Early Years · Language and literacy skills · Learning at home · Special Education

Word games

It's Wednesday, so we're working on word games in today's daily offering. Playing with alliteration (words starting with the same letter), onset and rime (the first sound and the bit that makes the rhyme) and rhythm (noticing the number of syllables, the length of the word) can help to build skills for spelling and to… Continue reading Word games

Early Years

Early years (outline)

Early identification and support of learning difficulties is considered the key to progress and success. There are many strategies that can be implemented at whole class level. These have benefits, including fostering early independence for all, enabling the most confident pupils to be stretched, and helping to close any gaps in school readiness. A significant… Continue reading Early years (outline)

Early Years · Language and literacy skills · Skills for school

Simple steps to a tripod pencil grasp

A few OT inspired ideas for parents and teachers to support handwriting

Early Years · Language and literacy skills · Skills for school

Getting ready for writing (2)

A few OT inspired ideas for parents and teachers to support placement and positioning for writing

Early Years · Language and literacy skills · Skills for school

Getting ready for writing

A few OT inspired ideas for parents and teachers to support children's posture for writing

Early Years · Skills for school

Promoting fine motor skills

A few OT inspired ideas for parents and teachers to support children's fine mtor skills for writing

Early Years · Skills for school

Building strength for deskwork

A few OT inspired ideas for parents and teachers to support children's developing skills for writing

Early Years · Language and literacy skills · Skills for school

Letters and sounds

A downloadable infographic and downloadable resources to promote alphabet skills

Early Years · Mathematics and problem-solving skills

5 maths games

Reposted to coincide with the fifth day of twelvetide (12 festive days 2017-18) Just a bit of lighthearted support for mathematical development for use at home or at school. As usual, this can be downloaded for printing. There's a link at the bottom of the page. It’s completely free, but please credit Sarah Gillie -… Continue reading 5 maths games

Early Years · Mathematics and problem-solving skills

Number facts

Originally published to coincide with twelvetide (12 festive days 2017-18) Just a bit of lighthearted support for mathematical development for use at home or at school. As with all my infographics, this one can be downloaded for printing. There's a link at the bottom of the page. It’s completely free, but please credit Sarah Gillie… Continue reading Number facts

Early Years · Mathematics and problem-solving skills

Old fashioned counting rhymes

Reposted to coincide with twelvetide (12 festive days 2017-18) Just a bit of lighthearted support for mathematical development for use at home or at school. I've written about how number rhymes can support early maths development here. As usual, the infographic can be downloaded for printing. There's a link at the bottom of the page.… Continue reading Old fashioned counting rhymes

Early Years · Mathematics and problem-solving skills

12 days of Christmas

Originally published to coincide with twelvetide (12 festive days 2017-18) Just a bit of lighthearted fun As with all my infographics, this one can be downloaded for printing. There's a link at the bottom of the page. It’s completely free, but please credit Sarah Gillie - Beacons Unique Download a copy here More infographics here… Continue reading 12 days of Christmas

Early Years · Mathematics and problem-solving skills

5 fun ways to foster maths skills

Promoting early maths skills through everyday activities and fun

Early Years · Language and literacy skills

5 phonics games

5 games and activities to develop phonics skills

Early Years · Mathematics and problem-solving skills

Early number skills

Many very young children start to show an interest with quantity and other mathematical concepts such as shape quite early in their exploration of the world.  Counting in everyday situations As parents, or adults caring for babies and toddlers, we may tend to count e.g. each spoonful eaten when feeding, or the number of trees… Continue reading Early number skills

Early Years · Executive Function · Language and literacy skills

8 ideas to promote listening skills

Listening skills, like any others, often need to be explicitly taught.

Early Years · Raising awareness · Special Education

Sensory Needs

A look at sensory perception originally created and posted to mark Autism Hour 2017.

Early Years · Executive Function · Language and literacy skills

Classroom visuals and displays

A few ideas on maximising the impact of posters and other classroom displays.

Early Years

Why does he do that?

via Daily Prompt: Sympathy Sometimes, a parent will quietly ask their child's class teacher or another parent if what they see in their child is 'normal'. Other times, a teacher might ask their student's previous teacher whether a particular conduct or difficulty is typical for that chid, or they might seek the advice of a… Continue reading Why does he do that?

Early Years · Language and literacy skills

A reason for rhyme

Via daily prompt: Rhyme In these days of competitive academics, with small children expected to master basic literacy skills at ever younger ages, it is perhaps understandable that traditional nursery rhymes have taken a back seat. I still remember the illustrated book of nursery rhymes my grandmother gave me when I visited her at the… Continue reading A reason for rhyme