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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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  • 'One Thing' - One More Absolutely Wonderful Charlie and Lola Book by Lauren Child 4 days ago   Don’t turn the page yet! Let me start with the biggest number; so 7 plus 3 is 10, plus 2, plus 1 is 13, plus 4 is 17, plus 5 is……. 22.  Now turn the page -Yes! I was right, 22. This wasn’t a maths homework exercise but a bedtime story for my 5 … Continue reading ‘One Thing’ –...
  • What Toys Should I Provide for Babies and Toddlers? 3 weeks ago Toy shop shelves are laden with toys claiming to be educational. For toddlers and babies, this usually means something noisy, requiring batteries.  I have always held that there is little educational value in such toys. In my experience children play with them for a short period of time...
  • Bainbridge Art Museum: Not Just for the Grown-Ups 3 weeks ago Occasionally, you come across an unexpected treasure. Anticipating a fleeting look around the Bainbridge Art Museum with the children in tow, I was pleased when the assistant greeted the children warmly and entrusted them with a task.  The children were given a list of thirty animals...
  • Picture Books to Inspire Children's Art Projects 3 months ago Art is not part of the curriculum in our school district, instead all elementary art lessons are taught by parent volunteers.  Once a month I volunteer to teach in my daughter’s class.  A monthly art lesson seems a little piecemeal and I often wish that there was time to delve deeper into...
  • Why Singing and Dancing Promote Social Skills and Friendship 3 months ago Research has shown that singing increases happiness and emotional well-being.  People feel happier after singing than simply listening to music, probably due to the release of neurochemicals in the brain. It isn’t news to me that singing lifts your mood.  The quiet teenager that would...

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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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