Hello! My name is Deb. I’m a mother and a teacher. After teaching for 10 years, I decided it was time for a little break to be home with my young boys. I keep my hand in the ‘teacher’ role by running some local phonics groups and helping parents to better understand the early reading journey. I hope this blog can be a place for me to share even more of my ideas related to learning to read and write.
Since this is my first blog post, I really want to make one thing clear from the start. I strongly believe that the main focus in young children’s lives should be PLAY! I am a teacher though, which means I always find ways of seeing the learning potential that is naturally hiding in all of that play. Sometimes I even slip a bit of learning into the play myself. I never force it though. I don’t think that works. I don’t think that is necessary.
I do like to present my kids (aged almost 2 and 4.5), with loads of different activities though. Some of them they love and stick with for hours or return to again and again. Some of them they have no interest in! And that is fine. However, presenting them with different opportunities to investigate, explore and learn through play, is what is important to me.
I am also hoping to use this blog to share some of my experiences teaching older kids and figure out ways to adapt some of my best lessons over the past 10 years, for use in the home. It feels like a shame to just let the brilliant learning experiences I’ve had in class sit in the past or float around only in kids’ memories (although that is a great place for them to be kept!).
I hope you find something useful here!
Hello! I'm Deb,
a book-toting mother of two and an elementary (primary) school teacher. I love making stories engaging and interactive for kids.
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