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Reading – What Your Child Should Know By The End Of Year Two

April 16th, 2020

All of my posts are starting like this – please, do not worry yourself. These are very strange times. And if your child is a nightmare for you when learning at home, you are not alone. You would be in a gang of thousands of parents who are suffering with their child learning at home. […]

Reading: What Your Child Should Know By The End Of Year One

April 16th, 2020

Now, the last thing I want to do is stress you anymore than you already are. Learning at home is not going well for many people. Don’t worry about it, be gentle on yourself. But if you’d like a bit more of an idea about Year One Reading have a look at the following: YEAR […]

What Your Child Should Be Able To Do At The End Of Pre Primary In Reading

April 16th, 2020

I’d like to preface ALL of my posts with – don’t worry, we’re all in the same boat. And this boat is hitting some big waves. And I’m feeling a little seasick. Please don’t stress too much about your child’s academic advancement this year, everyone is experiencing the same disruptions and some will handle it […]

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 […]