Being a primary school teacher is exhausting at times but also great fun and is very rewarding as a job. I have been a teacher for over 20 years and I hope other teachers may relate to this post!
Good posture is essential, no matter your age. Failure to master this in your older years could lead to back problems and reduced mobility. As such, many of us attempt, often when it’s too late, to rid ourselves of bad posture habits. In truth, though, posture also matters a great deal when it comes to our children.
We may not think it, of course. The majority of the kids are many years away from back problems, so why should this be an area of concern? But, this should be a prevention instead of cure situation. Those formative years are essential for back health. Fail to get on top of this, and developmental issues could mean back pain much sooner in your child’s life.
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Working memory is where we can can hold onto things long enough to use them and it’s something that some children struggle with. It’s the part of our memory that is needed when you are going into a room to look for something that you thought about upstairs! Working memory is needed to follow instructions and for concentrating when learning new skills. Without it, your child may be incredibly disorganised and may struggle with learning new skills, particularly the building blocks for early maths and reading. Imagine the teacher is telling the children about a word problem in maths. Children have to listen and take in what is being said but they also have to digest what they hear and find the pieces of information that they will need to work out the problem. Children with a poor working memory may forget the first part of the word problem before the teacher has finished speaking or will not know which information they need to work out the problem. Obviously, this can impact their schooling and they may need extra help.
Read more “How can I develop my child’s working memory?”
Do you get cross every morning trying to get your child out the door to school?
Does you child always forget their football boots/PE kit/toy for show and tell?
Are you always having to remind your child about what they need on each day?
You are not alone! This is something that many parents struggle with and I often get parents asking me how they can help their child improve their organisation.
Read more “How can I help my child to be more organised?”
I’ve talked before about my worries about the pressures on our teenagers today. I’ve also written about how we could be causing anxiety in our children. I read about how anxiety, depression and mental illness is on the increase and I’ve seen a rise in anxious children in the primary schools I’ve worked in over the last 20 years. As teachers, this is often a topic of conversation in the staff room. Why is it that young children, some aged just 9, are becoming more anxious about life? It is a real worry. This post is not meant to cause offence and these are my own views but I’m talking about real situations that I have witnessed.
I’m wondering if our modern lifestyles are one of the reasons for the rise in our children’s anxiety?
Read more “Is Modern Living Creating a Crisis for our Children?”
I love watching the children in my class rush out the door at the end of the day. They remove their coat, chuck their bag at their parent and dash towards the playground as their parent asks, ‘how was school today?” Most say, “fine!’ And carry on running! They have lived school all day. They don’t want to relive it by answering their parents! However, as a parent, I also know how frustrating this can be or even upsetting; we just want to know what our children have been doing and if they have enjoyed themselves!
Read more “So, How Was School Today? 12 Questions to ask your child.”
Spending time together over the holiday period can be very stressful. According to statistics 62% of people found that they would describe their stress levels as ‘very or somewhat’ elevated over the holiday period. Perhaps because we are trying to make the holidays as perfect as they can be, without thinking instead about spending quality time together. In fact, the media tells us that divorce rates are elevated during January as couples are looking for a fresh start after spending so much time together over the holidays. Whatever the statistics, elevated stress levels can cause real heartache and it’s not just felt by adults, it can also impact our children.
Read more “5 ways in which your stress impacts your child.”
There are some people who take on life’s trials a little more than others. You know the ones; they worry about everything or get stressed by the small things. They may get angry quickly or fall in love at the drop of a hat. Children are no different. We tend to call them ‘sensitive’ or ‘sensory’ and, as a teacher I see these children sometimes struggle just a little more than other children.
The other day, I watched as a mum tried to get her child to come away from the school playground as it was time to go home. The child was having none of it. We’ve all been there! The child was having a full on tantrum and the mum was getting very stressed by it all. She lost her temper (fair enough) and grabbed her child and carried him to the car. I didn’t see what came next but I can imagine the drive home was horrible and stressful for everyone. I know this because I’ve been there.
Read more “What to do when your child refuses to be comforted.”
Whatever your feelings about Christmas -stress, excitement , dread, happiness, festive -don’t you just love a school Nativity play?
Now that your little one has been at school in Reception for half a term, the majority of them will have settled in and be quite happy to go to school with a smile. Most will bounce in, hold their teacher’s hand and say goodbye without a backwards glance! But not all…. I’m not talking about the odd day of not wanting to go due to tiredness or ‘have I got to go anymore?’ but the child who just can’t seem to settle whatever you do as their parent. As a teacher with 20 years experience, I thought I would share with you my thoughts and tips which I hope you will find helpful.
Read more “Is your child still crying at the school gate? 5 top tips for settling your child in the classroom.”