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  1. Aquabeads

    Yes- there not what we we're talking about, though they might be quite similar.
  2. Aquabeads

    Thanks everyone- this is all super useful. I think I might give it a go under some supervised circumstances, but I'm not keen on the idea of the balls expanding and causing a blockage in children's intestines. I'm going to get researching the Tapioca balls idea.
  3. Aquabeads

    Yeah I'm wondering if its a bit like play dough and you can't eat a bit without really worrying, but you wouldn't want to eat much anyway. They seem to be mostly water.
  4. Aquabeads

    Hi Everyone, This afternoon a parent brought in a bag full of Aquabeads. She's been using them with her two over halfterm and they look like great fun. She's given us a couple of packs as they were dead cheap to buy on Amazon. I really want to give it ago, but I'm a bit concerned about the safety aspect. Is anyone else using them? Are they safe for children to eat? What are they made from? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Water-Beads-Crystal-Wedding-Decoration/dp/B0082ZT2A4/ref=sr_1_24?s=kids&ie=UTF8&qid=1456153198&sr=1-24&keywords=aqua+beads ​ Best, Alex
  5. Hi Everyone, This is our first year using Tapestry and we absolutely love it! However we have run into a bit of a rough patch at the end of term. Previously we used to meet with parents each term to update them on their child's progress using a paper based tracker in their learning journal. This was fairly quick to do, parents responded well to it and we identified concise next steps. This time around we used the Tapestry report function to provide a family with an individual report for their child. The reports are very thorough and provide a holistic view of the child's development. They are quite time consuming to produce though and meetings with parents have taken a lot longer. I also feel like the number of next steps is quite overwhelming for them- we like to break things down a bit more for them. I know families are able to access their Learning Journals regularly through the Tapestry app, but not all our parents are doing this regularly and many pay little attention to the assessment we make. I feel like there is still a need for some sort of termly meeting with parents, but doing a report every term is clearly too much. Does anyone have any suggestions? How are other settings sharing the Tapestry assessments they make with families?