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Common Reading Problems

Learning to read is such a milestone. And I've found it brings out the worst in me. I find myself getting frustrated and snappy when my daughter can't read something she could read easily yesterday or last week. But getting frustrated ... just as it was with weaning and potty training ... is the worst thing I can do. Understanding more about common ways kids struggle with reading has helped lots. ...

How To Keep Kids Reading Over the Summer

The big lesson I learnt teaching my daughter to read is that daily practice is essential. So the long summer break can set kids back months if they don't read everyday. And with all the fun freedom of summer to tempt them it can be hard to get kids to sit down and practice their reading for the 20 to 30 minutes a day they really need. But there are some really simple ways you can keep kids reading daily over the summer ... and craving more ... ...

Learn To Read – Letters

Learning to read starts with letters and sounds. It seems simple enough. Plenty of 2 year olds can put an A in a lift out puzzle and tell you that it's an "A". And once your child can match letter shapes and associate letters and sounds, it's easy to think "Yeah they are ready to read" - and rush helter-skelter into sight words or phonics. Whoah!!! Not so fast there mama. I learnt the hard way, it's way, way more complex than that ... ...

Learn to Read – Sight Words

Once upon a time, we learnt to read by remembering whole words by sight. Most children now progress best with phonics, which helps them break down words into common sounds they know, so they can read words they haven't seen before. But it helps to learn some words by sight. ...

How To Teach Kids to Read

Learning to read is such a big milestone. It is the gateway to the life long joy of reading. But boy, oh boy can it make us anxious! Most of us are completely confused about what we should be doing and when ... ... and get into a spin about not pushing kids too fast but worrying they're behind ... ... 'cos some kid we know was reading at 2! ...

Beginners Phonics

Oh my, learning to read got sooo complicated! Most of us mums learnt with "look & say". Very old school!! So, whether our kids are beginning school or we're teaching them at home, all this phonics stuff can be super confusing!! I went searching for phonics apps for my 4 year old a few months back and just didn't understand most of the lingo :-/ But, having put myself on a beginners crash course in everything phonics, we finally chose a program - We plumped for Reading Eggs - and we're loving it! ...

The Best Learn To Read Apps For Kids

Apps are a completely brilliant way to help children learn to read. Some kids do learn quickly with traditional reading schemes. But in my experience most ... including mine! ... really respond to the extra motivation of cool interactive games AND rewards! ...

7 Witch Stories for Children

We're already all excited about Halloween. We even had a pumpkin growing in the garden in readiness until mummy knocked it off it's stem whilst trying to fend off a small army of snails & slugs. Bad mummy! If ... (like us!) ... you've not managed to grow pumpkins, you can't beat books about witches to get everyone in the Halloween spirit and these are my suggestions for wonderful witch books for children from 2 to 10 ... ...