Should Young People Be Taught About Politics?

Over the past week, the team at mySircles have been debating whether children of a young age should learn about politics in schools.

It is difficult to judge when children are mature enough to learn about such seemingly adult topics. For many, the teaching of politics to young children is seen as a way of taking away their childhood and replacing it with the worries and stresses of our country. In any case, they can’t vote until they’re 18, so what’s the point, right?

On the other hand, by most schools, politics is not made available as a subject choice until sixth form. However, by this time, children often feel daunted by the topic.

According to the Independent, “it has been estimated that only 36 per cent of people in the 18-24 year old category voted in the EU referendum.” This is a shocking statistic. But we must ask ourselves, why? Is it because of their lack of knowledge on the subject? Are we the ones to blame for not educating them from a...

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Need Ideas for Father’s Day?

As every mum will know, Father’s Day isn’t just for dads, but for our husbands and partners as well. Although an aftershave with the kids’ names on it may be a nice gesture, there are lots of other, more personal ways to make his day special. Here are some ideas for you and your children to try out this Father’s Day:

Breakfast in bed – this is a classic staple to begin any Parent’s Day. This is not only a lovely start to his morning, but will give your children a sense of pride and achievement when he takes that first bite. We love Nigella’s quick and easy American Breakfast Pancakes.

Homemade cards – it may not be a Picasso, but every parent knows a homemade card from your little one tops Clintons. Here is a link on how to make your own ‘shirt card’.

Poems – poems aren’t only a beautiful and personal gesture, but they’re also a really great way for children to practise their vocabulary. Assist...

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Need a shortcut?

What parent would say no to some tips on cutting corners? Here’s some friendly advice on how we get through a busy day of parenthood:

“I want it all – and I would like it delivered” – Bette Midler

• Online grocery shopping really can shave hours off your day. Supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s offer time slots for you to choose at your convenience. And yes, the same offers in-store are also available online!
• Amazon Prime offers free next day delivery on everything from nappy cream to garden furniture – but they don’t stop there. There’s also the added bonus of thousands of free films and shows for both you and your children to enjoy.
• If you’re like me, clothes shopping can take a lot of time and effort, which is hard to come by when you have children. Nowadays, pretty much every clothes shop has an online option and an easy returns...
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Do your children dread going ‘Back to School’?

‘Back to School’…three words with the power to make any child despair.

It can often feel like a daunting adjustment for kids to get back into their school routine. So we’ve put together just a few tips to help make the transition that bit smoother:

Think it Over- encourage your children to take half an hour to re-familiarise themselves with their school work. This will allow them to dive straight back into the curriculum instead of playing catch-up on their first day back.

Jot it down – ask your children to write a short overview of their half-term, describing their favourite activities from the break. This will help switch them back to school-mode through creative writing and task completion.

Catch those Z’s – a large factor to the struggle of the school routine is that dreaded early alarm. By setting an earlier night and morning for your children over the weekend, this will gradually adjust their body clock, making the early get-up more...

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Are you prepared this half-term?

The half-term is upon us! School’s out and the the kids can’t wait for some time to play, but what about us parents and mothers in particular, who rely on that much needed errand-running time?

Here are just a few ideas to keep your child busy while you get on with your day-to-day jobs –

Arts and Crafts – this is a great way to keep kids’ imagination intact over the half term break. Why not set up a workshop (chuck some old cereal boxes, string, etc. on the kitchen table) and see what they come up with. Pinterest is also full of exciting ideas for them to try out.

Sports Day – it’s easy for children to confine themselves to the indoors, but it is crucial they spend as much time as possible outside. Setting up some outdoor activities or even an obstacle course for children won’t only get them out of your hair for a couple of hours but will give them some much needed exercise which they would usually be getting in...

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Celebrating Cultural Diversity

One thing is for certain, the world is becoming more and more globalised by the minute. The UK is more diverse than 10 years ago , rich in culture and various religions. As a nation we are proud of our of our diversity. As parents and teachers, it is crucial in today’s society that we teach our children the importance of understanding and appreciating different cultures. Every child is different, and that is why the appreciation of different cultures is so important. This can be a challenging task; particularly as many of us parents were not taught about the norms of Spanish culture or the Culture of Chinese food as just a few examples!

Although progress has been made in the classroom, with celebrations of religious festivals, religious studies and the increasing language skills classes in secondary education – there are a lot more things that we could be doing both inside and outside school to improve our children’s cultural awareness. There will always be the...

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Stimulating children’s Mathematical skills outside the classroom

Maths is undoubtedly one of the most important subjects within primary and secondary school education, developing a child’s ability to use numbers, time, recognise shapes and change. Not every child dreams to be a mathematician or an accountant, but it is impossible to think of one job that doesn’t involve the basic mathematical principles.

“When am I ever going to use algebra in real life?”, said every child who has ever studied Mathematics. Worksheets and tests work in principle, but are not enough to show children the real importance of the subject and how it is used on a daily basis. So here are some tips and methods on how we can teach our children the basics and importance of mathematics, outside the classroom!

  • The weekly shop (Basic Calculations + Algebra)

The weekly shop is a great way to teach younger children basic calculations in a regular scenario; getting them to work out the cost of the items in the trolley as you go around the store,...

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Reading is embedded into education from an early age and crucial to the development of children’s listening, understanding and vocal skills

 

It also has a major impact on the sociability of children as they grow older, expanding their vocabulary allows them to be confident in speech in and outside the classroom with friends, family and teachers.

The National Literacy Trust introduced the ‘Early Words Together’ programme in 2014 in partnership with 120 children’s centres in the UK targeting children 3-5. The programme resulted in an increase in both vocabulary comprehension and spoken language skills of children. Families involved with the programme experienced higher levels of enjoyment for reading by 77%, proving that active involvement with your child’s reading can have a key impact on their enthusiasm to read. The programme also identified that many parents struggle to find the time to read as amongst the family meaning we must consider different ways to motivate children to read for pleasure.

Similar programmes were rolled out through Primary and Secondary schools to get children...

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The real meaning behind Valentine’s Day and what values our children can take

Legend has it that St.Valentine was a priest in Roman times who secretly performed marriages for soldiers and their lovers against the orders of the cruel Emperor Claudius. Met with his imprisonment, Valentine fell in love with the jail-guard’s daughter and wrote letters signed ‘Love from your Valentine’ before his beheading on February the 14th.

In modern society, Valentine’s day is celebrated as an expression of ‘romantic love’ and feelings through an exchange of cards and gifts such as flowers and chocolates. In the UK alone just under half of the population spend money on their valentines.

For the younger generation, Valentine’s Day is often introduced at an early age, with many primary schools allowing children to create cards and crafts to give to their valentine providing an opportunity to show their creativity. In younger years this is a novelty to children as they hand out gifts and cards to family members teaching the lesson of...

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Is my child spending too much time on the internet?

Over the past 10 years; the internet has played a crucial part in children’s education. From practicing online tests to researching homework questions; it is undoubtedly the largest source of information and educational tool of this day and age. The internet has provided the opportunity for children to learn faster than we ever could!

Schools have also had to adapt to these changes; embracing an online presence, fitting more ‘Internet research’ projects into their syllabuses and introducing computing technology to children from an early age. At the same time, they must teach children of the dangers of the internet.

On average, children between 5-16 spend 3 hours per day surfing the internet (read more…). Being taught ‘the ways of the internet’ from an early age not only presents the opportunity to build upon knowledge, but also the opportunity for our children to waste time on social media, play games and… watch funny cat videos…...

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