coaching, reading and writing skills, story writing

Writing: The writer stays in control.


The writing Roles of 'writer' and 'editor' help keep your writer in control of their writing.  Dear families. Many of us have a tendency to believe that we know more than our children...and often we are right, but in the case of writing stories I can't emphasize enough the importance of NOT taking over your… Continue reading Writing: The writer stays in control.

coaching, homework, learning and remembering, resilient children

How does your child perceive their own intelligence?


Intelligence: Does your child believe that it is fixed at birth or that it is something that can grow? Carol Dweck, a leading researcher in the field of motivation, has found that children hold either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset when they think about their own and others intelligence. Have you heard your… Continue reading How does your child perceive their own intelligence?

coaching, goal-setting, self-care

The modern-day cult of busyness: What happened to relaxed time with family?


Are you enjoying your family? Having a conversation with a parent today reminded me that what I best remember as a parent of young children were the special times when I was relaxed and completely there with them. I wouldn't be thinking about work, or a problem, or about something in the future or past;… Continue reading The modern-day cult of busyness: What happened to relaxed time with family?

homework, Math, reading and writing skills

How to help your child so reading, writing, and Mathematics becomes fun.


Reading, writing, and doing Mathematics: How not to help your child. Think back to when you were a child and being told that you would like something you had already got to dislike. Do you remember how annoying and unhelpful those talks were? You didn't believe them. You wished they would stop trying to convince… Continue reading How to help your child so reading, writing, and Mathematics becomes fun.

coaching, homework, learning and remembering, Math, reading and writing skills

Chunking. A better way to help your child learn and remember.


Help your child learn and remember by chunking. Why chunk your child's work and time? Chunking is when you break  down skills or knowledge into small, careful coaching steps that your student can learn and remember with a little effort. It is the same process a wise person uses when when they begin to exercise… Continue reading Chunking. A better way to help your child learn and remember.

coaching, goal-setting

First things first: How to support your child’s reading, writing, and Math skills


First things First – do the important tasks first - the coaching -  and all else follows. This is the first of two posts on how you can find the time, energy and space to help your child do well at school. Although you have realised that if you coach your child in reading, writing,… Continue reading First things first: How to support your child’s reading, writing, and Math skills

reading and writing skills

Learning how to handwrite is not an unnecessary skill….yet.


Handwriting helps our children learn easier - and it can be taught. I've already written  in a previous post about how handwriting can help us learn and remember. Many of you might have children with dyslexia or learning disabilities and I still firmly believe that even if your child has poor motor skills, they can… Continue reading Learning how to handwrite is not an unnecessary skill….yet.

coaching, homework

Get organised to succeed


It is up to you when coaching your children reading, writing, and Mathematics, and you may be the weakest link. It is vitally important to coach your child in reading, writing, or Mathematics skills when they struggle at school. Yet important appointments, extra work, tiredness, personal difficulties, or unexpected visitors can easily take away the… Continue reading Get organised to succeed

coaching, Math, reading and writing skills

Win-win agreements make coaching your child reading, writing, and Mathematics skills more fun!


Create agreements that make you both happy. This week I've asked permission to share an email from a concerned family coach who is working with me. She has a young boy who is working on improving his Mathematics and reading and writing skills and he is a very skilled negotiator - even though he is… Continue reading Win-win agreements make coaching your child reading, writing, and Mathematics skills more fun!

coaching, reading and writing skills

Make haste slowly: Coaching your child reading, writing, and Mathematics the fast way.


Haste makes for slow reading, writing and Mathematics progress: Relaxed, steady focus works. One new different thing reading, writing, Mathematics skills at a time. I often only begin coaching one area (reading, writing, or Mathematics) that a student finds difficult, and one reading, writing, or Mathematics skill they are comfortable with, and love. To begin… Continue reading Make haste slowly: Coaching your child reading, writing, and Mathematics the fast way.