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Blog for the Sprog

sprog blogI have been in a rut. She reads well now, but her writing skills need some work. Also, it has become difficult to maintain relevance since she started school. A few more Japanese words creeping into sentences, still a willingness to keep up with practice but the materials we are using are hardly very motivating. However you want to call a workbook, it’s still a workbook. So I decided to go digital.

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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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Story Writing Machine

Story Machine

If your sprog is progressing in their reading, you may like this simple activity for helping them to write a short story. There are many ways to do just that but this is fun and productive and will help to make some important distinctions about written English. Read More…

Get a Grip (2)

Pencil GripsLast year I wrote about the importance of the pencil grip (here) and how I have been using pencil grips and large-sized pencils to help my sprog achieve the desired result. 6 months on and I am still battling with this, but I think I have found a way forward. Read More…

Adding Up

pounds and penceOne of the books I brought back from the U.K was a beginners math book. It uses money as the focus and (at the beginning) keeps the problems simple. Recent experience with Australian students visiting my Japanese high school showed that of all the lessons they joined, the math lesson was the most stimulating because they could join in. There was no language barrier. Truly a universal language and another chance to practice writing skills; a simple math lesson seemed like a great idea for our morning 10 minute practice time. Read More…

Practice makes perfect

The Jolly Phonics system, which I have been using since it was suggested by father of two Chris Drew, is helping my daughter to progress with her writing and reading skills. I have been quite effusive about that over the last few weeks. Each new letter / blend is introduced in the student’s book with a review of the previous letters. Further practice of the target letter / blend is provided in the workbook. I have mentioned before that we practice for 10 minutes a day in the morning. There are a few points that I have found helpful when doing this and also some resources that are worth sharing. Read More…