Able Writer’s Day

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Someone asked me what I do on my Able Writers’ Days. In answering, I thought of what I would like to do differently given the opportunity. Having worked with some amazing creative children, I think if I were to summarise my input, it has to be;‘the most creative minds sometimes need a little help getting… Read more »

A Writer’s Day Out

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It’s coming to the end of another school year and this year has really gone quicker than ever. In some ways I feel disappointment because certain projects have not moved on. It has been an eventful and challenging season with a few family health issues. Notice I say that with a positive stance. Eventful and… Read more »

Cell phones

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Do you feel like me? Concerned about the amount of time our children and grandchildren are spending on cell phones. So what are we doing about it? Too many of us, seemingly nothing! Major new studies are now proving that radiation from these devices is likely to effect memory. Electromagnetic fields are proven to have… Read more »

Blue Socks, Bully Socks

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Perhaps I should have been more sensitive. Thought things through before I bought them. It was about identity you see. I was tapping into her identity instead of finding my own. Now bullying isn’t right nor acceptable under any condition, but I remember her face when I strolled up to that school bus. She looked… Read more »

New School Visits page

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I have created a new page for annamckann.com – called School Visits. Before I begin again in 2019 , and before I post anything else on the page, take a look at the image below at one of my first schools from nearly ten tears ago! Cliff School – Wakefield.       Where does… Read more »

Separation Issues

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I remember the days when my children were very young and I was considering separation from their father. My agonising thoughts were how will this affect them and could I hold on until they were through school, just so they could live with both parents? Well I couldn’t, and I didn’t! Sometime later I joined… Read more »

Children and pets

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Children and pets. Hum! Hard work but rewarding. I remember my old English teacher who loved animals, had several dogs, cats, a pony and more, but disliked children profusely. Miss Gregg they called her. She moaned regularly in class about how she disliked us and much preferred her pets. So one wonders why she took… Read more »

Claudia Spencer – A spider’s tale

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It’s not often I have time to go into nursery and have fun. I’m the one usually stuck behind a desk. But recently, I had a great time with some of my nursery children at Rainbow Childcare, talking about the life and habits of a spider, and reciting my poem about Claudia Spencer. Even I… Read more »

Immunisations

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I was thinking about immunisation today and particularly in regard to children. I suppose it was highlighted when local schools sent notifications out recently about the HPV vaccine (Human Papilloma Virus) transmitted through sexual contact. My first thoughts were we really need to protect our children, but what ever happened to under age sex? Is… Read more »