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1. Aspects of Holistic Child Development
This article discusses development patterns of children from birth to the age of eight years. Children across the world seem to pass through the same sequences of development, and within the same broad timetables. Although the pattern is broadly the same for all children, each child is of course unique. Nevertheless, understanding the typical pattern will help you to develop skills both in promoting children’s health and in stimulating their all-round (or holistic) development.

2. How Can I Help My Child With Writing?
This article describes the sorts of things that children are likely to do at a certain stage as they learn how to write. Learning to recognise children’s literacy behaviours as they become increasingly literate will help us to provide good support for a child at each phase of their literacy development.

3. Importance of Play
This article discusses the importance of play and practical activities for children. All babies and children love to play. Play is an important way for children to learn. The article describes the many different types of play and the types of skills children can gain from the different types of play.

4. Child Health
This article discusses several issues related to child health, namely Attention deficity hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); Autism or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD); Food Refusal and Enuresis (Bedwetting). Included are details about each of these conditions and how to recognise symptoms and what action to take.

5. Butterflies and Flowers
This article is taken from a craft book called “Shellcraft” by Annette and Roger Ralle (ISBN: 0855-32894-0). The two-page spread shows you how to make flowers and a small butterfly out of shells. Fun activity for the family. The book provides over ninety amusing shellcraft ideas.

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1. Dyslexia – An Overview
This article provides a general overview of dyslexia. It would be interesting for Special Educational Needs co-ordinators, specialist and non-specialist teachers, parents and all others involved or interested in helping students to overcome dyslexia.

2. Spelling – How Children Learn
This article offers descriptions of the sorts of things that children are likely to do at a certain stage as they learn how to spell. It makes explicit links between assessment and teaching strategies and offers practical suggestions for helping children at each phase of their spelling development.

3. Reducing Reading and Writing Difficulties
This article offers an introduction to the Reading Recovery approach – an early intervention programme designed as supplementary assistance for children who have not responded well to literacy learning in their first year at school. The author, Marie Clay has been a teacher of young children, a teacher in special education, a school psychologist and a teacher of school psychologists.

4. Managing Behaviour in a Noisy Classroom
What do you do if students talk through another student’s presentation? What do you do if students chat while you are explaining something to the class? This article offers ideas about what to do to handle interruptions from students during a lesson. The author provides a wealth of ideas on approaches and strategies, which can be applied to unforeseen situations.

5. Dragons and Butterflies Storage Jar
This article is taken from a book called “How to Paint on Glass” by Julia Bottrell (ISBN: 0855-32809-6). It gives you step-by-step instructions on how to give plain old jars a ‘stained-glass’ treatment. The book provides other craft ideas on glass: such as acetate greeting cards; stunning suncatchers; glowing candle-shades and boxes, baubles and jewellery.