coaching, homework

Respectful partnership: A buzz for you both


If you are really going to co-operate with Nature’s plan for the development of intelligence, you take your signals from the child. Not from some book, not from some expert, .....you take your signals from the child. (Joseph Chilton Pearce cited in Brownlee, P. 2007) Taking our signals from our children: The importance of attunement.… Continue reading Respectful partnership: A buzz for you both

coaching, homework, Math, reading and writing skills

Help your child develop their reading, writing, and Mathematics skills: Don’t leave it up to the teachers.


Is your child reluctant to go to school? Not bringing homework home? Refusing to read and write? Disliking Mathematics? Check out more signs of a child who may be failing to do well at school Recent research found parental involvement in children learning to read, write, and do Mathematics to be a key factor in… Continue reading Help your child develop their reading, writing, and Mathematics skills: Don’t leave it up to the teachers.

reading and writing skills

The secret to helping your child learn to read.


Last post I talked about the importance of teaching your child how letters make sounds to read, and how sounds make letters to spell, so they can begin to understand reading and enjoy writing stories. This post gives you tips on how your child can become a life-long reader. This student was taught phonics and… Continue reading The secret to helping your child learn to read.

reading and writing skills

Phonics: The secret weapon that helps your child learn to read and spell.


Reading and writing should be easy to learn Many children are reluctant readers and poor spellers who struggled to learn to read and don’t like writing. They prefer not to read, or see reading as work rather than fun, and write the minimum, using simple words they can spell. What a great pity this is… Continue reading Phonics: The secret weapon that helps your child learn to read and spell.

reading and writing skills

Making connections – the key to remembering reading and spelling words, and Mathematics facts


google-site-verification: Learn reading, spelling and Mathematics skills faster by making connections. The more connections (or memory pathways) your child makes, the better they will remember new information when learning to read, spell, or do Mathematics. The new memory pathways your child is making need their full attention and the support of already existing pathways to… Continue reading Making connections – the key to remembering reading and spelling words, and Mathematics facts

coaching, learning and remembering

Revision is the key


Revise revise revise when learning - the key to remembering Reading, Writing, and Mathematics skills Children are often not getting enough time to revise the reading, writing, and Mathematics skills they are learning in class. Regularly revising new skills, even when your child seems to have already understood and be able to use the skill,… Continue reading Revision is the key

reading and writing skills

Hand writing practice is important


Handwriting is still a very important skill for your child to master. Junior classrooms used to spend lots of time on handwriting skills, but not now. Handwriting is still being taught, just not as often and not as systematically as in the old days, and there are many reasons for the present lack of formal… Continue reading Hand writing practice is important

coaching, reading and writing skills

Read regularly to your child


Read regularly to your children Reading to your child is VERY important. Many of us think that because our child reads already, they do not need us to read with them anymore. Even when your child can read for themselves, reading to them and with them is important for 4 reasons. You can both regularly enjoy precious,… Continue reading Read regularly to your child

coaching, learning and remembering

Keep revising basic skills with your child


Revise, revise, revise! Over-learning, rote learning, practise, and revision are all words that have gone a little out of fashion the last years - to our children's detriment. The longer I work with children, the more I become firmly convinced that regular revision and practise of basic skills enables children to easily master and use… Continue reading Keep revising basic skills with your child

reading and writing skills

Before children can read and spell they must learn to listen


Most of us live in a noisy and busy world where we rush from one appointment to another. Many of our children are living noisy and busy lives as well. They are surrounded by noise and busyness from the TV, play-station, radio, traffic, school or play groups, and from us. Our children do not always… Continue reading Before children can read and spell they must learn to listen