Primary Spelling

  Today I spent time with some friends at a lego display at the Ipswich Art Gallery. It was an amazing display as you can see from the photos. Children loved it and so did the dads and mums who accompanied them. But the most important observation was that the children were relaxed and enjoyed […]

Hooked on Spelling

All About Spelling Works !!! Over the last few years I have been using an excellent spelling resource that produces amazing results. That resource  is  All About Spelling. I am telling you about this program because I have noticed on different forums that parents and teachers have been concerned about the way some children are being taught spelling. This has […]

Elementary Spelling Words for Early Learners

 What are Elementary Spelling Words? Elementary spelling words are basic words that children need to learn early so that they can achieve success and build confidence. Many common elementary spelling words contain silent consonants, irregular vowels, or other tricky spellings.  Students often need a little extra practice reading, writing and spelling these words. We will leave the […]

Holiday Fun for Children

                                                                                                                                                                                               Trips to National Parks Holiday fun for children doesn’t have to be an expensive, highly organised arrangement. It can be simple, inexpensive and enjoyable. Holidays are a time to unwind, relax and prepare for the following term. However, as parents we must continue NOT to be teachers but parents. And what do parents do so naturally […]

Strategies Improve Student Motivation

When it comes to learning about shares to invest and make money one of my sons reads about three related books each fortnight. This activity has been continued over approximately twelve months. This man is highly motivated. We can reasonably draw this conclusion based on his close attention when learning about the topic and his eagerness […]

Behavioural Management Techniques in the Classroom

“Give me a lever long enough and single handed I can move the world. It’s just not possible any longer to “figure it out” from the top, and have everyone else following the orders of the “grand strategist.” This statement is also true for behavioural management techniques in the classroom. The organizations that will truly excel […]

NAPLAN SPELLING

NAPLAN Spelling is one of the tests that is conducted in Australia’s National testing regime. It measures the ability of children in spelling in Years 3, 5 & 9. Some of the questions are repeated in consecutive years, obviously, to see the change in the spelling behaviours. Spelling is a rule based, alphabetic principled exercise that is […]

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 […]

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