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Getting your child to be EMOTIONALLY ready for the first day of school (2019)

Starting a new school year can be an emotional struggle for many students. However, getting your child into the right frame of mind isn't an impossible task! Here are five unique strategies that you can use to help your child be mentally and emotionally prepared for the start of the school year.

Teaching your child to make friends… with games!

For many kids, socialising can be one of the hardest things to do. Some just can’t get social cues, while others may get emotional easily. One solution to help them develop good social skills? Consider games, in all their myriad forms (video and tabletop).

Viewing the Normal (Technical) stream with a different lens

The Normal (Technical) stream is rarely, if ever, welcomed by parents with open arms. But, what if I told you that students who go through the N(T) route can potentially do better than their peers from other streams, if we just use a different lens to look at it?

Effectively Studying For An Exam (7 Secret Ingredients)

Studying for an examination is rough. It can be overwhelmingly stressful for the student, and can create unnecessary angst and anxiety. In this article, I discuss SEVEN SECRET INGREDIENTS to help make the studying process smoother and more effective. What are they? Read on to find out.

The Value of Literal Space

It can sometimes be difficult to get a place to play Dungeons & Dragons. DM Joss discusses the difficulties of finding good spaces to play in, and how she has come to appreciate places that do support such activities.

Can repetition alone improve your writing skills?

We like to think that repetition naturally leads to better performance in school. After all, practice makes perfect. By making our kids write and write again, by forcing them to memorise set after set of vocabulary, their writing skills should improve, right? Well, the answer to that is yes... and no at the same time.

How tabletop games help your child to learn better

There are many ways to make the learning process enjoyable, not least of which is the use of games to teach concepts. How can tabletop games like board games and role-playing games help your child to learn better? Read on to find out!

Roll For Insight—Review: KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding

The KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding is a guidebook with plenty of advice from established game designers and authors, to help budding designers create new worlds. How useful is it as a resource book, and is it inspiring enough to work as an educational resource? Let's find out!

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Gamebooks for dyslexics | Reading to help dyslexic children

Reading gamebooks for leisure

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’.

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Disciplining youths with ADHD/ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)

Supporting children with special needs

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.

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An interview with Christina Tan, a parent of a dyslexic child living in Singapore

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.

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