I watched a really thought provoking video on YouTube today which confirmed everything I believe about children and creativity and underpins the exact reasons why I find Pyjama Drama so rewarding a career.
Forget baby Mozart, send your child to drama classes
10/31/2011 8:28 AM
31st October 2011
We mention on our website and in our literature about the benefits of Pyjama Drama classes (apart from the fact that they're fun!). About how our classes improve children's confidence, help them think creatively, develop their communication skills and get them to work as part of a team.
This week is National Storytelling Week meaning that all around the UK in libraries, pubs, theatres, schools and a whole assortment of other public places, people will be telling stories; old, new, forgotten and re-found. What’s really interesting is the emphasis on telling, not reading stories; something that we at Pyjama Drama feel is really worth shouting about.
My school report always said the same, 'could do better' and 'must try harder', so from time to time I indulge in a little fantasy of going back in time and doing it all again. I visualise a new improved twelve year old me who does all her homework, who revises for tests, listens in class and who doesn't spend whole lessons writing notes to her best friend.
How many Easter eggs have your children consumed this year? Are you of the ‘Eat them all before breakfast if you must but if you make yourself sick it’s your own fault’ school of thought, or the ‘Mummy will look after them and give you a little bit each day’ way of thinking?
How do you clean a CD player ‘coloured in’ with lip salve, a bed sheet ‘coloured in’ with felt tip or a face coloured in’ with an indelible marker? I am sure it wasn’t in the adoption training anywhere and believe me I’ve checked and double checked my notes and it isn’t even in the small print!
Five things I bought for my newborn (and then never used)
5/15/2012 8:09 AM
15th May 2012
The first time I was pregnant I just couldn't wait to get down to Mothercare to stock up on all the things my precious new born would surely need; Moses basket, cot, travel cot, baby seat, car seat, play mat, changing mat, changing bag, high chair, pushchair, bouncy chair, pram, and if you're a parent you'll know that this is just the start. But whilst some of this stuff is clearly useful (if not fairly important) it makes me shudder to think how many things I bought that I really didn't need.
So, here are five things I bought when I had my first child (and then never used) :
It can be a tricky time when your tiny tot is suddenly not so tiny anymore and is about to start primary school. Often you'll be surprised by how easily they take to it but for anyone who experiences wobbles, here are 5 tips to make it easier:
My children will never know the pleasures (and freedoms) of my own 1970’s childhood, and after having just lived through a six week summer holiday, I’m beginning to realise that the 1970’s weren’t a bad time to be a parent either...