High Self Esteem in Children and Adults

High Self-Esteem in Children Definition: High self -esteem is confidence in one’s own worth or abilities and an intrinsic self-respect. High self-esteem in children and adults can be diminished in many ways. Throughout life we are continuously being barraged by negative behaviours, comments and thoughts.  Peers can influence the type of person that we become […]

Is Your Child Failing Because of Executive Functioning?

Is your child failing because of executive functioning deficits? I have tested a lot of students over the years and I am still amazed at the failure rate for children who have a delay in executive functioning development. What is executive function? Executive function is a set of mental skills that helps you get things […]

Spelling with Pre-Schoolers

        Teaching spelling with pre-schoolers lays a solid foundation for building knowledge and confidence that will have huge benefits now and in the future. I recently read an article that said spelling was one of the most tested subjects but the least taught. I would have to agree whole heartedly. In most cases, children are given a weekly […]

Kick Start to Reading and Writing!

Learning to spell can be easily  taught before children enter the formal school environment. The most basic of all foundational spelling skills is  phonological awareness.  Phonological awareness is the ability to manipulate identify and discriminate sounds. These skills are recognised as the greatest predictors of reading and writing success.  We all know that children are receptive to learning at a […]

Teaching Your Child to Read Through Experience and Pictures

                        In the previous post I gave a general background to using personal experiences to improve reading outcomes. This post elaborates on this concept. How do experiences improve reading? Children develop their world knowledge through their personal experiences. These experiences allow children to use their knowledge of the world to help them to read […]

Improve Reading with Experiences

Teaching children to read should be fun, BUT, unfortunately, this is not the experience of most parents.  I can still remember, with horror, the tension that surrounded my efforts to get my boys to practise their reading…there was no enjoyment!!!!  It was painful to say the least.  Thank God they had great teachers!!!!  I hope […]

Let’s Crack the Spelling Code

    Spelling can be an exciting exercise if the activities are in line with the child’s development and level of skill. There are five steps that are needed by  Grade Three to make certain that children are excited and interested in spelling and presenting their work without mistakes. In this article, I am only […]

Struggling Readers

                                                      Every classroom has a number of students that struggle in reading. Struggling readers are divided into three groups, those that have difficulty reading the words accurately, those that have problems understanding and those who have trouble with fluency. All are struggling readers to some degree or other. The most important point is to make certain […]

Tips to Help Your Child Read

The Problem Are you experiencing trouble trying to get your child to be a successful reader? Does the child’s teacher continually tell you not to worry that the child will learn at their own pace? Do you know that your child could read better if they had the correct support? Reading is a skill that […]