Why Are R Controlled Vowel Sounds So Confusing For Students
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Why Are R Controlled Vowel Sounds So Confusing For Students

I’m sure many adults have forgotten all about these controlled syllables that they learned at school!  However, many children have difficulty learning and being able to grasp the concept of R-controlled vowels.  Why are these vowels so confusing for students? R-controlled vowel sounds are confusing to students because they sometimes read differently to what they…

Which Graphemes Should Be Taught First
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Which Graphemes Should Be Taught First

I am sure many parents are not always confident when they need to help their children learn and understand graphemes.  I always found it daunting to teach my children to spell when hearing a different sound!  So, which graphemes are taught first? Graphemes that should be taught first are the most common single-letter graphemes (t;…

Why to Use Kinesthetic Movement In The Classroom – 6 Ways to Uplevel Your Teaching
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Why to Use Kinesthetic Movement In The Classroom – 6 Ways to Uplevel Your Teaching

Incorporating kinesthetic movement in your classroom is an easy way to improve literacy outcomes before your child even realizes they’re learning. For years now research has shown that not every child learns the same way. However, still, in classrooms all over the world children are expected to sit, listen and learn. If we know its…

How to Introduce Poetry to Kindergarten Children.
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How to Introduce Poetry to Kindergarten Children.

”Old McDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O,” can you remember learning this nursery rhyme and other similar rhymes when you were a child?  Thinking back, this was my these nursery rhymes were my first introduction to poetry. it wasn’t introduced as such but it does bring up the question to how to introduce poetry to Kindergarten….

How to Teach a Child to Read Difficult Words
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How to Teach a Child to Read Difficult Words

If your child has begun reading, you may wonder how to increase the skill level and help them read complex, complicated or difficult words. The good news is that they probably already have the skills, but they need to practice and perfect their abilities. Teachers and parents may need guidance on how to teach a…

Is Teaching ESL Hard? A Teaching Abroad Survival Guide.
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Is Teaching ESL Hard? A Teaching Abroad Survival Guide.

Teaching ESL has the challenges of native English classrooms, with added barriers to motivation, communication and comprehension when working with second language learners. When teaching abroad ESL teachers must adapt to differences in language, culture, and pedagogy. These can combine to make teaching ESL hard.

How to Prepare For an International School Interview
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How to Prepare For an International School Interview

Applying for an International school is a little different to applying for general primary or secondary schools. There will be a few extra details to address, and parents are likely to be asked to come in and discuss some of the administrative formalities as well. To prepare for a international school interview you need to…

Is Poor Spelling A Sign Of A Disability
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Is Poor Spelling A Sign Of A Disability

I am sure you have often heard many parents and teachers saying “he can’t spell” or “she is a poor speller,” or you might have received a card or a note from an adult with some spelling mistakes, and you think, “Surely by now, they would have learnt how to spell”!   So what are the…