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Support your Dyslexic Child with Home learning
Home learning during the pandemic can be a stressful experience for parents and children alike. If your child is struggling with a Specific Learning Difficulty, (SpLD), such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD or ASD, there are added difficulties to cope with and greater patience often required by parents. Dyslexic children may need additional time to complete tasks, help with reading and recording, and may find live lessons move too fast. To find out more, read Sarah …
Life Long Learning
As educators, we are much more aware of the need to be developing life long learning ourselves and for our pupils and their families, and how beneficial it is to have an open mindset towards learning and change.
1st Podcast done!
Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new and challenging isn't easy to do and creates anxiety. Last week I joined forces with Julia Silver founder of the Qualified Tutor organisation, and we recorded an episode for their podcast series. The podcast is now edited and available on all usual podcast sites.
Award-winning Educational Product
I am so excited to announce that I won an award on Friday. Best Educational Product. For a fifty-something who has taken a leap of faith into self-employment, it has been quite a year learning to pivot and adapt! I had always tutored in person, but in late February/early March 2020 I realised that I was going to need to go online, and stay online and therefore I have striven to make my online teaching …
Fact or Myth?
Fact or Myth? Fact or Myth? 'You have to be fast to be good…' 'Some people just can’t do Maths, so there’s no point in trying…'  These are just two of the myths around Maths and Maths learning. These myths and others have been debunked in educational research many times over. I have been reading some of this research to keep myself abreast of educational theory.  Most of what I am about to explain comes …
Are you an inchworm or a grasshopper?
There is an analogy in maths teaching which asks ‘are you an inchworm or a grasshopper?’ Are you an inchworm or a grasshopper? ‘What is an inchworm?’ Now for us Brits, the first question is actually ‘what is an inchworm?’ So just to fill that in straight away for you they are one of those caterpillars that move forward by arching and straightening its body ‘an inch at a time.’ So what have these two …
Is your child struggling with learning or remembering their times tables?
Is your child struggling with learning or remembering their times tables? Do you want some tips of how to help them? The age at which children are expected to be fluent and have instant recall of all their times tables up to 12×12 has in recent years gone down to Year 4, as compulsory timed tests have been introduced for Year 4. Now don’t get me started on timed tests! Needless to say, I do …
A guide for parents to prepare their children for school
How to prepare for a return to school if you or your child are anxious? A guide for parents to prepare their children for school. Life has been so different for everyone this year and so full of change and continually changing rules and regulations. They haven’t seen their friends much if at all, missed out on so much. Not being able to see grandparents has had a terrible effect on both the children and …
Primary Maths Catch Up
Primary Maths Catch Up This Primary Maths Catch Up course is for you as a parent to use to learn techniques and strategies to then use with your child. I will be teaching you how to then teach your child. I won't be directly teaching them myself. The course has been designed and developed by me based on activities and teaching that I have done with my own one-to-one tutoring pupils and that have worked …
Why board games are good for your brain
Kickstarting maths ability by playing old-style games  Playing card games Why board games are good for your brain. One theory as to why more children seem to be struggling with certain aspects of number in maths is that as families we don’t sit and play board games or other counting games nearly as much as in previous generations.  Nowadays, children play exciting, colourful interactive games on tablets, phones and laptops at very young ages, and …