Learning Phonics at Home

Tuesday, 17, May, 2016

Whether you're homeschooling your child or just helping with homework, knowing about phonics is important for helping your child to read, especially as you need to go right back to the basic building blocks of language. Once your child has the hang of phonics, they will find it much easier to deal with new, more difficult words, even whilst they are reading alone. Much like learning anything, it's always best to start with the basics. For phonics that means starting with the most common and e ....

Why Use Phonics

Saturday, 07, May, 2016

It's been widely acknowledged that the most effective way of teaching children to read, especially with a language with so many quirks and rules as English, is with the use of phonics; this is basically focusing on the sounds made by the letters instead of the name of the letters and uses 44 basic sounds. This way, children learn to decode a word using sounds instead of spelling, for example, 'cat' is read as 'cah-ahh-tuh' instead of 'see-ay-tee' so if they come across a word that they don't rec ....

Top British Authors

Sunday, 24, Apr, 2016

This week has seen the Queen's 90th birthday, St.George's Day and William Shakespeare's birthday and 400th anniversary of his death so in celebration of all things British, here are some of the country's best children's authors. Roald Dahl. Born in Cardiff, Roald Dahl wrote dozens of books and poems that continue to be popular today and many of which have been turned into plays and films such as 'Matilda' and 'The Witches'. He also wrote the screenplay for 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. Dahl was a ....