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Developing problem solving skills in children

If a child is able to solve problems on their own, they will be more confident and independent.

We encounter problems on a daily basis at work or at home; some of these problems are obviously more complex than others, but it is second nature to us to resolve these issues and move forwards.

However, for a child this is an important life skill they will need to develop if they are to go on to have a bright future, where they are able to make healthy decisions for themselves.

If a child is able to solve problems on their own, they will be happier, more confident and more independent; they will not feel frustrated or disheartened in their inefficiency; therefore it is important we begin teaching children problem solving skills from an early age.
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Developing a child’s reading proficiency and igniting their passion for literature is a priority for parents all year-round.

International Children’s Book Day is celebrated on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday.

Developing a child’s reading proficiency and igniting their passion for literature is a priority for parents all year-round, however awareness days like last Sunday’s International Children’s Book Day (2 April) are beneficial in putting children’s books and authors into the spotlight and further encouraging children across the globe to develop a regular reading habit.

International Children’s Book Day is celebrated on the birthday of prolific children’s author Hans Christian Andersen who, with over 150 fairy tales to his name alone, has certainly helped inspired a love of reading in children, past and present.

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Teacher encouragement

Among students who received encouragement from a teacher, 74% continued with their education after 16.

A report published recently by the BBC revealed the positive effect teacher encouragement has on keeping students engaged in education after the age of 16.

Based on interviews of 4,300 students carried out by Cambridge University, as part of the Department for Education’s Longitudinal Study of Young People in England, this is the first study of its kind to quantify the effect of encouragement on pupils.

The students were interviewed annually over a period of seven years, from the age of 13 onwards.

Among students who said they had received encouragement from a teacher, 74% continued with their education after 16, compared with 66% among pupils who had not received encouragement.

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Happy Mother's Day

Sunday 26 March is Mother’s Day

Tomorrow (26 March) is Mother’s Day; a day to celebrate all the love and support our mothers give us and show our thanks and appreciation to them.

In honour of celebrating mothers, we thought we’d remind ourselves of some of the most treasured matriarchs from our favourite fiction.

Mrs March

Mrs March, or ‘Marmee’ as her daughters affectionately call her, from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is the image of maternal perfection.

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