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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 […]

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 – […]