Reading comprehension – Now, what was that all about?

You can help your child to develop skills in reading comprehension. These skills will enable them to reflect on the text they have read and extend their understanding beyond literal interpretation to making inferences and deductions – ‘reading between the lines’. This blog post answers three questions: What is reading comprehension? Why is reading comprehension an important skill? How can I develop my child’s reading comprehension skills? 1. What is reading comprehension? Reading comprehension is an ability to read text and, more importantly,...

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Mathematical word-problems: where do I start?

Many children find mathematical word-problems challenging, even those who are competent mathematicians. The main difficulty is how to approach the problem; this involves deciding which mathematical operation to use and where to start the problem-solving process. In this blog post I will explore these aspects of mathematical word-problems and look at ways to help children develop their word-problem solving skills, which will help give them more confidence to use their existing mathematical abilities. Deciding which mathematical operation to...

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How can I help my child with reading?

In this blog post I explore three important aspects of children’s reading: how to support early readers; how to be a better reader; how to get children interested in reading. How to support early readers – as a guide, if a child needs help with more than one in ten of the words in a book then the text is too challenging: to persist with a book that a child is struggling to read might result in demotivation, loss of interest in reading and poor self-esteem. Clearly, if a child is to progress to trickier texts there needs to be an element of...

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