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.
I was so excited to be asked recently to review some jewellery from Kaya and I was able to choose a piece from their comprehensive website. I don’t often review products on my blog but was attracted to Kaya Jewellery, not only their stunningly beautiful products, but also that Kaya give back to those less fortunate. In The Gambia, Kaya has helped educate 20 children by donating over €10,000. When I read this as a customer, I know that I am dealing with a company that wants to help others and this is important to me. As a teacher, education is the most important gift we can give to our children.
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.
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?
Gone are the days of pass the parcel, musical statues and a few sandwiches. Kids parties can now be the most lavish of affairs with parents competing to see who can hold the most talked about birthday soiree for their offspring. While you may not be one for entering into such trivial matters, you can’t help but want your little ones to have the best party to celebrate another year on the planet. Read on to see how you can master the art of the kids party!
I wrote recently about how, as adults, we sometimes lose the ability to see the wonder in things and we should look to how young children view the world to really see how amazing it is. Well, this got me thinking about how teenagers see the world!
Teenagers and young people also see the world in a very different way to adults don’t they? They engage in their world in their own way and I think we misjudge teenagers sometimes. We often hear phrases such as ‘misguided’, ‘carefree’ or ‘out of control’ to describe teens and this is unfair. I wonder how many adults could learn a thing or two from our young people? Adults often describe their life as ‘boring’, ‘in a rut”, ‘being on a treadmill’ or ‘mundane’. Well, perhaps we need to look towards our teenagers and young people and see how they live their lives, remember those things and engage in our world through their eyes?
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!