Are You Talking To Me?

Are you someone who has a telephone voice? You know what I mean, once the receiver is at your ear you have an uncontrollable urge to speak clearly with all your sounds beautifully pronounced. Then you realise it’s only your mate and your voice instantaneously reverts...

What Is Cursive Handwriting? Is there a point to it?

Cursive handwriting is sometimes referred to as joined up writing, script or longhand. It is the process of handwriting where the pen doesn’t leave the paper until the word is completed. The art of cursive handwriting grew from the time of the quill and ink. As...

Are Spelling Tests Effective? That depenz on hoo u arsc!

Today I want to talk Spelling Tests. I can hear some of you shudder at the sound of these words. I know I do. If something works, you keep it. If something doesn’t work, you dump it. I’m on the side of dumping spelling tests. As far as I’m concerned, they don’t work...
Letter Formation For Kids – Dreary Or What!

Letter Formation For Kids – Dreary Or What!

Does letter formation conjure up sheets and sheets and sheets of tracing over letters, following the lines, practise, practise, practise? There are hundreds of different ways to help children learn how to form the letters of the alphabet, including the one above:(...
The Best Way To Teach Phonics – Step By Step By Step

The Best Way To Teach Phonics – Step By Step By Step

What the heck are phonics? The sounds letters make on their own or in groups is known as ‘phonics’. Phonics isn’t reading but being able to sound out the words using phonic knowledge. Reading is sounding out the text and understanding its meaning. Just because someone...

Online-learning For Kids – The New Worksheet

Teaching is hard work, exhausting, stressful and challenging.  The same can be said of learning. In both instances though, the positives outweigh the negatives.  There are very few emotions that can beat watching a child (or adult) learn a new concept they thought was...

Put Your Hands Up!!

I’ve been reminiscing about the early days of my teaching career.  Remembering those moments that have stuck with me either because of the positive impact it had on my teaching or, more commonly, those moments when the children taught me something important. I spent...
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