processes that result in quality learning and interactions, deep level learning and sustained shared thinking...