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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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Teach Your Child to Read Faster Through Experiences and Pictures

Teach your child to read faster through experiences and pictures- it  is the most meaningful way to begin reading. How do experiences improve reading? Children develop their world knowledge through their personal experiences. These experiences allow children to use their knowledge of the world to help them read and learn. If a child had no experience of […]

Improve Reading with Experiences

Teaching children to read should be fun, BUT, unfortunately, this is not the experience of most parents.  I can still remember, with horror, the tension that surrounded my efforts to get my boys to practise their reading…there was no enjoyment!!!!  It was painful to say the least.  Thank God they had great teachers!!!!  I hope […]

Struggling Readers

                                                      Every classroom has a number of students that struggle in reading. Struggling readers are divided into three groups, those that have difficulty reading the words accurately, those that have problems understanding and those who have trouble with fluency. All are struggling readers to some degree or other. The most important point is to make certain […]

Does Your Brain Learn?

Today’s blog is about moving the brain into top gear for learning. As most people know, exercise and sensible eating are both necessary for optimal brain functioning. Today I am giving you some tweaked ideas that will prepare your child’s brain for learning even further. If these few simple ideas are put into practice, the […]

What is Dyslexia? What can we do to help?

     Dyslexia is an inherited brain condition that is a difference in the wiring of the brain. It is one of the most common learning disabilities. Dyslexia is a language based disability in basic reading and spelling. The difficulties are related to the connection between sounds and written letters. Cutting up words (decoding) knowing individual words, poor reading fluency and spelling weaknesses […]

The Insider’s Guide to Improving Attention

  Attention is a BIG problem in today’s classrooms when teaching kids to read, write and spell. Inattention shows up in children for many different reasons and is a complex problem. BUT there are ways to support these children. The Insider’s Guide to Improving Attention offers ways to support children bit by bit to […]

Teaching Kids to Read, Write and Spell.

                                Teaching kids to read, write and spell can be improved with a focus on improving Oral Language.In this article I just wanted to get you on the road with some basic information that will help you support your child before the NAPLAN results are put into the back of our mind. These thoughts […]

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