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Join This Online Course – Ten Reading Skills Your Child Should Have By The End Of Pre – Primary

December 1st, 2019

Fantastic News! I have launched a NEW online course! It’s called: ‘Ten Reading Skills Your Child Should Have By The End Of Pre-Primary’ Please purchase at the bottom of this page! Please join me, Leigh Parlor, Primary School Teacher and Literacy Consultant, for this simple, informative online course about Reading Skills. Have you ever had […]

The Skills Early Learners Need To Become Readers – Knowing The Single Sounds

November 30th, 2019

One of the first things I do as a Year One Teacher at the beginning of the school year is to find out which single sounds each child does, and doesn’t, know. By the end of the Foundation Year (Known as Pre Primary in WA, Preparatory in VIC, QLD and TAS, Kindergarten in NSW and […]

Nursery Rhymes – Read Them

August 15th, 2019

Nursery Rhymes are awesome! Why? Because they allow your child to hear and say rhyming words. They allow your child to hear rhythms, words and patterns. But I am surprised by the limited amount of nursery rhymes children seem to know these days. Are parents not sharing the old favourites? Have people moved on to […]

Pretend and Role Play

August 11th, 2019

When my daughter was a toddler, she had an obsession with pretending. ‘Let’s tend’ was always followed up with some mad-cap idea that would either make me delighted, nervous or exhausted! Pretending and dress-ups are beautiful ways to encourage your child to develop their imagination. The technique of a ‘home corner’ or ‘dress up section’ […]

Children Start To Develop The Skills They Need To Read From The Time They Are Born

August 10th, 2019

Sounds crazy, hey? No, children can’t read text just as they pop out into the world. But they do start to develop some of the essential skills they need for reading.  How does this work? Well it’s a bit like crawling before you can walk. Before you become a reader you learn to talk. And […]

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 […]