Month: June 2014

Craft Activity – Wooden Spoon Pals

Have fun with this fun and easy up cycle craft! Lets learn how to make spoon pals! You will need 1 wooden spoon and or 1 wooden spatula Acrylic paint A fine paintbrush A larger paintbrush A pot of water An empty jar 1. Start by painting your wooden spoon or spatula a base colour of white using the larger paintbrush, be sure to cover the entire spoon including the handle, leave it to dry by standing it in the jar. 2. You may need a second coat of white, this ensures all your colours are bold and bright. 3.  Next paint on your characters hair, orange, yellow, brown or black? the possibilities are endless! 4. Now its time to give your character a face, using a small amount of black paint and a fine paintbrush, a cheeky smile, a devilish grin, its up to you. 5. It is now time to paint on your characters clothes, carefully paint strips of colour around part of the handle, use your imagination. 6. Leave your character to dry in the jar. It may need a second coat of paint once the first coat is dry. 7. Why not paint several wooden spoons and make an entire...

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Diary of a stay-at-home-dad by Rob Tyler – week 46

I recently read an article about what a real man’s role should be in the family. The opinion was: he should work and be the provider for his family whatever the circumstances and that the mother should remain at home with the children. Let’s look at the word provider: also known as the breadwinner, wears the trousers, brings home the bacon, the protector … you get where I’m going. This, in my opinion, is outdated, insensitive and a narrow viewpoint to have without knowing individual family circumstances. Most people see this as providing just financially. I’m not saying it’s...

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After-school club ban for boy who loves dresses

Five-year-old Romeo Clarke has been banned from an after-school club for repeatedly turning up wearing a dress. With three older sisters who are happy paint his nails and straighten his hair, it isn’t surprising that Romeo has developed a love of all things pink and pretty. The little boy from Rugby, Warwickshire, has a collection of over 100 gowns and 8 pairs of high-heeled shoes. Just a boy who loves dresses His mum Georgina has lodged a complaint against Buzz Children’s Club, who told her that Romeo would only be allowed to return to the group once he is...

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Summer-born kids can start school at 5

The Department for Education has told schools and councils that they should consider allowing summer-born and premature children to start school a year later. The compulsory age for children to enter education is the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday, but the majority of children take a reception place at the age of four. Research suggests that children born between May and August are disadvantaged by the age gap between them and winter-born children. Figures produced by the Department for Education show that 22 per cent more summer-born children fail to meet expected requirements in areas such as reading, maths and listening. The achievement gap between September and August-born children has led the Institute of Fiscal Studies to suggest that test results should be weighted according to age in order to compensate for the disparity. While parents have previously had the option of waiting until their child is five before registering them with a school, in most circumstances this would mean that their child would miss out on a whole year of education, since they would be placed directly into Year 1. Campaigners for the group Flexible School Admissions for Summer Born Children claim that all parents should have the right to enrol their child in a reception class at the age of five, if they feel that this is in their best interests, emotionally, socially and developmentally....

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