Category: Literacy

Recommended Book List for 7-9 year olds

Reading is an essential skill for children to acquire and once mastered, it acts as an important source of knowledge and pleasure that lasts a lifetime! As you help your kids appreciate the magic of reading, you’ll find that there’s a whole wonderful world full of children’s literature out there that might even be enjoyed by you, too! Many times parents…

10 Free Sites to Improve Your Child’s Literacy Skills

Immersing children in literacy activities can help them improve their literacy skills. Many times, I get parents asking me if I can recommend any sites to help their children strengthen in a variety of literacy areas. There is a large number of sites on the internet that provide online activities, teaching tips and free books for children. Below are my…

Spellings: To test or not to test?

Anyone had thoughts about abandoning age-old practices of Friday spelling tests?     You all know the drill, I’m sure many of you did it when you were still at school: you get the words on a Monday to practice them during the week, then take a test on Friday. Great! If you get a high score, not so great…

Save the dates for Literacy

Have you ever searched the Internet looking for important dates to add to your calendar for Literacy? If the answer is yes, then you are in the right place! Having done just that for you, I have compiled many dates that I feel schools and Literacy Leads can use to promote literacy. This is a free resource for anyone to…

How to make a ‘Light Fury’ bookmark for kids – Easy

Are you looking for an art activity to promote reading? Well, this little activity is linked to “How to Train you Dragon 3” and is super easy to make!. It’s perfect for promoting reading, both inside the classroom and at home. Check out my easy to follow video on YouTube and make your own! Leave a comment below if you…

The Subjunctive Mood Made Easy

You may have come across the subjunctive mood in a grammar lesson and wondered what it means. In grammar when we talk about moods, we do not mean different moods like the ones below….   Mood refers to a verb form the writer uses to show their attitude towards the content of their words. So depending on what they want…

Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo

Friend or Foe is a gripping, historical fiction novel about World War II. It is written by Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse (now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg).  It is published by Egmont and with recommended reading age 9+ Read the book review below: David and Tucky, two young boys evacuated from London during the Blitz,…

Dyslexia in different languages – Part 2

As seen in Part 1 of Dyslexia in different languages, dyslexia can be very different across languages because of their underlying structure. In this post we look at dyslexia in the following four languages: Polish, French, Italian and Japanese. Polish: It is interesting to note that the Polish language is ending based, which means that the meaning of a word…

Dyslexia in different languages

Genetically influenced peculiarities in the brain anatomy, present in a minority of people, get in the way of a certain kind of information processing. This could be a problem, if a particular writing system strongly relied on this information processing; those born without it, could have a hard time. This explains why dyslexia can be of very little consequence in…

Dora’s Animation: William Shakespeare Biography

Schools can limit creativity, however, when the rigidness of the school system is softened and children are allowed to create freely, they can truly take you by surprise. By giving pupils simple guidelines, then letting them go about things in their own way, individuals will be able to experiment with their creativity and show what they are capable of. Carnival theme this year…