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Do screens kill creativity?

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  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?

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  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...

Top tips for taking children to the theatre

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I have quite a lot of theatre trips planned for my kids this Christmas and with the panto season in full swing I thought I’d post the blog I wrote a few years ago about top tips for taking children to the theatre.  You might have seen the news this week about...

iPads and autism

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As a parent of two young children (5 & 7) I am aware that sometimes they do spend a bit too much time than I’d like on the iPad. But I've always taken the view that, providing you supervise the apps that they use and limit the time sensibly, there probably...

Tra, la, la…singing is officially good for you

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I come from Wales which is often dubbed The Land of Song. Singing is a huge part of our culture and daily life. I was therefore delighted to read this piece in Time magazine which claims that group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve...

Give your children the best education

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Do you have a view about education? Most of us do. What is education for? How does it help our children? There are many politicians with extremely strong views about education. Are they right? Do they know how to bring out the best in our children? It’s a subject that...

How hard should you push your child?

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There's a question I keep asking myself at the moment. “Am I pushing my seven year old too hard?” It’s something I know my other mum friends and I talk about when we are together.  So, it was interesting to read this article in The...

What does drama bring to people?

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I know I go on about this in my blogs but drama is SO powerful. I'm aware that some people see drama as a dispensable add-on in schools. An extra-curricular activity that's fun but not educational. At a time of budget cuts and standardised tests I can see why...

Why drama should be available to all children

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I read an article in the Evening Standard recently where writer David Wood, who recently adapted Judith Kerr’s ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea for the stage, talked about the importance of drama for children. He said that children who take part in workshops...

A step-by-step guide to the autumn term

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  It’s the end of the summer holidays and we are now extremely busy putting the final touches to our curriculum for Autumn Term 2014. When I set up Perform nearly 15 years ago, I wanted to create a drama school which was about the children having the best fun...
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