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mary keating

Mary Keating

All parents of primary school children want to help them with their schoolwork. However, some parents are facing special challenges and this site is for those parents.

You may live in a remote area of Australia, on a station or in a small town.

You may have a sick child who is missing a lot of school.

Or you may have been told by your child’s teacher that he or she is behind in reading, writing or maths. You may just suspect it yourself.

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.

Learning materials available here are all based on Australian curriculum objectives. The locale of the stories for Literacy is Australia in the main, and Australian-style Standard English is the medium.

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.

None of my materials have a year level or age marked on them so a child will not feel he or she is being asked to do work that is one or two years below their year level, if that is your child’s particular challenge.

I’m no great artist but maths sheets are very readable and neatly designed for a primary school child. I have never depended on pictures or diagrams from the web.

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. You, as the parent, will also be able to identify specific areas in which your child is good and where he or she needs extra help.

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 the child, with you, the parent, as tutor. The child decode the text because pictures are minimal.

Software programs have a place in learning but so also does individual teaching and one can’t replace the other completely.

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.

So these teaching materials are made available to you, the parent, to help your child learn in the home.



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