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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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  • Why Ice is the Perfect Loose Part 1 week ago My children are fascinated by ice. I’ve added loose parts to ice before, but never considered that ice could in itself be a loose part. When the cold weather comes, the first thing my kids do is to check if their water table has frozen and any other containers they have left around the garden....
  • An Art Project About Line Inspired by Piet Mondrian 1 week ago Last Year in Kindergarten, my art lessons were centred around investigating different art materials.  This year, now they are in first grade, we will explore those materials further, whilst learning about the elements of art and introducing new artists. A Lesson about Line Ask a child to draw a...
  • Have You Ever Eaten Every Part of a Plant? We did on our field trip to Oxbow Farm. 2 weeks ago Oxbow Farm is my favourite place for field trips.  The guides are wonderfully entertaining and keep the kids motivated with songs, movement, challenges and a fast paced, hands-on journey through the farm. The children learn about the farm plants and have an opportunity to investigate, pick and...
  • My Top 3 Picture Book New Releases 2 weeks ago From my most recent Picture Book new release previews ,the titles below are my favourites. For under 5’s and early readers I Am Bat by Morag Hood My rating: 4 of 5 stars I love the simplicity of I Am Bat. I can easily hear it being read in my own child’s voice and see … Continue reading My...
  • Great British Bake-off Themed Kids Party 3 weeks ago   My kids are huge Great British Bake Off fans so my daughter chose a bake-off themed party for her 9th birthday. The idea of ten children all baking together at the same time was a little daunting but I needn’t have worried. I think this was probably one of the most successful parties I …...

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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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