Meet Maria from 'The Little PA' - assistant to busy parents

What inspired me to start my business and what I was doing before

I am a mother of two, a 7-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son. I enjoy spending time with my children and following their life in and out of school. I have been working in the corporate industry as an events organiser / cultural consultant for over 20 years. After having my two children, I managed to attain a balance between my family and work in my daily life. But when it came to giving time to extra activities even simple ones that I needed to spend time on, I found it difficult to keep the balance... Most of the time these activities or decisions related to small things, such as organisation my kids’ birthday parties, looking for activities for the weekend and booking tickets for a city break, but also included decisions for more important matters, such as looking for good schools, activities and arranging the annual family holiday...

I felt that I needed a kind of service to explain exactly what I needed and to be presented with solutions and options, so my only job would be to choose what suits me best. I felt that what I needed, to save me time as a busy, professional mum and help me organise my children’s free time could be turned into service. I made a lifestyle choice to move out of the corporate world and set up my own business and be an assistant to busy parents.

 

What my service does, how it works, what I hope to offer to parents

My company, The Little PA, provides services to busy and professional parents helping them to make their life easier by taking on time-consuming tasks such as endless searches for ways to entertain or occupy their children during their free time. I aim to save parents valuable time by providing them with bespoke choices tailored to the children's personal preferences and lifestyle.

I arrange educational and social activities for children of all ages and all interests during half-term holidays, weekends and other school holidays and Summer. When for example a parent asks me to arrange the a half-term break for their kids or part of it, I will provide them with a detailed itinerary with activities, theatres, workshops, restaurants including timings, transport information, distances, tickets, always based on the ages and special interests of the children. We can plan family weekend breaks in the UK and abroad, special days and celebrations for example a birthday weekend or mother’s and father’s day, bank holiday weekends and all other outings that a family needs to spend quality time together.

I also organise annual family child friendly holidays in great destinations, which will be fun and rewarding for both children and parents.

Another service that I offer is the planning and execution of children parties for all kinds of celebrations and I take all tasks for a successful party from the beginning to the end. I can provide a basic pack including venue, entertainment – animal parties and clay activity being my favourites – food for the children and party bags and I can arrange for extras such as cake, decoration, food and drinks for adults.

I also provide assistance on matters of education, either for private lessons / activities or group lessons, we will guide you to experience tutors and education consultants that specialise in getting your children through their challenge.

My aim is to save time and make the lives of busy parents easier by taking off them these time consuming tasks and endless searches which at the end of the day might be useless and unworthy.

 

Where I would like to take the service, what I would like the service to be looked at as, by parents

Through my venture, I am aiming to combine my organisational skills, professional experience in organising events, my personal experience of being a mum and organising my own children’s and friends’ children’s lifestyle and my belief in the importance of children’s lifestyle during their time outside school. I strongly believe that children’s time outside the school is as important as their time in school. Attending a theatrical performance, visiting a museum or even having lunch in a restaurant is as important as a lesson at school; to stay in a hotel, play in a park, walk across the river or watch a movie is as influential as an educational activity.

I would like the parents to see my service as an assistant to their everyday life; we are flexible to accommodate any request that has to do with children. Our service is bespoke and made to measure to any preference.

 

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The non conformist teacher #1

This post is the first of what will aim to be a weekly indulgence in our love of non conformity in the class room. Say 'Bah humbug!' to the textbook warriors, and teach those abstract ideas your own way.

Each post will have an example of how to teach an important lesson, without the student needing to do any reading or writing. And just for kicks, I'll be adding a riddle onto the end of each post, to be answered the following week. Apart from being a good laugh and a nice way to break or finish a lesson with a smile, riddles can be great for improving key problem solving skills.

 

Idea #1

Useful for: Chemistry, Ages 5-13

Learning about: The changes of state (solid/ liquid/ gas)

You will need: An ice cube, a saucepan, a stove, a glass

This is a really easy experiment and a great way to consolidate and revise basic knowledge of chemistry. 

The process is simple: pop an ice cube in a saucepan and apply heat; watch it melt; as it begins to evaporate use the glass to show the condensation forming. To really optimise the learning from this, ensure the student has an understanding of the terms listed below before you start, and then challenge them to use each term correctly during the course of the experiment.

Vocabulary list: solid, liquid, gas, melt, freeze, evaporate, boil, condense, molecule, atom, hydrogen, oxygen, element, compound, mixture

 

Riddle: The farmer

The old ones are the best.

A farmer and his dog are on the way back from the market with a bag of chicken feed and a chicken. To get home, he needs to cross a river in a tiny little rowing boat. Unfortunately, he can only fit one thing into the boat with him, so he will need to make multiple trips. What's more, if left alone together then the dog will eat the chicken. Likewise, the chicken will gobble up the grain if given half a chance. The boat is the only way they can get across. How does the farmer get them all across in one piece?

 

 

Smart-phones make you Smart!

Smart-phones make you Smart!

The shifting communication paradigm brings a number of interesting problems for the world of education. 

Make the world your science experiment!

There are numerous wonderful ways for children (and adults!) to learn through shared activities. We all love to be involved in tasks that are creative and fun, and the most memorable learning often happens when new discoveries are mixed in with plenty of smiles. With this in mind, here are a few of our favourite ideas for how to help the little learners in our midst make the most of their moments outside of the classroom.

Please get in touch with us to find out more practical education suggestions, and for how to connect the ideas below to the national curriculum.

 Bakers, in todays challenge you will be learning about the lithosphere...

Bakers, in todays challenge you will be learning about the lithosphere...

 For bonus marks and a mathematical brain scratcher, take off to the nearest park and position the planets according to scale.

For bonus marks and a mathematical brain scratcher, take off to the nearest park and position the planets according to scale.

Social media is awash with clever suggestions. There are some particularly awesome ideas in this clip.

Oracy and School 21

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/10/03/why-the-art-of-speaking-should-be-taught-alongside-math-and-literacy/

This is a great scheme to develop 'Oracy' from School 21 in Stratford, and not just using speaking and verbal fluency as supplementary to Numeracy and Literacy, but as an essential category of expression in its own right. 

Teaching Geopolitics using Fantasy Football

Teaching Geopolitics using Fantasy Football

Finally... the football is here again. How about using the fantasy football model as a way of engaging students in Global politics? 

This is a fantastic approach and one which creates a game out of picking a team of 'top-mentioned' countries in the mainstream media. 

 

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/05/04/teaching-geopolitics-fantasy-football-as-a-learning-game/