The Essential Sight Words Guide for Parents

Rachel Tosh (CPSP) has just published her first eBook entitled “The Essential Sight Words Guide for Parents”. The guide aims to provide parents with: 1. An understanding of how children learn sight words 2. Loads of simple and engaging games and activities for sight words 3. Skills to apply sight words into real-life contexts to enhance early literacy programs This parent guide is also a particularly useful resource for homeschool parents and provides specific strategies to assist children with special needs to learn sight words. Sight Words Guide Product Preview To purchase the book simply click here to go to our product page on Teachers Pay Teachers: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Essential-Sight-Words-Guide-for-Parents-1347562 Watch out too for new listings to be coming soon to our TPT store:...

iPads and young children: 5 key points

Just got back after a great day at a workshop with Kristy Goodwin, “iPads are Appsolutely Amazing”. Here is my take on a few of the key points to consider: 1. Technology is not inherently good or evil it is just a tool and therefore it all depends on how, when and why we use it. 2. The majority of “educational” apps are aimed at toddlers – scary but true! These apps tend to focus on drill-based practice for isolated splinter skills eg rote learning of colours, numbers and letter names and therefore have little functional developmental benefit. So, just because it is labelled “educational” doesn’t mean your child will learn from it! 3. Passive screen time for young children (eg TV) is potentially harmful due to the opportunity cost of missing out on other learning activities. Interactive screen time (eg problem solving and physically manipulating items on a screen) has a limited evidence base because the technology is so new but appears to have potential learning benefits. 4. The iPad is revolutionising the way our children learn – let’s make sure we use the tool effectively and don’t get caught up in the hype of either tech-induced-awe or tech-demonising that appears to be so prevalent in the media. 5. Avoid letting children have any screen time before school in the morning and in the last hour or so before bed due to the potential effects on melatonin levels and attention for formal learning activities. For a free eBook written by Kristy specifically to guide parents considering iPad use with children check out her website:...