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Teaching Your Kids To Read

June 22nd, 2019

Don’t do it. Yep, that’s right. Don’t teach your kids to read. Parents, you don’t have to wear this one. Let your child’s Teacher do the formal, nitty gritty teaching of skills. From personal experience, it is soooo much easier teaching other people’s children to read than your own. Your kid does not want to […]

Term Four Tired

December 11th, 2018

This is a real thing. Term Four Tired. From about Week 3 of Term 4 kids start to wear out. Parents start to wear out. Teachers too. But everyone plods on. There are tantrums, tears and the sulks. Some children even have these too. But as we start to wind up Term 4, we reflect […]

A Letter To A Kindy Teacher

January 24th, 2016

Dear Kindy Teacher,   We’ve only met briefly – I was the parent trying to (unsuccessfully) squeeze two butt cheeks onto one of those tiny chairs during the Kindy Orientation meeting.   I am about to hand over to you the thing I love most in the world.   I am nervous and scared and […]

Best Letter Activity Websites

February 4th, 2015

Sadly, I am missing an arty and crafty gene. I really admire (read “I am a little bit jealous”) of those people who can turn a paper plate into a work of art. But the fantastic thing about the interweb is the access we now have to these awesomely clever people! Over the next weeks, […]

What Is The Best Thing You Can Do To Prepare Your Child For Learning The Alphabet?

January 28th, 2015

    “I haven’t got a lot of time to spend helping my child learn the alphabet. What is a simple, quick thing I can do to help her?”   I could really end this blog right here and now by answering this question in three words:   READ TO THEM   That’s it – […]

Which Order Should My Child Learn The Letters?

January 27th, 2015

Hello Everyone! So where do you start when you are exploring the letters of the alphabet with your child. There are three ways I’d like you to consider and then choose what works for your family! Here they are:   1. Personally Important Letters   If your child is just starting out on their journey of learning […]

Setting Up A Happy Letter Learning Environment At Home

January 21st, 2015

    A great thing you can do to help your child learn the letters of the alphabet is to set up the right learning environment at home. But before you go out and buy desks and make your house look like a classroom – STOP! Try these ideas that are far more fun!   […]

Should My Child Learn The Letters Or Sounds First?

January 19th, 2015

       Hello Everyone! It’s time to answer a question that I am quite often asked. ‘Which should I teach my child first – the letter names or the sounds?’   And this is what I think:   Do them both at the same time.   I just think it makes more sense to do […]