What Are Open Ended Questions?

What is two add two? Who are the six wives of Henry VIII? Have you cleaned your teeth? Have you put full stops in your writing?     Today I’m talking about questioning and the impact good questioning can have on learning. The four question above are termed...

T Is In The Alphabet

Speaking WITH your children The very beginnings of learning phonics are more to do with the adult than the child. Now, that’s a daunting thought isn’t it? Children from a very young age are natural mimics.  They will pick up on any bad speaking habits you...

‘How to teach phonics’ is my next task

How to teach phonics with all the learning steps, activities, tips and resources is my next project.  I love teaching phonics as children can see their progression and successess quickly. It may be a surprise to see that I’ve split literacy into Reading,...

Interpretation of Play

The most demanding and beneficial work that children can do is to play. The problem, as I see it, is that too many people cannot, or will not, understand the importance of children’s play. How many times have you heard an adult say something along the lines of, “I...
How Does Play Help Children Learn?

How Does Play Help Children Learn?

Put yourself in a child’s shoes, just for a moment.  You need to learn your alphabet by Friday!  Your teacher has given you a sheet with the alphabet on it so you can practise. a,b,c,d,e,,,,f,,,,,,g,,,,,,,h,,,,, You are 5 years old. Have you heard of anything as...
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