Category Archives: Reading

S h a p e s

I FIND IT REALLY HARD TO READ IN CAPITALS. MORE THAN THAT, I ACTIVELY HATE IT. NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT LOOKS SHOUT-Y, BUT BECAUSE IT HURTS MY BRAIN TO DO IT. *Hits caps lock* phew The combination of letters in … Continue reading

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Am Writing

‘You fail only if you stop writing.’ Ray Bradbury 1. The only way to get better at writing is to write. The only way to be a writer is to write. Your words can only come to life if you … Continue reading

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It’s Snowing Books

Because when it snows, you can’t stop children making snowballs … Dear Parents and Carers, Reading with your children is one of the most important things that you can do to support their educational achievement. But even more importantly than … 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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Dead White Dudes

According to the modern day indicators, I was ‘deprived’ as a child, although I never really felt that way. I am from a single parent family and I got free school meals. We weren’t dirt poor, but we didn’t get … Continue reading

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An Education

What is ‘An Education’? Some say education is about making people cleverer: about ensuring that people have access to lots of knowledge. I can’t see anything to argue with in that (although I don’t think teaching lots of knowledge necessarily … Continue reading

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QWERTY

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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My Children Eat Books

My two children eat books and can spit knowledge at you like it is going out of fashion. Between them, they can tell you everything you could ever care to know about space, planets, dinosaurs, birds, sharks, growing vegetables, the … Continue reading

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