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Starfall Revisited

Starfall_websiteI have blogged about Starfall before, but it was free at that time, and there was no mobile app. Now it’s a paid service with a mobile app, but it still provides some activities for free. My daughter was enjoying them so much I decided to pay for a year’s license. Read More…

From reception to production

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Now that they can read, how do we help the learner to become an independent writer? One of the difficulties is gaining the confidence to produce words yourself. We gamified (made fun) a writing practice activity that lays the path to long term retention of word shape or spelling.
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Passive Voice

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Not easy to find the correct form sometimes. Here’s a DIY crazy golf idea to help. Read More…

Junior Scrabble Review

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Now that herself is old enough (6), board games are very much on the cards. She got Monopoly, but scrabble is a huge leap for the young reader who is not so used to this kind of language production.
We tried Junior Scrabble in order to help her towards this huge goal.
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My Story

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Have an iPad? Any model will do. The Educreations app for iPad can turn it into a mobile story creator.
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Tips to keep them reading

brain quest question cards

This is a great product, although they may not have had my family in mind when they designed it 😉 I found the first set in an airport bookshop when looking for a last minute gift, but I ordered the next set from Amazon.

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Word Search

WordsearchVary the forms of practice. Practice two things at the same time when possible. Keep it light. 3 good rules to practice by. In this word search we are reviewing words practiced with the ‘Jolly Phonics’ word cards, adding words that rhyme, and keeping the session light with a bit of parental help. Read More…