Exciting times here as we anxiously await the Primary school admissions results and find out whether we get the school of our choice. We are fortunate indeed, to live here, as all the primary schools nearby are pretty highly rated, but for a number of reasons we’d really prefer the local village school – good-sized outdoor space to run off the fidgets, don’t need a car to get there (we only have the one), all his local chums will be going there – that sort of thing.
One of the hardest things about committing to write a regular blog is when the creative juices run dry and you just can’t find anything to write about. There are several reasons you can get writer’s block, but the most soul-destroying probably has to be complete failure to think of a topic. One of the very worst things you can do is navel-gaze in front of your computer whilst metaphorically banging your head on the desk, so here is my patented list of inspirational day to day activities that will not only inspire and fit neatly into your life, but may even improve your standard of living…if you can be arsed.
This is very much on my mind at the moment, as a good friend of mine is being, essentially, forced to send her child to school even though he would have been in the year below if she had, to quote “managed to cross her legs another 24 hours”. This issue of him being a whole year younger than some of his supposed peers is only exacerbated by some personal difficulties that have recently been diagnosed as autism. When schools have so little ability (or desire) to be flexible in such cases then we really need new policies to be issued from the top down. In that vein, I have re-blogged an article by another blogger discussing the school-starting age in this country. Would really love to hear your thoughts on this, especially if you’re personally affected.
The Pinworks in Oxford, the craft school arm of fab haberdashery shop ‘Darn It & Stitch’ recently invited one of Live Oxfordshire’s representatives, Rosie, along to one of their courses so she could review it for us. Read on to find out what Rosie had to say about “Little Stitches: Sewing for your baby” which was aimed at beginners wanting to learn how to sew things for their little ones. The course ran over two afternoon sessions over two weeks in the workroom above the shop in central Oxford.
About this time of year the realities of those all-important exams starts to kick in for children and parents alike. This can create stress for the whole family, not just the student taking the tests, so if you have a teenager studying for GCSEs or A-Levels – or even a younger child worrying about those pesky SATS and summer exams, helping to reduce exam stress for them will probably make life easier for everyone! We have a helpful guest post by Oxfordshire-based clinical hypnotherapist, Linda Flanigan, with some top tips on reducing exam stress for your children. Good luck!