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I am a retired head teacher with a passion for writing and discovering the most effective methods of helping children learn. My local primary school is Tonypandy and you will find me there two afternoons each week working with groups of children. My main areas of focus are Maths with the emphasis on the early years and English, especially drama.

I am a retired head teacher with a passion for writing and discovering the most effective methods of helping children learn. My local primary school is Tonypandy and you will find me there two afternoons each week working with groups of children. My main areas of focus are Maths with the emphasis on the early years and English, especially drama.
Child's Play Maths: Unit 5 - Important Words and Phrases
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Child's Play Maths: Unit 5 - Important Words and Phrases

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Important Words and Phrases, is the fifth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video explains the specific vocabulary children need to be familiar with before mathematical concepts are introduced. The vocabulary can be introduced during free play and directed activity sessions. The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the program outlined in Child's Play Math 1 & 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Maths: Unit 6 - Developing Memory Recall
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Child's Play Maths: Unit 6 - Developing Memory Recall

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Developing Memory Recall, is the sixth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths 1 & 2 programme. This video reveals the Learning Equation and how the programme will develop a child’s ability to retain what he has learnt. The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the programme outlined in Child's Play Maths 1 & 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The programme itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of maths concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The programme utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Maths is designed to introduce maths concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' programme for older children or adults who struggled to grasp maths concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
 Child's Play Maths One - THE COMPLETE PACKAGE,
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Child's Play Maths One - THE COMPLETE PACKAGE,

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Child's Play Maths teaches maths concepts through play, games and open ended tasks and challenges. Fun and understanding are the key principles. In this bundle you will receive: Child's Play Maths Book One (PDF format) - This covers the first 29 Units for Reception through Key Stage 1. The Cuisenaire Rods App - this is the app used to create the tutorials. Children love using it. The download link is included in the Book One Manual 29 Video Tutorials - each Unit demonstrated with the app. 29 PPT Presentations covering each video presentation. Unit Topics: Unit 1: About Cuisenaire Rods Unit 2: Cuisenaire Rods and the School Curriculum Unit 3: Incidental Learning Unit 4: Vocabulary Unit 5: Important Words and Phrases, Unit 6: Developing Memory Recall Unit 7:Mental Imaging Games, Unit 8: Cardinal Number Unit 9: Staircases Unit 10: Mental Agility Unit 11: Cinderella’s Staircase Unit 12: Staircases and Multiplication Unit 13: Language Development and Maths Unit 14: Introducing Signs: Addition + Unit 15: Introducing Signs: Greater Than > Less Than Unit 16: Introducing Signs: Equivalence = Unit 17: Brackets Unit 18: Introducing Signs: Subtraction Unit 19: Introducing Signs: Multiplication, Unit 20: Introducing Signs: Division Unit 21: Signs – Fractions as Operators Unit 22: Reviewing Unit 23: The Importance of Questions Unit 24: Partitions of Length Unit 25: Families of Equivalent Factors and Products Unit 26: Families of Equivalent Subtraction Unit 27: Families of Equivalent Fractions Unit 28: The First Phase – An Overview Unit 29: Getting Organised and Moving On
The Princess and the Dragon
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The Princess and the Dragon

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A play script for Key Stage 2 children. Bumblebania is gripped by fear. A ferocious dragon is busily devouring its inhabitants while the King desperately struggles to find a hero brave enough to slay the beast. Queen Ammoania is also desperately seeking a suitor for the Princess Lucinda. The obvious solution is to offer the hand of the Princess to the hero who slays the dragon and delivers Bumblebania from its nightmare. Unfortunately when a hero does turn up he is not what everyone expects. A Chronicle of Bumblebania with performance and reproduction rights for your school or organization.
Child's Play Math: Unit 7 - Mental Imaging Games
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Child's Play Math: Unit 7 - Mental Imaging Games

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Mental Imaging Games, is the seventh video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math program. This video explains how children can naturally acquire a ‘mental image’ of the rods. This ability will accelerate their math development considerably. The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the program outlined in Child's Play Math 1 & 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Maths: Video Units 5 - 8
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Child's Play Maths: Video Units 5 - 8

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Videos 5 - 8 of the series that supports and expands upon the Child's Play Maths 1 & 2 programme. Child's Play Maths is designed to introduce maths concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' programme for older children or adults who struggled to grasp maths concepts the first time round. Video 5: Important Words and Phrases - reveals the key words and phrases used to introduce maths concepts to very young children when working with Cuisenaire Rods; Video 6: Developing Memory Recall - the 'Learning Equation' and how it is fundamental to the success of the Child's Play Maths programme; Video 7: Mental Imaging - explains what 'mental imaging' is, how it can accelerate your child's progress, and games to play to help develop this crucial ability; Video 8: Cardinal Number - the common consequence of children failing to grasp this concept at an early stage in their development and how the programme enables them to acquire it naturally. Also included are the accompanying PPT Presentations that comprise part of each video. Four new videos plus the PPT Presentations will be added each month. Together they comprise a full years course. JANUARY 2016: Words and Phrases; Unit 6: Developing Memory Recall; Unit 7: Mental Imaging Games; Unit 8: Cardinal Number. FEBRUARY 2016: Unit 9: Staircases; Unit 10: Mental Agility; Unit 11: Extended Staircases; Unit 12: Preparation for Multiplication. MARCH 2016: Unit 13: Language Development; Unit 14:Introducing Signs; Unit 15: Signs < >; Unit 16: Signs = APRIL 2016: Unit 17: Brackets ( ); Unit 18: Signs -; Unit 19: Signs x; Unit 20: Signs Division MAY 2016: Unit 21: Fractions as Operators; Unit 22: Reviewing; Unit 23: The Importance of Questions; Unit 24: Partitions of Length JUNE 2016: Unit 25: Families of Equivalent Fractions and Products; Unit 26: Families of Equivalent Subtraction; Unit 27:Families of Equivalent Fractions; Unit 28: The First Phase - An Overview JULY 2016: Unit 29: Getting Organised and Moving On; Unit 30:Beyond the Rods; Unit31: Studying Families; Unit 32: Families of Partitions AUGUST 2016: Unit 33: Partitioning Without the Rods; Unit 34:Time Out for 'Talk'; Unit 35: The Commutative Property of Addition; Unit 36: Consolidating - Mental Substitution SEPTEMBER 2016: Unit 37: The 'Grain of Rice' Principle; Unit 38:Free Expression; Unit 39: Families of Equivalent Difference; Unit 40: Extending the Challenge The programme completion date is March 2017
Child's Play Math Video Tutorials Units 13 - 16
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Child's Play Math Video Tutorials Units 13 - 16

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Units 13–16 of the Child’s Play Math Video Tutorials. Language Development and Maths is the thirteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video reveals how the program assists children’s language development. Introducing Signs: Addition + is the fourteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video explains how to introduce the concept of addition. Introducing Signs: Greater Than > Less Than, is the fifteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video explains how to introduce the concept ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’. Introducing Signs: Equivalence = is the sixteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video explains how to introduce the foundational mathematical concept of equivalence. The program itself adopts an innovative and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilizes Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' programme for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master math concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course. The bundle also includes the accompanying Powerpoint Presentations.
Child's Play Maths Video Tutorials Units 17 - 20
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Child's Play Maths Video Tutorials Units 17 - 20

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Units 17–20 of the Child’s Play Maths Video Tutorials. Brackets is the seventeenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 programme. The video shows how to introduce brackets with the 'say it quick' technique.. Introducing Signs: Subtraction is the eighteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths 1 & 2 programme. The video explains how to introduce the concept of subtraction. Introducing Signs: Multiplication > Less Than, is the nineteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths 1 & 2 programme. The video explains how to introduce the concept of multiplication. Introducing Signs: Division is the twentieth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths 1 & 2 programme. The video explains how to introduce the foundational mathematical concept of division. The programme itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of maths concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The programme utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Maths is designed to introduce maths concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' programme for older children or adults who struggled to grasp maths concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course. The bundle also includes the accompanying Powerpoint Presentations.
Child's Play Maths:  Video Units 9 - 12
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Child's Play Maths: Video Units 9 - 12

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Videos 9 - 12 of the series that supports and expands upon the Child's Play Maths 1 & 2 programme. Child's Play Maths is designed to introduce maths concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' programme for older children or adults who struggled to grasp maths concepts the first time round. Unit 9: Staircases: Why Staircases are very potent mathematical constructions. Unit 10: Mental Agility: An important ability to develop for later work, for example, with fractions and graphs. Unit 11: Extended Staircases: Staircases can be extended beyond the first ten steps just as numbers can extend beyond ten to infinity. Unit 12: Preparation for Multiplication: Each multiplication table has a distinct pattern that can be revealed by the rods. Also included are the accompanying PPT Presentations that comprise part of each video. Four new videos plus the PPT Presentations will be added each month. Together they comprise a full years course. MARCH 2016: Unit 13: Language Development; Unit 14:Introducing Signs; Unit 15: Signs < >; Unit 16: Signs = APRIL 2016: Unit 17: Brackets ( ); Unit 18: Signs -; Unit 19: Signs x; Unit 20: Signs Division MAY 2016: Unit 21: Fractions as Operators; Unit 22: Reviewing; Unit 23: The Importance of Questions; Unit 24: Partitions of Length JUNE 2016: Unit 25: Families of Equivalent Fractions and Products; Unit 26: Families of Equivalent Subtraction; Unit 27:Families of Equivalent Fractions; Unit 28: The First Phase - An Overview JULY 2016: Unit 29: Getting Organised and Moving On; Unit 30:Beyond the Rods; Unit31: Studying Families; Unit 32: Families of Partitions AUGUST 2016: Unit 33: Partitioning Without the Rods; Unit 34:Time Out for 'Talk'; Unit 35: The Commutative Property of Addition; Unit 36: Consolidating - Mental Substitution SEPTEMBER 2016: Unit 37: The 'Grain of Rice' Principle; Unit 38:Free Expression; Unit 39: Families of Equivalent Difference; Unit 40: Extending the Challenge OCTOBER 2016: Unit 41: Families of Factors and Divisors; Unit 42: Factor Families – The Commutative Property of Multiplication; Unit 43: Factor Families – Consolidation; Unit 44: Factor Families – Families of Factors and Divisors NOVEMBER 2016: Unit 45: Numbers Have Names – Fractions as Operators; Unit 46: Families of Equivalent Fractions/Quotients; Unit 47: Equivalent Fraction families – Generating Staircases; Unit 48: Reciprocal Fractions The programme completion date is March 2017
Child's Play Maths 1
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Child's Play Maths 1

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The book comes with a download link to our unique math manipulatives app for Windows. We are genetically encoded to learn and children are natural learners. For them the process of learning is a journey of exploration and discovery. Learning should be fun. Today we know more about how children learn than ever before. Then why is it that so many adults have a negative attitude towards maths? This book reveals how through the natural process of play, games and open ended activities that allow for personal exploration and discovery, young children can gain an understanding of maths concepts generally considered too advanced for them. The program uses the most precise arithmetical model ever devised – Cuisenaire Rods. The rods embrace all the learning styles and provide links to language and art. But this program is not just about maths – it is about learning, specifically 'learning how to learn'. Through interaction with the program children will acquire generic learning skills that will stand them in good stead whatever they are engaged in. Units covered in Book One: UNIT 1 About Cuisenaire Rods UNIT 2 Cuisenaire Rods & the School Curriculum UNIT 3 Incidental Learning UNIT 4 Vocabulary UNIT 5 Important Words and Phrases UNIT 6 Developing Memory Recall UNIT 7 Mental Imaging Games UNIT 8 Cardinal Number. UNIT 9 Staircases UNIT 10 Staircases and Mental Agility. UNIT 11 Extended Staircases UNIT 12 Staircases and Multiplication UNIT 13 Language Development. UNIT 14 Introducing Signs + UNIT 15 Signs < > UNIT 16 Signs = UNIT 17 Brackets. UNIT 18 Signs - UNIT 19 Signs x UNIT 20 Signs ÷ UNIT 21 Signs: Fractions as Operators UNIT 22 Reviewing Where We’ve Been UNIT 23 The Importance of Questions UNIT 24 Partitions of Length UNIT 25 Families of Equivalent Factors and Products UNIT 26 Families of Equivalent Subtraction UNIT 27 Families of Equivalent Fractions UNIT 28 The First Phase: An Overview
Sherlock Ohms and the Mystery of Magnet Manor
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Sherlock Ohms and the Mystery of Magnet Manor

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A Science in Drama play script for Key Stage 2 THEME: Electricity When Sherlock Ohms is summoned to Magnet Manor by the mysterious Mr A.T.Mos he senses devilry afoot. His suspicions are further aroused upon learning that five of the wealthiest men in the world have also received similar invitations. Accompanied by his loyal companion Dr Watts-On he travels to the remote island unaware of the tragic events that will shortly unfold. As one by one the guests fall victim to the evil A.T.Mos can Ohms solve the mystery and uncover the evil perpetrator before there is no one left standing? For use in your own school or organization.
Birdflight
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Birdflight

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Birdflight is a Science in Drama play script for Key Stage 2 children. Theme: Migration Young Red start is discovering what a dangerous world he inhabits. Old Crow has told him tales of fearsome creatures like Sparrow Hawk, Stoat and the deadly Pine Marten who once hunted through the trees like a dark shadow. Yet there is one danger he cannot escape. A danger he must face with family and friends afresh each year or perish when the freezing white death descends upon the land. Is he ready to undertake the great adventure of migration? For use within your own school or organization.
Child's Play Math: Unit 10 - Mental Agility
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Child's Play Math: Unit 10 - Mental Agility

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Mental Agility is the tenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. Developing mental agility in your child will accelerate his ability to grasp mathematical concepts.The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the program outlined in Child's Play Math 1 & 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Maths Video Tutorial Units 13 - 16
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Child's Play Maths Video Tutorial Units 13 - 16

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Units 13–16 of the Child’s Play Maths Video Tutorials. Language Development and Maths is the thirteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 programme. The video reveals how the program assists children’s language development. Introducing Signs: Addition + is the fourteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths 1 & 2 programme. The video explains how to introduce the concept of addition. Introducing Signs: Greater Than > Less Than, is the fifteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths 1 & 2 programme. The video explains how to introduce the concept ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’. Introducing Signs: Equivalence = is the sixteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths 1 & 2 programme. The video explains how to introduce the foundational mathematical concept of equivalence. The programme itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of maths concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The programme utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Maths is designed to introduce maths concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' programme for older children or adults who struggled to grasp maths concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course. The bundle also includes the accompanying Powerpoint Presentations.
Child's Play Math: Unit 8 - Cardinal Number
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Child's Play Math: Unit 8 - Cardinal Number

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Cardinal Number is the eighth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math program. No more counting on fingers once children have grasped this important concept. The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the program outlined in Child's Play Math 1 & 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Math: Unit 14 - Introducing Signs +
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Child's Play Math: Unit 14 - Introducing Signs +

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Introducing Signs: Addition + is the fourteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video explains how to introduce the concept of addition.The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the program outlined in Child's Play Math 1 & 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Math Video Tutorials: Units 17 - 20
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Child's Play Math Video Tutorials: Units 17 - 20

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Units 17–20 of the Child’s Play Math Video Tutorials. Brackets is the seventeenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video shows how to introduce brackets with the 'say it quick' technique.. Introducing Signs: Subtraction is the eighteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths 1 & 2 program. The video explains how to introduce the concept of subtraction. Introducing Signs: Multiplication > Less Than, is the nineteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths 1 & 2 program. The video explains how to introduce the concept of multiplication. Introducing Signs: Division is the twentieth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths 1 & 2 program. The video explains how to introduce the foundational mathematical concept of division. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of maths concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The programme utilizes Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' programme for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master math concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course. The bundle also includes the accompanying Powerpoint Presentations.
Brain Research and Your Child - US Edition
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Brain Research and Your Child - US Edition

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The latter part of the 21st century and the first fifteen years of the new millennium has seen more discoveries regarding the nature of the human brain than in all the previous history of mankind. The implications for our children are staggering and have focused the attention of many educationalists around the world on the early years of child development Learn about the amazing development of your child's brain in those first crucial six months of life. More importantly discover how you can have a massively positive (or negative) influence on his development.