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7 Comprehension Skills

In a world overflowing with information it’s more important than ever to use comprehension skills to  extract meaning from a text and be able to apply that elsewhere.  Simply put, your child needs to understand what he is reading. It may sound simple, but chances are at least 30% of what a child reads goes over their heads. And that 30% could be vital information – especially when they get to high school. Try these 7 Skills If your child is battling, we have 7 strategies to help them master comprehension. Sit with your child and ask them to read a
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Bespoke Book Tree Orders

A friend asked me a favour – could I draw up a list of book suggestions for her four boys – ranging in age from 10 – 17. Her boys are not big readers, don’t like fantasy and are put off by ‘big fat books’. I love a challenge and having kids who don’t always want to read, I know all about reluctant readers… I came up with a springboard list to get them started – a good mix of reality, biography, action and adventure with some altruistic choices too – from an environmental book that help teens understand the major
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Masterclass with Shane W. Evans

‘Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it,‘ said Bob Dylan.  Yet on some days inspiration suddenly flows, so rich and sweetly available you go down on your hands and knees in gratitude and then quickly get to your desk to try catch it in words and ideas. I recently had such a day attending an inspiring masterclass by American illustrator Shane W Evans at the Johannesburg Children’s Theatre.  The talk was organised in partnership with the Public Affairs section of the US Consul in Johannesburg and Play Africa, an NGO focused on pioneering public learning
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A burst of colour

I’m thinking today about how the environment we surround ourselves in reflects our reality.  A beautiful painting, a fresh bunch of flowers, a bright splash of rug or pillow are like pops of colour that uplift our mood. Just like the books we read. Choose to read books that inspire you.  Surround yourself with beauty. Find stories that will uplift your children, teach them, and grow them.  This doesn’t mean they can’t read dark, sad stories or tales that make them think deeply about the world, just that you need to remember the pops of colour too.  The books that remind
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Boys and their toys

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