With my two bright, sparky children gearing up to head back to school in a couple of weeks, I’m beginning to wonder what the next year will hold for them. Ruby’s heading into year four, and so is used to the general hustle and bustle of junior school. Elliot, however, has had a full year of free-flow play-based learning in reception, and year one is going to prove pretty different. I foresee a distinct lack of mud kitchen and busy bee time in his future, and a fair bit more sitting down and good listening. Not that he’ll have an issue with that; his new teacher legit looks like Princess Jasmine!
But that’s not to say that his education is going to become boring and uninspiring. One of the things I love best about the primary school my two go to is how engaging the teachers make it. How much effort they put into making learning a very positive experience for all the children. Because one thing learning should never ever be is boring. How can you foster a love of learning new things if the teaching methods are dull? Is it not human nature to feed off each other’s enthusiasms? Is that not exactly one of the ways we get drawn to people?
In any case, I digress.
I am a firm believer that learning absolutely does not begin and end in the classroom, and one of the ways I’ve been preparing Elliot for the dizzy heights of year one is by engaging him in a few education quizzes. He’s got smarts, that one, and sped through a lot of the KS1 material, but that said, he also found some of it trickier to manage, so I feel there’s a nice balance there. It’s good to be able to gauge how he’s doing. And anything that’s managed to successfully lure him away from Minecraft and PopularMMOs videos on YouTube for a few minutes gets a thumbs up from me. For a few brief moments I was concerned his brain may have rotted to mush in the month he’s been off school, but not so. Colour me assured.
A subscription to Education Quizzes costs £7.50/month, and can be cancelled at any time. Additionally, they are keen to sell to schools as an extra learning resource for students, which can only be a good thing.
Having proved he is well aware of the difference between capital and lower case letters, and knows all the short versions of the months, Elliot skipped off as I was writing this. It’s remarkably quiet upstairs, save for shrieks of his sister imploring him to enchant the pig… enchant the pig!
I guess we’re back on Minecraft, then.
*Disclaimer. This post is in association with Education Quizzes. All opinions and experiences are my own, but I have been compensated for this post.