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5 Activities for Educating Your Kid About the Environment
Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 Helping create awareness about the environment is a great way to teach kids about caring for the planet. An excellent time to explore eco-friendly activities is during National Environmental Education Week. This week of celebrating our...
Four Benefits of Pretend Play for Kids
Tuesday, April 12th, 2022 When you see children playing, you probably think they're having fun and just being kids. But there's a lot more going on during playtime than just having a good time. Children are also learning a lot, which...
10 Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles
Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 It’s unlikely you will find a home that doesn’t have a jigsaw puzzle in it, especially if young children live there. Most of us probably never even give them a second thought, there are just there,...
A Message From OjO's Founder
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022   Hello OjO community,It’s great to e-meet you! For those who don’t know me, I want to take the opportunity to re-introduce myself to our community of STEAM learners. I’m Maha, the Founder & CEO at...
6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Child’s Concentration
Tuesday, March 8th, 2022 Children are by their nature, energetic and curious and as most parents will know it can be a real challenge to get them to sit still and concentrate on a specific task. It’s likely your child...
5 STEM Books to Read with your Kid
Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 World Book Day is this Thursday, March 3rd. Why not visit www.worldbookday.com to find out about some of the fabulous activities that you can take part in. If you are looking for something to read, we...
5 Ways To Help Your Child Become a Good Digital Citizen
Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 There is a saying that the current generation is being ‘raised by the internet’ and given the events of the last couple of years that statement has perhaps become even more true, which makes the concept...
Making Friends
One of the many sad facts to emerge from the ongoing pandemic we are all living through, is that as children have had limited contact with the outside world, it has made some reluctant or anxious to make contact again...
Being a Good Listener
As a teacher of young children, if I could have given the children in my care one skill it would have been for them to have good listening skills. If I had a 50p for every time I asked a...
Children’s Work Is Play
For some, they might see children playing and assume the kids are on a break. Many people think that if children are at play, they’re not thinking; they’re just blowing off steam. But, this couldn’t be further from the truth....
The Learning Process Of Children
It might seem simple, but consider this classic example of the learning process of children - there’s a hot stove, you touch it and burn your hand. The next time you see a hot stove, you know to be more...
Back to school blues? How to help your nervous child as they go back to school
There may be lots of reasons why your child is anxious about going back to school, starting a new school, past experiences of bullying or adversity, separation anxiety, the list goes on. Almost certainly many children will have found the...
Are STEM toys really beneficial to children? Start science earlier!
You might think the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is only for those desiring to become the next Einstein or Bill Gates. For example, perhaps you picture future engineers, doctors, scientists, and other similar careers as the only...
Shy or anxious child? Boost your kid's post-covid confidence
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the majority of schools shut down to in-person learning. This shift to virtual learning meant lots of children suddenly lost a significant part of the school experience and thus social interaction. Plus, with so many...
Maximize the learning by creating a productive home learning environment for your child
Sometimes, getting your child to learn in your home environment can be extremely tricky and lead to them becoming easily overwhelmed with lack of focus. When setting up a space for education at home, you need to remember these two...
Develop creative curiosity! Why every kid should practice art as much as possible
Sadly, art, and by that I include, dance, drama, music and visual arts can be viewed as less important than times tables and regarded as unnecessary. Artistic experiences, irrespective of your level of accomplishment and talent, are fundamental to personal...
How board games help your future innovator
Here at OjO, you’d think we are biased about board games as… well… we design and create them! However, we think our love for board games and play based learning is justified because we have done lots of research to...
How to support your child through their early years educational development
You probably don’t need me to tell you how vital it is to prepare children for the challenges they will face in the wider world. It takes resilience to seize opportunities when they arise and overcome the setbacks that life...
7 ways play helps to supercharge your child's brain development
Did you know play is considered so important to optimal child development that it has been recognised by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. Through play, children develop language, social and emotional...
8 amazing reasons to read storybooks every day with your young child
At OjO we firmly believe that sharing a book with a child is one of the most enjoyable and worthwhile things you can do as a parent. Not only is it easy to do, it’s immensely rewarding and valuable!  There...
The all-you-need-to-know guide to STEM and Early Years Learning Terms. The A - Z of early education
Here is our glossary of words and phrases which might be used in early years learning activities and STEM resources.  These terms can be used a lot in early years educational resources, but for a new-to- homeschooling parent it can be...