Numerous websites offering tips on reading instruction mistakenly refer to the digraph ch as a “blend.”
Too many children go through school with the idea that they’re “no good” at spelling. It’s an attitude fostered by poor teaching technique.
The variety of notebooks available to children these days is bewildering. Some are better suited to schoolwork than others. In the interest of good study habits, the choice should probably not be left entirely to the preference of the student.