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discussing all aspects of early education and related topics and a new chapter as a Brit in America.
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  • 8 New Picture Books to Add to Your Christmas List 23 hours ago At this time of the year I love to add books to my children’s wish list, but it often takes a lot of research to find new books that I know we will all love. I have received a large number of books to consider for review during 2016, so to help those of you who are … Continue reading 8 New...
  • Leavenworth in Winter 2 weeks ago     Last year was our first trip to Leavenworth during the Winter.  We have visited a number of times in the summer and had heard great things about the Christmas lights, so decided to take a trip. The Christmas lighting festival takes place during the first three weeks of December. There are...
  • What is my Responsibility as an Early Educator in the Wake of the US Election? 3 weeks ago Yesterday, in the wake of the US election, I was filled with  questions.  These were not questions about my role as a parent or about my future as a resident of the US but about my role and responsibility as an educator. My core educational philosophy is to encourage children’s...
  • 8 Spooky Picture Books 2 months ago Perhaps a little late for Hallowe’en, but if you have kids who love spooky things, wizards, witches or monsters here are a few recommended picture books to share. 1. The Ghosts go Scaring My kids love this one. Set to the tune of ‘ants go marching’, you can read or sing along as different...
  • The Book of Kringle: Legend of the North Pole. (Review) 2 months ago When I was a child, Christmas picture books had a very special place in our celebrations.  Every Christmas Eve, my dad would settle down with us and read “The Night Before Christmas” from a tiny square book, that was his when he was a boy. Despite the size of the book, the illustrations were...

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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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