Articles by

Sharlene Matharu

Sharlene is a UK-based teacher and writer with over 12 years’ experience in teaching and tutoring. After graduating from the University of Southampton with a degree in English and French, she went on to work in PR before moving into education. With experience in the UK, France and Spain, she has worked with students of every age and level. She has also led professional development programmes for educators, written a GCSE home-schooling course, and self-published a successful teaching resource book: Talking Images: Idioms. Currently, Sharlene creates and presents online video resources and graded readers for learners across the world as well as writing biographies. As a mum of one, she enjoys exploring the world at toddler-pace with her daughter, making an artful mess in the kitchen and learning new languages.

Have a Ball(pit) this Summer at the Best Soft Play in London

We’ve trawled through the ball pits so that you don’t have to and put together our top list of soft play centres in London to entertain the kids.

Outdoor Activities in London - Our Guide to the Perfect Summer Adventure

If you’ve seen the usual sights and done the bus tours, here’s our guide to a wider range of family-friendly adventures in the one and only London.

How to Turn Travelling With Children From an Ordeal Into an Adventure!

Does the thought of travelling with children bring you out in a cold sweat? We’ve put together our top tips to make your next trip stress-free!

The Platinum Jubilee: What is it and how can we celebrate it?

Dust off your bunting and unwrap your sausage rolls, it’s time to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee! Here’s our guide to the queen’s upcoming celebrations.

What Are the Positive and Negative Effects of Video Games?

Most parents are wary of their children spending too much time playing video games. In this article, we’ll look at the pros and cons and let you decide!

Activities for Gifted Children: Ideas and Tips

Having a gifted child is a walk in the park, isn’t it? Not necessarily! Read our ideas and tips for activities for highly capable children.

The Parent Teacher Association: What Does it Do and How Can I Help?

There’s more to the PTA than bake sales and raffle tickets. Here’s our guide to what a Parent Teacher Association does and how it benefits your child.

How to Be a Good Parent - a Compassionate Guide to Parenting

When it comes to parenting, no-one knows your kids better than you. We look at how to be a good parent with compassion, kindness and self-awareness.

Want to Know How to Learn a Language in 6 Months? Find Out Here

Are you wondering how to learn a language in 6 months? We’ve got all the information and insights to help you start your language learning journey today.

Making a Splash! What’s the Best Age to Start Swimming Lessons?

Is your child ready to start learning to swim? Our guide to swimming lessons will help you find out whether it’s time for them to take the plunge.

Is it Good for Children to Have Strict Parents?

Are strict parents harmful or helpful to children? We explore different parenting styles and look at the effects that they can have on children.

Easter Activities for the Holidays: Keep the Kids Entertained Without Shelling Out

Looking for Easter activities to keep the kids entertained over the holidays? We’ve got it cracked with a selection of simple things to do in any weather!

What Are Academies? Useful Information About This Type of School

If you’re looking at potential schools, you might find yourself asking ‘What are Academies?’ Here’s our must-read guide to academies and how they work.

Gifted & Talented Schools and How to Support a Gifted Child

My child’s stuck at the top of the class! Take a look at the options for gifted students, from gifted and talented schools to support at home.