Ways to Encourage Reluctant Readers

Gruffalos reading

No-one would argue about whether reading is a valuable life skill. But reading can be about more than just knowing what the words are but more the meaning behind them. Being able to identify what the writer’s purpose was, and whether they are trying to persuade you for example, are other important aspects of reading … Read more

Books for School Library

Reading is a very valuable skill and one I really treasure. I have become even more aware of what a great gift it is since watching my youngest son struggle to get to grips with it quiet as easily as my older children. But get to grips he has – my heart swells with so … Read more

Read on Get on – Save The Children

Read on Get on Save the Children

My son has just started secondary school, his homework was to pick a book to read for ten minutes at school today. This was really easy for him as he loves reading and finds it all too easy. Reading has opened up a whole new World to him, he can immerse himself in fantasy and … Read more

Loon to the Moon – Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour

loon on he moon

My children recently benefited from an author coming into school, reading to them, and signing copies of their book. Reading for me is a skill that everyone should learn as a child. It is an important and powerful tool towards education and independence. It makes me feel sad that not everyone has the same opportunities … Read more

Christmas TRH Book Advent Simple #Review Day 8

TRH advent star

Sometimes we just need something simple. If you are trying to make your Christmas TRH book advent calendar daily it can also become a bit much doing things that are complicated and there are many other factors going on around you (shopping, pantomimes, school productions, writing cards, decorating the tree). Or maybe your child is … Read more

Christmas TRH & Book Advent

Chrismtas toilet roll holder advent

There are so many great ideas on the internet but two of my favourite craft blogs RedTedArt and HereComeTheGirls. They have really inspired me to combine a couple of their ideas to create a new one: a Christmas Advent Craft to encourage reading. I adore RedTedArt’s toilet roll holder crafts (TRH Santa, Reindeer, and Snowmen) and was … Read more

The Importance of Reading

There’s no denying it reading is an important skill. It helps with language development; social development – helping us to empathise with others/or learn to understand them better, gives us something to discuss with each other, put things into perspective, to look at things from a different angle; helps us to learn moral messages; gives … Read more

Quiet Time

If you’ve been following our Letter Learning Journey you will know that we have come to the letter Q. I didn’t want to do Queen as it seemed too obvious – and besides that was covered under Jubilee I figured that after all the hustle and bustle of  the summer holidays (and for us moving … Read more

Words are wonderful

I love words. They are what separate us from animals. They can make you cry, they can make you sad, then can make your angry, then can make you mad. It is definitely the pen is mightier than the sword. But why I want to tell you about words today is their ability to make … Read more

Favourite books from Childhood

children reading

Children today don’t seem to read like they used to. I think this is due to the fact that they have more than 4 channels of tv to watch and the boom of the internet and computer games. Maybe I’m just unlucky to have children that haven’t got the thirst for reading that I had … Read more