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12
Jul

What is Selective Mutism?

This week's blog has been authored by the brilliant Erica Field. Erica is an EMA Teaching & Learning Adviser (KS2-4), active in Rochdale Borough Council, and she's sharing some important information for parents and teachers about selective mutism.

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17
Jun

Easter Craft Ideas for Kids

Easter is round the corner and if you have not had time yet to decorate your home, no worries! We’ve got you covered!
 
You still have time to create wonderful crafts with your little ones. Creating something together will not only give your house a lovely Eastery touch, but it will also be great family fun!
 
Here are some simple Easter craft ideas that I have tried with my boys and they absolutely loved it!
 
 
1. Handprint bunnies
 
The bunnies are very easy to make and they are so cute!

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17
Jun

9 Benefits of Reading to Children

Have you ever wondered how reading benefits your children?
The study by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in State Government Victoria shows that there is an important role for parents in the development and educational performance of their children.
 

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17
Jun

Spotlight on Irish

When we lose a language, we lose a part of our culture and history. A Day with Grandpa by Fiona Scott is a gentle way of talking about dementia with your children, especially if they have an affected grandparent. But the theme of forgetting, and losing who you are with that loss, runs through into the Irish that we have among our dual language versions of this book.

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17
Jun

Spotlight on Dari

Dari might seem like an unlikely language to make it onto UNESCO’s list of Endangered Languages; about half of Afghanistan’s population understand Dari, and nearly a third speak it, meaning there are an estimated 8-9 million speakers of this Indo-Iranian language, sister to Persian and Farsi.

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17
Jun

In the Land of the Northern Lights

How do you explore languages and cultural differences in your classroom? It's often through looking at cultures we perceive as "different" that we discover things we all have in common. This week we look at the northern lights in mythology, but you can also take the time to talk about what causes the northern lights with your class from a scientific perspective. 

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17
Jun

Saving a Language

2019 was the International Year of Indigenous Languages. That didn’t escape us. We work, breathe, and dream language.

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17
Jun

Become a 'perfect' parent by stopping trying to be one

Are you a parent feeling under pressure to do everything ‘right’? Do you feel your children ‘should’ be more developed in certain areas? Do you think they are behind compared to other children?
You are not alone. These thoughts and feelings are more common than you may think.
 
While I totally understand where they come from, have you ever paused and asked yourself: ‘What really is the right thing to do?’ ‘Who determines what is right and what is wrong?’

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17
Jun

Simple Ways to Boost Your Bilingual Child’s Language Skills

Raising bilingual children can be challenging, especially if you want them to speak fluently in two (or more) languages.

If you live in an English-speaking country, the English language will always be dominant for your children, regardless of what language you speak to them at home.
 
It is easier when they are small, but once they start to go to school and be exposed to the English language for 6 hours a day, that is when things usually change. Even if they haven’t before, your children suddenly start to speak to you in English.
 

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