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Stages of Early Writing

Learning how to write is certainly not an easy task, especially for our young children yet we still expect so much from such a young age! Lets think about the skills involved when a child attempts to write; Firstly they have the physical task of not only holding the pencil but manipulating it to do what they want with control and precision.  The the child thinks what they want to write, they need to remember what they want to write and then use their knowledge of phonics to identify the individual sounds, remember how they are represented by letters and attempt to form them on the paper! Phew!  So because it is such a huge task with many skills which...

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Encouraging Independent Play

Similarly to concentration, another question that I get asked a lot is ‘how can I encourage my child to play independently’. It isn’t realistic to sit down with our children and play for 12 hours a day, we do have other things we need to get on with. It is understandable then that encouraging our little ones to play on their own is a hot topic and here’s my top tips for helping to make that happen! Firstly, it’s important to remember that playing independently is a skill that children need to learn and as such it’s often about going right back to basics. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes practice and you will need to build it up how...

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Chinese New Year Activities

I have always loved teaching young children about this celebration. Even if you don't celebrate Chinese New Year in your family, it's important children learn about other cultures, religions and celebrations from around the world. This is a great opportunity for children to also taste new types of food, learn how to say Happy New Year in Chinese, practise some dragon dancing and even study the Chinese writing too! Perhaps you have a Chinese supermarket near you? These are a great place to visit and stock up on some resources! Resources: You don't need to spend a lot of money to create a box of resources for Chinese New Year, a few key items can be used in lots of...

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Educational Apps

There are some brilliant educational apps out there, and some that aren't so great!! So rather than feel overwhelmed by the choice, we have selected a variety that we think you and more importantly your kids will enjoy!  In no particular order: CBeebies Playtime Island  Teach Your Monster to Read Khan Academy Kids Reading Eggs Sago Mini Hopster Phonics Island BiBi Land Sesame Street Family Play Toca Boca Numberblocks Hey Duggee!   And of course, I couldn’t share a list of educational apps without mentioning our very own playPROMPTS APP providing 100 activities for babies, 1+, 3+, and 5+ year olds using household items!  Happy Playing! Claire x

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