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Helping children learn how to read

Reading is a vital skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn. Now a day’s all children who attend an education setting are taught to read right from nursery or reception.  If your child attends a nursery or child minder, then they should start by learning the basics of reading often by helping them to recognise certain letters and the sounds they make. This is sometimes done using a scheme called “jolly phonics” which is a fun song all about letters and the sounds they make. This song makes it easy for children to remember the different letters of the alphabet.

When your child starts school they will very quickly progress to starting to be able to put these sounds together to read words. Usually the first types of books your child will be given contains only pictures and as a parent you may wonder how this can help. The reasoning behind this is to get the children to look at a picture and first try and figure out what is happening within the picture, this will not only help with their imagination but will also give them an idea as to what the words would say on that page, should it have had some.

Taking time to study

When starting to work on any new project you should always take time to learn. Often people learn new skills by reading books but for some people they learn better by actually taking part practically in something.

Video tutorials are a great way to see how to do something, often being able to have a visual aid makes it easier to learn that reading about it in a book or on a website.

Learning a new language is a skill that many of us do over our life time. It usually starts at school where you are often taught the basics of French, German or Spanish and for some people this is then a basis for them to build upon to allow them to be fluent in that language. A good way to learn a new language is to listen to the language been spoken. This may be in person or through an audio recording. Books can be a great way to quickly look up a phrase you need to use, so if going to a country where you are limited on the language it is always recommended to take a phase book with you.

Educational games for the summer holidays

With many children now off school for six weeks, parents are thinking of ways they can keep their children entertained. It is also important to ensure that your child still does something that’s are educational and keeps their brain ticking over throughout the holidays. You may want to invest in some workbooks and put aside an amount of time each week when you ask your children to sit down and work through some of the exercises in them. These books are often quite fun but you may find that your child quickly gets bored especially if they know their friends are playing games of that the sun is shining and they want to be outside.

There are plenty of ways to have fun in the holidays whilst it still has some educational value. Simple things such as playing shops with your child or asking them to write their own story can help with their maths and English skills, but to them, it will seem more like play.

Have a look online for tips and ideas on educational games to play with your children at home. Baking can help the child understand quantities and measurements and then allow them to decorate the cakes afterwards can help with their creativity.


Children who may need additional support

Working in a school, you will always come across children who need additional support – whether it is due to a disability, learning difficulty or something else. Sometimes, however, children do not have an official diagnosis and so it is easy to brush their issues aside – time and resources are limited, after all.

It is important to try and avoid doing this. For some children, getting a diagnosis of a condition such as dyslexia can be a real struggle and many people are not diagnosed until they are at university or even later. School can be extremely difficult for children who feel they are different to their peers, and not having a ‘label’ may not make their issues any less real.

Although funding is probably not available for children without an official diagnosis, there are options that are free but can still benefit them. The most important thing you can offer is good communication – whether it is with the child only or with their parents too. They are the people most able to tell you what the child’s difficulties are and whether there are any actions that could help – sitting closer to the teacher during lessons, for example.

Experiences at school can have a lifelong impact, so providing the best foundations possible will help build a brighter future for every child.

A teachers guide to planning a parents evening

Many teachers often find their job quite stressful. This can be for a number of reasons such as one or more disruptive pupils, the sheer volume of work load they are expected to do or dealing with the parents of the pupils. Often teachers say that parents can cause them more anxiety than the pupils and that they often feel under minded and not supported by a number of parents of the pupils in their class.

When it comes to parent’s evening, teachers need to tell the parents about the progress of the child in terms of their education but also discuss any other matters such as behaviour, friendships and possibly even effects of family life. As some parents may feel quite protective of their child, these subjects can be hard to bring up.

Teachers should always make notes on what they want to say about a pupil. They need to bullet point positives and negative points that need to be discussed and also possibly have examples of work to back up their comments.

It is important to always end on a positive note so that the parents feel happier that there are good points to your conversation even if you have had to give them a lot of negatives.