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 …

Does My Child Need A Tutor?

Does my child need a tutor? I have recently started working as a tutor.  This has come about mostly due to the fact that I am taking a break from my full time teaching career to stay home for a little while and do some full-time Mummying. I wasn’t sure if tutoring would be my cup …

Are Toys Necessary?

Are Toys Necessary? I am a firm believer that toys are not necessary.  Don’t get me wrong – they are fun, they are exciting, they keep a child entertained…for a short time.  BUT they are not necessary at all – for education, for learning, for play. Here is an example. We were at the beach on …

How To Develop Fine Motor Skills

How to Develop Fine Motor Skills Within the Education Sector (from Preschool onwards) we hear ‘education’ words that often mean very little to the average parent or guardian at home. When I was teaching Prep I often spoke to parents about helping their children develop ‘fine motor skills’ and was often met with a blank …

Communicating Between Home and School

Communicating Between Home and School When I was a teacher of early and even middle primary years, I often saw a number of parents every morning and afternoon.  It was something that I quite enjoyed – the communication, answering any questions they may have or just a quick hello and some feedback on how the …

Is Homework Beneficial?

Is Homework Beneficial? Homework. It is a hotly debated topic amongst the parent and teacher community. In our busy day to day lives, homework is often an afterthought and sometimes even gets deleted from the organised chaos of the afternoon routine. The question is, is homework a tradition that is outdated and irrelevant or should …