Swords & Stationery is reaching its 2-year anniversary soon. Looking back, I’ve had a lot of students with different needs. Some require(d) more attention; some need(ed) a harder, firmer approach. In the end, most had improved under my tutelage—academically, socially and emotionally. Naturally, many of them had also left a lasting but positive impression on me.
In continuity from last fortnight’s post, I would like to dedicate this and the next few posts to sharing about some of most memorable students I’ve had the pleasure of teaching. This will be part of a new series of posts tagged [💡Student Spotlight💡]. For this first one, I’ll be talking about Ash, the misunderstood student. Continue reading “[💡Student Spotlight💡] Ash, the misunderstood student (Part 1)”
(This post is a continuation of last fortnight’s post. While I will summarise the bulk of what was mentioned, I would recommend everyone who hasn’t read it already to do so, to have a better understanding of Ash’s background.) Continue reading “[💡Student Spotlight💡] Ash, the misunderstood student (Part 2)”
For dyslexics, ‘though’, ‘through’ and ‘thorough’ are three words that are easily confused, especially the first two. They’re also not phonetically regular, making it doubly hard to get them right. Download these worksheets to help your child tackle those three words if he/she constantly forgets how to spell them, or is unsure of how to tell them apart. Credits for all images and fonts go to their respective authors/illustrators.
Sight word ‘though’
Sight word ‘through’
Sight word ‘thorough’
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Dyslexic readers often have problems visualising tenses and plurality in clauses. Here are two sample worksheets that you can use with your child to get them used to these grammatical conventions. They’re not the only solution, however, and should best be used in conjunction with other relevant materials such as storybooks.
Was/Were Sight Words Worksheet
Will/Would Sight Words Worksheet
One of the most frequent things I get asked is this:
“How is your programme (Swords & Stationery) different from tuition services outside?”
On a similar note, I find myself reminding parents that S&S is not a tuition service when they ask about “tuition services”, that it is “educational therapy”. But exactly what is it that I do, and what makes the programme different—unique even—to other educational services out there? I figured this would be a good topic to address in this fortnight’s post. Continue reading “Swords & Stationery: is it a tuition service?”
I was born in the era of the Gameboy, Sega Genesis, SNES and Commodore 64 and IBM PC. When I turned 9, I’d completed or played to death most of the games that I owned, classic titles like Aladdin, Sonic, Pizza Tycoon, Heroes of Might and Magic and Wing Commander. For a time, I didn’t get many new computer games. My source of entertainment returned to books. And then, around the time when I started saving up money to buy new ones, I found this quaint genre called ‘gamebooks’.
Continue reading “[⚔Swords & Stationery✐] Reading gamebooks for leisure”
Following my last post, it seems fitting to have one post for parents of youths with special needs, similar to the one on ADHD. A lot of times, parents who learn about their child being at risk of a specific learning difficulty will either be in denial or be sent into a panic; only a small fraction will calmly grab the proverbial bull by its horns.
Continue reading “[✐Stationery✐] Supporting children with special needs”
As an educational therapist, I’ve worked closely with many parents of special needs children. I’ve seen the struggles that they can face, where oftentimes confusion and despair come from not having a firm, solid shoulder to lean on. Recently, I came across a parent-support group (Dyslexia Support Group Singapore) for people with dyslexic children. The initiative is spearheaded by Christina Tan, a lawyer by training and mother of two, one of whom has dyslexia. I reached out to Christina for a chat and an interview—several areas were discussed, including the difficulties that her daughter (’E’) had faced and what she had done to help ‘E’ overcome them.
Continue reading “[✐Stationery✐] An interview with Christina Tan, a parent of a dyslexic child living in Singapore”
As more people are being labelled with ADHD today while parent-child dynamics continue to change, one of the rising questions is: how can kids and youths with ADHD be trained to cope with this learning difference? ADHD can, in many cases (including my own experiences of working with youths that have it), be turned from an actual difficulty into a tool that helps the learner to achieve. In order to do that, we need to know what ADHD is and is not, and what causes its negative traits to flare up. Continue reading “[✐Stationery✐] Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”
In my classes, I like to bring in discourse that falls outside of academics. For example, I like to discuss the effects of smoking with students, particularly the older ones. Some may call this ‘going off-topic’ or ‘digression’. I prefer to see it as filling the gaps not covered by the education system. Continue reading “[✐Stationery✐] Infusing ‘life’ into lessons”