Isabel has been wanting to make slime for a while, but I haven't been organised enough to buy the borax needed for normal slime. I found a recipe that used shampoo instead and so we gave it a go! The recipe we used was: Put 1/2 cup shampoo and 1/4 cup of cornstarch in a bowl. Mix well. Add few … [Read more...] about Alien words and slime!
Today we were having a quiet inside day as we have had a busy couple of weeks and Isabel was not feeling 100% after a bad night. Normally a day at home can be really hard work but today was different because we had an empty cardboard box! Hooray!!! This box kept us entertained literally all day and the … [Read more...] about Lots of learning with a cardboard box!!
I am excited about this post as we have really enjoyed these activities in the lead up to Easter and I can see us continuing playing them long after Easter has finished. The games focus on identifying long vowel sounds and blending letter sounds to make a word. A friend recently asked me for ideas on how … [Read more...] about Easter Phonics Ideas
All of my blog posts so far have been about phonics. This is mainly because there are not many parent friendly phonics sites around and it is the one question I get asked a lot from friends. However I know that Maths is an area that some children can find hard to understand and sometimes it is hard to … [Read more...] about Maths – Simple addition and subtraction
Learning to read is a complicated and long process. We have to understand that these black squiggles on paper actually mean something, and then when the black squiggles are put together in different ways they make words. When a child learns to read they have to first identify the letters, then blend them … [Read more...] about The ‘reluctant’ reader and how to help.
One area of phonics that the rules do not apply is 'tricky' words or 'high frequency words'. We nickname them 'tricky' because they cannot be sounded out and just need to be learnt. Schools do this in a variety of different ways, a lot of the time your child will be given a set list of words to learn at … [Read more...] about Top tips for learning ‘tricky’ words and keeping it fun!