Regardless of age or ability, books before going to sleep are a positive and relaxing habit for children. Here’s our ongoing collection of books we’d recommend for bedtime reading. Goodnight Bear (Torchlight Books) If you are after bedtime stories with the ‘WOW factor’ these are for you. Inside the […]
Why are Fine Motor Activities important? Fine motor activities are those that develop and strengthen the small muscles in your child’s fingers, thumb and hand. They are therefore imperative for learning to write, eat with a knife and fork, do zips/buttons on clothes and learnt to do shoe […]
I’ve previously blogged about the importance of choosing the right implement for your child when learning to write. Specifically a child needs to feel comfortable when holding a pen or pencil, or they can easily be put off using it. I’ve been trying out the East Start range […]
Exciting and fun rainy-day activity to engage children…can even tempt those who say they ‘don’t enjoy crafts’! What will you need? PVA glue + water to make paper mache mix. Strips of newspaper/paper Paintbrush String (to hang it) Balloon Scissors Paint (optional) Adult supervision and help Develops: hand […]
As a mum of a toddler and tutor of children with Special Educational Needs (www.cheshiresentutor.com) I know the difficulty that some children face when trying new foods. Often it’s not just the taste of new foods but their texture and colour that can cause children to reject them. […]
As with anything that you are trying to teach a child, it’s important to use a few different approaches. This is because everyone learns in different ways. These are a few resources that I’m using at the moment to help aid the learning of the alphabet with children […]
For parents of children with Dyslexia- this free, e-book by Nessy is absolutely brilliant. Well worth a download and read.
Cut a hole in a box, get a handful of soft balls and your child/baby to practice posting them into the hole. What’s the point? Develops fine motor skills Develops hand eye coordination Fun! Can be used to help learn colours, numbers (count them), sizes, shapes etc.
Have a look at my Guest Post here where I discuss the potential of Lottie Dolls for teaching Children with Special Educational Needs.
Mark-making (as simple as it sounds- putting making marks on paper) is a fundamental starting stage in learning to write. So what do you do when a toddler won’t even hold a pencil crayon? This is a problem I faced two weeks ago and we went from a […]