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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 […]

Tips to Help Your Child Read

The Problem Are you experiencing trouble trying to get your child to be a successful reader? Does the child’s teacher continually tell you not to worry that the child will learn at their own pace? Do you know that your child could read better if they had the correct support? Reading is a skill that […]

What is Executive Function?

Executive function is a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space. If you have trouble with executive function, these things are more difficult to do. You may also […]

SLEEP IS IMPORTANT FOR LEARNING

SLEEP IS IMPORTANT FOR LEARNING AND CAN NOT BE UNDERESTIMATED. Sleep and School-aged Children (5-12 years) Children aged five to 12 need 10-11 hours of sleep. At the same time, there is an increasing demand on their time from school (e.g., homework), sports and other extracurricular and social activities. In addition, school-aged children become more […]

The Insider’s Guide to Improving Attention

  Attention is a BIG problem in today’s classrooms when teaching kids to read, write and spell. http://www.letterboxlearntoread.com/teaching-kids-read-spell-write-ready-naplan-testing 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 […]

UNLEASH THE POWER OF ENCOURAGEMENT

                      It is no secret that encouragement is one of the biggest forces that drive our children to success. Think of a situation in your personal life when encouragement pushed you out of misery and onto the highway of success. I can remember vividly, a young boy who suffered from anxiety, depression and poor self- […]

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