Monthly Archives: January 2011

Storytelling and memory

This week is National Storytelling Week.  I was going to write about my experiences of story telling with young children.  However, something else that I have been talking about this week seems to relate very well to story telling. I … Continue reading

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Parenting – the most difficult job in the world?

I am  a bit of a ‘netmums’ addict.   Today they launched their REAL Parenting campaign, recognising that we should all stop trying to be a ‘perfect’ parent and to relax and do the best we can in our own situation. … Continue reading

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Room by Emma Donoghue

I have been looking forward to reading this book for some time and had kept it aside to read in one sitting.  I was not disappointed. The story is told from the perspective of a 5 year old boy who … Continue reading

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‘Can I sing on the microphone?’ Recording children’s voices.

Since investing in a Samson C01U Studio Condenser  USB microphone, this has been a regular request from my 2 year old.  It was originally intended as a means of recording music and voice for rehearsal purposes, for listing on audioboo … Continue reading

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Dear Mother Goose

My 2-year-old has discovered a new favourite book – ‘Dear Mother Goose’ by Michael Rosen and Nick Sharratt. This has a new and interesting way of introducing traditional nursery rhymes.  A variety of nursery rhyme characters write to mother goose … Continue reading

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Sir Ken Robinson animation

  I first came across Sir Ken Robinson when a colleague used his TED talk to illustrate the importance of creativity and critical thinking in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  This animation brilliantly outlines his arguments for a new type … Continue reading

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Educational Toys and Books

I have fond memories of my young childhood, in particular of spending time playing and reading with my mum.    One of our favourite shared activities was spending hours with a set of ‘three four five basic learning books’.  These were … Continue reading

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