Hi, I’m Rebecca – I am a Mum of two boys aged 13 and 11 and have lived and worked in London for over 15 years. I am a working qualified teacher and have worked in primary schools in the Borough of Ealing and Hounslow for the last 13 years. I retrained to become a teacher in 2001 after having my first baby and discovering a passion for teaching.
The idea of the Helping Parents Helping Children Workshop was grown from my experience as a teacher and mum. It became apparent to me that when you have a child that is pre school age there is a wide variety of information out there and courses that parents can attend, but as the child gets older (school age) there is little help out there.
As a teacher the most common question I get asked is, “How can I help my child, what can I do at home to bring him or her on?”
It is no surprise to learn that the children of parents that are there to help their child read and write are the children that tend to develop an aptitude for learning and become good students.
By the time our children reach school age, it is often years since we were in school ourselves, we know its changed and that different teaching methods will be used but we don’t always have an understanding of how the basics, reading, writing and mathematics, are taught.
It’s tough being a parent and particularly frustrating when your child comes home talking about their day (if you’re lucky!) using language and acronyms you know nothing about. The Helping Parents Helping Children Workshop gives you the tools to effectively help your child by giving you an insight into how children are taught in school today. You will feel empowered that you are and can do a good job and will be even better equipped to enhance your child’s learning at home.
When I’m not teaching or spending time with my children, I enjoy working in at Blue Fox Forest School, enjoy walking my dog and cooking.
“I like the fact that you are a teacher and a mum and it was great to have the chance to ask questions that you don’t always get the chance to ask at school. I enjoyed your relaxed style. I feel that now when we do activities they don’t have to feel like work to Luke, which really is key. I never thought I would hear him ask to play the key words game in the morning as he was going to sleep!”