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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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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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Ways to Play with Numicon

If you've been following me for a while you will know how much I love Numicon from my days of teaching in school and now for learning through play at home. Numicon is a fantastic resource I highly recommend every child has the opportunity to handle and explore freely. Surprisingly this is not a paid advertisement, this is just sharing my love for a quality product that I would suggest you invest in. I have worked with Numicon in the past and have plans to work with them again in the future, but I hope you know me well enough by know that I only work and promote resources So....I've told you to get some, now what?! Well like all...

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Using Technology to Support Learning

(This blog is written in paid partnership with Osmo) Love or loathe it we can’t seem to escape technology these days. It’s become our way of life and in particular our children’s lives. As technology advances, the list of pros and cons grows but when it comes to using technology to support our children’s education. Today our children are now able to benefit from watching and interacting with TV programmes and apps designed to help learning and Osmo is one of those created to encourage our children to learn through play whilst interacting with technology. We bought Mason the Creative Set , an interactive magical drawing game with a fuzzy orange monster from Osmo  for Christmas as I had been impressed with...

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