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Decoding Word Strategies

How often do you listen to your child read and notice that when he comes to decoding  multisyllabic words, he mumbles and keeps on going? I have experienced this so many times that I wonder if it is in the DNA! These are the children who aren’t self monitoring for meaning, they are getting the […]

NAPLAN Tips

Well here it is again-NAPLAN!  NAPLAN, for those who don’t live in Australia, is whole nation testing in Year Five, Seven and Nine in the areas of English and Math. It comes around so quickly that NAPLAN Tips is possibly the best I can offer at this time. In this article I want to take a wander down […]

The Importance of Vocabulary in Language Learning.

    The importance of vocabulary in language learning can’t be underestimated. The only way that an adult could understand the difficulties presented during language learning is to enter a new course where the vocabulary of the specific field is not known an understood. An Example: I am learning how to build my website and continue […]

High Self Esteem in Children and Adults

High Self-Esteem in Children Definition: High self -esteem is confidence in one’s own worth or abilities and an intrinsic self-respect. High self-esteem in children and adults can be diminished in many ways. Throughout life we are continuously being barraged by negative behaviours, comments and thoughts.  Peers can influence the type of person that we become […]

Is Your Child Failing Because of Executive Functioning?

Is your child failing because of executive functioning deficits? I have tested a lot of students over the years and I am still amazed at the failure rate for children who have a delay in executive functioning development. What is executive function? Executive function is a set of mental skills that helps you get things […]

Spelling with Pre-Schoolers

        Teaching spelling with pre-schoolers lays a solid foundation for building knowledge and confidence that will have huge benefits now and in the future. I recently read an article that said spelling was one of the most tested subjects but the least taught. I would have to agree whole heartedly. In most cases, children are given a weekly […]

Kick Start to Reading and Writing!

Learning to spell can be easily  taught before children enter the formal school environment. The most basic of all foundational spelling skills is  phonological awareness.  Phonological awareness is the ability to manipulate identify and discriminate sounds. These skills are recognised as the greatest predictors of reading and writing success.  We all know that children are receptive to learning at a […]

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