The twins have gone back to school today and they have entered the world of Year 4. New teachers - we have a job share this year so we have more than one - new classroom, stricter rules as children are expected to become more and more independent and focused for longer.
I know this first week will be a difficult one as they have been used to lazing around, playing and doing nothing, after all that's what school holidays are about, right?
However as much as I like to let them relax during the holidays and enjoy a more outdoors lifestyle both husband and I take schooling very seriously, we want them to have the best education we can offer them. We have kept the reading ticking over, with the promise of completing a Brownie badge, we got them to keep up their handwriting by writing a daily diary for 4 weeks. That one got difficult towards the end when the novelty wore off.
And, we have been setting them 10 maths questions per day for the last couple of weeks, just simple addition, subtraction and multiplication to get their brains geared up again. This caused tears, BIG tears, so we bribed them with pocket money and that seemed to work.
We know we're not raising tomorrow's Einstein here but we'd just like to make sure they remember what they learnt in Year 3 with the hope of making Year 4 that little bit easier for them.
There is already talk of SAT's and 11+ too and as much as we try to be laid back and relaxed we are very aware that they only get one shot at education. We feel it is our duty to make sure their education journey is the best they can get.
I was really interested to come across the website School Reviewer, this is exactly the kind of website parents need to make sure the choices they make are the correct ones and to find lots of additional advice and tips to making the educational journey as enjoyable as possible.
For a start School Reviewer includes stats and knowledge about every school in the UK. Each school has it's own page and you can read an About page with contact details and lots of information about the school, the academic results for the past three years, you can check out the catchment area and read reviews from other parents.
There is also a parents forum enabling everyone to talk about all sorts of topics regarding their children's school life. Not only that there is a very interesting Buy and Sell page which allows you to sell on your own items or search for a pair of nearly new football boots, ballet leotard or school tie.
As your child progresses through school you can also download SATS and GCSE papers, some are free and others for a small fee. These will help enormously on the run up to the exams.
Another point of interest for me was the Tutor page, inviting tutors from all over the country to sign up and be available for parents up and down the country.
So as we head towards Year 6 and SATS I like having the knowledge that I can use School Reviewer along my parental journey and help the girls out as much as I can on their educational experience.
Why not take a look for yourself and head over to post a review about your school today?
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with School Reviewer, all opinions and words are my own.