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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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Shaping Fiction

This week, in addition to my children’s book I have been working on stuff for the Swanwick competition – deadline yesterday. Unfortunately I missed it because I misread the 12.00 as midnight. It was noon. Frustrating. However, the purpose of this blog is to focus on the positive outcomes for my frustration. How can I…

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VAKS: Learning in style

I have been doing an on-line course on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy during this lockdown – very insightful. But what jumped out at me yesterday during my session, as a poignant reminder of my teacher training some years ago, is the idea of learning styles. I think I’ve mentioned this idea a few blogs ago but…

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Slow….fast…slow

Hi, fellow aspiring fiction writers, I think I have made a big break through this week. And I am excited. You see, I read a lot of crime, and love the Jack Reacher books, written by Lee Child. An article in the Times (18.4.20) by Sam Leith, featured Lee Child and something in the article…

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