RESOURCES


 

The Google alternative

It’s so good – so why bother?

Google products are used in schools throughout the world. Google offers training for teachers, accreditation for schools and Chrome is a browser of choice for many, if not the majority. Google is convenient and low cost. However, Google is not available everywhere and Bill Hess thinks there are other good reason for schools to consider alternatives.

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Celebrate Diwali

Celebrate Diwali 2018 on 7th November.

‘Diwali (or Deepavali, the “festival of lights”) is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) every year. Spiritually, the festival signifies the victory of light over darkness.’

In this free to download PDF Jan Homden has put together fun ideas to celebrate the festival in an Early Years or Primary classroom.

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First day at big school

Preparing your child for their first day at school
 Jan Homden gives us 10 things to think about in the weeks leading up to your child starting school. Included are recommended books to share, based around the theme of ‘starting school’, nursery and counting rhymes to recite and sing, suggestions for healthy, creative lunch boxes and the evening before the first day!
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Child- Technology, Early years Resources, Primary resources, International Teachers Magazine

Summer apps

Guiding effective holiday screen time

With the summer fast approaching, Joan Weir shares her favourite educational apps., convinced that parents and teachers should be guiding rather than forbidding screen time. 

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Ladybird-Minibeasts, Early Years Resource International Teachers Magazine

Discovering Minibeasts

A completely revised and updated Early Years and Primary compilation

Ladybird- Minibeasts, Early learning resources, Primary resources, International Teachers MagazineTake the classroom outside and discover the natural world of Minibeasts

‘Teaching outdoors helps encourage curiosity and stimulates all the senses in a way that indoor learning simply cannot do.’  The Woodland Trust. This Early Years and Primary resource, compiled by Jan Homden can also be used by parents who home-school their children.

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Novels for young adults

Kate Shepherd reviews three novels with stories that will engage and challenge young adults. The Family with Two Front Doors is based on the author’s real family while The Big Bazoohley is written in the zany style reminiscent of Roald Dahl.  Words in Deep Blue is centred around a bookshop where we are drawn into the lives of the two main characters.

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We’re not afraid of the dark!

Lots of ideas for the Early Tears to dispel those fears.

In these two PDFs collated by Jan Homden there are dark dens to create and fun ideas to explore when it is dark. There are books to read that encourage children to laugh, talk and share their feelings about the dark. Learn about nocturnal animals, plan a slumber party and end the day in a calm and mindful way with Goodnight Yoga. Lots of resources to dip into.

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The IB Diploma and IELTs

How to avoid under-performance in IELTs

An increasing number of students in international schools, including those following IB Diploma courses are sitting the IELTS and similar examinations of language competence, but many under-perform. Chris Jay provides some useful guidance on how to avoid pitfalls and achieve success. 

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