Early Years, what’s the best way?

This question is probably the biggest and most debated in the world. Yet it is an important one, as the way we choose to teach our children can influence the way they develop – both emotionally and academically.

That is why, if you are genuinely interested in pursuing a career within the educational sector, it is essential that you know all the facts.

Early Years what's the best way - teaching methods

Yes, it is important to have the right qualifications – and thanks to online providers such as Association of Learning attaining training in Early Years Education has never been easier – however, in order to be the best teacher you can be, you need to know more than the UK’s approach to teaching. You also need to be able to think outside the box and consider the techniques used elsewhere.

Do that and you can give your career a real and competitive edge.

How do different teaching styles compare to the UK?

Whilst, the UK possibly has the most rigid, competitive and targeted orientated approach out of anyone, this has not made us top of the league.

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The Social Journey with Mrs Wordsmith

I love subscription boxes and you can honestly get them for almost anything nowadays. The latest one we are reviewing is for baby girl. It’s an educational box for illustrated word learning by Mrs Wordsmith. We are reviewing the younger of the two, The Social Journey for ages 2-5 years. The older box is called The Narrative Journey and that’s for ages 6-13 years.

The Social Journey with Mrs Wordsworth

What is The Social Journey?

It’s about giving your children the opportunity to develop social and emotional intelligence with the right words, hilariously illustrated by the Hollywood artists behind Madagascar.

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Win a Selection of Reading and Activity Books from Oxford University Press

Would you like to win a selection of reading and activity books tailored to the correct stage for your child?  Well at the bottom of this post you can, but first here is a little bit of info about this fantastic new range from the Oxford University Press.

Having spoken with parents of young children as part of extensive market research into home learning, OUP found that many parents were unsure which books were matched to their children’s stage of learning, and therefore struggled to identify which books to read at home. Additionally, while they wanted to support their child’s school learning at home, they wanted the process to be fun, rather than to feel like a chore tagged on to already busy lives.

To help children to make progress at home, whilst encouraging reading and learning for pleasure, OUP has created two new ranges of reading and activity books – Read with Oxford and Progress with Oxford –  and Read with Oxford Stages, a new, clear, and comprehensive six-stage levelling system to support learning progression at home.

The OxfordOwl website now hosts extensive new and free supporting materials for use at home. Not sure where to start? Try our simple test to find out which Read with Oxford Stage is best for your child, or have a look on www.oxfordowl.co.uk to find out more about each stage, including tips to support your child at home, free activities, downloadable activity sheets, and suggested reading lists.

levelled reading and activity books

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Knowing What to Expect On The First Day Of Preschool

The first day that your child attends preschool can be very tough on both the children and parents. It will likely be the first time that you and your child have been away from each other for a daily set period of time, and it can be just as nerve-wracking for a parent as it is for the child. However uncomfortable this feeling may seem, it is something that parents and children must get used to as a daily routine, and one that will continue through the years.

Knowing What to Expect On The First Day Of Preschool

We’ve put together this brief guide so that you can know what to expect on the first day that your child attends preschool to help try and alleviate some of the anxieties. It helps to be prepared as much as possible for this day ahead before sending your child to preschool day care in Brisbane or in your local area.

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Yorkshire Water: The Yorkshire Fish Pass Scheme

In my day job (when I’m not on maternity leave!) as part of my job role I’m a fishmonger. So anything to do with sustainable fishing, the environmental agency, nature and rivers I find really fascinating. In fact a few years back I studied an environmental studies course with the Open University. This was before I got into blogging.

When I heard that up in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Water board were getting involved in fish pass schemes to help with reserve and improve fish preservation I wanted to help and share the work they are doing. I love Yorkshire, it’s a beautiful county with so much nature, picturesque views and places to explore.

Yorkshire Fish Pass Scheme

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Top Books for Encouraging Discussion

*This is a guest post from Gemma over at Mummy’s Waisted on her top books for encouraging discussion in preschoolers. 

We get through a lot of books in our house, with a five year old boy and two year old girl. There are some which have remained favourites for a long time though, through my son as a pre-schooler and now in Reception, and now onto my daughter. It seems that the books which stay popular for us are those which prompt a lot of further discussion, or attempting to copy what’s in the book!

cute kids reading book education - encouraging discussion

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