Dirt is good, less screen time, more play time

Dirt is good, less screen time, more play time is quite a powerful message, with a new  marketing campaign from OMO Arabia. OMO are making a bold statement below with United Nations article 31. “Most parents are breaking this child’s right every day. #rightoplay ”  As parents we need to reintroduce play especially to offset the…

Are we Teaching our Children to Think in the Early Years? 

Recently I attended a education conference where the following topic kept coming up ‘Are we teaching our children to think?’ In a presentation by Yong Zhou a Professor in the School of Education, University of Kansas, mentioned “Singapore results for education is the number one system around the world according  to their results with the standard…

‘Learn by Play’ Benefits of Educational based toys…

“Learn by play” has become a cliché, but it’s also become one of the most controversial subjects around the world among educational researchers and academics. Have you ever stopped to watch how children interact/engage with their toys? Which toys do they enjoy playing with most. Which ones last the longest? Which ones are always recycled…

Develop Fine Motor Skills with 5 Easy Activities in the Early Years

As a parent there are many activities to encourage your children to do at home  developing fine motor skills. Remember the first 5 years are so important for building foundation skills. Studies recently have shown there is an decrease in foundation skills necessary to be school ready. Teachers are noticing that once a child starts…

How do children first learn coding – Onscreen or Offscreen

Where do children learn coding?  Do you realise by the time a child has come to school, attended a coding class they have already started, learning coding through their active play in the early years. How you ask, well let’s think about what coding is, breaking it down, it is patterns or  complex algorithms. This is…

Early Years More Hands On, Less Screen

Recently I was sent a brilliant picture of how kids injuries have changed from when they grew up years ago until now. Over time from being outdoor accidents to a more technology based. Quite funny, however scary as well! Lately all we hear are the buzz around technology, Technology is the future of education, Technology allows…

Inclusion of all – Early Years Education

Let’s sit and think, what does inclusion for all actually mean for us as parents, educators even sports coaches and friends. As a parent and educator inclusion to me is allowing every child be part of the activities, in a safe supported environment. Educating my child it is ok for people to have different beliefs,…

Early Years Maths, Experiential learning vs Academic learning

In a meeting this week,  I heard a great analogy from an executive teacher “Do you want to snorkel or scuba dive when teaching’.  (Funny enough it also was communicated from my son’s school a few days ago re: curriculum and assessments.) Meaning do you want students to have an in depth understanding (scuba dive)…

STEM + Art = STEAM. What’s next?

Let’s look at STEAM, what is it you ask? It is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, only it’s now including Arts! We need to add Art + Design to the equation — to transform,  STEM into STEAM. As educators, this is the latest strategy for structuring the curriculum and relevant activities. Moving away from “the…

Teaching a Child to Love Learning

Why does it sound funny to say “teach a child to love learning”? These days, parents with school age children are so competitive: after-school activities starting from a young age, reading book levels always being spoken about and compared, who is the best or doing the most. I wonder if this is really helping our…

Success in Our Education System is more than just Academic Learning!

‘Education systems can help people lead happier, more fulfilling lives by teaching them to be aware of their thoughts,  emotions and behaviors’ say Sir Anthony Seldon. This quote I came across when researching educating students for  life.  Many countries education do extremely well with academic learning, standardized tests and exams especially throughout Asia with curriculum…

Technology Founder’s Children Restricted With Technology

There has been lots of debate online about technology, our children and Steve Jobs, the late, great tech guru and founder of Apple. Specifically, he did not allow his kids to use iPads at a young age.      We all ask what is the reason? Why did the founder of Apple feel it necessary to…