Topic: Literacy

Speaking the English? Why English Is so Difficult to Learn

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English is the official language of more than 50 countries and the lingua franca of international business, diplomacy, science and technology. Yet it is phenomenally difficult to master...

Topics: Literacy, International Students

'b' and 'd' - Stop the confusion! (Lower Primary)

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When children learn to read and write, they often muddle up similar-looking letters (and numbers). The most common offenders are:

•   v and  u;
•   u and  n;
•   p and  q;
•   1 and  7;
•   2 and  5.

Topics: Literacy, Primary School, Preschool, Prep

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

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