You only want what is best for your child.
Entering the school system is most probably the first time that decisions are being made about your child that are out of your control. This makes it all the more frustrating if your child starts to struggle at school and you can’t seem to get the support you think your child deserves.
The aim of our web sites is to provide parents with information and tips on how to help their children if they are struggling and just need a little help to catch up.
Lucy brings the educational know-how to the site, having retrained as a primary school teacher after helping our kids at school when they were struggling. Chris as a successful businessman turns Lucy’s knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching into an appropriately structured and logical web site design, converting as much of the technical language on the site into words he and he hopes others will understand.
Teachphonics.co.uk is our second web site, providing information on how to support your child in learning to read and spell using phonics. It explains the vital development stages of the pre-phonics skills relating to phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge and how phonics can be used as a tool to support reading.
Our first web site teachhandwriting.co.uk provides information on how to teach handwriting to children, it looks at some common difficulties children experience with handwriting and suggests simple ideas which may help fix them and gives advice on how handwriting is assessed in UK schools and what support you can expect if your child is struggling.
As parents of two dyslexic children (now young women) we have experienced first-hand how limited school resources can hold children back. It seems sometimes children need to fail before they are given help, but at such a young age this help can come too late.
Because we know and believe that early intervention can make such a difference to a child’s education and future we have designed these free sites to hopefully help, support and empower parents/carers to logically and progressively assist their child to develop at a pace that best suits them.
We believe that every child matters, not some more than others, this is why the site is completely free. By sharing our knowledge we hope that you will be able to help and support your child in ways we wish we had known about and had access to when our girls were younger.
There is a lot of information and ideas on the site which we feel are important, our aim is to make it accessible and logical rather than daunting. We have looked at the basic building blocks (skills required) as a progressive and developmental route to where, when and what to look for to help support your child’s development or to help identify possible areas of difficulty needing extra support.