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Learning to Read: Phonics (With Free Printable Flashcards)...

I think the research is now pretty conclusive: phonics is the best way for a child to learn to read. I learnt to read at a time when phonics was out of fashion. I was sent home with a box of words, and had to learn to read the “sight word method”. They could have been written in Chinese, as far as little 5 year old me was concerned. I loved books and desperately wanted to read- but couldn’t. I struggled for years with reading. The consequence was feelings of failure, shame and embarrassment. I believe had I learnt with the phonics programs used today the process would have been far less painful. There are many phonic programs available. And finding the right one is important for the individual child. The Jedi Boy has taken longer to rad that The Girl. I tried a couple of programs with him, which did not work well. Then we started with the Jolly Phonics Program. The results we brilliant. We are now onto Jolly Grammar- and I am learning things I missed, from my decidedly dodgy Primary school English education! The Jolly Phonics program is not too expensive and can be bought from Amazon. I would recommend the student workbooks (an essential), the teacher’s handbook (an essential), and the CD (not essential, but really helped re-enforce the sounds). I made my own flash cards (phonics flash cards). These can be printed on card, and/or laminated for durability. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Primary Geography: Country Studies

We are about to begin a new project- a geography project. Since Granny is off on holiday soon, the children will be studying where she is going. I have made a simple Fact File Sheet (country fact file), which can be adapted for any country, with the basic information. We will then look into studying a little history of the country, the geography, and the culture. Questions to Consider When Studying a Country History 1. Has the country played a key role in world history at some point? 2. How was the nation founded? 3. Is the country famous for anything in particular? Georgraphy 1. What is the Capital, major rivers, lakes, mountains, etc? 2. Is the country landlocked, an island, big or small? 3. Are there any important geological features? 4. Where is the country on the map? Culture 1. What Language do they speak? 2. What is the main religion? 3. What type of food do they eat- try cooking some of their recipes? 4. Are there any particular customs? Geography can become very hands on as you look at the culture of a nation. There are also many excellent online resources: National Geographic Interactive Maps Activity Village: Maps World Atlas Just for Fun: Find out where you would end up if you dug a whole through the earth! Live Physics Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Animals and the Natural World Study, for multiple ages...

As we are going to be visiting the zoo this week, I thought it a good idea to plan an animal project. As we currently have an 8 year old, a 6 year old and a preschooler I want to teach them all something which will be appropriate for their ages. The Girl has already learnt about mammals, reptiles, amphibians etc. But we did make a poster, and her role was to write a description of what a mammal is, what a reptile is, etc. The Jedi Boy (the 6 year old), with some help from The Knight Boy, cut out, and glued different animals on the poster in their correct categories. We have now taken the study onto look at habitats and how animals are adapted to their different habitats. The Girl is learning about Biomes, and the food cycle, below is a free worksheet to fill in the blanks. This is to familiarise the child with words like: habitat, biome, organism, adaptation. the natural world The boys a more fundamental look at a habitat is an animals home, and why would a polar bear live in the Arctic and not a desert for example. For this we have printed off a world map, and The Girl has marked the different biome region on it, the children will then look at the map and decide where different animals live. The boys will glue the pictures of the animals and show where they are from (with some help.) Interestingly, before we have stated this The Knight Boy had been walking about the house with a map of the world asking questions like “where are the monkeys from?, where do tigers live?” It’s lovely when they are showing a natural interest in the topic being taught! Another fantastic resource is the children’s natural history documentaries playing on BBC iplayer, Deadly 60 is a big hit in our house: Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Colour Spelling Worksheet Free

English may be a very interesting language, but it sure is frustrating when you are 6! We have been looking at spelling colours. Even the word COLOUR- isn’t intuitive is it? I’ve made up a little sheet for spelling the common colour words, yes some are easy e.g. RED. Included is a complete the sentence “My favourite colour is_______” WHAT COLOUR STARS Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Teaching Multiplication: Free Number Grid 1 to 100

Times Tables, I remember with dread the tests we had to do at school! But one thing I did find interesting when at school was the patterns multiplication tables make when marked out on the number grid. When teaching the times tables make a new grid for each one. Go through the times table up to 10 or 12, then colour the numbers on the number grid. When the child sees the pattern emerge she can then colour the rest of the grid up to 100. NUMBER GRID 1-100 Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Multiplication and Division Practise: Primary 3/4 (Grade 2/3)...

We’ve been doing a bit of multiplication revision today. Went over the 3, 4, and 5 times tables. A few bog standard multiplication and division sums are always good to get the brain thinking about such things again, after a break… we’re about to go into 6, 7, 9 times tables! multiplication and division examples Also a useful tool when teaching multiplication tables: NUMBER GRID 1-100 Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...
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