Should children be allowed to take their birthday off school?

When I was a kid I never spent a single birthday in school. That’s not because my parents decided to keep me home, but simply because my birthday is early in January which means schools are closed due to the Christmas and New Year period. Being in school for my birthday wasn’t something that I’d ever thought of because I was just used to the fact that this never happened. It’s not something I ever really thought about again, that was until recently. Our twin girls birthday is February, and unless it falls on a weekend, it means they’ll always… [Read More]

Should Primary School Children be Tested?

I was recently made aware that next year, our children, who are in year two of primary school will be doing their SATs or National Tests as they’re now know. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Our girls will be seven when they take their SATs, and although many people have said not to worry about them or the results, I can’t help but worry. Some argue that testing children at such a young age is good because it’s preparing them for tests they’ll take when they’re older, whilst others argue that the tests are purely for the… [Read More]

Should schools enforce the daily mile?

Have you heard of the daily mile? Perhaps your children already take part in it at school? Do you think it should be enforced in all schools? For those of you who don’t know, the daily mile encourages children to run or jog at their own pace for a full 15 minutes every day. A lot of schools have already signed up to the initiative, and I think it’s a great idea. This kind of follows on from yesterdays blog post, The Reality of Raising an Indoor Generation. More and more children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. That’s… [Read More]

How to build a garden pond

Earlier this year my husband and I decided to get our six year old twins their first pet. Ideally we wanted a cat, but our landlord wasn’t keen on this idea, but he did suggest a goldfish perhaps or a rabbit. After much deliberation we decided on a rabbit! Our girls named him Snuggles, and he’s become a big part of our family. Since introducing a rabbit to our children, they’ve become more and more interested in animals. Initially they loved learning all about rabbits. I’d look online for random facts about them to tell our girls. For example, did… [Read More]

Review: Mrs Wordsmith | The Narrative Journey

Encouraging children to learn can be at times frustrating, especially if the subject matter doesn’t appeal. This summer, my husband and I have been doing lots of different things to encourage our girls to read. We signed them up to our local library’s summer reading challenge and they’ve actually completed the challenge already. I think the incentive of stickers along the way, and a medal and certificate when they finish have helped, but in fairness, they’ve both done really well. Now that they’ve completed their reading challenge, they’re eager to learn lots more words. We were recently sent an exciting… [Read More]

The benefits of school trips abroad

When I was in school, I always remember going on lots of school trips. They were one of the highlights of school for me. Whether it was a museum, farm, or local park, it didn’t matter to me. School trips were fun. A chance to go somewhere new with your classmates. However, one of the things that my parents never allowed my sister and I to do was go on school trips abroad. I always remember this one school trip new york. I’m not sure of the exact reasons why our parents didn’t let us go, but perhaps it was due… [Read More]

5 tips for choosing a tutor for your child

If you are looking for a tutor for your child, then you are going to want to ensure that you pick the right one. After all, they are responsible for helping to improve the academic skills that your child has and help them through tests too. But for some parents this could be easier said than done. How do you make sure that you have picked the right tutor for your child? James Goldsmith at 11plustutorsinessex.co.uk offers 5 top tips to help you along the way. 1 – Ask for recommendations No matter the age of your child, if they… [Read More]

How to Help Your Kids Fall in Love with Maths

It’s difficult for anyone to put effort into something they dislike, let alone a child. If a young person has no interest in a subject or struggles to understand it, they’re hardly going to feel motivated to learn. That’s why it’s essential that you instil a love of maths in children – to encourage enthusiasm for the subject. Discover 5 ways to motivate your child to love maths, and in turn, want to learn. 1. Gamify Maths By gamifying maths, you’ll make learning fun for your child. In fact, they won’t even realise they’re learning as they’ll be too busy… [Read More]

This is what we really should be teaching our young girls

As a mum of girls, I often worry about their future and think about all of the things that I’d like them to learn before they spread their wings and leave the nest. There are so many things that I wish I’d been taught when I was younger. As such I thought I’d ask some other parents, who also happen to be bloggers, what they think we should really be teaching young girls. Here’s what they said. Money Pete from Household Money Saving said: I would teach them about money – why it’s important for the future and how best… [Read More]

Fun Festive Christmas Resources from Twinkl

I’m a big advocate for home learning. Why should the learning and fun stop when the kids leave school? For that reason I absolutely love Twinkl. Twinkl is an online educational publishing house, producing teaching materials for children of all ages. You can get instant access to inspirational lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment, interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints, at teaching ideas! However, with Christmas just five days away, I’ve been looking through their festive resources and thought I’d share them with you! You can view their Christmas Primary Resources online here, and you can also find Welsh language resources here…. [Read More]