In recent months we lost a lovely cat - Nutmeg, who we adopted from the RSPCA. This was the first time we had ever homed a cat and Nutmeg quickly became a big love of mine. Before adopting a cat we took lots of practicalities into consideration, having the added responsibility of a pet was… Continue reading Adopting a Cat: Things to consider before introducing a furry feline friend to your home.
After writing my first list of top 10 supply bag books, there were so many I was sad not to include, so here they are. Ten more books that provide a wealth of opportunity and lots of enjoyment when teaching and learning in the EYFS. When I travel around I try to carry books that… Continue reading Another Top 10 Supply Bag Books: 10 more books to promote a love of reading and cover (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)
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. When I travel around I try to carry books that the children may not have read, that's the only reason… Continue reading Top Ten Supply Bag Books: My favourite books to promote a love of reading whilst covering (nearly) 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.
The journey to good health following my battle with postpartum thyroiditis was a strange and isolating one. It was also a time where I found out a great deal in terms of my own health and wellbeing. In this post, I share the little things that helped me to get through postpartum thyroiditis. 1. Empower… Continue reading Postpartum Thyroiditis Survival Kit: Following the birth of my Daughter I had a difficult time with postpartum thyroiditis. Here I share what helped me on the road to recovery.