Hello and welcome to the September edition of the Parenta magazine!
September is here already; and a “new normal” academic year awaits the education sector.
All children will now return to our schools and settings to lots of change which may be difficult for some. With this in mind, this month we take a look at different aspects of ‘attachment’ from two industry experts. Tamsin Grimmer shares her wealth of advice on how children learn, and the importance of using an attachment and trauma-based approach in teaching; and Stacey Kelly gives us invaluable guidance on how children need attachment and security before they can become independent.
One of the things that lockdown has taught us is that we either ‘fit’ into the ‘keeping fit’ or the ‘not keeping fit category’! Almost 1 in 5 children are overweight or obese when they start primary school, rising to 1 in 3 when they start secondary school. Since lockdown, parents have reported that 36% of children are doing less physical activity, although 30% are also doing more, so it’s not all doom and gloom! This year, we celebrate National Fitness Day on 23rd September – turn to page 24 for some fantastic ways in which you can get involved and really educate the children about the importance of fitness – it’s never too early!
We were spoilt for choice for craft topics this month. Our cute animal bookmarks have been inspired by no less than three special occasions: Recycling Week, International Literacy Day and Roald Dahl Day! We hope this will help you teach the children about recycling and help them to choose more stories! Our little helpers had so much fun making them – don’t forget to send us your photos of your wonderful creations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to one of our new guest authors, Katie White. who is our winner for July! Her article, which focuses on the difficult subject of how we can help children practice the skill of shifting between emotional states, really struck a chord with our readers. Well done Katie!
We hope you enjoy our magazine this month – please feel free to share with friends, parents and colleagues – they can sign up to receive their own copy here!
Please stay safe everyone.