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rightfromthestart
discussing all aspects of early education and related topics and a new chapter as a Brit in America.
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  • Preserving Traditional Playground Games 4 days ago Four years ago, all of our worldly goods were packed onto a container to make the journey to our new home in the US.  We wouldn’t see them again for 10 weeks. The children packed a small case each with colouring pencils, paper, a few books and a cuddly toy. They were without any other …...
  • Valentines for All or for Special Friends? Does it Matter? 1 week ago When I first arrived here, I was shocked by the way Valentine’s Day is celebrated at school.  Parties and giving little bits of pointless paper to every child in the class seemed completely meaningless to me. When I was a child we all made a card at school.  Some took it home, some gave it...
  • How to Stop Using Pre-planned Topics and Plan from Children's Interests. 1 week ago Many teachers (myself included in the past) base their planning on weekly, monthly or termly topics.  Using topics helps us to come up with ideas, focus the children’s learning, ensure we cover all areas of development and makes planning easier because we can re-use plans from previous years. ...
  • Painting Rain 2 weeks ago This month we were asked to create something for square one art using the theme of water. Square one art is an annual fundraiser to create an art project that prints onto mugs, key rings etc. Since it rains a lot here, I decided it would be apt to create a rain themed project. For square one, I...
  • How to Survive a Road Trip from Seattle to Yellowstone with Three Kids, a Dog and a Tent. 3 weeks ago   I love the idea of a road trip. It isn’t something people do that often in the UK, since it is such a small country and the main roads are really congested. With so many places here to explore and big open roads, I can’t wait to get out and explore. Perhaps it is a … Continue reading How...

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  • Top Tips for Grocery Shopping in the US Writing Contest March 2013 When I moved to the US I expected shopping to be different. In particular I expected a lot of processed foods and fewer fresh items. In some ways I was pleasantly surprised, fruit and veg sections are abundant with a large amount of organic produce,...
  • Chewing Gum as a Reward?… Getting Acquainted with Weird American School Customs Education and International Schools Starting school in America has taken a bit of getting used to for my daughter and me. Certain things we expected to be different like spelling and history but some we didn’t anticipate, like having to re-learn the words for punctuation. Her...

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