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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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  • A Picture Book for Father's Day. 1 week ago My Amazing Dad is an endearing picture book that would be perfect for Father’s Day.  The simple text tells of a dad who isn’t very good at practical things like mowing the lawn and fixing things but is great at having fun. The dad in the book is a stay at home dad and the … Continue reading...
  • Jerome Bruner and Early Education 2 weeks ago   Photo credit Poughkeepsie Day School This week one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, Jerome Bruner, died at age 100. If you have studied psychology or education you will most likely have come across his teachings. It’s easy to forget what we have been taught once...
  • Big Rock Park 3 weeks ago We consider ourselves very lucky to live in an area where there are lots of great parks. Last week saw the grand opening of Big Rock Park, so we took a trip to see what it was like. I liked that it didn’t have the same old playground equipment.  The slide was built into a … Continue reading...
  • Wire Sculptures Inspired by Giacometti 3 weeks ago Since we hadn’t yet explored any three-dimensional art,  our final art lesson this year was inspired by the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti. Step 1:  Make the shape of the person using wire. I pre-cut three pieces of wire. The longest piece for the legs, slightly shorter for the arms and a...
  • Teacher? Play Worker? Educator? What's in a Name? 1 month ago Many years ago, straight from college and failing to find a teaching opportunity in my locality, I accepted a job  leading a play scheme. This was a new concept at the time, the first after-school and holiday club in my town. I learned a lot. I learned that play doesn’t need to have an end …...

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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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