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Reading is boring!

No, of course it isn’t! But what a problem; getting children to read books when tablets – with their fast moving and vibrant colours – beckon more invitingly. What is it about screens? I wish I understood, but not having been born and brought up in this technological age, I simply don’t get it. I…

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Back to School

So thank goodness, after this summer’s huge disruption children are now back at school. Fingers crossed, there will be no more lockdown problems. I think that Heads and school staff have a huge burden placed on them to keep children safe. They need all the help they can get. My granddaughter (Year 4), after her…

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Parents: Help Your Child Succeed

My last blog was in June. It seems ages ago so I want to get going again. July has been an extremely busy month but I am excited about the outcome. My five books for parents have been completely republished – with fresh covers and revised content. So I can’t wait to publicise them. In…

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Thoughts and Words

How do thoughts and words interact? Can we even have thoughts without words? Interesting questions indeed. The answers affect children’s learning. So let’s explore them. Firstly, consider a toddler with few known words. He touches a hot pan. Ouch! Learns not to touch it again: a sensory experience of learning without words. As learning develops,…

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Maths: have a pizza party

Hi, hope you are managing some of the games I have been suggesting these past weeks. There seems to be no immediate end to this weird lockdown, so – onward and upward. One good thing may be emerging from all this. As parents, maybe you are becoming more aware of what (and how) your child…

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