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Readingmate Blog

Co-founder and esteemed SEND English teacher, Hannah Rix, releases weekly blogs on key topics of the moment, as well as the most challenging, prescient, controversial and relevant issues facing your child.

We pride ourselves on inspiring children to engage in a life-long love of books and reading!

The wonderful world of Winnie The Pooh

January 18th marks Winnie The Pooh day and I couldn’t let it roll by without writing about that wonderful bear. This day…

Surprising ways books help your child feel like they belong

Reading strengthens our knowledge, expands our imaginations and develops our understanding unlike any other media. It also helps us become compassionate, empathetic…

The dark side of school closures

I would be lying if I said I didn’t used to love a snow day here and there. That’s no longer the…

Cheap and fun ways to beat the Christmas holiday boredom

We spend weeks counting down to the Christmas holidays (literally with advent calendars), getting excited about the spare time and turning off…

6 easy ways to get your child to fall in love with reading this Christmas

Now more than ever, reading is an excellent way to help your children escape from the worries of the world. And with…

Why I’m leaving teaching…

…kind of This year marks my 9th year of teaching. I’ve taught many lessons and learned a few too, about myself, how…

Can dogs help children read?

It’s been a busy week over at Readingmate HQ and we’re delighted to announce the arrival of a very special four-legged employee,…

12 magical and festive reads that are guaranteed to get your child reading

I say this every year, but this truly is the most wonderful term of the year (see what I did there…) Parents…

Girls vs boys: what’s all the fuss?

When it comes to identifying which gender seems to outperform which in the classroom, girls consistently come out on top. However, academic…

Who is influencing your children and why do you need to pay attention?

The 21st Century has seen rise to a technological generation. The impact of which we have no experience or understanding of (yet)….

Can reading make your child happier?

Before I begin to answer this, I’d like to ask you, lovely reader, how do you feel after reading? I don’t mean…

Is there a link between literacy and prison?

Did you know that it’s a statutory requirement for all prisons to have libraries in the UK but not schools? I don’t…

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