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...
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...

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,...

Picture Books For Children – Oh A Dilemma!!

Buying a book for a child seems like an easy option especially as a gift.  What could be easier? And so easy to wrap! Off you trot to the local book store and you are faced with a scene similar to these – Now, even if you are a seasoned children’s...
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