All posts tagged: children

How to generate and sustain a love of sport in your child

We are all well versed in the benefits our children gain from regular sport and physical activity. But how do we encourage them to love sport from a young age, and then sustain that enthusiasm? Kevin Molloy, Director of Sport at Alleyn’s Junior School in Dulwich provides some top tips to help you and your child get the ball rolling. MAKE IT FUN There is plenty of time for learning techniques and tactics. Let children experience the thrill of moving and playing. As the great West Indian cricketer Sir Vivian Richards said, “Once they have experienced the thrill of smashing the ball to all parts, the pain of getting out will be enough motivation for them to seek you out and learn how to be patient and defend.” FUNDAMENTALS Don’t jeopardise the fun element but do encourage the basics. Agility, balance, co-ordination and speed are attributes that will stand children in good stead. These core physical qualities, allied with the natural motivation to be active, mean your child is now well on the road towards …

Fun and learning through water

Babies are born ready to play, and water is a wonderful, natural sensory play area, where your baby can learn and have fun – especially in the summer. Giving your baby water confidence is the best way you can prepare them for swimming and being safe in the water for life. Newborns Having spent nine months suspended in fluid in the womb, babies generally love the liberating sensation of floating freely in warm water and it’s never too early to get them in a pool – as long as the water’s warm enough, above 30 degrees for a baby older than 12 weeks (or heavier than 12lbs), and above 32 degrees if they’re younger or smaller. Popping on a warming wetsuit can really help those babies who feel the cold. Six months to a year Now your baby is more active, bath time starts to be an altogether more splashy experience! Encourage your baby to splash and kick. Trying showing them how to pour water from one cup to another, or use a watering can …

Donate your old computer and help disadvantaged children gain digital literacy skills

If you can’t quite bring yourself to take it to be recycled and head for landfill, then you might want to think about donating it to Camara Learning, a registered charity and social enterprise who have recently moved to the Parkhall Business Centre in West Dulwich. Through Camara, your old computer or laptop could live on to help 21 children in disadvantaged communities gain digital literacy skills. “We’re unique in our social enterprise model,” says Anna Norman, General Manager. “We provide not only the hardware but also educational software, teacher training, technical support and responsible recycling at the end of useful life. By donating your old computers, laptops and monitors to Camara, you’ll divert them from landfill and enable them to be used for as long as they can be. Not only is this better for the environment, you’ll also be making a contribution to narrowing the digital divide.” Camara was established 10 years ago by Cormac Lynch, a former investment banker, who recognised the single solution for poor global digital literacy and IT waste. …

Boppin’ Bunnies launches in East Dulwich

Boppin’ Bunnies, the professional music specialists for under 5s, is launching in East Dulwich from Monday 2nd February. Boppin’ Bunnies was set up by a trained musician, singer and educator, Anna Mellon, to introduce young children and families to high quality, interactive, Early Years music sessions, led by professional musicians. Anna was teaching in numerous primary and secondary settings before launching her own business. Her background ranges from teaching individual instrument lessons, classroom music, choirs, school bands, school shows, inset days for staff and headteachers and running music workshops. She said: “Having taken my own children Charlie and Jess to various pre-school activities, I felt there was a real gap in the market for better quality music classes, where the teacher could demonstrate a high level of skill on their instrument and could perform live to the children each week. I wanted to develop a class where the teacher’s expertise and background was in music, teaching and workshop leading, thus keeping our sessions interactive, educational and unique.” “Our aim at Boppin’ Bunnies is for the adults and children to fully participate and interact during …

FREE Literary Festival for kids in Brixton – join the Jam-boree! 

The Brixton BookJam is a free quarterly reading event that started in July 2012. Every event features 12 writers, who read or speak about their work for five minutes at their regular venue The Hootananny in Brixton. The BookJam to open to everyone in the community to take part – either as an audience member or as a writer. One of the defining features of the BookJam is that they give published and unpublished authors an equal billing. This gives it unpredictable, eclectic and diverse edge which draws a large and enthusiastic crowd that ranges from the literati to those that would probably wouldn’t consider themselves readers. The organisers of the Brixton BookJam are launching the Brixton Kids’ BookJam for 5-12 year olds on 18th October. Working closely with local schools, libraries and the community this is a FREE mini literature festival just for children. It will be held at Number 6 Somerleyton Road, a community space that is in the heart of Brixton. With growing awareness of how literacy levels are falling and the need for more diverse books, the organisers felt this was the right …