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100 Sight Words Versus Phonics

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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 Grade 1 to learn for immediate recognition. These words are freque...
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Dyslexia, Some Research Findings

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A lot has been written about dyslexia and dysgraphia. 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 findings. (www.Much that has been writte...
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Dyslexia, Improving Teaching

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Orthographic dyslexia, where English is the native language, affects about 4% of children. The combination of imperfect teaching practices and difficult written language conventions combine to make this percentage higher than it is in countries where...
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How to Help Your Child with Writing Topics

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WHEN MY CHILD IS ASKED TO WRITE, HOW CAN I HELP? [This is available as a free product.] Here are some simple guidelines. Try to follow in sequence. Teachers say, “Make a plan”. In my view, that is not the first step. MAKE A LIST Tell yo...
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‘A’ is for Algebra

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I asked my good friend, Dr David Perkins, to contribute a post called 'A' is for Algebra. This is an introduction to to algebra. His Bio Details are at the end of the post. NOT SO HARD "If we are to believe television sitcoms, algebra is a branch...
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Phonics Defeats Whole Language Theory

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"Whole Language Theory" dominated literacy teaching. In the 1960’s the movement towards the ‘whole language’ approach to teaching literacy in schools gathered strength. Many schools still teach using ‘whole language’ theory. Children ar...
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The Debate About Cursive Script

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There is a view developing in education circles that learning to write in cursive script is a waste of time. Associate Professor Dr Misty Adoniou said in early 2015 in The Conversation, "The research doesn't find any benefits for cursive writing.”...
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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.