Sounding Out Words = The Best Way To Teach Reading.

Study suggests that phonics work: Sounding out words is best way to teach reading. Our Literacy Programme encourages the use of phonics when teaching children how to read, however we also understand that all children learn differently thus, we advise that each child should be assessed individually. Below is a blog post from Royal Holloway, University of London which recommends the use of phonics.

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How to Write a Book

You don’t just sit down to write a book, that’s not how writing works. Writing happens in segments and starts by piecing bits of ideas together. It’s not a complicated process, you take one step at a time. You write a sentence or two, then a paragraph and then one day an entire story is born. •Pick up a pen or pencil, grab some paper and start jotting your ideas down. This sounds obvious but you will be surprised by how many people have a book in them but never start to write. They keep postponing, if you are struggling with the decision of what you’re going to write about, pick a paragraph from your favourite book. Write that down in your own words as inspiration. You could also change the ending of that story, create your own version of it. When you feel more confident start writing your own story, think of your childhood days at school what you would have liked those days to be like, find that “happy place” and start from there.

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How Some Orphanages Are Failing Children!

Compassion, is it something you learn? Or something you're taught or perhaps something innate in some people? Regardless of which answer you side with, one thing we can agree on is that we all show compassion at least once in our lives! For instance, I once knew a man who was perceived to be "evil" the qualities that supposedly made him evil were greed and selfishness. Let's break down these two powerful words starting with selfishness.

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St Andrew's School

Launch Day for St Andrew's School in February 2016 was full of excitement, the children were honoured and thrilled to have such a great opportunity to read and act out stories. This of course has never been done before at the school, therefore, the first thing the children asked was "will this programme continue?" This is one of the reasons we are determined to continue our mission and educate children especially girls who are rarely given opportunities to learn.

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Utterly Lauren

Lauren Child is the author of several children's books most notably Charlie and Lola which is aired on CBeebies here in the UK. The book we find most interesting is The New Small Person, this was one of the books that we donated to orphanages and schools in Zambia. A snippet below of Lauren Child's interview with the Telegraph where she talks about the importance of having diverse characters in books;

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