SCHOOL LIFE

Tips on making school life fun and valuable, covering everything from homework to being a Dad at the School Gates

jasonssmith
Sep 5, 2018

After a fantastic long and hot English summer, the morning to go back to school has finally arrived. For almost 10 weeks James and I have adventured at theme parks, museums, palaces, zoos and parks.
jasonssmith
Sep 25, 2017

We're now well and truly in to the new school year, so much so that Half Term is already fast approaching. Where does the time go? On that theme my son made the transition from lower to middle school
jasonssmith
Jul 9, 2017

In a previous post, I recommended the book Bounce. It tells how greatness comes not from nature, but nurture and, most importantly, practice. I shared how my Son had consistently failed his school2 s
jasonssmith
Jun 16, 2017

I recently read a great book by Times journalist and one time Olympic Table Tennis star Matthew Syed called Bounce. I highly recommend it to all dads. Through a long study Mr Syed concludes that it
jasonssmith
May 17, 2017

Quite often my 8 year old son will ask me a riddle on the school run home. I love the fact he is learning to think creatively and to solve problems that may appear simple but are actually more tricky.
jasonssmith
May 1, 2017

When I was a kid, I dreaded parents evenings. As a parent my feelings haven't changed much at all. Don't get me wrong. I haven't heard any stories of how my little boy is the class terror, bringing m
jasonssmith
Apr 11, 2017

By Prasad Gurav Problem solving is one of the 6 most important life skills that kids need to learn to grow into healthy individuals and live a full life. Problem solving is a skill that kids need to
jasonssmith
Mar 16, 2017

There's many ways that children learn. So if your child doesn't get something first time, try a new approach and then another. Be patient and they'll get there.
jasonssmith
Feb 8, 2018

I can't believe it's half term already and my son is now half way through Year 4. It only seems like yesterday that I was taking him for his first day of middle school after the long summer break. Ti
jasonssmith
Jul 14, 2017

With what seems like the blink of an eye another school year has come and gone and I've been reflecting on all that's happened in what seems like a very short period. On a rainy afternoon at the start
jasonssmith
Jul 4, 2017

2017 Sports Day has come and gone, and so have my legs. I really didn't fancy the Dads race this year, especially after last year's exhaustion, and I tried to convince my 8 year old Son that it wouldn
jasonssmith
Jun 6, 2017

Summer half term has come and gone and we're in the final throws of the school year. That means lots of fun. School trips, school plays, open days and of course sports day. For me, it's the dread of
jasonssmith
May 17, 2017

I used to worry that on the rare occassion my son voluntarily told me about things that happened during his school day it is always something that happened whilst playing during break time. But it see
jasonssmith
Apr 21, 2017

School life isn't just about the kids and their education. There's also a social minefield for Dads to carefully navigate around the school gates and beyond. It can be pretty daunting. As a dad you'
jasonssmith
Mar 16, 2017

I've been recently studying the impacts of technology on the workforce of the future. Already it's acknowledged that Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Big Data will bring mass redundancy fo
jasonssmith
Mar 16, 2017

I've just seen some great advice and thought I'd share it... Instead of asking your kids how their day at school was try something different. Like, "What can you teach me that you learned today?" Or "