There’s an alarming study out by The Literacy Trust showing a drop in the number of fathers encouraging their children to read 🙁 The study by the National Literacy Trust shows one in three dads give no reading encouragement to their children to read at all – a 30 per cent increase over the past […]
I was talking to a lovely Dad about helping his kids to read more often and it dawned on me that our kids read a great deal from the Internet where articles are short and very often in bite sized chunks and in bullet points (and I should know as I am asked to write hundreds of […]
Today I’m delighted to be published in Magic Town the place where stories live ! This month my blog post is about My Back to School Reading Tips Here’s an excerpt from my post. “When I was a teacher, I loved story time with my students. I enjoyed sitting on the carpet with a bright, […]
As a former Deputy Head teacher I just love this little poster from The Reading Kingdom so make a committment today as the New School Term begins here in the UK to get involved in your child’s learning !
Today I’m delighted to be published in Magic Town the place where stories live ! This month my blog post was inspired by my 3 visits to the London Olympics and it got me pondering about how to use such an historic event to inspire your kids to read. Here’s the first bit of my […]
The television has many names – TV, the telly, the box, the electric “babysitter”… While the last one is usually said in jest, the sad fact is there is more truth to it today than there should be. In decades past and when I was growing up, whether and how much to let babies watch TV wasn’t […]
As a former Deputy Head teacher and Class Teacher for over 20 years I am delighted to have my articles on self esteem published in the Reading Kingdom – a wonderfully fun, easy-to-use online programme that teaches children 4-10 years old how to read and write. Here’s my article Kids and self-esteem: 5 tips for Raising […]
My son always loved books and always had his nose in a book when he was young but around the age of 9 he lost a bit of interest in his reading books and started to enjoy comics. As a former Deputy Head I knew it was probably a phase so I didn’t make […]
I am always on the look out for interesting articles and websites that help raise children’s self esteem so I was delighted when I came upon this article on positive ways to help your child learn to love their glasses from the excellent Reading Kingdom on 3 Things Kids Can Learn from Harry Potter’s Glasses
Staying with the topic of reading. I am delighted to have come across TouchyBooks this week, they have an amazing app for the ipod and ipad, the app is FREE to download, and they are giving away 10 codes for you to claim against a book in their store! To find out how to […]
How can I encourage my kids to read more ?
Today’s guest author Janet Allison offers support and strategies for parents bringing up young boys. I was delighted to have been interviewed by Janet on Friday night for the Boys Alive! On-line Event: Discover HIS World – The Map and to hear more about all aspects of raising boys – from his education, to understanding his temperament, his […]
I saw my neighbour playing and reading with her little granddaughter yesterday out in the sunshine. It reminded me of shared moments when my kids were little, hot chocolate and stories at bedtime, cuddles and talking. Now it’s more hot chocolate, cuddles and chatting about all sorts of things that come up and the pleasure of sometimes […]
Half of the prison population cannot read…….. make reading for 15 minutes with your kids your PRIORITY !
As a former Deputy Head and class teacher and of course now as a writer, I am supporting the Evening Standard’s Campaign “GET LONDON READING” because being able to read empowers children and adults alike and gives people confidence, self esteem and a key life skill. Here is an uplifting article from last week’s Evening Standard. “For 20 years, […]
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