School’s Out, Learning’s In

Home-Learning Activities to Keep Children Engaged, Curious, and Thoughtful

By Jill Nottingham, Carmen Bergmann, James Nottingham (2021)

“At last! An accessible and invaluable resource for parents and carers. Nottingham and Bergmann guide you through the Learning Challenge principles, providing a great range of activities which will help your young people (and adults!) develop those key critical thinking skills. This book really will transform your conversations at the dinner table! Help your child to get into the Learning Pit and experience those ‘eureka’ moments.”
Lorna Pringle, English Teacher, Almouth, England

Highlights of the book include:
  • A guide for parents and educators on the use of the the Learning Pit
  • A range of lesson suggestions and resources based on 12 themes
  • Ideas for sharing learning with friends and family
  • Tools to ensure children make the best use of feedback
  • Resource cards and practical suggestions for each activity
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“At last! An accessible and invaluable resource for parents and carers. Nottingham and Bergmann guide you through the Learning Challenge principles, providing a great range of activities which will help your young people (and adults!) develop those key critical thinking skills. This book really will transform your conversations at the dinner table! Help your child to get into the Learning Pit and experience those ‘eureka’ moments.”

Lorna Pringle, English Teacher, Almouth, England

What makes this book different?

School’s Out, Learning’s In is written primarily for parents and caretakers to support home learning when school is out. Educators will also appreciate the insights and guidance and may be able to use the book as a resource when supporting parents. The book shares some of the best ways to enhance young children’s learning (particularly for children aged 3-12-years-old).

Book Features

As Arthur Schopenhauer once said, “Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in; but as a rule, the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.”

With that in mind, School’s Out, Learning’s In has several features to help navigate the book, including:

  • A short, concise guide for using the Learning Pit
  • A description and insights into using the various strategies that are included in the activities
  • Suggested questions and question stems to support dialogue

Intended Audience

Suitable for parents/caregivers and all staff working with children aged 3-10-years-old.
"An inspiring hands-on easy to use resource for all those parents/ teachers who want to develop children as lifelong learners both socially and academically."
Deb Matley, Teacher, Ulladulla Public School, Australia
“This parenting edition is a really good book that is both easy and educational for you as a parent. You are supported, through the explanation of what "The Learning Pit" is and get a myriad of methods and ideas for how you can challenge your children's thinking.”
Lene Maagoee, District Manager, Glasaxe
“As both an educator and a parent, this book is an incredible resource for connecting parents and educators to encourage children's growth as learners. The resources in the text do not require fancy preparation. Instead, parents are given strategies and simple tools to further engage their children in the world around them and well beyond.”
Molly Allen, Assistant Regional Superintendent, Illinois, USA

“An inspirational guide to creating learning activities that are thought-provoking and meaningful, and at the same time respectful of the most up-to-date and impressive research into how young children learn best”

Deb Matley, Teacher, Ulladulla Public School, Australia

“I like the layout of this book; I can quickly access the key points as well as delve deeper into the theory and strategies underpinning the best early years practice. The ‘Now Try This’ sections add to my learning and help me to embed what I am learning into personal practical examples.”

Lene Maagoee, District Manager, Glasaxe
 

“As both an educator and a parent, this book is an incredible resource for connecting parents and educators to encourage children’s growth as learners. The resources in the text do not require fancy preparation. Instead, parents are given strategies and simple tools to further engage their children in the world around them and well beyond.”

Molly Allen, Assistant Regional Superintendent, Illinois, USA

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