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You Can Run and You Can Hide

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10-03-2018

Are you on Facebook? How old are you and those you connect with most often? There has been a recent slew of press articles about the rise in the average age of Facebook users and the projected exodus of over 3 million under-25s in the UK and US this year.

Reading interviews with young people who are now turning to alternative platforms, I was reminded of a past experience whilst working in Scotland many years ago.

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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05-03-2018

Last week I spoke about how children are often willing and able to embrace complex vocabulary, and I’d like to expound on that here.

Never be afraid to use a long word with a young child. Children love playing with language and long, complicated words can be fabulously alluring. 

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Time to Remember

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27-02-2018

Last week I touched upon the importance of using personal memories to enable empathetic communications with our children. I’d like to talk more here about it’s power and how we can help children develop recall skills.

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What Did You Say?!!

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27-02-2018

We all have memories of secrets hidden from our parents and other grown-ups, of wanting to mark out the territories in our lives where they were not allowed to go. Sometimes these can be physical spaces, whether a private meeting place or a den or the sacred inner sanctum of a teenager’s bedroom, and sometimes the boundaries are more conceptual.

Language serves this purpose beautifully. In the past, youngsters have used back-slang, pig latin and other fabulously creative inventions to be able to communicate in ways that they suppose adults cannot understand (forgetting that they were once kids too!). I have known groups of children construct highly complex language codes which could be spoken and written fluently by the chosen few.

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The Lost Words

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24-02-2018

Have you heard about the recent publishing phenomenon ‘The Lost Words’?

The authors wanted to create a beautiful book to revive once-common words, especially those dealing with nature, excised from the Oxford Junior Dictionary - and it’s really taken off. All over the UK, adults are raising funds to gift copies of the book to schools, including every Primary, Secondary and Special School in Scotland.

It’s a combination of glorious illustrations and poems that the authors liken to spells.

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