There are many, many providers of home education available – there are lots who work solely online these days too! There can be some great benefits for those choosing to work in their own time at home to study. Let’s take a look now. Firstly, […]
Just at the moment many of us over 65 year olds will be remembering back 50 years to the most exciting thing that could possibly have happened in this world. No, not the introduction of social media and f b posts; not the Spice girls […]
I was happily meandering through a very historic village that’s quite near me, on a walk with some pals. We were chatting away and very nearly had an embarrassing mishap by almost bumping into and knocking over a lady who was sat in the middle […]
Knowing our Ps and Qs . . . . . . a strange phrase which doesn’t actually seem to have a difinitive explanation but generally is taken to mean watching one’s language when out socialising and with family. This is all part of the rich fabric of the English language and what makes it baffling for the youngster trying to make headway with grandparents or older relatives who read to them. When we read books out loud, from the cradle if they’re lucky, we read every word diliegently and in as many different accents as we can muster. This helps a child to differentiate between one character and another. With continued family reads with accents and funny faces helping to bring books to life, ensuring the youngster understands the plot and the point of the story. When they’re older, studying for school or work, memories of the early learning will come to the fore and help them to pick out what is truly relevant, whatever the subject matter.
There really isn’t anything better than being amongst friends and colleagues when there are training courses to be undertaken. I remember the days of moving en-masse from our usual office block in town, to another one miles off, with all the time, cost and […]
We of a certain age are very familiar with the old style classroom scenario – teacher up the front of the class, chalk in hand and chalk board rubber in the other. One particular one was really excellent at writing behind her with her right […]
When I was leaving school I decided I’d like to go into the airforce. I used to take a teenage comic/magazine every week and they always had recruitment ads in them. They made it all look so glamorous and I decided to apply. My parents weren’t overly helpful but I made my way through the selection process once I had been guided by a very matronly senior officer about the various benefits of using my existing typing skills and adding to them by joining the medical secretarial corps. This was such a brilliant route to go. The training was of course very thorough. The military life was thrilling at times – we were very well looked after and it was as good a career as the shiny adverts suggested! It’s even easier to be placed these days – every posting has to be trained for via online recruitment and the home study courses do bring certainty for acceptance.
Some years ago, due to conflicts of interest in a take over situation, I had to be ‘got rid of’. I was deeply upset as I really loved my job – or so I thought. It involved a lot of customer contact, my excellent powers […]
In this period of commemoration of the Armistice in 1918 we have been totally swamped on tv and radio with memories, tapes, recordings and words that have been hitherto squirrelled away in attics, store cupboards, precious memory boxes. Technical advances have meant we can confidently […]
One of the more fascinating aspects of getting older is looking back and seeing what we thought we knew from years ago, how relevant it is to today’s learning. Having to learn times tables in arithmetic – these have been one of the best things from school – I use that skill every day in some form or other. As I do with my grasp of English and using it in every day correspondence and communication. I have learnt many more things since leaving school of course, but it was those elementary lessons that embedded the habit of listening, learning and confidently using them that have stood me in good stead all my life since. Today’s youngsters have a lot more thrown at them. Lessons come online – custom designed learning tools. Each student has a ‘tablet’ issued to them for studies and course materials are downloaded – everything is checked online. Perfect for later on when online career focused training is required!
I very happily belong to most of the heritage organisations in this country. I made the decision some years ago that I would try to support anything to do with historic houses, gardens and properties in general, within my very limited scope as an untrained […]