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Teach Creativity

Teach Creativity

If you watch  this inspiring video cartoon clip and feel a bit sad that this could be your child, or you - then take action! It's no surprise that school and our regular, regimented life can kill any creative instincts we're born with.  If we expect all children to...

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How To Grow A Reader

How To Grow A Reader

Want to grow a reader? Make reading a habit. Unless you get your children into a daily habit of reading you will battle endlessly to grow them into lifelong readers. Yes, they may have a reading session at school.  And they may read perfectly well. But the average...

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So you want to write a blog?

So you want to write a blog?

Blogging is writing.  Just in shorter, sharper sentences that need to get to the point quickly.   Or be clicked over at the first sign of a clumsy sentence. Or a long explanation that wanders off-topic.  Of course there are exceptions. Some blogs are creative...

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Bespoke Book Tree Orders

Bespoke Book Tree Orders

A friend asked me a favour - could I draw up a list of book suggestions for her four boys - ranging in age from 10 - 17. Her boys are not big readers, don't like fantasy and are put off by 'big fat books'. I love a challenge and having kids who don't always want to...

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Masterclass with Shane W. Evans

Masterclass with Shane W. Evans

'Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it,' said Bob Dylan.  Yet on some days inspiration suddenly flows, so rich and sweetly available you go down on your hands and knees in gratitude and then quickly get to your desk to try catch it in...

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Holiday Project: Photo Albums

Holiday Project: Photo Albums

Children love reading about themselves.  They want to know all the cute things they said and did and what they liked eating, what games they liked playing and where they lived. They also love looking through photo albums at baby pictures, family holidays, school...

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A burst of colour

A burst of colour

I'm thinking today about how the environment we surround ourselves in reflects our reality.  A beautiful painting, a fresh bunch of flowers, a bright splash of rug or pillow are like pops of colour that uplift our mood. Just like the books we read. Choose to read...

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To find the time to write…

To find the time to write…

I'm writing this at month end.  Which is a mad time to try to find the time to write because bills are due, filing is all over the floor, staff must be paid, emails sent and replied to and children's activities for the coming month planned and diarised. But I'm...

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