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Reading Strategies / 19.11.2018

Book bands can be useful but they shouldn't restrict your choice   (Head to the bottom of this post to find your free Choosing a Book Cheat Sheet!) Choosing the right book can be a minefield particularly if you want to provide your child with books at the correct level based on what they read in school.   School books and books for children who are learning to read are usually designed to focus on certain words or sounds to make the process easier. These books are then grouped into bands, groups or...

Books Not Bands, Reading / 28.10.2018

In this video you will learn how independent book choice can begin a fulfilling reading journey.     Give children the chance to choose their own books.  Having the opportunity to practice this skill will help them to get better at it. This is the first video in the series: 6 Ways To Get Your Child Hooked On Reading. This video series will tell you everything you need to know to get your child hooked on reading....

Books Not Bands, Reading / 30.07.2018

A guest post by Michael Tingey primary school teacher, deputy head and dad of 2. I’m not sure I have ever come across a toddler that doesn’t love books. They thrive under the positive attention they get from sitting and hearing stories with loved ones. These experiences provide them with moments of calm, times of great entertainment and opportunities to learn. Yet, from my experience as a key stage 2 teacher, contrasting views towards reading are sadly quite prevalent. When teaching Y6s, I know of many children, particularly boys, that can...

Books Not Bands, Reading / 30.07.2018

A guest post by Sharon Turner primary school teacher and Mum of 3. Over the years, I have always encouraged my children to read wherever possible. I have read to them, I have taken them to the library and bookshops to marvel at what is on offer, we have dressed up and acted out our favourite stories. I have listened to them read from the early, faltering first steps, to listening to them blossom in confidence and read with expression and feeling.   The Right Choice It wasn’t until I became a...