I really struggled with this because my top 10 is really a top 20 (at least) but the 10 books below are always in my bag when I visit schools to teach in the EYFS. Monkey and Me, Emily Gravett Monkey and Me is a very simple but effective text with beautiful illustrations. Nursery children… Continue reading Top Ten Supply Bag Books: My favourite books to promote a love of reading whilst covering all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)
I was lucky enough to find this gem of a cooking class through a recommendation from a friend. Babe, (now 22 months) and I, attended a Little Hens holiday session and enjoyed it so much that we signed up for more. Like a perfectly prepared meal the 'Little Cooks' class brings fun and learning together… Continue reading Little Hens Cook Together: A fun class in Rochdale where children and toddlers, create, cook and enjoy freshly prepared food.
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Sharing is learning I recently completed a Masters and, as part of this, an action research project. It was a lot of work, cost me a few pennies and is sat alone, in a desktop folder. I am going to try to share it here, the background, the research, the project and the outcomes. It… Continue reading Does the presence of male role models support boys with English as an additional language (EAL) to write in the Early Years? Sharing learning from an MA action research project
The baby scene Now, I was never going to be very good at the baby scene, (from what I knew it didn’t involve the pub or a dance floor) but following a difficult time post birth with postpartum thyroiditis, I found it especially tricky to find classes and groups that suited not only babe but… Continue reading Musical Beginnings at Oldham Music Centre: A baby and toddler class that builds musical foundations and beyond. Get moving and shaking with song, sound and stories.
Using the methodology Philosophy for Children (P4C) I had a mind-blowing moment, one of those little BIG things that drives you to teach. Having said that, this experience happened long before I qualified as a primary school teacher, but it stayed with me and inspired me to place questioning and enquiry at the heart of… Continue reading Ask Big Questions, Get Big Answers: Creating a culture of questioning in the primary school classroom using the ‘Philosophy for Children’ (P4C) approach, including stimulus ideas and useful resources.
I quickly said goodbye to the week, jumped in my car and headed to the meditation retreat, singing (a rather smug) 'have a lovely weekend' to people as I went. Arriving at the retreat To get to High Trenhouse, a stone's throw from Malham Tarn, I drove down twisted lanes and through beautiful countryside. In… Continue reading Marilyn’s Meditation and Yoga Retreat: A weekend of peace and tranquillity, in the beautiful setting of Malham. Read about the benefits of a meditation retreat and how to bring that inner peace to your daily life.