The Clara James Approach

The Clara James Approach

Welcome to the Clara James Approach. Education should be enjoyable, inspiring and varied. Our aim is Let me tell you about the Clara James Approach?

It’s the membership group I put together at the end of last year. It’s meant as a more cost-effective alternative to tutoring. With prices going up, people are feeling the financial squeeze, but at the same time their children are still needing support with their education. The premise behind the Approach is that each month a new bundle of resources is uploaded into the group for you to use at hom

Operating as usual

07/01/2024

The January bundle is now live in the Clara James Approach.

A lad I was recently working with asked me to explain multiplying by double digits to him. So, that become the focus of this month's bundle. Alongside the how-to's we've also got a code breaker, 4 -in-a-row, snakes and ladders, a board game and as always our monthly zoom call where you can ask any question about supporting your child with their primary maths and English.

To find out more or to join us for just £3.47/month click on this link: https://theclarajamesapproach.co.uk/cja-info-page

06/01/2024

If we can make it fun our children are more likely to want to engage, the more they engage the more practice they get, with more practice comes more confidence and ability.

It becomes a positive spiral or a self-fulfilling prophecy of success!

Welcome to the Clara James Podcast! - The Clara James Approach to learning 05/01/2024

12 years ago when I wrote my first profile as a tutor I basically wrote, this is my experience and this is how I believe children learn: I believe that children learn if they're relaxed, if they're engaged in what they're doing, if they're having fun. And I basically consolidated everything I'd learned from working with in early years and in the autism bases, where it's all about playing and engagement and differentiation.
20+ years ago, I'd also spoken to my daughter's school about dyslexia, their attitude was: this is basically an excuse laziness, we can't see that there's a problem is. And at that time, I didn't have the confidence to argue my point.
So I thought, well, if I can learn as much as I can about different learning styles, whatever I learn is hopefully going to help her, But at the same time, it's also going to complement my degree. So for the last 20 years, I've been learning about different learning styles,
Something I learned, is that if we, just keep giving the child we're working with is worksheets, all I'm doing is giving them one memory. And each time I give you a new worksheets I'm making that memory slightly stronger. If you don't have a brain that works in a linear fashion or if you're in an exam something in your brain's all over the place, your brain has only got 1 place to go, try and find that relevant piece of information. This extract is taken from my 1st podcast. You can find it in full here:

Welcome to the Clara James Podcast! - The Clara James Approach to learning Welcome to the first Clara James podcast, aimed at helping you support children's learning. Whether they're yours or not, as a tutor, a parent, or teacher, we'll discuss adapting resources for better accessibility.Years ago in math class, I strugg...

04/01/2024

12 years ago when I wrote my first profile as a tutor I basically wrote, this is my experience and this is how I believe children learn: I believe that children learn if they're relaxed, if they're engaged in what they're doing, if they're having fun. And I basically consolidated everything I'd learned from working with in early years and in the autism bases, where it's all about playing and engagement and differentiation.
20+ years ago, I'd also spoken to my daughter's school about dyslexia, their attitude was: this is basically an excuse laziness, we can't see that there's a problem is. And at that time, I didn't have the confidence to argue my point.
So I thought, well, if I can learn as much as I can about different learning styles, whatever I learn is hopefully going to help her, But at the same time, it's also going to complement my degree. So for the last 20 years, I've been learning about different learning styles,
Something I learned, is that if we, just keep giving the child we're working with is worksheets, all I'm doing is giving them one memory. And each time I give you a new worksheets I'm making that memory slightly stronger. If you don't have a brain that works in a linear fashion or if you're in an exam something in your brain's all over the place, your brain has only got 1 place to go, try and find that relevant piece of information. This extract is taken from my 1st podcast. You can find it in full here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1231634/episodes/14247152

Making Learning So Fun Kids Want to Study! | ft. Dawn Strachan 03/01/2024

Last Friday a friend of mine, Jane Singer, invited me to be interviewed on her podcast: A seat at the table.

Jane was kind enough to interview me once before about our backstory at Clara James and why we approach learning the way we do.

This time we were chatting about my book: Square Pegs and Round Holes, which looks at how we can support our children in education by making just the smallest tweaks to ensure that what we are providing them with is actually relevant, or rephrasing something so that we are putting it in a way that makes sense to them as well as us...

If you're interested in watching, you'll find the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uImbGMQ1aA

Making Learning So Fun Kids Want to Study! | ft. Dawn Strachan If your child is struggling to keep up in school - or if they just can't seem to master math or spelling - then gamifying learning can be a total game-chang...

25/12/2023

Merry Christmas from us all xx

23/12/2023

A fun word game before the Christmas activities begin in earnest!

Many words can you make from the letters in the phrase "Frostie The Snowman"?

Let me know in the comments below how many you manage to come up with. May be it could be a challenge for all the family.

Enjoy and have a great time in the final few hours before the big day begins!

Merry Christmas xx

18/12/2023

Merry Christmas with just 1 week to go x

Photos from The Clara James Approach's post 16/12/2023

A little bit of fun, can you find the differences between these two images?

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

15/12/2023

13/12/2023

Another Christmas game for you 🎄

In the image below are a list of words associated with Christmas. Can you unjumble the letters to work out what they are? 🎅🦌🦃

Let me know how you get on, good luck!

12/12/2023

Less than 2 weeks until Christmas!

Are you ready for the big day?

10/12/2023

I love this game, it's one that we use a lot.

Player one chooses a word but doesn't tell the others what their word is.
They then have to draw it and the others have to try and guess what they are drawing, once guessed and the image is complete, they must write the word correctly next to the image.

The next person then has their go.

Why are games like this fantastic?

Simple!

My drawing an image to sit along side the word, you are strengthening the memory making it easier to recall the information when needed.

Additionally, by incorporating games into learning you are creating a more relaxed approach so your child will be happier to participate. The more they participate, the more practice they will get. With practice comes confidence and ability. With these the willingness to participate increases and it becomes a positive spiral to success.

Merry Christmas and enjoy the game

Photos from The Clara James Approach's post 09/12/2023

There's a lad I work with, he doesn't like maths...

But he loves art and if I can incorporate something creative or artistic into the lesson he tolerates it better.

We were doing a colouring by numbers task the other week that someone else had created. At the same time I was looking for inspiration for the Clara James Approach this month, and eureka!

I loved creating these, it didn't feel like work. It was different from the sort of thing I normally create so it felt like a real break.

I've put together 11 of them, 1 for each of the times tables from 2-12. They can be accessed on ETSY (https://clarajamesapproach.etsy.com), someone suggested putting them with a packet of felt-tips to create a stocking filler.

If you do have a go at completing them, post what you achieve in the comments with the and someone will win lifetime membership to the group.

Have an amazing Christmas and I hope you enjoy these as much as I have

Photos from The Clara James Approach's post 08/12/2023

Colouring by numbers: Christmas times tables CHRISTMAS COMPETITION

I've had so much fun putting these together and they are finally available on ETSY. There's one for each of the times tables from 2-12. Each square has a number on it, that number dictates the colour that is to be used there and is determined by the answer to one of the times tables.

There's a reindeer, penguins, a Christmas tree, Santa, a stocking, Santa's sack, and more.

The idea is the more enjoyable we can make learning for our children (or ourselves) the more likely it is that they will be willing to participate. The more they participate, the more confident they become. As confidence grows, so does a willingness to have a go and it becomes a positive spiral to success.

To find them on ETSY click here: https://clarajamesapproach.etsy.com

I'd love to see your finished pieces, maybe take a photo and put them in the comments, the winner will receive FREE lifetime membership to the Clara James Approach.

07/12/2023

Here's the 5 minute challenge that I use a lot throughout the year, but this one is obviously tweaked for Christmas:
How to play
Print out a sheet each

You have 5 minutes to each try and think of three things for
each category, for example:

3 Christmas plants: Holly, Ivy, Mistletoe

It’s not a test! Sometimes as soon as a time limit is
installed, people think it must be a test…

Use it to expand word vocabulary, practice working in timed conditions (though you can be flexible with this if needed),At the end of the 5 minutes compare answers and enjoy.

Merry Christmas!

Photos from The Clara James Approach's post 05/12/2023

I've just uploaded the Christmas bundle for the Clara James Approach. It's the times tables colour by numbers that I've been working on. We have a Christmas image for each of the times tables from 2 -12, reindeer, snowmen, penguins, stockings, to name but a few.
For each sheet there is a question which when answered will provide you with the colour to use for each section of the colouring by numbers.

To learn more about the Clara James Approach, click here: https://theclarajamesapproach.co.uk/cja-info-page

(The price will be go up for all new members in January)

03/12/2023

I haven't shared a word search in a while and I gather they have been missed so I apologise...

Here's a Christmas one for you or your children to solve. The idea of using word searches to support our children is in that it gives them the opportunity to look at the letters that go into a word and to not just skim over them. To further enhance the memory you could suggest that they draw an image of each word that they find.

Enjoy and enjoy your day x

02/12/2023

I really enjoyed making these and hope you enjoy doing them. My thoughts were that colouring is something a lot of children enjoy so, if we can give them something to do that will not only help them to learn, but enjoy at the same time it had to be a good thing.
In addition, the more variety we give to our children to help them to learn the more memories they will create and the easier they will find it to recall the information when needed.

If you want to download the 3 free ones, the link is: https://sendfox.com/lp/3ldg9l

Enjoy!

01/12/2023

December is here, Christmas will soon be with us. Time to start counting down the days!

30/11/2023

I can't believe it is nearly December!

You may have seen some of the other times tables, colouring by numbers I've been making. Here's the one for the 10x tables. I must admit I enjoyed making them.

I go on and on about it, but it is so important that we give our children a wide range of resources to help them to learn so that they create multiple memories to make it easier to recall the information when it's needed.

You can download 3 of these colouring by numbers tasks here: https://sendfox.com/lp/3ldg9l

Give your child something to keep them occupied in the exciting run-up to Christmas, but also help them to gain confidence in learning their times tables. So often, once a child has the confidence they are more willing to try, the more they try the more practice they gain and the more they will continue to grow in confidence and knowledge. It is a spiral of positivity.

Download it now and I hope your child enjoys completing them as much as I enjoyed making them. There are more available over on ETSY if you're interested.

Have a great week and warm wishes

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28/11/2023

Some people might call this procrastination, I call it work 😄

I've just been colouring in the reindeer that comes as one of the free downloads that are aimed at supporting your child with their times tables.

You can find the link here for the 3 free downloads: Santa's sack, Rudolph, and a Christmas elf.

https://sendfox.com/lp/3ldg9l

27/11/2023

Over the past couple of weeks I've been occupying myself with creating a range of Christmas colouring by number sets based around the times tables.🎅⛄🎄

The idea is as you answer the times tables question the answer determines what colour to use on each part of the image. ✏️

I've really enjoyed creating these.

They will available in the Clara James Approach in December, or you can find the entire set over on ETSY now, or to get things started, here are the first 3 for FREE.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Warmest wishes x

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The Clara James Approach Welcome to the Clara James Approach. Education should be enjoyable, inspiring and varied. Our aim is

26/11/2023

I've been putting together a series of Christmas colouring by numbers tasks. The colours are determined by the answers of the times tables. 🎄⛄🎅
In the next day or 2, I'll be giving you a link so that you can download 3 of them for free, the rest are available over on Etsy or they will make up the bundle of this month's bundle over in the Clara James Approach.

I hope you enjoy colouring them as much as I enjoyed creating them

25/11/2023

1 MONTH UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!

When do you start celebrating?

15/11/2023

I thought it was probably time to reintroduce myself as recently we have had several new people follow this page.
In my mid 20’s I think I had a mid-life crisis and decided I wanted to do something more with my life, but it had to me something that fitted in with having 3 children under the age of 5. I had got married at 19, then Clara was born roughly 21 months later, Jamie 17 months later, and Angel exactly 2 years after that (bar 48 hours). So, like for many people childcare and education seemed to be the logical choice.
I asked Mary, the lady who ran the playgroup that Clara went to if I could go in as a volunteer whilst I studied for my diploma in preschool practice. Thankfully she said yes. Within a few months they asked if I would be willing to take on the role of SENCo and do the policies and planning for the setting. For this I will always be grateful to Mary.
As I finished the diploma I decided to continue with my education and started my degree in childcare and education through the Open University.
About the same time, I wondered if Clara might be mildly dyslexic. I approached her school, and they suggested that dyslexia is nothing more than an excuse for laziness so I had nothing to worry about. I wasn’t convinced so I decided that alongside my degree I would learn as much as I could about different learning styles and difficulties. I hope I could use this to both help Clara and my degree.
Over the coming years I completed my degree along side many, many additional courses on dyslexia, autism, neurodiversity. I also worked in several different educational settings including mainstream schools, bases for children who are autistic and can’t cope in mainstream education, pre-schools, as a childminder, then in 2012 I set up Starr Tutoring.
Starr was my maiden name and an association I was incredibly proud of.
Everything I had learned from working in early years and with those who had different learning styles suggested that learning is more likely to be productive if the children are engaged in what they are doing, if they use a variety of resources, if it is relevant to their level of understanding. It seemed like common sense, so when I wrote my first profile, I based it around this philosophy.
Within just a few months the business had exceeded my expectations. Then last year I decided to start the Clara James Approach (I had had to rename the business as I couldn’t trademark Starr, so instead I named it after Clara and J, and the logo is an angel, after my youngest) which would be a platform for parents of primary aged children where they could access resources and help in order to support their children at home with their education.
The group is still in its very early stages, but I have big dreams and I enjoy creating the resources and sharing the knowledge that I have learned over the years.
How children learn is something I could chatter on about all day, so earlier this year I wrote a book about it and placed it Amazon, we also have short courses, and other learning opportunities for children in the form of times tables colouring books, etc. But the Clara James Approach is the hub of it all, the thing that, although still in its infancy is what I will be most proud of.
Thank you for reading this to the end, I never meant to waffle on for so long, but now you know who I am and our goal with the Clara James Approach

08/11/2023

It's only a couple of months since schools went back from the summer break and we were having such amazing weather, now looking out of the window, it is pouring down and autumn is here to keep us company for the next month or two on the run up to Christmas and the end of year festivities!

This month, I have been to a couple of houses and taken suffixes with me and I've been greeted with: "that's what we're doing at school!"

So it seemed like the most logical thing to focus on in case you would benefit from it as well.

In the video (I waffle as I always do), but I also go through the different rules for how to add a suffix and what they are. I know I'm probably older than you but I don't remember learning many of these terms when I was at school, so when my kids brought them home when they were younger, it completely threw me (especially as 20 years ago when they were at primary school, it wasn't so easy to just ask Alexa, or Google it.

Any way, I hope you find the games enjoyable and helpful.

Next month I will be more creative with a focus on Christmas. I'm looking forward to creating it, I've started thinking of ideas already.



To learn more about the Clara James Approach, click here: https://theclarajamesapproach.co.uk/cja-info-page

29/10/2023

Below there are 12 words associated with Halloween.
All the letters in each word have been muddled up. Can you unscramble them to work out what they are?

Good luck, if you have a go, let me know how you get on

😱🎃🦇🧛

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Videos (show all)

How many words can you create from the phrase, Frostie the Snowman?
Christmas colouring by numbers: times tables
https://youtu.be/-Zo3GDHMyu4I've just made a video on supporting our children with the 9x tables, it's an extract from t...
This is one of the activities I created for this month's bundle, please forgive my drawing abilities, but I hope you lik...
A productive weekend, with fewer lessons it's given me the opportunity to work on the membership group. I've done the re...
I've made a start to creating the bundle on 'The Farm' although what I have achieved so far today, doesn't look much, I ...
A couple of tricks for learning the 15x tables
Quick tip to help your child learn the 12x tables
An idea to make the 7x tables easier to learn
Easy tricks to help your child learn their 9x tables
Easy tricks to help your child learn their 9x tables
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