ClassDojo: Helping Parents Find Out What Their Children Do In School Since 2011 #AD

Like many parents I’m keen to know what my children do in school. I find that the best time to talk about this is when we’re all sitting down as a family over dinner. I ask my children what they do in school, who did they play with and did they learn anything. Sometimes my children indulge me with this information, but most of the time I get the standard response of, “I can’t remember”. I’m sure this is something many parents hear! If you’re like me and you wish that you knew more about what goes on in the… [Read More]

Online Essay Writing Service as The Best Way For Academic Success

Writing essays is no easy feat. It’s something that the majority of students dread doing and in some ways that’s understandable. The pressure put on students today to perform well and produce high, quality, accurate essays is phenomenal. When you factor in the lack of time that students commonly talk of, it’s no wonder that so many students feel anxious and stressed at the thought of having to write their essays. There are many different things that students in particular will need to consider when writing an essay. First is the topic, although this is usually a given based on… [Read More]

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]