Let it go! A note from bubble’s teaching advisor

bubble’s teaching advisor Sarah Zeqiri has one piece of advice this week, inspired by two-year-old daughter Mabel’s screen heroine Elsa of Arendelle… Let It Go. I think we can all agree that this remote learning malarkey has been a steep learning curve for all if us. I’m here sitting on both sides of the fence; setting work on learning platforms for my students (with varying success!) and also getting my own kids to log on, download and complete the work being set by their teachers. We worry that if our children don’t do all their school work perfectly that they …

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Dear Sarah: bubble’s teaching advisor answers your homeschool questions

Since the start of lockdown, bubble’s teaching advisor Sarah Zeqiri has been sharing her tips for making homeschooling work. It’s now possible to ask Sarah questions about any aspect of homeschooling through the bubble app: just open live chat and start your message ‘Dear Sarah’. Here are two of the questions she’s helped parents out with so far: Dear Sarah, I’m having real trouble getting my 5 year old (year 1) to engage with doing any work, every task we sit down to complete she refuses to do, I’m getting so worried that by the time she goes back to …

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Little Learners, Low Cost

  With lockdown extended and teaching inspiration dwindling along with the household budget, bubble’s teaching advisor Sarah Zeqiri has some brilliant suggestions for rekindling your homeschool mojo for less than the cost of a large Veggie Supreme. Kinaesthetic learning (learning through movement) is ideal for small people. Not only are they more likely to remember what they’ve learned but it’s great for gross and fine motor skills. But how can you provide these learning opportunities at home without blowing a bundle on resources? Here are some of my favourite low cost items and ideas for what to do with them. …

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Healthy and happy at home

It’s been a confusing few weeks for our little people. While kids are adaptable and mostly happy to enjoy some extra family time, the sudden change of routine, the new rules around handwashing and social distancing and even the fact that they’re not allowed into a locked playground while out for a walk can throw them.  bubble’s teaching advisor Sarah Zeqiri is at home with her three children, Ella, 16, Dexter, 10, and two-year-old Mabel. Here she offers these brilliant tips for keeping children happy during lockdown, helping them process their emotions… and staving off the dreaded cry of, “I’m …

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Home school nation: tips from one educator who’s rising to the challenge

  Sarah Zeqiri is a secondary English and Drama teacher and a teaching advisor for bubble. She has three children: 16 year old Ella, who’s been working hard for her GCSEs only to find out they’ve been cancelled, 10 year old Dexter, a Lego enthusiast who is autistic and has ADHD, and two-year-old Mabel, who is made of noise, Frozen songs and questions. Her husband Jamie is also trying to work from home.   We’ve all heard that the devil makes work for idle hands, but that’s especially true if they belong to a bored toddler or a kid with …

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Show me the mummy! Q&A with Lucy Tobin…

At bubble we love supporting and showcasing our community’s hard-working mums and dads – especially when they’re on a mission to make parenting that little bit easier! We had the chance to sit down with Lucy Tobin, Evening Standard journalist, author and mum-of-two about her new website ‘showmethemummy’… Hey Lucy, tell us a bit about you… I’m Lucy Tobin, an Evening Standard journalist, author and a mum of two – my kids are aged two and four. Most of the time, I work from home, and mainly write during nap times, late into the night, and when I have a …

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6 tips for booking your first babysitter

Our kids are the most important things in the world to us. Therefore choosing a babysitter – especially if you’ve never used one before can feel like a big, even daunting decision. It’s also a personal decision, and nobody is a better judge than you in terms of what’s best for you and your kids. As parents ourselves, having spoken to many others on the subject and having seen how thousands of parents are booking babysitters on bubble, we’ve compiled a list of the things mums and dads are doing to help them get comfortable when booking a babysitter for …

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Alternative gifts for Valentine’s Day

  Love it, loathe it or not too bothered by it – wherever you stand on Valentine’s, it’s ultimately a great excuse to treat that special someone in your life, but how about this year, doing it a little bit differently? We say, for 2018, leave the clichés at the door and go alternative instead. Here’s our guide to help you out. 1. Book a class with Obby If we’re talking alternative, booking a class with Obby has got to be at the top of everyone’s list. Wherever your partner’s interests lay, you can be sure Obby has a class …

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Screen time for kids – what’s right, wrong and recommended?

Jump to a section: Screen time: a bad thing? Official recommendations The benefits & wider picture Screen time: a redundant term? Content & Context Tips for parents Summary FACT: parenting is hard. Take the summer holidays for example, 6 weeks of being a constant source of entertainment for the little ones – it’s tiring, especially when paired with work and all of the other things life throws at us. It’s times like this when the calling call from the big (or little!) screen is at its most tempting. Tablets and TVs have, we say cautiously, lent some parents a helping …

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8 top tips to keep the kids amused

Let’s be honest. Whilst we love our kids to bits we could all do with a bit more quiet time. So for National Quiet Day, we’ve devised a list of 8 top quiet saves to keep the kids calm and occupied, using items that you either already have around the house or are easy to pop in the shopping trolley. 1. Paper bunting All you need is string, paper and colouring pencils. Cut the paper into triangles (your job is now done). Ask the children to prepare the bunting for an event that you may have coming up such as …

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