Category Archives: Communication

Word Up

“If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and for earning money.” John Updike Earlier this week I was lucky enough to go to the House of … Continue reading

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We All Line Up

There are many reasons why we need to use routines in our teaching spaces. Routines are a helpful ‘shorthand’ for getting things done quickly and efficiently. Routines help us ensure that the children are safe, and that there is a … Continue reading

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Stop Making Sense

Inside every word is a tiny capsule of sense. You can sound words out, you can name their parts, but meaning only comes out when you get them into the right context. Suddenly, the sense goes POP! Let me tell … Continue reading

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Five Top Tips for Speakers

1. Don’t just read it out. They can read. If they wanted to read it, they would have read it. They came to hear you bring it to life. 2. Speaking is performing (same as teaching). You get to use … Continue reading

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What Does a Three Year-Old Know?

Tiny children are amazing. Their brains are so pliable. They soak up knowledge like a sponge. The knowledge isn’t in books, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. What we learn in the first three years are the most important … Continue reading

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Black Squiggles on a Page

It is quite easy to teach one child to read. Here’s the recipe: Ingredients: 1. Collect a massive pile of great books. 2. Find a grown up who knows how to teach reading (you could replace this person with a … Continue reading

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The more I think about it, the more I believe that typing helps my brain work. There is something in the connection between my fingers and a keyboard that allows my ideas to flow freely. I can type at about … Continue reading

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