You will have no doubt noticed the massive craze for colouring books. Maybe even bought some for yourself or your children as a creative and therapeutic activity to help with mindfulness and switching off from the stressful world – as many a sales pitch tells us. I suspect many practising artists would question how truly... Read more »
Full name: Ross Mountney
Ex-teacher and home educator, writer and author of books on home education and parenting.
There are many issues about schooling and the education system which parents are concerned about. The intense focus on statistics and results, consequently the narrowing of curriculum and squeezing out of arts and sports, unhealthy relationships and bullying, and stressed out kids along with the rise in mental health issues, to name a few. Not... Read more »
It is easy to dismiss the effects of bullying if you or your children haven’t directly experienced it. But the fact remains that it is likely to be present wherever there are groups of people and schools are no exception. Some children end up leaving school because of it. According to the Bullying UK website,... Read more »
It’s a distracting world – more than ever before. It’s almost impossible not to lose focus and flitter round these digital distractions like butterflies. This creates the danger of de-skilling us from the ability to concentrate for longer periods. No wonder kids can’t focus on their learning; the distractions are very seductive. Therefore it’s necessary... Read more »
National Poetry Day takes place in October every year to celebrate and raise awareness of poetry. Most of us were probably unaware of it, poetry tending to be bypassed in our busy lives. However, we should perhaps pay more attention to it, and to including it in children’s education, as poetry can be good for... Read more »