Melanie Kendry
Melanie blogs on simple recipes to turn kids into geniuses without making them cry. At, find something delicious for ages 6-18: from zapping Apostrophe Monsters, writing up a storm, beautiful books for all ages and magical maths. If you’re struggling with dyslexia, reluctant readers or battling over revision, share your experiences and get help!

Entries by Melanie Kendry

How to Help Autistic Kids With English

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2014 | (13:14)

As a private tutor, I often work with autistic spectrum children in English. Many of them 'don't get' English. They might struggle to understand what they're supposed to do for homework and can become so frustrated they give up. Though they may not be dyslexic, they might not read.


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When Does a Man Become a Monster?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 July 2013 | (10:23)

In The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson brings to life one of the most compelling and original monsters of our time.

The obvious monster is Mr Hyde: the snarling, feral animalistic mass of murderous impulses. First, Hyde beats up a little girl. Later, he...

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A Verb Is Not 'a Doing Word'

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2013 | (22:54)

A verb is a doing word, right? Kids are taught this from around age eight, forget it, learn it again. Aged nine, they forget it again. Eventually the information lodges in the brain as fact, where it solidifies like a nut.

'A verb is a doing word', like a lot...

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The Best and the Worst Meals I Have Ever Eaten

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (10:02)

The Best

The best meal I had was stolen. I wasn't supposed to be in the Swan Bar at Shakespeare's Globe; I was supposed to be meeting an old friend, staring at objects in a museum and having an intelligent conversation. But my friend had lost...

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Help My Child's Addicted to Computer Games

(1) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (21:23)

I'm addicted to catapult games, physics games, Bubble Breaker, Tetris. According to the Daily Mail, it's worse than 'crack cocaine'. People enter the room and I don't even grunt hello. These games are designed to be challenging but within reach, reward you, make you feel good, make you want to do more.

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Celebrities: Better than Jesus?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2013 | (08:19)

Celebrities are everywhere, gurning at us from screens, newspapers and magazines, invading the planet like a deadly weed. A-List to D-List, their eyes follow us wherever we go - giant, glossy, empty stares. Don't be scared! It's only paper.

We all want to be loved - stared at, adored. Or...

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What's the Best Book to Revise AQA GCSE Language Exam Higher? Advice Straight from a Senior Examiner

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2013 | (21:44)

The GCSEs are approaching fast, with the English Language Exam on June 4th. Are you ready?

The AQA GCSE has changed, and now, so has the textbook. Brand new for this year, 2013 students have the competitive edge with this brilliant book, full of worked examples, and tips straight from...

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When Kids Are So Eager to Do Homework They're Beating Each Other

(3) Comments | Posted 7 May 2013 | (08:43)

Once I got over my kids' homework anxiety, we found a new problem. There are three of them and one of me. They were getting so eager to do grammar exercises, and equations, that they were literally beating each other.


And then...

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How to Get Kids to Do Homework

(2) Comments | Posted 6 May 2013 | (00:00)

Want your child to scrunch up into a pumpkin sized ball under the kitchen table? Just ask them to do their homework. My son tells me he 'can't do it'. Can't do it? He hadn't even read the questions. His desperate cunning is kind of sweet. But after half an...

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What Are the Best Books to Get All Boys Reading from Advanced to Dyslexic and Reluctant?

(2) Comments | Posted 21 April 2013 | (23:31)

A lot of boys struggle with reading. And yes, it usually is boys. They go from class readers and Horrid Henry to Diary of a Wimpy Kid straight onto Call of Duty, never to be seen again. Unlike great literature, shoot-em ups are easy. They're designed to be challenging but...

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Make Yourself A Better Life Story

(0) Comments | Posted 14 April 2013 | (11:18)

Even if you've never written your autobiography, you have a life story. All of us do. If you take time to listen to other people's tales you'll hear things that are moving, shocking, or just plain bizarre. As children we're told not to talk to strangers. As an adult there's...

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Teaching Kids to Kill Themselves and Also Their Best Friend: This Sick Madness Must Be Stopped

(1) Comments | Posted 5 April 2013 | (08:00)

In love? No one else approves? Clearly, suicide is the solution - but not until you've taken out your wife's cousin then her other cousin - who is also, somehow, her fiancé.

No, it's not something the Mormons dreamed up, it's what kids are learning in a school near you,...

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What's the Best Way to Revise? Cheat and Skive

(0) Comments | Posted 30 March 2013 | (16:21)

Picture this: you're revising. But you're not entering the realm of despair, wondering about flights to South America or what you'd look like with a moustache. How is this possible?


The answer's not an app, robot, or human clone and you can't...

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