What Do Teachers Do?

What Do Teachers Do? It is a good question. “What do teachers do?” I once mentored an intern who told me that he honestly wanted to become a teacher because it would work best around before and after school surfing sessions.  He failed his internship. The requirements for teaching are endless and the incredible aspect …

Fun Learning Activities For Preschoolers

Learning Without Worksheets You know that saying – “Children minds are like sponges, they soak up the information and they are always hungry for more.”  Well, it is so true! Children do learn a lot, which makes them ideal students. While worksheets are great for teaching kids letters and numbers, kids sometimes just want to …

Reading Skills – Literal and Inferential Comprehension

Reading Skills – Literal and Inferential Comprehension Oh yes, I hear you say. Of course!  Literal and Inferential Comprehension – I absolutely know exactly what you are talking about. Um.  Not really. No, you wouldn’t because these are words used by teachers with our children in their classroom and often this ‘ educatory (yes educator is …

How To Encourage Oral Language Development

How To Encourage Oral Language Development I had a very random conversation with our four-year-old today.  In fact, we actually have wonderfully random conversations every day. Today as we were driving to school he asked me – “Where does a Judge work Mum?’ Firstly, I vaguely remember mentioning something to him once about a person who …

Basic Sight Words And What They Are.

Basic Sight Words and What They Are It is a huge deal sending your child to school for the first time (and learning about basic sight words).  2019 will see me embark on this very adventure.  The first time I have completed the ‘first day of school’ as a parent. It is daunting, overwhelming, emotional and …

12 Ways To Have Fun With Sight Words

12 Ways To Have Fun with Sight Words We recently shared about SIGHT WORDS  – what they are, how they are helpful and how they will take over your child’s homework for at least the first three years of their primary schooling.  We thought it only fitting then that we would give you some cool …

Reading Comprehension Strategies

Reading Comprehension Strategies When I was teaching Prep, there was a student who could literally read novels. He was five. He would bring a book (more appropriate for an adult scientist) into the playground and sit and read it out loud to anyone who would listen.  Teachers and children would stand by with their mouths …

How To Motivate Reluctant Readers

How to Motivate Reluctant Readers I could seriously write a million (okay, slight exaggeration) blog posts on reading.  I believe that the ability to read and understand what we are reading is the foundation for everything else we learn. As you can see (or rather, read) I am quite passionate about the subject. There is a …