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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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  • Picture Books to Inspire Children's Art Projects 1 week 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 weeks 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...
  • The Elephant and the Bad Baby: Why Toddlers Like Repetitive Books 4 weeks ago All 3 of my girls had the same favourite book at the age of 2. I didn’t encourage it, but somehow ‘The Elephant and the Bad Baby’  by Elfrida Vipoint hit the spot for all of them. The story is highly repetitive, so much so that it drove my husband insane every time he read … Continue...
  • Spider Web Activites for Children 2 months ago This time of the year there are spider webs everywhere. We stopped to watch a spider devouring a fly on our walk home from school and one has built a web right outside our window, so we watch his antics everyday. If your children are interested in spiders or you are looking for spider activities...
  • The End of an Era - Goodbye Under 5's 2 months ago As an early education consultant, today is a momentous day. Tomorrow is my youngest daughter’s 5th birthday and so, after 11 and a half years, this is the last day I will have children under 5. A few years ago I looked forward to the day when my children would be growing up but today I am a...

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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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