How to teach handwriting without destroying self esteem

This is a collaborative post. Isn’t it amazing what an impact a seemingly insignificant moment can have on your life? For me, it was a decision taken by a primary school teacher. When all my friends moved up into the next class after the summer, I was to go into a different class with children a year older than me. Handwriting and self-esteem I went into that class as a confident child with lots of friends who was doing well academically. I could read well for my age and my writing and drawing were fine. But that was the problem.…

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Making a back to school organiser to teach independence

School mornings are chaos in this house. Missing shoes, dirty socks and chewed reading books. Uneaten breakfast, spilt drinks and needy children. But I’ve realised I’m getting it all wrong. The girls are craving independence, so for this month’s Bostik Blogger craft, they’ve created a storage device to give them just that. Upcycling a storage unit into a back to school organiser We’ve had an old storage unit gathering dust for a while now. I didn’t want to throw it away because if there’s one thing we do need, it’s storage. And over the last few days, I’ve been doing…

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The first goodbye

We strolled into the school playground, my eldest daughter laden up with bags. The only bags I carried were the ones under my eyes from sleepless nights, worrying about letting my little girl go. The first goodbye It is easy to think of the beginning of school as the end of an era. The pre-school days are over. The late starts, afternoon naps and lazy mornings at home. But more than that, it is a glimpse of a time when you will no longer be needed. We walked together to her line in the playground. Parents were milling around, waiting…

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The lessons children will never learn from homework

I’ve never really known how I felt about young children having homework. It’s a subject I’ve read a lot about and in principle, I’m not against it. Libby has been bringing a reading book home each day since starting school. We read those in the mornings before school because she can’t concentrate by the evening when she’s tired. And our 10 minutes together each morning has definitely improved her reading. But I think that’s enough. The problem with homework Libby has recently started to have a little bit more homework. Usually some basic maths or writing, always based on the…

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What if my child is a bully?

Every day I read another tragic news story about a child who has lost their life to suicide as a result of bullying. Pointless, mindless cruelty that the victim can do nothing about. What child is strong enough to stand up to big groups of children ganging up to make them feel worthless? As an adult I know what it feels like when you don’t fit in. When you walk into a room and nobody speaks to you or there are giggles and cruel comments about the way you look. It’s heartbreaking. I’m a big girl, I deal with it.…

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