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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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  • Art Lessons: An Introduction to Clay 2 days ago I believe clay should be readily available in every early years classroom. For many kindergarten or reception classes this isn’t always possible or practical.  In my daughter’s kindergarten class, I give them an opportunity to experience clay during our art classes in the hope that they will...
  • 20 Outdoor Things to Do Before You are 5 5 days ago   These Ideas were originally written for Parentmap in 2013 When my eldest daughter was working through the National Trust’s list of ’50 things to do before you are 11 3/4′.  I was inspired to create a companion list for my younger children.  Some of the challenges on the National...
  • Scrap Workshop 1 week ago One of my favourite workshops to lead at a local play centre was scrap workshop. I liked it because it was suitable for all ages, it was a natural extension to my heuristic play workshops with toddlers and it gave children the freedom to develop both creativity and skills. We collected all kinds...
  • 4 Ways to Inspire Kids to Go Outside and Be Active 2 weeks ago Disclaimer: No payment was received for writing this post. I received a few small samples of Go Organically Fruit Snacks. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports month and to inspire kids to get outside and be active this spring Go Organically have come up with 4 things to try. I don’t often...
  • Recycling Plastic into Art Inspired by the Washed Ashore Project. 3 weeks ago I wanted to make a collaborative, three-dimensional piece for our art walk with 2nd grade.  The theme for this years art walk is water. I came across a wonderful project called Washed Ashore . The Washed Ashore project is a joint art and education initiative. Artist Angela Hazeltine Pozzi,...

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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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