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The Struggling Child In Early Primary School

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 The Struggling Child. Stop Worrying And Act. Every parent wants their child to learn to read. I have solutions and sensible advice on taking control. Distressed parents have come to me  about reports from the school. They are worried and they w...
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Teach Handwriting To Your Child

Teach Handwriting To Your Child. Step By Step Instructions For Parents. Ten Minutes Per Day And Be Consistent. Are you unhappy about your child's handwriting? Maybe your child can write - a bit - and you want to improve it. The curriculum today...
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Homework – Relevant And Short

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Homework - Relevant And Short. We know, as teachers, that the most effective way to teach means correcting the class’ work for the last ten minutes of a lesson.  This immediate feedback is the way children learn fast. What This Means For Homewor...
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Autism And Schools

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An Autism Spectrum Diagnosis How A Diagnosis Is Made The DSM or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and the ICD, The International Classification of Diseases, are the two most influential and widely used handbooks when diagnosing...
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One Hundred Sight Words And Why

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The One Hundred Sight Words Follow The Spelling Rules - Mostly The 100 Sight Words for Prep and Grade 1 is the quick route to reading in English. It doesn't change the importance of phonics in early literacy. Sight Words are set down for Prep and G...
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Teaching The Dyslexic Child, No 1

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Understand The Research First. Dyslexia and dysgraphia have been discussed extensively. Research is ongoing and progress is being made, although Dr Jon Lieff warns that there is still much we don’t know and advises caution in response to new findi...
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Teaching The Dyslexic Child No 2

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The Dyslexic Child In The Classroom Dyslexia affects about 4% of children in English-speaking countries. Many children learn quickly through implicit teaching. They catch on.  But dyslexic children need instruction spelled out with no assumption...
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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.