Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Why Sketching Builds Resilience

Why Sketching Builds Resilience What do you remember doing as a child and not really appreciating at the time, and has this influenced you now? Is Outcome Always A Priority?  During half term 2015, my husband Paul was away with work in Syria, so as often happens in the holidays,  I drove the kids up North to visit their older and younger cousins and spend time with my lovely sister in law, Auntie Sally, two mums working together is always so much easier than one eh. On this occasion we met at one of our favourite bolt holes in the … Continue reading Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Why Sketching Builds Resilience

Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Family Adventure to Pompeii

Family Adventure to Pompeii What’s on your family wish list? This week we enjoyed adventures in Naples. Yesterday was a wonderful trip to Pompeii Mind the bees. Video here Jane x Continue reading Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Family Adventure to Pompeii

Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Family Adventures in Naples

Today we climbed Mount Vesuvius Today we took a train to Ercolo then tourist bus up to Mount Vesuvius, enjoying great views of the city of Naples sprawling below, whilst slightly terrified of the narrow coach turns. The carpark with all the coaches was probably the most dangerous part though. From here, we walked about 15 minutes on a reasonably wide path to the crater rim. It was pretty windy, Ellie’s ears ached from the cold and sand stung our eyes. It was definitely worth it though. We survived the return journey to the station, and from here walked 15 … Continue reading Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Family Adventures in Naples

Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : A Random Pic, 1979

A Random Pic When not involved in the engineering team for Martin Baker’s ejector seats,  my Grandad Alan designed this fruitpick. He subsequently made 5 more for the apple trees we used to have growing in the garden in Lyne. My Dad was advised to advertise the picker nationally, so ran adverts in The Field magazine, Telegraph and  Countrylife, @£9.95 incl p&p On the Monday 7 orders arrived, Tuesday 40 and by the Wednesday the postman delivered a huge sack of 700 orders and it didn’t stop. We spent the next year trying to get on top of them, enlisting … Continue reading Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : A Random Pic, 1979

Nature Data Collection

Can you estimate the percentage of children in the UK who cannot identify an oak leaf? I have been carrying out little surveys in the classes I’ve been teaching. Depending on the intensity of the planning left, it’s always an exciting adventure to have the opportunity to get the kids out of class into nature. The other day I visited a wonderful wildlife garden in a school and the class hadn’t been outside once this term to visit it. Another school has an entire woodland area, and again the kids hadn’t stepped on a single twig. One teacher had been … Continue reading Nature Data Collection

Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones As usual there was an intense amount of work left to cover and no time factored in to create connection. People say, ‘Jane how do you know what to do, what’s it like walking into a class you have never met and teaching them, do they mess about?’ A handwritten 2 page letter was left on the desk informing me of the 12 most troublesome children including: ‘f has ADHD, x, y and z are trying to be the alpha males, s is sooo lazy really stamp on him, t is aggressive, l calls out all the … Continue reading Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Sticks and Stones

Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Sleep and the benefits of Bedtime Routines for children

Do your children have a bedtime ritual?  Below is a gentle idea to soothe them before bedtime and ease them into sleep. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A Simple Bedtime Idea My brother in law responded to my newsletter, ‘Simple Ways To Enhance Children’s Sleep‘ by sending over a beautiful message about his evening wind down routine. This included lighting a candle before he snuggles under his soft covers. I shared his story with my daughter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After she’s cleaned her teeth, my daughter lights our little buddha statue, and then settles back for a short and calming foot massage. When she was little … Continue reading Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Sleep and the benefits of Bedtime Routines for children