It may be a company with commercial interests but can Lego change the way we approach early education in this country? There was a very interesting piece in the press lately about the concerns the Lego Foundation have over the neglect of play-based learning. They are funding a research project to investigate its effect. Play... Read more »
Full name: Ross Mountney
Ex-teacher and home educator, writer and author of books on home education and parenting.
It used to be that only people with special training could type. Now everyone has their hands on a keyboard of one type or another, from laptops, through tablets to phones. We’re messaging like mad. So is handwriting still important? The National Handwriting Association maintains that it is. We’re all needing to jot stuff down... Read more »
This question came up on a Forum recently and parents, who’ve made the decision to home educate, often ask if there are time restrictions on de-registering their children from school to start home learning. And whether it’s best to do so at the end of school terms and years, or if this matters. With regard... Read more »
Many home educating families use the children’s own interests around which to build their education. If you’re used to the prescriptive curricula approach to education familiar in schools it can be quite hard to see how this could be successful. However, as home educated young people who have learnt in this way begin to graduate... Read more »
There can be a general feeling among parents and some secondary teachers that it is the later years in education that really matter. After all, that’s when the important exams are looming and from early in their secondary school lives, all education is very much focussed on that outcome. People can see nursery and primary... Read more »