For the Love of Stories: Writing and Telling stories

Oct 20

For the Love of Stories: Writing and Telling stories

Stories improve language skills, instill a love of reading, stimulate the imagination and provide real world social interaction.       Storytelling is an interactive activity but in our digital world it can become a one dimensional activity where someone is telling you what to think and showing you an image that they think is appropriate. As a...

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What Apps can I use to help my Child? Spelling

Sep 29

What Apps can I use to help my Child? Spelling

Reading and spelling are very closely linked because they rely on an understanding of the relationship between letters and sounds.  The importance of spelling goes beyond just getting all the words correct; it facilitates reading and writing. There are a number of apps that can be used to help your child with spelling and this may minimize the grind of spelling...

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What Apps can I use to help my child? School Readiness

Sep 08

What Apps can I use to help my child? School Readiness

American schools have just gone back to school for the start of the new academic year and schools in the Southern Hemisphere are winding down for the end of the school year. The issue of school readiness is a tetchy one and I addressed it in my post on school readiness here   Whilst I always advocate using real experiences and spending quality and quantity time...

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Cracking the Code: A Comprehensive Reading Program

Aug 11

Cracking the Code: A Comprehensive Reading Program

In order to become competent readers, students must learn to ‘crack the code’ of written language. An understanding of the individual speech sounds of language  helps children to understand the relationship between spoken and written language.   Reading Doctor  is a comprehensive reading program made up of a number of different apps that target...

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5 Reasons you should take your child shopping with you

Jul 09

5 Reasons you should take your child shopping with you

Children love shopping with you. What’s not to love?   The supermarket is geared for kids with moms. Aisles of toys that they can grab and hold onto, a snaking checkout line filled with tasty treats and well meaning old ladies  who tut-tut as they glare at you and your whining children. As much as your kids love coming shopping, as a mom, this is one...

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Letter Sounds Pro: App Review

Mar 26

Letter Sounds Pro: App Review

Research has shown that children who are  strong readers are skilled in using letter-sound knowledge to learn new words when reading. Difficulty with grapheme (letter) – phoneme (sound) correspondence is one of the difficulties that significantly affect the ability to learn to read and spell because there is no relationship between the way letters look and the...

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