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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Let’s Crack the Spelling Code

    Spelling can be an exciting exercise if the activities are in line with the child’s development and level of skill. There are five steps that are needed by  Grade Three to make certain that children are excited and interested in spelling and presenting their work without mistakes. In this article, I am only […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spelling Through the Roof with Explicit Teaching

                         Today, I spent time testing students in our tutoring programs. I was overjoyed by the progress that all the children had made, BUT, I was especially, impressed with one little girl who had achieved great results in all Spelling related areas. Her spelling had gone through the roof!!! She has other problems that […]

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