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]

Why I will be taking my children on holiday during term time

There’s been a lot of debate recently about taking children out of school during term time to go on holiday. Up until a few weeks ago, it wasn’t really something that crossed my mind. However when I started pricing up our annual holiday, I was genuinely shocked to see how much more expensive holidays were during half term. As this is the first year that our children are in full time school, it’s never been an issue before, but now that it is, I’ve found myself on the side of those who want to be able to take their children… [Read More]

Number Recognition Games for Kids

Two weeks ago, Nige and I went to the girls school for parents evening. It was great to hear all about how the girls are doing.  They struggled to settle in at first, but they seem to be doing well now, which is great news. One of the teachers mentioned that we could work together with the girls on their number recognition. Both girls are really good at counting. In fact they can both count up to 30, but at times they can muddle up their numbers when they look at them written down. As such, I’ve been working with… [Read More]

Learning to swim in Majorca

One of the best things that came out of our recent family holiday to Majorca was that our four year old twin girls learnt to swim.  My husband and I have taken the girls swimming previously in our local leisure centre, and I think it’s fair to say that they’re proper water babies! They love it!  It hasn’t always been that way though! When they were babies, baths weren’t their favourite thing in the world! Now though, they’d happily sit in the bath until the water is cold! Back to our holiday and our first day was spent by the… [Read More]

Getting back into work after having children

Looking after children can be a job in itself. You put in all the hours under the sun, you’re always on call and you don’t get paid for it. Yet it’s one of the most rewarding jobs around. As children get older and begin nursery school many mums who have previously stayed at home looking after their children often start to contemplate how they’re going to get back into work. Employers will often chose someone who has recently been employed or is currently employed over someone who has been a stay at home mum for the past few years.  For… [Read More]

Advantages and Disadvantages of Home Education

I’ve been looking into home education for some months now.  Whilst my husband isn’t too keen on the idea of home education, I thought I would do some research to find out more about it.   Here are some of my previous home educating posts if you fancy a read: Is home education the way forward? My questions answered featuring Katie Home Education: Featuring Prudence Advantages of learning in a school environment Parents have more time to focus on their careers/things they need to do  School teachers perform all tasks from teaching lessons, making timetables, sorting out resources and organising… [Read More]

Home Education: My Questions Answered Featuring Katie

This post is part of a series of posts about home education. I’ll be looking into the advantages and disadvantages of home education in a bid to find out if it for us. In my post called ‘Is home education the way forward?’ I talked about some of my concerns with regard to an education at home and I introduced you to two wonderful home educators, Katie and Prudence. During my research into home education, I found that the more I learnt the more questions I had. Both Katie and Prudence kindly agreed to answer my questions. As there are… [Read More]