Hello and welcome to the December Education Roundup. It’s packed full of thought-provoking posts about schools hiring proof readers, books written Scots dialect and how to stop comparing your child to their peers.
And talking of thought provoking, for many of us mums with preschool and primary school children, our thoughts are currently turned to preparing outfits for Nativity plays.
So, for all those mums starting to lose sleep over how on earth to kit out their little star, I’m kicking off with an inspirational post on how to make a Nativity costume… now go forth and sew!
Jennifers Little World instructs us on how to make a Nativity sheep costume for less than a tenner (thus beating ASDA’s £10 sheep outfit. Skills!)
Kicking off with a Christmas themed Makaton post from MummyWifeWoman, who’s son Ryan is on the autistic spectrum. Mwm has posted up some Christmas themed Makaton signs.
Mummy of Two recently experienced ‘WOW’ week at her son’s primary school, it’s a chance for parents to spend an hour with their child at school and see what they get up to. Unfortunately it would seem that this particular week didn’t have the ‘Wow’ factor that Mummy of Two hoped it would. Has anyone else experienced a lack-lustre WOW week? Or indeed a really well-run one? Would love to read about your experiences if you have.
Non-native bilingual blogger Bonne Maman has done a great guest post on Ma Puce this month, about her experiences teaching her toddler and baby French as a second language, when it isn’t the native tongue or either her or her husband.
Tasha Goddard asks the question on her blog WAHM BAM, do teachers need to be good at spelling? The post is of the back of a BBC Facebook Post about a school hiring a proof reader to check its school reports before they go out. Have a read and then share your thoughts on WAHM BAM and with BritMums.
Also on a spelling tip, Is There A Plan B? has written about her concern over a book that her five year old daughter was given by her school, which is written in what appears to be a Scots dialect. She makes the point that it could be more than a little confusing for her daughter, who is busy learning how to read and write English.
I still remember when an author named Paddy Kitchen came to visit my primarys school. English was always my favourite subject, but even for those who weren’t so keen, her presence lit up their imaginations. So it was lovely to read this post on the Coventy Primary English blog about children’s author Michael Rosen visiting a Year 3 class.
Mummy Never Sleeps has written a post that many of us could have written – or wanted to write – its about the doubt that can creep in when you think you see a peer of your child at school or nursery doing better than them. What’s the best way to deal with this doubt? Let Mummy Never Sleeps know your thoughts.
Apologies for the following pun: Here’s some food for thought from The Breakfast Lady about reinstating domestic science back into the school curriculum. Jokes aside, she makes some valid points that have certainly got me wondering why it ever fell off the school curriculum.
I hope you’ve enjoyed December’s Roundup. If reading these posts has got you set on writing an education related post, don’t forget to let me know about it once it’s gone live. You can drop me a line at motherwifeme at gmail.com or you can reach me on Twitter @motherwifeme and I’ll try and include it in next month’s Round Up.