Teachers from Top UK Private Schools say Period of Online Learning Helped to
Close the ‘Achievement Gap’ for Children who Need More Time to Learn

As a parent, you are likely to worry how much your child has been impacted by the pandemic in terms of their education, and I'm sure in the past, many of us have worried about how much attention your child pays in class. So it's really interesting to hear Hugh Viney, Headmaster at Minerva’s Virtual Academy, a virtual online learning school comment on the impact of the pandemic on teaching “We are definitely hearing a lot more traditional schoolteachers talking up the benefits of online learning. Learning has never been a ‘one size fits all’ approach, it just doesn’t work that way. "

10 tips on how to effectively homeschool - including 10 great websites/resources

(*image Sigmund on Unsplash)

If you had a hundred home educators in a room, each of them would likely have a different approach, but there are various steps you can take to get the most out of homeschooling.

With a third national lockdown closing most UK schools, Greg Smith, Head of Operations at Oxford Home Schooling, one of the UK's leading home education providers, has given his 10 top tips on how to effectively homeschool.

Let's get crafty at Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get crafty with your children. We are big fans of fingerprint and handprint crafts which are not only simple to make but are a treasured record of tiny hands for grandparents and other special relatives. While a few pipe cleaners and a handful of beads can be turned into a pretty Christmas tree decoration.

Becoming You

We can't be more excited at Parent Time to watch Becoming You, on Apple TV. It's narrated by Olivia Colman that documents and follows children from around the globe, how they grow and develop from birth to age 5.

Kids love animals

It's important that children learn about their food. Farmer Jane Barnes is an advocate of educating children, and now offers dairy tours around their farm.

Let's get crafting - “Mum, can we do painting?”

When you hear those words spring from your little darling’s mouth, do you reach for the brushes before the words are through? Or does your heart sink with dread. Crafting with children certainly seems to split people in a way that makes politics and savoury spreads seem uniting. But if you are a naysayer, a reluctant maker, a paint-phobe, there may be ways that keep you in your comfort zone while you satisfy your child’s creative desires.

Small but perfectly formed

The Little Lane Nursery is a boutique nursery providing childcare for children between the ages of six weeks and five years old.

Reception: What to expect

Starting Reception is a huge step for your child. It is a lovely time but also it can be daunting for
the parents as much as the child.

Look who's talking

“A child who struggles to speak may struggle to access the curriculum.”

Home schooling tips from Oxford Home Schooling:

Home schooling tips from Greg Smith, head of operations at Oxford Home Schooling:

Thinking outside the box

When confronted with the unpredictable world, we need people with the ability to problem-solve, to be creative, and think differently. These skills are shaped and nurtured from a very young age. No one appreciates this more than Lucy Lewin, owner of Little Angels in Uppingham. [Advertorial]

The big pause - lessons learned from lockdown

Lockdown – that thunderbolt from the blue – forcing us overnight to radically change the way we live our lives, as workers, parents, and families. Learning to work from home, home-school our kids, and having our social interactions confined to the pixels of a computer screen.

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