Alfie is very lucky to have been born into an extended family who ladies him as much as his parents do. In honour of Grandparents Day, I've written an open letter of thanks to Alfie's grandparents and my village; a village which surrounds my family and I with love, support and encouragement. Thank You Thank… Continue reading An Open Letter of Thanks; It Takes A Village
One of the child's prioritise in his first year of life is the pursuit of physical independence. One of the child's strongest impulses in his first year of life is the pursuit of physical independence.
I'm going to say this and duck...phonics doesn't work for all readers. Phonics is a wonderful resource and ideal for teaching initial sounds and basic decoding but many children struggle to convert and construct the complex system of phonemes, trigraphs and split digraphs into one fluid sound to produce a word. Even worse they are… Continue reading Raising Readers; When Phonics Isn’t Working and the Case for Storytelling
I read parenting books in bed, I listen to podcast on psychology, education and relationships while I drive, I stalk Pinterest and Instagram for the best 'At Home Education' set ups, I ask questions in niche online parenting groups, I observe and reflect on my child's development and try to think of ways to encourage him, I try new recipes to make sure he has a broad palette and a balanced diet. The list quite literally goes on and on...And I'm still not good enough.
The Montessori Circle Puzzle is an instantly recognisable piece of equipment, common in many infant environments, but why are there so many variations of the same puzzle?