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November 28, 2018

Christmas is so exciting for kids. They naturally count the days until the big day. Here's some ideas to encourage a bit more learning over this special time.

Advent Calendars

Whatever advent calendar you have, it is perfect for reinforcing addition and subtraction. Enco...

October 10, 2018

In the Southern Hemisphere, we have this crazy rush to the end of year where we squeeze the wind up to the working year, Christmas, New Year celebrations, annual holidays and the end of the school year all into a few short weeks. The pace can be frenetic and it is no w...

June 19, 2018

A comment I hear from kids a lot in the classroom is "I don't really get division".

Last week, my son did a basic facts test and left all the division sums blank. I can guess at a few reasons why he did this. One of the main reasons may be that kids are told "it's just...

February 1, 2018

Some kids are just like magnets and they have a gaggle of new mates to play with before the first break, while others may take longer to click with someone. As a parent, you want your child to be happy at school and you are keen to know that they have someone to play w...

January 16, 2018

Lots of brand new shiny 5 year olds are starting school for the first time this year. Having a child start at school is a big thing for parents and for the child. Here are some tips and tricks to help with the transition.

1. The wonders of velcro. -  Frustration can set...

December 6, 2017

Team up with your child - together you can tame this beast and you'll both feel like champions.

Teaching and learning Maths in the classroom is difficult when children don't know their times tables. In fact, I've seen kids just plateau in their learning. Knowing multipl...

September 7, 2017

Having a preschooler is a great sense of joy as they are trying to make sense of the world.  Use this time of natural curiosity to build in deeper thinking and exploration of key and foundational literacy and numeracy skills.

Here are some ideas on building learnin...

July 4, 2017

It's the Northern Hemisphere summer holidays at the moment and the end of term holidays in lots of countries in the Southern Hemisphere. While it's great for kids to have break from the day in day out school and out of school activities, it's also a good time to try a...

June 14, 2017

One of my children absolutely hates Maths and as soon as he figures out I am trying to sneak Maths into the conversation he will change the topic.

Here are some proven activities that will engage the most resistant of Mathematicians.

Fitness Trackers

These are an excellen...

June 8, 2017

All kids are super proud of themselves when they first learn to read by themselves. Graded texts that are based on a colour wheel or numbered  by difficulty naturally promote children to want to get to the next level. As a child progresses through school the reading ba...

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