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Reading, Reading Strategies / 12.11.2018

Teaching your child to read can be a daunting prospect. Whether they are home schooled or at school there may be times when you need to introduce a reading strategy, word or sound.   For some quick reading strategies visit my useful tips for hearing your child read post.    There are also lots of wonderful reading programs and apps that can make this process a lot easier or add another level to your own teaching.   If you're unsure of what or how to teach your child you will find all my...

Inspire Them, Reading, Reading Strategies, Reviews / 06.11.2018

There is a lot of useful information out there about learning to read but it’s often difficult to find or to know how useful it will actually be.  I have found several articles that are aimed at giving information and advice to parents of children who are learning to read. I have listed them here with a short summary of what they cover.   Help Your Child Learn To Read-The BBC This is a basic but very useful article written to introduce the Cbeebies story-time app. The writers talk about the importance...

Challenge Them, Reading, Reading Strategies / 27.10.2018

How to improve your child's reading comprehension: Here are some simple ideas on how to help your child get more out of the book they are reading.     How to improve your child's reading comprehension 1: Be aware of their own reading Talk to your child about what is happening in the book they are reading.  Guide them to be aware about what they can understand and what they can’t yet understand.  Work with them to find ways to help them understand it. This could be as simple as rereading each sentence clearly...

Reading, Reading Strategies / 26.10.2018

Hearing your child read can be a really wonderful experience with them showing you what they have learnt so far. It can also be incredibly frustrating for you both if they are struggling.  In both these cases it can be a really great idea to get actively involved with their reading and even read some parts together.  In this post I will talk you through some great ways that you can support your child's reading and how to get involved in a fun and positive way. The most...

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...

Inspire Them, Reading, Reading Strategies / 29.07.2018

Reading activities at home: Here are six quick and easy strategies that you can you use to help your child apply their reading skills. Most of these have been suggested by my mum, a very experienced Key Stage 1 and Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) teacher, who also had the challenge of a son who took to reading a bit later than most.  (Yes that's me!) Several of these activities may seem to have more of a writing focus.  This is because in many cases reading and writing are...

My Family / 29.07.2018

A post by Emma Russell When Things Seem To Go Too Well So… this is what I know about children- they are not tiny humans. They are far more complicated creatures! My 5 years as a parent has taught me what my 12 years as a registered nurse and 4 years in adult education could not. When our eldest was a baby and a toddler I would devour endless books with her. She would look wide eyed and stab a finger excitedly at the pages. She delighted in story time...

Challenge Them, Inspire Them, Reading Strategies / 27.07.2018

How to teach a child to read: Over my career as a teacher I have been asked many questions about reading.  From these experiences I have compiled this list of those that seemed to come up more regularly.  If you have any concerns about your child's reading please talk to their teacher first. A positive and collaborative relationships between parents and schools is, in my experience, one of the most effective ways to make an impact on a child's academic progress. Once you have spoken to your child's...