Free Touch Typing Software for NHS Workers

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I firmly believe that learning to touch-type is as close to a silver bullet as you can get if your teen is dyslexic. It can be the perfect (non-patronising) way … Read More

Can your child spell ‘beautiful’?

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If the answer is not yet, then they would probably benefit from a little targeted practice learning to spell the most common words we use.  Just 300 words make up … Read More

Better Spelling via Touch Typing (in Ten Mins a Day)

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Because 90% of words in English follow the rules, children ideally need a structured, phonic-based approach to learning to spell. Click here for my guide to the other three crucial … Read More

Practical Fractions (stop doing worksheets)

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Children learn Maths via concrete (hands-on) progressing to visual (pictures) and then finally to abstract (numbers and symbols on the page).  The problem with most maths teaching is that there … Read More

Is now the time to help them master telling the time?

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It’s a little known fact that there are lots of (normally undiagnosed dyslexic or dyspraxic) teens and adults who struggle to read a clock face. It isn’t really taught much … Read More

8 great brain breaks that create calm

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I love reading new research that confirms the therapeutic effect of certain physiological practices from around the world.  But during emergency homeschooling what we need as parents is easy stuff … Read More

22 chores that double as handwriting practice – win, win!

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Does your child/teen cross their thumb over when they hold the pen?  Write the bare minimum? Grip too tightly?  Press hard?  Write slowly?  Complain of pain?  Shake their hand?  Hold … Read More

Is your child/teen a fast or slow writer? Find out how they measure up

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Are you concerned about how slowly your child writes?  Here is a very rough way to find out if they are writing as fast as their classmates. Step One: Ask … Read More

Top 10 sure-fire tips to calmer homeschooling

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Emergency homeschooling is HARD! Let’s get that out there, first of all. I find teaching my eldest, Conrad, ten times harder than any of my other pupils!  But each day … Read More

What other countries can teach us about learning times tables and division

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One of the advantages of children from countries like China and Japan is that they tend to be taught to use chants and rhymes to learn their times tables. My … Read More

4 surprising free activities to boost your child’s ear (and so improve their spelling)

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If you’re dyslexic, then spelling is one of those areas which remains dodgy, no matter how much time passes. The reason tends to be due to issues with phonological awareness … Read More

4 genuinely fun activities to learn to spell high frequency words

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A massive part of being a confident writer is being able to automatically spell the most frequently occurring words you regularly need. Just 300 words which make up half of … Read More

3 fun ways to help your child find and correct their spelling mistakes

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It’s vital that your child/teen learns the skills needed to find and correct their spelling mistakes.  I recommend this a lot in my dyslexia reports.  But finding our mistakes tends … Read More

Help Your Child to be a Super Speller: the 4 crucial pieces to solve the spelling puzzle

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Combine these 4 things and watch your child fly: a) Just 300 words make up half of everything we read and write Click here for 4 fun activities to make … Read More

It’s OK to say NO to school

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I was going to write a different blog post today, but my inbox has crashed under the weight of sad e-mails about the homework being sent out during the pandemic.  … Read More

What Every Parent Should Know About the National Curriculum Spellings

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In 2013 the UK Government introduced the Spelling Appendix. Someone clearly worked really hard to produce it and it’s pretty good. But I can only think that they are weeping … Read More

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