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.

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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

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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

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How to Develop Mutual Respect When Helping Your Child Learn New Skills


The honeymoon is over: How to develop a respectful coaching relationship to help your child master reading, writing, and Mathematics skills A respectful coaching partnership: Different but equal. Your child can be keen to work with you at home on reading, writing, and Mathematics skills in the beginning. If you had a honeymoon period when… Continue reading How to Develop Mutual Respect When Helping Your Child Learn New Skills

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

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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

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The first years of school


In the southern hemisphere another school year is rushing towards us like an out of control train and your child is going to walk into another phase of their life - as a school kid. Start getting your child ready for school now. There is a great deal you can do to help your child… Continue reading The first years of school

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So how do I start teaching my child?


Sometimes the roles of coach and student don't come naturally to a parent and child. However, there are a few simple guidelines you can follow to create a fun and effective coaching relationship with your child so they enjoy learning with you, and learn faster. You may be a parent who is home-schooling children or… Continue reading So how do I start teaching my child?

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A New Year, new challenges!


Some of you will be wondering how you will support your children to do well at school this year. Perhaps they are older and their needs have changed or you may be just beginning coaching your child in literacy and/or numeracy skills. There are ways you can develop a respectful coaching relationship with your child… Continue reading A New Year, new challenges!