Building a love of reading in your child by reading aloud at home strengthens their language, vocabulary and comprehension skills. In addition, it improves their social skills and confidence as you listen to them read. It is important to keep books in sight as much as possible. At Razum, each classroom has a dedicated reading corner, with a variety of books for all reader interests. Why not create a library at home, even if it is just a book basket with a few books. Use newsp
At Razum International School, phonics is at the heart of how we teach children. Building strong phonics skills is the key to your child becoming a confident, independent reader and writer. Phonics activities can be educational and fun at the same time. Here are ten easy educational activities to try at home with your children: 1. Use old newspapers and magazines to form letters from the alphabet. Also, choose a letter from the alphabet and spot images in the magazine/newspap
We so often resort to a negative comment, consequence or discipline with children when we either want the desired outcome or see an undesired behaviour. Changing your mindset to positive reinforcement and getting used to this style of behaviour management can take time, however, it can be life-changing and incredibly beneficial to children. What is positive reinforcement? It is a way of encouraging the desired response with an incentive. Some people think it is all about rewa
Not knowing the answer to a question when you’re called on in front of the entire class. Forgetting your homework. The kid behind you pulling your hair. At Razum, we understand that school poses a lot of stressful moments, but how children (and teachers) react to them can make all the difference. A new study by Harvard suggests that mindfulness education — lessons on techniques to calm the mind and body — can reduce the negative effects of stress and increase students’ abilit
What Is Phonics? Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It's a reading and spelling tool for teaching the basic relationship between letters and the sounds that they make. There are only 26 letters in the alphabet, but did you know those 26 letters actually make over 40 different individual units of sound, and these basic sound units are called phonemes? Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.
Papier-mâché is great for forming and making products that will last a length of time! It is also a great way to get students involved in an engaging, practical learning task that links Art, Design, History, and Science! Students at Razum International School used the papier-mâché technique to create a vase for the ’AD 900’ history-based International Primary Curriculum (IPC) project with a twist of colours. First, you will need a balloon. Blow it up to around 18cm wide and a
Can the students sound letters and spell? Yes! Can the students write sentences? Yes! Can the students use these sentences to create a narrative? Yes! What’s next? As primary school teachers, we are constantly developing ways to scaffold students to reach their writing milestones. At Razum International School, we not only aspire for our students to be able to write, but we also equip them with fundamental tools needed for being good writers. This article discusses some w
Reading is one of the most important skills that a child will learn at school. The ‘science of reading’ approach is an evidence-based practice that informs us not only how children learn to read, but how they become skilled readers. This article explains different stages of reading and how children’s reading skills can be extended at home. The Simple View of Reading The image below depicts the skills necessary for reading comprehension. It begins with ‘Decoding’, the ability