Helping your child learn how to spell

Over the years the way in which children are taught to spell has changed quite a bit. Teachers now use phonics to help pupils understand how words are read and spelt and rather than pronouncing the letter name they pronounce the sound it makes instead. As a parent it can be quite hard to get your head around as often you will have been taught in a totally different way. Many schools offer classes in which parents can go along and be shown how the teachers will be teaching their child and give them advice on what they can do at home.

Most of the new workbooks that you can buy also have adapted the phonics way of learning and these books are often brightly coloured and fun which many children enjoy doing.

If you are really struggling to know how to help your child then why not arrange a meeting with one of the teachers and as them to give you some worksheets that you could do with your child at home. Children are being able to read and write a lot earlier than they used to and you may be shocked at the type of words they have been given to learn. If your child is really struggling then you could even invest in some out of school tutoring to help them catch up.

 

Teaching yourself a new skill through books

Books are great for passing the time, to find out more about an interest of hobbies and to use when studying. There are so many different types of books out there that when someone says I don’t like reading, it often is because they just haven’t found the right genre to suit them.

If you are interested in learning a new skill then you may turn to books to find out all about it. If it is a popular subject you may have a wide range of books you can choose from. Be sure to read reviews and also the blurb on the back of the book to make sure it covers what you need it to.

There may be diagrams and illustrations in the book which can often help us take information in and if you do struggle to remember what you have read, try writing it down as again this is a good way to get the information to stick in your memory.

Some people prefer to learn by watching videos rather than reading books as often seeing someone physically do something is easier to understand than just reading about it. The beauty of reading is that you can do it in small chunks to suit your schedule and it can be done in places where it may not be convenient to watch a video.

Are store cards a good way to shop?

It seems that a huge number of retailers now offer their own store cards that work similarly to a credit card but can usually only be used with that one retailer or certain retailers within a group. Very often when we approach the checkout we are asked if we would like to save money by opening a store card. These offers vary from retailer to retailer but often include a percentage off your first shop or next shop, interest-free periods and discounts throughout the year.

Before opting in for store cards it is important to check that you will be able to afford the monthly payments and ideally to pay off the balance before the interest hits. If you were going to be putting your shopping on a credit card then it may be worth taking out a store card as long as the interest is not too high. If you were going to be paying cash, then unless you were going to be saving a lot on the money off they were offering, then you may be better to stay away.

If you have good credit you may be able to get store cards to get the discounts that you may be offered but then transfer the balances over on to a longer zero percentage credit card to allow you to pay it off in time.

 

 

The importance of hearing your child read

Many schools go on about how important it is to hear your child read on a regular basis. As parents, you may feel that it is unnecessary for your child to read to you every night but research has shown that children that do this have an academic advantage later on in their education. Reading can not only help with reading but can also help with spelling and confidence as well as understanding emotions and problem-solving.

When reading a book with your child, take time out to ask them what they think is going to happy or to explain how a particular character is feeling. This will not only help them with their understanding but will break up the book and allow them a chance to understand what is happening rather than just reading the words.

You do not have to go out and spend a fortune on children books, many charity shops have books for as little as five or ten pence or you could enrol in your local library to allow your children to pick their own book to read. You could even get your child to read sentences around the home, such as on the side of food containers or on the back of a DVD case.

 

Pre Christmas sales as said to top January sales

Historically the pre Christmas sales always used to start on January, but with companies realising that people tend to spend a lot more of their money in November and January, many of them are opting to start their sales early. This November saw many of the big retailers offering customer huge discounts on their items and tempting people in to early Christmas shopping. This has definitely helped ease the shopping centres in the run up to Christmas and can be great for people looking to spread their shopping out a bit over a matter of a few months.

The issue with buying present that early is you may forget that you have already bought something, find that the prices come down closer to Christmas and you have paid over the odds, or if buying for children, find out that there is a new toy on the market which has suddenly become top of the Christmas list. On the other hand, if you leave you shopping until the last minute then you may struggle to find stock of the item and end up having to either go without or pay over the odds.