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Category Archives: Reviews

April 2016

Does Maths make you feel like a fool?

As it’s April Fool’s Day, here’s a puzzle that causes some bother for many people. (It’s copied from an American blog, hence the $ signs) There are 3 traveling salesmen, traveling together to a convention. It is late at night and they are very tired and decide to stop at a country inn for a few hours sleep. The inn only has one room left with a double bed and an couch. salesmen are tired and take the room as Read More...

October 2015

Review:Reading for Success Books 1-4 by Prim-Ed

Review:Reading for Success Books 1-4 published by Prim-Ed The Reading for Success Books have been written based on latest research and designed to help teachers direct lessons and independent pupil activities in five areas of reading. The research that the authors use is focussed on teaching reading by phonemic awareness, vocabulary, phonics, comprehension and fluency. The four books in this series are broken up into these five sections of reading pedagogy. A definition of the element of reading is given Read More...

Create Calm Dining Halls

Review:How to Create Calm Dining Halls by Jenny Mosley This book aims to help schools with creating calm dining spaces, it also aims to encourage good manners, positive social skills and genuine enjoyment of the lunch or dining time slot in the school day. Most primary schools in Ireland do not have the luxury of a hot meal or a school canteen as is the case in the UK but having said that this book does give some practical ideas on Read More...

May 2015

Review: New Wave Pre-Writing Patterns by Prim-Ed Publishing

Review: New Wave Pre-Writing Patterns by Prim-Ed Publishing  I have a couple of products to review from the well-known scheme of Pre-Writing Patterns. They are designed to be used to help with pre-writing skills so I am thinking they are most suited to an infant class and/or a support class setting. The New Wave Pre-Writing Patterns workbooks were written and developed by occupational therapists, this is what I really like about them. They do not move into letter formation, which we teach Read More...

March 2015

Review: Comprehension and Critical Thinking Digital Games:Prim-Ed

Review: Comprehension and Critical Thinking Digital Games:Prim-Ed  You may have read my reviews on Prim-Ed’s Maths Games Galore and now we have the Language Games Galore to look at! There are two Cds in this particular series, A and B with emphasis being laid on different aspects of the Language curriculum. They are designed to be used with ages 7-8 but similar to the maths galore CDs, the teacher in the support setting could use these easily to differentiate for any age Read More...

Review&Competition:Language Games Galore-CD ROM

Review&Competition:Language Games Galore-CD ROM have been sent a whole bundle of wonderful CD-ROMs from Prim-Ed and they have also kindly offered us some for this month’s competition. I’m going to look at the Letters and Sounds and the Rhyming Words CD-ROMS together as they link things really well in terms of what an infant teacher will be trying to focus in on in the literacy lesson. They can be used whole-class, group or individually for a support situation and what I Read More...

January 2015

Review & Competition: Literacy Boxes (Prim-Ed)

Review:The Literacy Box 1-3 from Prim-Ed  If you have read my review on Writing Prompts box from Prim-ed, you will know that I loved the cuteness of the cards in the teacher box! The Literacy Boxes 1-3 are even cuter but on a larger scale! The Literacy Box series is a set of three boxes suitable for students of ages 5-7, 8-10 and 11 plus. They are basically supplementary materials to support reading in the primary classroom, catering for independent and Read More...

December 2014

Review: 101 activities to help children get on with each together by Jenny Mosley and Helen Sonnet

Review: 101 activities to help children get on with each together by Jenny Mosley and Helen Sonnet  Again, as seems to be the case with my recent reviews of the Jenny Mosley’s books, the title gives away the contents! We are coming into a busy and challenging time for teachers and students. Children are full of energy and the class may have finally settled in. You might be finding that you need some pick-up activities to help the children calm down Read More...

November 2014

Review: Dyce Game

NOTE: New version has been released. This is a repost of original review with some new details. The old cliché goes that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best and Gareth Hanlon of EyeSeeGames has come up with a really simple idea that works. His product, Dyce Game, is an educational game played with 8 dice. Each dice is an octahedron and has a letter on each face. At its simplest the game is played very much like a cross Read More...

October 2014

Review: MiTouch Interactive Touchscreen

The Interactive Whiteboard is dead! Long live the Interactive Touchscreen! This is what people who are selling the next generation of interactive devices would hope to be the case since the slowdown in the sales of Interactive Whiteboards in the last few years. After the craze of Interactive Whiteboards from around 2008 to 2011 in primary schools, things have settled down a lot. Tablets seem to be the flavour of the moment but they aren’t selling to the same extent. The Read More...

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