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

Language and literacy skills · Raising awareness

DLD Awareness Day 2018

Information and links related to developmental language disorder

Language and literacy skills · Skills for school

Last questions!

I asked recently what sorts of blogposts people would like to see, and one of the responses related to question words. This is a great topic, and I've decided to deal with it in three separate articles. The first relates to spelling  and the second to using questions to develop reading and listening comprehension skills.… Continue reading Last questions!

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More questions…

I asked recently what sorts of blogposts people would like to see, and one of the responses related to question words. This is a great topic, and I've decided to deal with it in three separate articles. The first relates to spelling. This is the second, subtitled How using questions can help develop comprehension skills… Continue reading More questions…

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Any questions?

Finding ways to demystify the spelling of question words.

Language and literacy skills

Language and literacy skills (outline)

Individual children develop different skills at different times and at varying rates. Certain skills may be inherently strong or may have been fostered by an older sibling, parent or other member of the extended family. Some children will have had extensive input at home, whereas others will have had limited exposure to books and print… Continue reading Language and literacy skills (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 · Language and literacy skills · Skills for school

Letters and sounds

A downloadable infographic and downloadable resources to promote alphabet skills

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Books!

World Book Day 2018 Apart from the fact that my mother always insisted on sensibly short hair for me and my sister, the picture above could have been me. I love books. I've written before about the wonderful, illustrated book of nursery rhymes my paternal grandmother gave me when I was two years old. I… Continue reading Books!

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Tools to tackle spelling

Infographic with tips on tackling spelling

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5 phonics games

5 games and activities to develop phonics 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.

Executive Function · Language and literacy skills · Raising awareness

Supporting visual strengths and needs

For certain students, traditional teaching methods are not always sufficient, and sometimes not appropriate, no matter how sensitively planned and delivered. This may be for many reasons, including physiological, developmental and neurological differences. Some students, including many with with ADHD, autism and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, have what is known as a 'spiky'… Continue reading Supporting visual strengths and needs

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5 points of view

It occurred to me that if you are already here, you might appreciate someone else's perspective on literacy development and difficulties, so I've done a little round up of blogs you might like to check out: Old House in the Shires: How can I help my child learn to read? By a mum and teacher… Continue reading 5 points of view

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.

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Reading Comprehension and Dyslexia/SpLDs

How dyslexia can affect reading comprehension and some strategies and ideas to support skills development

Language and literacy skills

Reading development

Support ideas from first signs of decoding, through phonics to reading whole books.

Executive Function · Language and literacy skills · Raising awareness

5 ideas for an inclusive classroom

An infographic of strategies to make classrooms more supportive of all students