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Bright children should start school at six, says academic

Bright children should start school at six, says academic
Dr House, who was due to present his findings at a major conference in central London on Wednesday, called on the Government to launch an independent inquiry into England’s school starting age. He said: “The conventional wisdom is that naturally intelligent children should have their intellect fed and stimulated at a young age, so they are not held back. “Yet these new empirical findings strongly suggest that exactly the opposite may well be the case, and that young children’s run-away intellect actually needs to be slowed down in the early years if they are not to risk growing up in an intellectually unbalanced way, with possible life-long negative health effects.” At the moment, most English children start school in nursery or reception classes at the age of three or four and are taught using the Early Years Foundation Stage – a compulsory “nappy curriculum”. They then move into formal lessons at the age of five. Related:  Social ToolsBabywearing & Parenting

Early Years Matters - For everything that matters in early years Build to Learn: Why You Should Make Things Just for the Experience Beyond the Labels: Parenting with Respect | unnecessarywisdom There are a lot of parenting theories swirling around right now. I’ve found that I can relate to many of them and sort of fit with some of them. But I don’t really belong to any of them. I never found a group and followed along. And in searching for how or why I came to my particular set of beliefs, I came to this conclusion: I treat my kids with respect. Parenting gets really simple when you realize your children are human beings. We ascribe so many negative qualities to our children. But take a moment to look at yourself. Have you ever had road rage, screamed at your spouse or thrown your remote across the room? Can you imagine meeting someone for the first time and having some other person tell you that you MUST hug them? Does anyone come to your house and demand that you share your car with your friends? We say children are bad because they are stubborn and talk back. I look at my children as human beings who were given to me as a gift. I don’t always get it right. Like this:

Homeschool Preschool Curriculum Need a homeschool preschool curriculum? Have you thought about homeschooling your child – but aren’t sure you have what it takes to persevere? Homeschooling during the preschool ages is a great way to try everything out and see if it’s going to work for your family. Homeschooling preschool children also has many side benefits. It gives you something constructive to do during those long daytime hours while your husband is at work. And it will help you bond with your children in a way that nothing else will. You can purchase a great homeschool preschool curriculum that is all ready to go, if that’s what you’re interested in doing. Later on, we did work through the Bob Jones 3-year-old preschool program and also the Bob Jones 4-year-old preschool program. Below is a list of fun preschool activities for you to try with your child. Preschool Fine Motor Skills: Let your child play with pattern blocks. Lincoln logs are another fun activity – especially when dad can also be involved.

"should be raised to six" 'It can 'cause major developmental harm, and at worst a shortened lifespan', claims expert By Richard Hartley-parkinson Published: 07:56 GMT, 16 May 2012 | Updated: 11:14 GMT, 16 May 2012 Children should not have to start school until they are six to prevent early 'adultification', an academic has claimed. Going against conventional wisdom that their intellect should be fed and stimulated early on, education expert Dr Richard House says that over-emphasis on the three Rs - reading, writing and arithmetic - can actually cause long-term damage. The senior lecturer at Roehampton's University for Therapeutic Education added that rather than starting school at the current standard age of four or five, those with 'runaway intellect' would do better if they were slowed down. Schoolchildren would be allowed to develop more naturally if they started at six years old academic Dr Richard House says FOUR: Northern Ireland FIVE: England, Malta, Netherlands, Scotland, Wales Dr Richard House

The Impact of Early Years Professionals Research team: Michael Jopling, Mark Hadfield, Martin Needham, Tim Waller, Liz Coleyshaw, Mahmoud Emira & Karl Royle Overview The Longitudinal Study of Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) was a three-year study commissioned by the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) in 2009. View the full report and video case studies We have a dedicated website to host the resources and videos relating to this project allowing you to explore the report in detail. Impact This study is cited on the Dept for Education website in their announcement to continue the EYPS qualification, as delivered by CWDC.

lec-playingismyjob.pdf Sharing the Bounty: Money and Unconditional Parenting Unconditional parenting, what some might also call non-punitive parenting or peaceful parenting (it comes in many terms) reaches every aspect of our lives. Academics, religion, biology, neuroscience, emotional wellbeing...let's not forget finances! I've been very happy with the way my parents introduced money values and developed financial skills in their family. They have an entrepreneurial streak to them and seemed to have passed that along to their children. More important to me now as a parent, though, they also passed along the feelings of empowerment and bounty when it comes to finances. Frugality without prudence and monetary discipline without a goal only lead to anxiety, to detachment, obviously not what unconditional parents are striving to communicate to their children. Regardless of the stage, I've noticed that words are a powerful tool to use in the money topic. I reframe the situation. What is that toy promising you? She went to work, earning the money doing odd jobs.

Its never too early to start teaching You have cookies turned off To use this website, cookies must be enabled in your browser. To enable cookies, follow the instructions for your browser below. Facebook App: Open links in External Browser There is a specific issue with the Facebook in-app browser intermittently making requests to websites without cookies that had previously been set. Open the settings menu by clicking the hamburger menu in the top rightChoose “App Settings” from the menuTurn on the option “Links Open Externally” (This will use the device’s default browser) Windows Enabling Cookies in Internet Explorer 9 Open the Internet BrowserClick Tools (or “gear” icon at top right hand corner) > Internet Options > Privacy > AdvancedCheck Override automatic cookie handlingFor First-party Cookies and Third-party Cookies click AcceptClick OK and OK Enabling Cookies in Internet Explorer 10, 11 Enabling Cookies in Firefox Enabling Cookies in Google Chrome Mac Enabling Cookies in Safari Enabling Cookies in Mobile Safari (iPhone, iPad)

14 Blokes Who Blog About Early Childhood – make that 26! | Child's Play Music Males who work in the early childhood field are rare. I mean, really rare. Under 2% of the workforce seems to be the generally accepted figure. And males who blog about ECE and/or childhood seem to be even rarer. When I started researching this post I knew of just 7. The standard is astonishingly high. This was originally going to be a really long post describing each blog, with links to favourite posts, & photos, bios, yada, yada. So here in random order are the 14 29 blogs (no, really random, I used this random list generator, at least for the first 14 – the rest are in the order I became aware of them). Males in Early Childhood You can also find Greg on Facebook at his Males in Early Childhood Education Page. ABC Does You can also find Alistair on Facebook on his ABC Does Ltd Page. Rethinking Childhood You can also find Tim on Facebook on his Rethinking Childhood Page. Brick by Brick You can also find Scott on Facebook at his Brick by Brick Page. Literacy, Families and Learning Marc Armitage

10 Questions to Ask When Designing Your Company's Logo Great logos are recognizable in a blink. They also should make a lasting impression. Target hits the bullseye, Nike goes swoosh, and Apple catches the eye. All three company’s iconic logos are unique, memorable and stand the test of time. They instantly and consistently do what a potent logo should: Identify a brand, make it stand out and, ideally, drive customer interest and sales. We all know great logos, but we don’t all know that great logos aren’t easy to create. Related: 5 Must-Haves for a Successful Logo “We have less time and less space to tell our stories in than ever before,” says Alina Wheeler, a Philadelphia-based branding expert and author of Designing Brand Identity (John Wiley and Sons, Inc., fourth edition, 2013). Here are 10 essential questions to ask when designing your company’s first logo: 1. Wheeler separates logos into four categories: Wordmarks are freestanding word or multi-letter abbreviation groupings comprising a logo, a.k.a. logotypes. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Why Parents Yell Yelling...it's ineffective but it's also a sign that parents and children are growing apart. If life is getting crazy, if your child "isn't obeying" and if you find yourself yelling or even escalating to other punitive methods, find a way to bring the hearts together. "Why We Shout In Anger" ~Author Unknown A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take a bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples, smiled and asked, "Why do people shout in anger at each other?" The disciples thought for a while and one of them said, "We shout because we lose our calm." The saint responded, "But, why would you shout when the other person is right next to you? So the disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied him. "When two people are angry at each other, their hearts are far apart. What happens when two people fall in love? The saint continued, "When they love each other even more, what happens?

Limit children's screen time, expert urges 9 October 2012Last updated at 02:46 ET By Hannah Richardson BBC News education and family reporter Too much TV can change the amount of certain chemicals produced in the brain The amount of time children spend in front of screens should be curbed to stave off development and health problems, an expert says. Psychologist Dr Aric Sigman says children of all ages are watching more screen media than ever, and starting earlier. The average 10-year-old has access to five different screens at home, he says. And some are becoming addicted to them or depressed as a result, he warns. Writing in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, Dr Sigman says a child born today will have spent a full year glued to screens by the time they reach the age of seven. "Children routinely engage in two or more forms of screen viewing at the same time, such as TV and laptop." 'Facebook depression' But he suggests the effects go further than those simply associated with being sedentary for long periods. 'Reduce screen time'

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