Literacy

Learning the uppercase alphabet

For most children, learning the alphabet is an experience that takes place over a long period of time and involves a lot of repetition and familiarisation across many different contexts. There is a lot to learn, from the names of the letters to their order, to the fact that there are lowercase and uppercase versions… Continue reading Learning the uppercase alphabet

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Nurturing a love of books and reading

As preschool children grow, their leaps into independence become impossible to ignore. With her fifth birthday on the horizon, I’ve noticed that my granddaughter Daisy has become more content to play on her own for longer periods, where previously would insist on the participation of an adult playmate. While her parents cook, do chores, or… Continue reading Nurturing a love of books and reading

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Teaching your child to write their name

I remember well the family conversations that were shared about possible names for our grandchild, Daisy. Now it’s impossible to imagine her having any other name!  We’ve watched as she’s grown and have seen how she’s taken ownership of her name and become a ‘proper’ Daisy.  Our children and grandchildren take their name and invariably… Continue reading Teaching your child to write their name

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All set for World Book Day 2021

World Book Day is always popular with my family. This annual event takes place at the beginning of March and my granddaughter Daisy always enjoys dressing as a book character on that day; in previous years her costumes have honoured The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr, The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson… Continue reading All set for World Book Day 2021

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Using magnetic letters for remote phonics fun

The third UK lockdown has brought families and educators new challenges and new ways to do so many things. In fact, during a recent family video call I discovered a new activity to enjoy with my four-year-old granddaughter Daisy – one that is only possible when we’re not in the same room!  Last year Daisy… Continue reading Using magnetic letters for remote phonics fun

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How silly sounds prepare your child for phonics

A guest post by Grandpa Smith. As we look to support our preschool children in the very early stages of reading and writing, it can be easy to forget that the most enjoyable and natural preparation they can undertake will involve exploring sounds. I was driving back from the beach with Daisy recently when I… Continue reading How silly sounds prepare your child for phonics

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As libraries reopen, the Summer Reading Challenge begins

Local libraries across the UK have begun to reopen as lockdown restrictions, triggered by the pandemic, gradually relax. With this in mind, I began to gather up our library books (those I’d borrowed for Daisy, and my own), ready to return them when I had an opportunity. As I collected the books together, I reflected… Continue reading As libraries reopen, the Summer Reading Challenge begins

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World Book Day; Sharing a story “The Tiger Who Came To Tea”

Today Daisy is sharing one of her favourite stories, dressed up as Sophie from Judith Kerr's classic The Tiger Who Came To Tea. The Tiger Who Came To Tea  was first published in 1968.  Judith Kerr said that she made this story up as a bedtime story and she told it again and again to… Continue reading World Book Day; Sharing a story “The Tiger Who Came To Tea”