To inspire a love of reading, because reading is
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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!

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How to spot dyslexia and why it’s not a barrier to your child’s learning.

Dyslexia was (and still is) a diagnosis that gets thrown around too much in schools. I know we’ve all fallen victim to…

The surprising influence of Dads and 6 books that showcase excellent fathers.

My Dad was many things when I was growing up, a great runner and swimmer, avid film and theatre buff, tenor in…

How phonics can improve your child’s speech and 5 fun activities to help you practice.

Every parent probably now knows (all too well) the ins and outs or the (oo’s and oa’s) of practicing phonics thanks to…

Terrifying truths of school assessments and how our national curriculum is flawed.

Over the years I’ve had many discussions with parents and pupils about why their child needs to know the difference between a…

Why we should treasure bedtime stories and 5 wonderful books that should be in every child’s bedroom.

The job of being a parent can feel all-consuming. When bedtime eventually rolls around, you’re emotionally, mentally and physically spent. Sometimes it…

10 easy and exciting ways to improve your child’s language skills.

With the majority of the country’s children having spent the best part of the year at home, they’ve not had the opportunity…

5 surprising ways Shakespeare has influenced our every-day lives….

23rd April marks Shakespeare’s birthday (and the day he died awkwardly enough). I would be a terrible English teacher if I didn’t at least…

6 surprising ways the pandemic has changed us.

One undeniable fact about the last year or so is that it’s been rough. Rough on us all. In very different ways…

What autism can teach us about ourselves and 6 brilliant books that showcase it.

With World Autism Awareness Month (2 April – 30 April) among us, it got me thinking about all of the brilliant students…

Why play is so important and 5 ways it can make your child a better reader…

The Easter holidays are my favourite. Controversial statement, I know. But it’s two glorious weeks without any rigid plans, chocolate in abundance…

How English lessons today are killing your child’s love of books and 5 ways you can stop it!

Calling all teachers, this is not an attack on you, I promise! Teachers are wonderful creatures. It’s got to be the only…

How audiobooks can secretly help your child to read, why we shouldn’t be ashamed to use them and 5 excellent recommendations!

In discussions with parents, I’ve come to understand audiobooks as a bit of a marmite topic. Some have them couldn’t live without…