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10 ways to make Easter the best school holiday

10 ways to make Easter the best school holiday

Spring has sprung, the daffs are out and the birds are singing – what better time to get back outdoors and enjoy the British countryside? Here are ten ideas to make the Easter holidays truly memorable, whatever the weather.

Playing together, growing together

Playing together, growing together

As I return to my desk having broken up another tablet argument, I do sigh and wonder if this is the best way for my children to be spending their time. Electronic games might engage one or two of them at a time, but they don’t really help us connect as a whole family.

Loving the great outdoors

Loving the great outdoors

I guess it was discovering the huge ledger that my Dad had used as a scrapbook during the war that first fired my love of nature. It’s a passion that’s stayed with me and which I’ve managed to pass on to my children, too. Here are a few ideas that may help your children fall in love with the great outdoors too…

Play: the work of childhood

Play: the work of childhood

We can be a bit dismissive of ‘play’, can’t we? Play is for fun, for leisure, for relaxation. For when there’s no proper work to be done. It’s an optional extra – nice to have, but not essential. But there are some vital life skills that are best learnt through play. Here are five of them…

Should my child be bilingual?

Should my child be bilingual?

The world seems to be shrinking. Cheap travel and instant communication mean it’s a smaller place than it was when we were growing up, and the trend looks set to continue. How do we prepare our children for the challenges and opportunities this presents? Making sure they can speak a foreign language is a good place to start. Here’s the best of what the internet has to say about the 'whys' and 'hows' of raising bilingual children.

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