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Readingmate Blog

We pride ourselves on inspiring children to engage in a life-long love of books and reading! The Readingmate blog is a great resource full of tips, advice and inspiration!

Check out the Readingmate blog for the latest articles and discover helpful tips and practical advice to encourage and inspire budding readers. It’s also a great place to find out more about the Readingmate app.

Blissful and inexpensive tips to maintain self-care in lockdown and 5 brilliant kid’s books to help them too.

I don’t know about you, but I am increasingly finding myself blurring the lines between ‘outdoor’ attire and ‘bedroom’ attire. I’m finding…

4 surprising reasons every child should love to read

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that can leave us feeling empty and alone or warm and fuzzy. There’s definitely been…

8 amazing books I’d love every child to read.

As an English teacher you get very used to answering the question, ‘what’s your favourite book?’ I’ve always struggled to come up…

Truths about losing a loved one and 5 ways reading helped me deal with my mum’s death.

Cancer is a bugger. 3 short years ago I lost my mum to a gruesome battle with cancer. How often do you…

6 easy ways to raise your child to be a reader and amazing guilt-free snacks

Any parent would agree that having their child is the biggest achievement to date. You’re proud of your child’s very being. Every…

Secrets to tackling the January blues and exciting news!

January reminds me of the bounty chocolates in a box of celebrations. They’re the ones no one really likes. They’re the only…

6 things I wish I could tell every parent…

Whether it’s at the hairdresser or in the supermarket, if I mention I am an English teacher, the first response is ‘Ohhh!…

Healthy breakfasts and a teacher’s secrets survival guide for home-schooling (again).

It’s been a cosy and quiet Christmas holiday but I think we’re all now craving order and routine, aren’t we? My toolkit…

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7 things to do with your kids on New Year’s Eve

Like the rest of 2020, New Year’s Eve is going to be…different. But that doesn’t mean it has to be dull. Which…

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Fun, free and festive things to do with your children in the Christmas holidays.

The run up to Christmas 2020 has probably looked quite different to last year. That doesn’t mean it has to be any…

7 Christmas books you need to read with your child this Christmas!

After what feels like the longest year, we’ve made it to December. The jingle bells, twinkling lights and oozing mince pies are…

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Learning phonics: 10 quick and easy ways to make your child fearless

Phonics is one of those things that’s mentioned a lot but not many people (unless you’re born after 2005 or a teacher)…

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Is your child frightened to read? 5 proven ways to get your child to conquer reading today!

What do you do if you find that your child isn’t delighted to stuck into their next copy of Biff and Chip?…

How to not be afraid of your child’s homework – top tips to hack it and save time!

How many of you get that dread when opening your child’s homework or book bag? It’s Friday afternoon, you’ve got the kids…

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Is your smart phone really destroying your child’s health?

Raise your hand if you have a smart phone. Keep your hand up if your child knows how to use it. And…

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Proven and tested tips to make your child healthier and happier

It’s no secret that we are living in uncertain times. If you’re anything like us, you’re also sick of hearing people talk…

Secret teacher hacks that will make your child an amazing writer

Perhaps writing isn’t at the top of your agenda right now. You may be more concerned about making sure they’re eating enough…

What’s the secret to keeping your child reading during the holidays? [Half team reading tips!]

Just like that, here we (some of us anyway) are at half term holidays. I have mentioned before how much I love…

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Girls Vs Boys: Is it true boys read less?

One of my first independent research studies I conducted whilst doing my PGCE was looking at how I could engage boys with…

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What is an Independent Reader?

Your child is an independent reader if they desire to read a text on their own, with minimal to no assistance from…

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The delight of reading with autistic children – A teachers view

Reading with autistic children is an absolute delight. Naturally, I am hyper aware that many teachers or public sector workers say this……

What makes books powerful?

The power of books is quite something. Before writing this, I thought to myself ‘when you reach for your book, how are…

Why aren’t our children reading at home?

Parents have many roles in the home; care taker, cook, cleaner, taxi service, hair dresser, personal stylist, laundrette, just to name a…

15 ways to get your child excited about reading

Finding new ways to get kids excited about reading is something we’re passionate about at Readingmate. We want to inspire the next…

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How habits are formed

Habit forming is essential to ensure your child reaps the benefits of reading We all have good and bad habits.  But, how...
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How to encourage the right childhood reading behaviours in 5 small steps

As adults, we have the ability to help set our children's long term behaviours.  We want to ensure that we equip them...
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The link between reading and school performance

The benefits of reading for children are well known, whether you’re an educator or a parent.  But did you know that there is...
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How reading can benefit your child

As a parent, discover how reading can benefit your child to ensure they DO their very best at any age.  Reading helps...
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Why Readingmate exists

We believe that by making reading a habitual behaviour from an early age, parents will be equipping their children with a life-long love of reading.