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    Learning Resources for Children

    I’ve worked in primary schools for many years; in mainstream classroom settings and supporting children with various special educational needs. Here’s a list of great resources that you can use to aid and educate your children. Snip http://www.snip-newsletter.co.uk/downloads.php.. Look down the list for the ‘Snip Literacy programme part 1’. You can start with this one 🙂 If literacy is your choice, if not, try another. This was developed by two dyslexic tutors, who saw the need to help and address the problems to learning faced by children with learning disabilities and needs. They have developed a range of different techniques to help children to become competent and confident readers. I…

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    Free Online Courses (CPD etc)

    During Lockdown, I have been advised by my employers to study and complete some online courses for CPD purposes, whilst I’ve been at home. Apart from giving me added knowledge for the benefits of teaching children; some of the courses are excellent for personal study and interest. FutureLearn:  A really good free online study resource. Unfortunately, you don’t get a certificate at the completion; you have to pay for one, but you will receive an email to confirm that you have studied. There’s quite a few subjects to choose from: Business and management, Healthcare, History, Arts, Education, Law, Languages and many more. It’s really worth taking a look. You follow…

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    WordPress Themes and Widgets

    I’m writing this post in response to a few comments I’ve received recently about the theme design for my blog. There is someone behind the really technical stuff of Pipstips, but I do fiddle around quite a bit with themes and widgets and alter stuff now and again as the need necessitates in my frenzied head. I’m the sort of person that likes change and variety, so after a while I start getting a bit bored with how it looks and fancy a new look. In answer to a readers question on my theme choices, this is what I was using up to about 3 weeks ago. The WordPress; Savona…

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    10 Signs You’re Being Used in a Relationship

    I think we have all been there at one time or another. Somebody comes along, makes you feel good about yourself, pays you lots of attention with texts and calls, tells you how beautiful you are and how wonderful you make them feel, until a few months down the line you’ve fell for them hook, line and sinker, and you realise that something’s not quite right. You may start to have a niggling feeling in the back of your mind that you are being used, but you brush it off because there’s no way that would happen to you,and there’s no way you would let somebody treat you like that.…

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    Transitions – How they can affect your child

    “The process of adjusting to a new situation is known as a ‘Transition’” (Kamen, 2011:283) All through a child’s life, and then reaching adulthood, there will inevitably be changes. The transitions we can automatically think off include the process that children go through when they move through the education system, which generally begins when the child starts at nursery school. This incorporates the intellectual aspect of transitions, but still includes the vast array of emotions that can affect a young person. I have a personal experience in this subject as my child found it difficult moving up to secondary school and I feel it to be important that parents are…

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    10 Tips for Learning a Language

    As I sat this morning drinking my coffee and staring into space, it suddenly dawned on me that I had some homework to complete for my french language class today. From my earliest memories I can remember dreading homework. Once I’m into the swing of it I’m OK. I think it’s just the lack of motivation that I need to get started and I always leave it until the last minute and try and cram in as much as possible. This is not a good idea. To be brief, I completed my homework, it was about past participles of French and irregular verbs, and after scanning my material I realised…