Learning at home

Draw what I say!

Today's activity for learning through fun is one that can be enjoyed by all ages. I've used line drawings and given colouring instructions,  or simple drawings to be embellished, or started with a blank sheet of paper, a whiteboard or chalkboard. Gauge your learner - introduce concepts of colour, angles, complex shape names and more… Continue reading Draw what I say!

Learning at home

We’re going on a sound hunt!

For today's offering, an old favourite that works at home or out on a daily walk. Adapt the concept to suit children’s ages and stages – simplify as necessary or make it more complex. Older children can cope with more sophisticated language and less visually obvious targets. This helps build comprehension and vocabulary skills as… Continue reading We’re going on a sound hunt!

Learning at home

Sort it out

Each weekday during April, as we're all at home, I'm sharing ideas to help develop children's skills for learning through play. Today's offering combines helping out at home with following instructions. There's a healthy dose of maths on the side, too! Adapt the concept to suit children’s ages and stages – simplify as necessary or… Continue reading Sort it out

Executive Function · Special Education · Study Skills

Supporting working memory at school

  Working memory (WM) is one of the cognitive executive functions (EF). WM and EF difficulties in general are factors in many neuro-developmental conditions. This makes so much of what happens at work, university, school or indeed many everyday situations more challenging than it needs to be. The good news is that there are plenty… Continue reading Supporting working memory at school

Executive Function · Skills for school · Special Education

Working Memory

Often, the first time parents hear the term Working Memory (WM) is when their child undergoes assessment for learning difficulties. Teachers generally understand that a student's WM dictates the relative ease or difficulty with which they 'hold' information for short periods of time, say to follow classroom instructions, write and spell accurately or complete a mathematical… Continue reading Working Memory

Mathematics and problem-solving skills

Twelfth day of mathmas

Support ideas 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 - Beacons Unique Originally published to coincide with twelvetide (12 festive days 2017-18) Download… Continue reading Twelfth day of mathmas

Mathematics and problem-solving skills

Tables heaven for seven

Support ideas 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 - Beacons Unique Originally published to coincide with twelvetide (12 festive days 2017-18) Download… Continue reading Tables heaven for seven

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

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.

Executive Function

It will get easier

Some things are automatic from the get-go, others gradually develop automaticity.