Splish, Splash

Kids love messy; mud, water and sticky goo. If you need to occupy your kids at no cost, give them a basin of water and fill it with cups, measuring jugs, fish net, funnels and random plastic toys. With no instructions necessary they will miraculously begin to busy themselves pouring, measuring, scrubbing, fishing and generally…

Being a child isn’t easy!

Being a child isn’t that easy! You live in the shadow of adults – a very different species from yourself – who want to boss you around, expect you to do as you are told, adults who think they always know best, adults with little patience and unwillingness to learn from you or see any…

Every Kid needs a champion

A students questions are the key to their understanding! A fabulous eye opening talk by Rita Pierson on why we should never give up on children, they need a champion, someone to encourage them, give them hope and listen! Pierson refers to not only helping students learn, but being a positive force in their lives….

10 Tips to Good Parenting

Parenting involves a certain amount of discretion. There is no one standard rule for all children. Different children may need different levels of attention, expressions of love, and toughness. Suppose I was standing in a coconut garden and you asked me, “How much water per plant?” I would say, “At least 50 liters per plant.”…

Literacy: Alphabets, Phonics & Spelling

It’s pretty amazing as you watch your kids evolve from letter and sound recognition, to blending three letter words to full borne reading. And once they start they can’t stop. Liam, at five and half reads literally every signpost, poster, anytime, anywhere, all the time! I beam with pride and twinge with sadness watching my…

We are frightened of being wrong, we stigmatize mistakes

“If you are not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original.  And by the time they get to be adults most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong, and that is how we run our companies by the way, we stigmatise mistakes. And we are…

Learning no longer has to feel wretched

Maths Online Part 1 The digital world has made education so much easier and much more stimulating.  Learning no longer has to feel wretched. Our kids have access to plenty of resources that bring information literally to life. To learn about habitats, wildlife, geography and landscapes, there is so much to learn from David Attenborough…

Kids, New Times & Technology; how much is too much?

I despair at the thought that Liam may never experience carefully selecting stationary, using his best handwriting to pen a love note, dabbing a touch of cologne on it and sending it off to his sweetheart as he waits eagerly for her response to arrive shrouded in fragrant perfume and touch of red lipstick on…

Mummy, please let me pour..

“Please can I pour the juice mummy, I won’t spill I promise”, your preschooler looks at you with doe eyes while you visual a mop up exercise . While many adults wont trust their 3 – 6 year olds to pour liquids without causing spillage, there is always a beginning to everything. Start to engage…

Paper Plate Christmas Tree

I just discovered a whole new world of paper plate crafts. An absolutely delightful concept which I most certainly have to share after Liam and I recreated a Paper Plate Christmas Tree. Aside from being my son, he is my model, muse and guinea pig,  and lately crafty activities have gone up a notch in…

A Good – Deed – A – Day

Countdown to Christmas Who gets a 5 year old to tidy up without being told. Not asked, told! And most likely by a foul faced, fed up mum. While it would be great (like a holiday in Barbados right about now) to house little minions who do good deeds and chores regularly, it has its…

Of Elfs on Shelves…

The Christmas holiday countdown has begun – plenty of Christmas trees, lights, blinding decorations, Elfs on Shelves, letters to Santa, and many more traditions. I just learnt about the Elf on the Shelf a few days ago from a friend. If like me you haven’t heard about it, the elves arrive during the Christmas season…