Category Archives: Writing

Improve Learning with Visual Perception Games

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Playing Visual Perception Games is a great way to help your child prepare for school. It is also an excellent motivational method to improve learning & motor planning skills of children having trouble remembering or writing alphabet or numerical symbols and the like. Here is a great list of learning activities you could start with and adapt to cater for your child as needed. Pick The Difference Print a simple picture of a person (or photocopy a drawing) 5 times. On each picture change...

A child with Dyslexia in the Classroom

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Having a child in the classroom with dyslexia can be daunting if, as a teacher you are not prepared, or understand the individual special needs of the child. It is important to put in place simple strategies that will not only assist the child to learn but feel accepted in the workplace environment also. Reading is at the foundation of many other subjects of learning at school and a child who finds the task of literacy skills difficult can often fall behind not only in English subjects but in...

Learning Games for Kids

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All school-age children love playing games. So why not use these suggestions as fun learning games for kids to reinforce skills without using obvious and boring repetition. Playing educational games at an early age will help your child excel in school with subjects, such as reading, mathematics and science. If you know your child could use some extra help in on a subject, find games that will challenge and reinforce the skills your child needs to improve on. Internet Learning Activities &...

Simple & Motivating Activities to Encourage Language or Learning

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We all know how motivating lollies or toys are to get our children to clean their room up or behave themselves when out somewhere but have you ever thought to use them in games to encourage the development of language and learning? Children who are having difficulty learning basic concepts or sounds sometimes need extrinsic reinforcement until the ‘inner proudness’ kicks in. As the task becomes easier the extra rewards can be slowly replaced with words of praise. Always keep the toy...

How To Help Your Child Learn The Alphabet

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Any new skill takes time and repetition to learn and it is no different when it comes to ABC’s. So we put together a few ideas on how you can help your child learn the alphabet, especially if they need a lot of repetition because they are having difficulty. There are many reasons why a child is having difficulty learning the ABC symbols. - the maturation level of the child in order to concentrate, - the child’s cognitive abilities to enable them to link verbal sounds they already...

Creative Ways For Your Kids’ Santa Letter…

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Remember when your parents would ask you to write a letter for Santa – listing all the things you wanted for Christmas? You might have asked for the latest toy maybe… or a new shirt or dress…or maybe even a bicycle with the fancy pedals and bell. Writing a letter to Santa is an exciting activity and  a great opportunity to teach kids the organization of writing a letter and creating lists e.g. where to place the ‘To, From, Address’ etc. For younger children or those with low writing...

Avoiding the Homework Tantrums

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Children learn new things naturally  – just like breathing. The most natural way to build in any learning is by following their interests. We all learned new concepts as young children by exploring through our interests. Then as adults our interests have generally led us to our careers where we continue to learn new information and skills. Learning is a life-long process. If your child is having difficulty learning new concepts try delivering it through their interests – what toys...

Opening the Mail… can help a child’s writing skills

This is a great one for children who have difficulty writing due to a their sloppy pinch grip or low muscle tone in their fingers. Let your child get the mail out of the mailbox and tear open the envelope while you make the cup of coffee next time – you will both enjoy the experience! Giving your child small regular chores not only helps them learn routines but also helps build a sense of responsibility.

Before Shopping With Kids

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Before shopping with kids discuss with your children what is needed by going through the cupboards or pantry at home and see what is missing. This a great way to involve them in avoiding the regular tantrum disasters that quite often are associated with taking children shopping with you. While they are retrieving vocabulary of various food items missing in the cupboards have your child write or draw the list of items they want to look for at the shops for you. The sense of responsibility is...

Learning Through Play

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The opportunities we see as ‘play’ are actually the vital foundations of mathematical and language concept development. Most parents are now both working and choosing other care options for their child. It is very important when choosing the carer for your child they understand what playtime represents and offer a daily routine that is filled with times to explore with a variety of materials that are child directed and not just teacher instructed sitting on the floor or at the table...