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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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  • Brightening the Neighbourhood with Homemade Chalk Paint 3 weeks ago At the start of the lockdown, the girls and I took out our pavement chalks and drew encouraging messages and bright pictures to cheer up our neighbours. We received a lot of great feedback. This time we decided to try something new and make our own chalk paint. Ingredients Cornflour/cornstarch...
  • 101 Ideas for Dramatic Play 3 months ago As this unprecedented school year draws to a close, I created this resource to keep my class inspired to have fun playing over the Summer. I hope you can find some inspiration for your dramatic play adventures. 1 . Bakery – you could make salt dough cakes and cookies, use playdough or make a mud...
  • Inclusion in the Preschool Classroom 1 year ago What is an inclusive preschool? An inclusive preschool educates children with disabilities in the same environment as typically developing peers, so all children can participate in the same activities and routines. An inclusive preschool ensures an accessible learning environment, offering multiple...
  • Had Enough of Snow? These Peanuts Snow Sculptures will Make you Smile. 1 year ago After almost a week of snow in the Seattle area, many have had enough of snow and can’t wait to get back to normality. Personally, snow makes me smile. I love having my kids home and playing in the snow, because we can try out some really cool projects. As Peanuts fans, on our first … Continue...
  • A Step by Step Guide to Making Ice Ornaments 1 year ago It isn’t often we get a cold spell long enough to make ice ornaments, but with freezing temperatures set to last, we made a few batches to hang on our bushes. They look really beautiful, but also provide lots of opportunity to learn about ice, freezing and melting. A few years ago we made some...

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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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