The home of many varied, fun, resources for you to use at home with your child to support both their Maths and English
Find confidence in supporting your child with one of these short courses ranging from creative resources to understanding dyslexia
The place where you can ask questions, share concerns, celebrate achievements with other like-minded parents
If you’re a mum, a childminder, a tutor who spends hours scouring the internet for ideas that you can download, we hope that this will save you time. Making your life more efficient.
My children are older now. As I write this, I have my phone next to me waiting for the call. My oldest Clara is due to have her first baby in the next few days.
But when they were young there was nothing, I enjoyed more than spending time with them. I was once told that everything I did with them had to be educational. It wasn’t intended that way. I just enjoyed getting the paints out, reading books with them, playing games.
If we went for a walk, we would look out for various numbers or letters in the environment. The local library used to offer a weekly story time. They would read the children stories then afterwards that would provide the theme for pictures to colour and things to make.
I appreciate it probably was predominately educational, but the kids loved it and I met mums who had similar interests to my own. I made some really good friends.
Around this time, I started my journey into the world of education. It started with a Diploma in Pre-school practice. Then a degree in childcare and education through the Open University.
My main interest was learning styles and learning difficulties. I believed Clara was dyslexic, but her school dismissed the idea. So, alongside my degree I set about learning as much as I could so that I could help her myself.
Nearly everything I learned stated that learning needed to be creative.
The child needed to be relaxed and engaged on multiple levels.
I felt that this attitude would be beneficial to any child. Not just those who learned in different ways.
You probably agree?
What I have also found (after being involved in educational settings for over 20 years now) is that games and creative tasks offer repetition.
If you asked your child to read a book they struggled with, more than once, or do a work sheet more than once, they probably would resist.
However, if you were to ask your child to play a game with you again, or paint another picture, bake another pancake, they would probably do so with enthusiasm.
This repetition strengthens the memories needed to help the child recall the information when needed.
When your child is faced with a test or something else that worries them their brain will often not think logically. It’s a bit like a bee flying around trying to find the open window to get out of.
Recalling information works in a similar way when we are stressed.
So, each time we do something we create a memory (we open one window for that bee).
If we repeat the task, we make that memory stronger. (We open the window a bit further).
However, if we provide multiple tasks. We are creating more memories. More opportunities for your child to recall the information. (We are metaphorically opening multiple windows).
By repeating each of those tasks, we are making those memories stronger.
If you are like I was, you want your child to do well.
You don’t want to be a pushy parent, but you want them to enjoy learning and reach their full potential.
If they are still at primary school, you may not want to embark down the road of tutoring, but you need something.
Something that will save you time from having to find resources yourself to use.
Are you looking to support your child’s maths and English creatively at home?
The Clara James Approach provides monthly bundles of creative resources all in one place. To help you achieve just that.
To find out more, read on.
If worksheets are not inspiring you or your child and you are looking for something more creative, more inspirational, the membership group could be for you. Each month we will add a new set of resources for you to use at home with your child.
You will also have access to all of the courses we have created for parents over the years, you will be able to download the e-book I created on supporting the times tables -without the tears!
There's also the Facebook group that you will have access to where you can ask questions, share advise with an increasing number of others just like you.
Then there's also the monthly live Q&A where I will be on hand to answer any questions that you have.
If we tutor one of your children, the group is entirely free! Otherwise you can join us today as a founding member for just £12.95 a month!
From creative learning ideas, to learning more about specific learning styles, to taking the pain and misery out of your child's homework
Some of the units within the membership group are complete courses. Some of these are more informative content such as helping to explain dyslexia to your child. The aim of this course is to present to you an explanation of what dyslexia is so that you are in a better position to explain it to your child and give them support that will help them both in school and at home. We will look at what dyslexia is (As presented by the official bodies and dictionaries). I will then explain it as I see it in layman's terms.
We will then move on and explore people who have achieved great success because of or irrespective of their dyslexia.
Time will be spent looking at different learning styles and the importance of using a range of learning techniques.
There is also a course aimed at helping you to support your child in getting their homework done. Recently when I was talking to a childhood friend, that I realised how much people are genuinely struggling with getting their children to do their homework. It’s not a passing conversation, it’s driving people insane. It’s driving people to their wits end.
Now I want to share these ideas with more families so that they no longer endure this daily battle. The time spent arguing can once again be spent enjoying each other’s company, respecting each other, getting the homework done!
I’ll show you a range of strategies that you could implement to end this daily battle, once and for all.
Then there's the courses with the more creative (arty) ideas to help you support your child with their maths & English.
A place to share your questions, your celebrations, your inspiration with other likeminded people
Maybe at the moment what you are looking for is a place of like minded people where you feel safe to ask questions about how you can support your child. Any frustrations you've had, or maybe things you have tried that have turned out a success and now you want to share this with others.
I firmly believe many minds make great things happen, we can achieve so much more and be so much more of a help to each other if there are more of us.
So, come a long and join us and get access to competitions, great ideas, support from others and be a part of this fantastic growing community of likeminded people.
I look forward to seeing you there!
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