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Lucy's blog

Autism and the phenomenon of Minecraft

My children, aged five and eight, are obsessed with Minecraft and I know many parents have the same experience. When I get home from work every day, I sometimes wonder if they are more excited to see me or my iPad! Markus “Notch” Persson, who taught himself to...

The benefits of being bilingual

One hundred and fifty years ago, a number of Welsh pioneers left Wales to set up a new life in one of the most remote and inhospitable places on earth: Patagonia in Argentina. They did it to safeguard their language and culture because they believed that Wales was...

Pushy parents stress out children

"Pushy parents stress out children” according to Tony Little, the Head Teacher of Eton School in an article published on Monday by Abigail Simmons for bbc.co.uk, which you can read here. He says that there has been a rise in the number of parents...

Team Elsa or Anna - who's the winner?

  We’ve just released details of this year's Summer Holiday courses and I'm excited to say that we’ll be putting on mini-musical versions of The Ice Queen for 4- 7 year olds, inspired by the global phenomenon, Frozen. Putting together the...

Making speeches from a very young age

I’m passionate about children being confident when they speak in public and it’s something that we are very committed to at Perform. We have numerous exercises that we play with the children at our weekly workshops - public speaking really can be learnt. Having...

Is your child a fussy eater?

I came across an article yesterday by Spanish paediatrician Carlos Gonzalez and its title, “What to do if your child won’t eat” grabbed me because I have two extremely picky little eaters at home aged 5 and 7, which is a source of constant despair and...

Are schools failing our children?

In the words of Roald Dahl's, Matilda, Sometimes, you have to be a little bit naughty. We’re all a little bit naughty sometimes so it figures that our children are too. But, when I'm visiting classes, I often hear tales from parents about their...

Sensory Processing Disorder

One of my friends has just been told that her child has Sensory Processing Disorder. Sensory Processing Disorder is when children find it hard to handle the information their senses take in. It typically affects hearing, touch, taste, sight and smell but can also...

Do screens kill creativity?

  I read this article recently which discusses how parents bribe their children with computer time. I have to say that it did rather resonate with me as I am definitely guilty of using my iPad to keep my own two kids quiet. If you don’t have time to read...

Does learning a musical instrument help brain development?

  I know plenty of very bright musicians but does learning to play a musical instrument at an early age actually help with brain development? Or is it simply that parents who can afford to give their children music lessons are also going to be...
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