Londonâ€™s Little Thinkers is an online resource which promotes an educational, engaging and fun London life for children (and their families). Weâ€™ll be collaborating with them on some very exciting projects over the forthcoming months. Weâ€™ve caught up with Londonâ€™s Little Thinkers founder, Rebecca for our first interview yet!
1. Tell us about yourself?
My name is Rebecca; I am a primary school teacher working in a Preparatory school in London. I feel very fortunate to have found a career that I love so much. Every day is different and creates endless smiles! After studying Early Childhood Education (BSc) at Bristol University and specialising in Early Years during my PGCE, my passion lies in these fundamental early years. It is an incredibly rewarding age to teach and they are always eager to absorb new information.
What teaching method do you follow?
I use a range of methods in my classroom including lots of practical activities to develop childrenâ€™s holistic education. My main aim is to instil a love of learning and to ensure that the children feel confident and happy in their environment. We certainly always have lots of fun! Strengthening childrenâ€™s fine motor skills is important at this age so I incorporate this into most of our lessons and activities. See picture below for one of my favourite and simple fine motor activities. Perfect to do at home!
2. What activities do you find engage under 4 the most?
Practical and fun activities â€¦ and the messier the better works in my classroom! Some of my staple classroom resources include: kinetic sand, play dough, shaving foam (for writing letters/numbers etc.), Numicon (a fantastic mathematics resource). I post a range of practical ideas (of things to do at home) so please follow LLT for some simple yet educational and fun suggestions.
3. What inspired you to create LLT?
I set up Londonâ€™s Little Thinkers as a way to make London life accessible for parents. I have always been amazed at the wealth of opportunities available for children in London however this information can often be overwhelming and cluttered. LLT allows parents/carers to simply access a range of educational, up to date and worthwhile opportunities for their little ones. As a teacher myself, I always consider the educational element of my suggestions.
4. How did you come up with the name?
I have a simple aim with a simple name! I wanted to incorporate â€˜thinkersâ€™ as I am always inspired by the way that children think and see the world.
5. What are your favourite childrenâ€™s books?
This is a tough question as I have so many favourites! â€˜The Tiger who came to teaâ€™ by Judith Kerr still continues to be one of my all time favourites; it is a true classic, which never grows old. My classesâ€™ favourite is â€˜Giraffes canâ€™t danceâ€™ by Giles Andreae â€¦ we read it most days and the children love the vibrant pictures and varied animals. We recently used it to introduce our Africa topic. I could go on forever but another favourite is â€˜Oh, the places youâ€™ll goâ€™ â€“ I love Dr Seuss, it has a beautiful rhythm and teaches children to never ever give up. â€œKid, youâ€™ll move mountainsâ€ is such a magical line. Follow LLT for our Sunday book club, every Sunday I ask someone different to share a favourite childrenâ€™s book.
6. There is a lot of educational opportunities on offer over half term! Here are a couple, of many, suggestions for you (follow LLT for more!). As well as these suggestions, donâ€™t forget to take a day out to walk and explore London by foot or bus.
Childrenâ€™s Festival at Southbank Centre: this festival is bursting with exciting events for all of the
family. From 10th-21st February. For more
Little Art Society, set up by two inspiring Art teachers, offer fun arts
and craft workshops. Suitable for 4-12 year olds. http://www.thelittleartsociety.co.uk/workshops.html
- Londonâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Book Swap will be taking
place across London on the 13th February from 11am-5pm. Recycle
and Renew your current library; bring along a pre-loved book and swap it
for a new recommended favourite read. For more information: http://www.discover.org.uk/whatson/event/london-childrens-book-swap
workshop: Donâ€™t miss this
imaginative half term â€˜Volcanoes and Islands Campâ€™ by Mini-Engineers.
This 2 day long workshop teaches children what makes up our planet and how
our Earth works whilst building a churning volcano using over 4,500 LEGO
Rebecca can be contacted directly for advice or for more information on