How to: work and teach from home

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A few parents have asked how to support children at the same time as working from home, often in very small spaces. The daily plans here are designed to include plenty of activities that children can do independently or with minimal support. You can make it easier by: Using a visual timetable so that they … Continue reading How to: work and teach from home

How to: Play to prepare for starting school, 4 – songs for mathematicians

Songs and rhymes help to embed information in our long-term memories, easing the load on our working memory so that we can learn new things. Young children also love to sing and dance. Lots of popular rhymes help children to remember maths facts, including counting to ten forwards and backwards. Which are your favourites? https://youtu.be/nK27PBPLwYE

How to: play to prepare for school in September. 2: Building towers, building resilience

Hello. My second video of playful ideas for helping children prepare for school in September focuses on building resilience using simple construction games. Resilience is really important for young children's learning - we have to work out why our mistakes happened and how we can fix them in order to learn. This is one way … Continue reading How to: play to prepare for school in September. 2: Building towers, building resilience

How to: prepare for returning in September 1

I'm making some short videos for incoming Reception children with simple game ideas to help you to get ready for school. In this first video, we talk about how Simon Says is a great example of powerful 'Serve and Return' interactions that supports communication, coordination and relationship building. These games will suit children starting, or … Continue reading How to: prepare for returning in September 1

How to: help children to adjust post-lockdown. 3: Talk about worries and health.

One of my first posts focused on talking about feelings with young children. All those principles apply here and for children who may be returning to school or early years settings there are likely to be a lot of questions and new feelings. Here are some thoughts on the usual process I would apply to … Continue reading How to: help children to adjust post-lockdown. 3: Talk about worries and health.

How to: help children adjust post-lockdown. 2: Practical, playful preparation.

When children move from one big chunk of life to another, we call it a transition. Transitions are hard, for children and adults, because things change and some things can be unknown. This transition features new routines and expectations that neither parents nor children are familiar with. I will write more in my next post … Continue reading How to: help children adjust post-lockdown. 2: Practical, playful preparation.

How to: help children adjust post-lockdown. 1: Prioritise play.

I recently worked with global colleagues on an article advocating for play at the heart of our recovery from the pandemic. Parents have a huge role to play in ensuring schools have the authority to lead with wellbeing and play at the heart as we transition children back into school life. We have some difficult … Continue reading How to: help children adjust post-lockdown. 1: Prioritise play.

How to: learn with pretend play

Plenty of research shows that pretend play is a great way for children to develop reasoning, social and 'learning to learn' skills. Children get deeply involved in pretend play and it is especially helpful for them in processing and expressing feelings about real situations in a safe, pretend environment. What is pretend play? Simply, it … Continue reading How to: learn with pretend play