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All sorts go in here but mainly pieces personal to me. From my anxiety to how  I’m generally feeling at a particular time.

The Benefits of Forest School

The Benefits of Forest School

The following is a guest post written by Adam Smart who is a dad of two children aged 1 and 5 and forest school leader. He also runs three after school clubs and works as a teaching assistant. I really wanted someone to write about the benefits of forest school and Adam very kindly volunteered. Many Thanks to him for the following wonderful piece. The benefits of Forest School by Adam Smart Forest school is transformational! When I trained to…

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Introducing children to gardening

Introducing children to gardening

Gardens can be a great place to cultivate a meaningful and fun learning experience for children. It’s a natural match. Gardening can offer children an opportunity to learn the life cycle process, by which plants are grown, as well as responsibility, caretaking, independence, and environmental awareness. Introducing children to gardening is a great way to increase their awareness of where food comes from and the importance of the environment in everyday life. Child-Friendly Gardening Tips A great way to spark…

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How can I make my garden more wildlife friendly?

How can I make my garden more wildlife friendly?

Alot of us would like to have more wildlife come to visit our gardens and for good reason too! Some of the UK’s most loved animals are in decline and at risk of extinction. Lawsons, a builders merchant who specialises in landscaping supplies has pulled together a list of things we could all do in our gardens to help prevent this.   Provide Food & Water• The first way to attract wildlife to your garden is to provide them with a source of food and…

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To my Daughter on international women’s day

To my Daughter on international women’s day

It seems pretty fitting, on International Women’s Day, to write a letter to the single most important female in my life. Because although you are “only” just three (four in a few weeks as you constantly remind me), one day you will be a woman, and, as your mum, I have so many hopes and dreams for the life you will live and lead. First, and possibly most importantly, know that you don’t belong to anything or anyone. Nobody owns…

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Why children need to play outside

Why children need to play outside

Many children have never experienced traditional childhood activities like making daisy-chains, building sandcastles or playing in a forest. Despite the popularity of Peppa Pig, so many children never get to jump in muddy puddles or play in mud. The outdoors is the best place for children to practice and master physical skills, build up their immune systems and practise problem solving skills. Indeed, whether they’re trying to figure out the best way to build a fort or learning how to get along…

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