Real Special Newsletter - Term 3 2016

Issue 100

Welcome to issue 100 of our newsletter! Currently we are sending this out termly, but welcome feedback on whether readers would prefer us to return to sending it out monthly.

This edition is very exciting as it has loads of information on 4 new online products,
plus Earobics is on sale at half price!

NEW Step 1 - Nessy Dyslexia Training (for teachers or parents)

The Nessy Training course gives an insight into dyslexia (currently costs less than $40 NZD per person).


NEW Step 2 - Nessy Dyslexia Quest Screening Assessment

Assess students using the Nessy Dyslexia Quest (costs less than $20 NZD per student).


Step 3 - Nessy Reading and Spelling

Intervention after assessment. 100 lessons packed with interactive content guaranteed to engage and motivate students, 300+ animated reading and spelling strategies, and 1000s of printable activities.


NEW - Nessy Numbers

Nessy Numbers helps students learn to tell the time, and also their times tables.


NEW - Fluency Builder (from the makers of Engaging Eyes and Spelling Tutor)

All products are now available for home use.

Fluency Builder improves reading fluency, especially in children who have dyslexia. Fluency Builder and Engaging Eyes can be bought together as a bundle for a special lower price:


Also available:

Engaging Eyesa unique software programme to help any child who is struggling or underachieving in reading
Spelling Tutor: a personalised, structured online spelling programme

(Auditory Processing Disorder software)

 We have very limited stocks of the Earobics software CD’s at half price.  Earobics is one of the few programmes that has been designed to help students with Auditory Processing Disorder.

• Earobics Foundations (for students aged 4-7 years approx.)

• Earobics Connections (for students aged 7-11 years approx.)


Free Websites & Apps

Pathways Awarua


Literacy and numeracy adult skills learning. It's easy, fun and free.

Pathways Awarua has been developed by New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Commission to support adult learners to strengthen their numeracy, reading and writing competencies. It is also available to adults who are not enrolled in Tertiary Organisations.

Pathways Awarua is a free online, interactive learning system comprising over 390 modules that are organised in sequences (pathways) of increasing difficulty.

Each module includes a sequence of screens that engage the users in learning tasks. Learners receive immediate and customised feedback on their responses and are able to track their progress.



InstaGrok is a FREE interactive, concept mapping, visual way of learning about any topic imaginable.  Suitable from school-age upwards, it enables you to research any topic via an interactive concept map that you can customize and share. Search for what you want to learn about, and an interactive concept map pops up with your topic and related fields to create a comprehensive learning atmosphere. In addition, InstaGrok provides a scrolling list of definitions and examples of the topic, an annotated search guide for related subjects, and images and videos of the topic.


Edith's Column

Hi readers,

Edith here, the Real Special mascot – welcome to my column. Well, spring has finally arrived and hopefully we should have seen the last of the bad weather. It is still a little cold at night but warm in the afternoons, and it is lovely to see all the daffodils in bloom when we go for a walk on the nearby reserve.

My mum is into upcycling and found some great ideas on the internet on how to make dog coats from old sweater sleeves! She made this one for me to keep the chills away at night. Click here to see more easy dog coats to make.

Edith’s Spring Weather Jokes

Q: Why did Edith make more typing spelling mistakes in her column when the weather was cold?
A: She was suffering from typothermia!

Q: What is the opposite of a cold front?
A: A warm back!


Easy Recipe 

Easy recipe - Leek and Potato Soup

Even though Spring is here, there are still many chilly days and soup is always welcome. Leek and potato is a seasonal favourite.


This website also has a free downloadable vegetarian cookery book!



• 6 potatoes, cubed

• 2 Tbsp oil

• 2 leeks, thinly sliced

• 2 garlic cloves, minced

• 1L vegetable broth 

• 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped 

• 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Place potatoes in a large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté oil and leeks until tender. Add garlic and cook for a further minute.

Place potatoes and leeks in a food processor with about 3/4 of the broth and blend until smooth before adding fresh herbs. If mixture is too thick, add remaining cup of broth and then process for a further minute.

Return soup to the saucepan and heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.


Ordering Information

To order any of the items featured in our newsletter, please visit www.realspecial.co.nz or email carole@realspecial.co.nz

Postage: $6 per order (non-signature)


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