Building avid readers by giving them choices

Reading is one of the most difficult and challenging things to encourage in students, but also one of the most important. With reluctant readers, EAL students and those with reading difficulties, especially boys, it is tricky to get them to read at all, and ever trickier to get them to enjoy it. Reading success may […]

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The Frankie Books by Elisa Gianoncelli

J.K. Rowling said: I have a real issue with anyone trying to protect children from their own imaginations. I agree with her wholeheartedly. This is not just because I am a teacher and author, but also because I am a mother. I think children have a great gift of freedom of thought, and imagining, that […]

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The Me, You and the Moon books by Elisa Gianoncelli

The ‘Me, You and the Moon’ book is a wonderful start to the journey into learning about our world. It includes a wonderfully enchanting story about a little mouse who, along with his friends Antonio and Arlene, is looking to be reunited with his sister. He begins his journey under the light of the moon […]

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The Me and You Children’s Book Series by Elisa Gianoncelli

Today’s education is one that demands a lot from our children. They need to be creative thinkers, and yet be able to access a great deal of knowledge across a wide range of subjects. In the competitive age we live in, having strong skills in English and Maths is just the minimum requirement; all round […]

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The ‘Me, You and the Moon’ books

The ‘Me, You and the Moon’ book is a wonderful start to the journey into learning about our world. It includes a wonderfully enchanting story about a little mouse who, along with his friends Antonio and Arlene, is looking to be reunited with his sister. He begins his journey under the light of the moon […]

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Me you and the Air and the ABC books

One of the toughest things parents and teachers face is getting children to read, especially when they are young reluctant readers. I know a lot about this particular issue, as I regularly tutor a range of students, getting them ready for 5+, 7+, 11+ and 13+ exams. My advice to all of them (and their […]

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Spelling…it doesn’t have to be a chore…Post 2

Welcome back to my mini blog post series on spellings. In this second post I’m going to be sharing some ideas on how to improve the spelling skills of your child. Breaking words down into syllables: For example: to-ge-ther (you can even clap as you chant or say each syllable) Making this into a  game […]

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Meg and Mog

The MEG & MOG stories, written by Helen Nicoll and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski, have become classics, thanks to exuberant illustrations and crazy storylines. They follow the antics of Meg, the witch whose spells usually end in disaster, and Mog, her long-suffering cat. As an educator, I love using these books with my younger pupils; […]

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