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Teaching Grade 3 Literacy, Helpful Hints

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Teaching Grade 3 Literacy Grade 3 is the fourth year at school. Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 come before this. Grade 3 is a year of transition in a way. It is described as the start of Middle Primary School. Children have put down the roots of good ...
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TIMMS Report – Maths And Science, Teaching Science

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TIMMS Report - Maths And Science Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study The TIMMS Report for 2011 states: “…there are serious concerns with respect to primary school teachers’ level of science and mathematics training, and s...
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Technology Teachers And Myths, Teaching

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TECHNOLOGY TEACHERS AND MYTHS Technology teachers, their education websites and journals frequently portray teaching methods of the pre-internet era as ‘obsolete’. Teachers still use pre-internet teaching methods. And all are savagely criticized...
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PIRLS 2016 Reading Literacy, Australia

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PIRLS 2016 Reading Literacy Australia PIRLS 2016 Reading Literacy results has some telling results. This table lists the percentage of Grade 4 students reaching the Advanced Benchmark at the top end and those NOT reaching even the Low Benchmark at ...
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PIRLS 2016 Reading Test, What It Tells Us

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 PIRLS 2016 Reading Test  What It Tells Us PIRLS stands for Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. Many western nations participate as well as Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, some Middle Eastern nations, and the Russian Federation....
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Creative Writing – Help The Younger Child

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Creative Writing Help The Younger Child Children need a stimulus to help them with creative writing. How often do parents hear "I don't know what to write"? A short story from this site, the school library or your public library can help. Using the...
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Close Reading And Other Purposes, Literacy

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Close Reading And Other Purposes Three Levels Of Reading Difficulty In the classroom, both primary and early to middle secondary school, these are: texts for pleasure, texts with enhancements, such as pictures, at a middle tier of difficul...
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About Us

Kids in school, in my opinion, often do not get longer text reading in the classroom at a more demanding standard. Free reading time in classrooms is excellent but is usually at a slightly lower reading level. Classrooms are busy and noisy places and children are easily distracted. Hence, they often get “grabs” of reading and writing. I offer extended reading of one to two A4 pages in 16pt, 14pt and 12pt in typed material as well as hand-written text for Early Primary, the purpose of which is to extend the child, with you, the parent, as tutor. The child must decode the text because pictures are minimal.

This website aims to provide you with suitable materials to download for use with your own child. I have used, and continue to use, these materials as a tutor and I know they have driven up the literacy and numeracy skills of my students. Parents are very pleased with the result after quite short periods of time with me as tutor.

The literacy and numeracy materials I offer are not intended to address every aspect of the primary school curriculum in any particular state or territory of Australia, but to support parents in areas of learning that many tell me their child needs help with. I am open to suggestions for content and I am prepared to write materials specific to a child’s needs and upload for other parents who may also find it useful.

All materials on my site are designed for one-to-one tuition by the parent and require actual teaching such as conversation, questioning for comprehension and oral instruction. In tutoring your own child use your own knowledge and experience, and my materials to guide you. You can help make the learning relevant to your child through discussion. This will maximise learning opportunities.

Many parents say to me “She won’t learn from me,” or “He won’t co-operate with me when I try to help him.” Yet, no-one knows your child like you do. Many parents are not in a position to call in a tutor for any number of reasons, not least of which is living in an isolated place or having a sick child.