Topic: Literacy

Sight Words - Strategies to Make Them 'Stick'

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In Australian schools, children are taught to read phonetically: They learn their letters and the sounds they make – both individually and in combination with other letters (eg ‘ch’, ‘th’, ‘sh’). In this way, they learn how to read and build words from their component phonemes.

Topics: Literacy, Primary School, Prep

Helping Your Child with Handwriting

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In an increasingly digital age, it's easy to view handwriting as a dying art. Few people own fountain pens; most written correspondence is tapped directly into devices. In Finnish schools, children are no longer taught cursive (joined-up) writing but move straight to keyboards two years after learning their letters. 

Topics: Literacy, Primary School, Preschool, Prep

10 Great Books to Read Aloud to Your Tween

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Yes, I still read to my ten-year-old.  He can read perfectly well by himself and will happily immerse himself in Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket and a wide range of non-fiction but I will still read a chapter or two of a cracking good novel to him most nights. 

Topics: Parenting, Literacy, High School, Primary School

When Should I Stop Reading to My Child?

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You know how important it is to read to your child and you've diligently read bed time stories to your kids since they were tiny. But now they're reading Harry Potter on their own, do you really need to keep reading to them? At what point do you draw the line and just let them get on with it?

Topics: Parenting, Literacy, High School, Primary School

Why Daddy Should Read the Bedtime Story

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“Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin …”

So began the famous BBC radio program, 'Listen With Mother', which broadcast stories read by women to children (and their mothers) from 1950 to 1982.

Reading to children has always been associated with mothers.  Think of any image in the media depicting 'story time' and chances are it will be of a mother snuggled up with one or two children and a huge book.

Topics: Parenting, Literacy, Primary School, Preschool

How to Read to Your Child

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“The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.”
National Commission on Reading (USA), 1985

Research shows that children who read proficiently in the early school years generally perform better at every stage of their education.

Topics: Parenting, Literacy, Primary School, Preschool, Toddlers

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