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3 varied games to help your child learn to spell

Support your child with spelling

  Imagine trying to write in a different foreign language every time you wrote something. Think how difficult that would be. That’s how I heard reading and spelling described to be by one dyslexic learner. A key point you need to remember before a child can start to learn to read or spell is that

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Can anyone recommend an 11+ tutor? TIA

Choosing a tutor for your child is a big thing. There are so many considerations and so many variables. Imagine you are going on a picnic and you ask a group of friends’ what type of bread they recommend for making the sandwiches. One friend might respond that white bread is best. That’s the only

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Breaking the barriers to homework

Breaking away from traditional worksheets: Helping your child with their homework   This post comes as a follow on to a conversation I was having with someone recently about how hard it can be to encourage your child to do their homework. I mentioned that school normally send homework home as an uninspiring worksheet. The

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7 brilliant techniques to support handwriting

What does a pig have in common with handwriting practice?   I’ve had a few conversations with people recently who have said how their child is struggling with handwriting. I must admit when my 3 were young I did buy a lot of the pre-school/ early years books that support your child with creating various

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5 things to consider when choosing a tutor

Are you considering a tutor? Here are 5 considerations for you to think about

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Your best effort is all that can be expected

What is the most important thing you can give to your child? The knowledge that you are proud of them

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How can word searches help with comprehension skills?

Comprehension is the ability to read a piece of text and then answer relevant questions on it. Word searches are a block of random letters with words hidden within. How can a word search complement something that is so totally different? When carrying out a comprehension task you generally read the piece of text through

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Learning is Not Just Measurable. It’s Emotional

If you only read one book this year, this is the one to read. I am so honoured to have Lois Letchford write a guest blog for me at Starr Tutoring

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As a parent what can you do to help your child through the 11+?

As this year 6 parents breathe a sigh of relief as the 11+ comes to an end, the year 5 parents take in a sharp intake of breath as they realise what is dawning! As a parent what can you do to help your child through the 11+? These are some of the activities that

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Learning the 9 times table

Help your child learn their 9x tables with these 3 simple tricks

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