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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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  • Playing Outdoors in Winter 6 days ago Children always look forward to snow days but when it is cold but there isn’t any snow or only a smattering it isn’t always  as enticing. My children love playing with ice – so we often leave water in their water table or allow rain water to collect in containers.  They are always keen to...
  • Why Mums and Dads Shouldn't be Camera Shy. 1 week ago A few months ago a Facebook post asking dads to take more pictures of their partners went viral.  The post is re-surfacing this week.   I recently wrote a piece about it that had a lot of favourable comments if you would like to check it out. Messy Hair and No Make-Up, the One Reason we...
  • Minion Themed Party 1 week ago It was party time again recently and this time my six-year-old chose a Minion theme. On arrival they were given a Minion hat made from a builders hat with a pair of cardboard goggles attached. Food Minions love bananas, so they had to be on the menu. My eight-year-old decorated each banana to look...
  • Art Project for Kids: Oil Pastel Still Life Inspired by Georgia O'Keefe 2 weeks ago December’s Art project with Kindergarten and 2nd Grade was a still life Poinsettia using oil pastel.  The Kindergarteners had only used chalk pastel up until now, so our first lesson introduced them to oil pastel techniques. The children were given a selection of oil pastels and a piece of...
  • Home-Made Teacher Gift: Reindeer and Chocolate Sleigh 1 month ago At Christmas time I always like my teacher gift to be home-made to add a personal touch.  This is a simple gift we made last year.   The reindeer were made from wine corks, with tooth picks for legs and pipe cleaner antlers. Push the toothpicks into the corks at an angle to make legs … Continue...

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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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