I recently spent a happy afternoon helping my mother clear out a couple of cupboards, one of which contained many old family photographs, including this one. It’s a school photograph and I think I’m around 5 years old.
When I look at it, all at once I am swamped with memories.
I have never quite understood how it became socially acceptable to laugh openly AT children, there’s no confusion that it might be WITH, we really laugh AT them. I know it’s a truism that they do say and do the funniest things, but much of the time, they aren’t trying to be funny, much of the time they’re trying to express something that’s extremely important to them.
During a movement workshop in a lovely RC school in central Birmingham, a very keen six year old girl kept asking if she could show me her Irish dancing, and I had replied, yes, that would be lovely, but could she please wait and show me at the end of the session.
I'm working away from home at the moment with very little time for blog-writing, so this week I'm posting my recent interview with SEN Resources - and here's a link to their page: https://senresourcesblog.com . Hope you enjoy it.
INTERVIEW WITH NIKKY SMEDLEY ON PLAYING LAALAA IN TELETUBBIES TO WRITING HER NEW BOOK ‘CREATE, PERFORM, TEACH!’
I was a bit star struck this week, Nikky Smedley who played the Teletubby Laalaa (my favourite childhood TV character) kindly agreed to answer some questions I had about her new book. When I found out that she had written ‘Create, Perform, Teach!‘ I was intrigued as to how she moved from children TV to the education sector.
Create, Perform, Teach! is a fantastic book. It helps to inspire early years practitioners to engage children through creativity and performance methods. Nikky Smedley provides practical advice and ideas of how to do this covering everything from puppetry to music and dance!
We loved how easy to read the book was, its range of brilliant ideas and how these ideas will ultimately help children to develop a range of important skills such as speech and language, creativity and gross motor skills.
Earlier this year, the Guardian newspaper held an experiment where several families gave up the rules laid down by parents, and handed the power over to the children.
It’s a fascinating read, and there are many parallels with what children and young people have been telling me via the How to Speak Child interviewing project.