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Help Your Child With Writing Tasks

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Step By Step Guidance For Parents As parents you can help your child with writing tasks.  It could be a creative writing, a factual account, instructions on how to make something or recount an experience of their own. Creative writing tasks often c...
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‘A’ is for Algebra

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This is an introduction to algebra. I asked my good friend, Dr David Perkins, to contribute this post called 'A' is for Algebra.  His Bio Details are at the end of the post. It's Not So Hard "If we are to believe television sitcoms, algebra is a b...
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Phonics Defeats Whole Language Theory

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Phonics Defeats Whole Language Theory 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 based on who...
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The Debate About Cursive Script

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Cursive script is considered a waste of teaching time in some education circles. Associate Professor Dr Misty Adoniou said in early 2015 in The Conversation, "The research doesn't find any benefits for cursive writing.” She added the following, ...
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Handwriting Is An Intellectual Activity

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Handwriting Is An Intellectual Activity. Why Handwriting Is Important More areas of our brain are used to print using a pencil than to type on a keyboard. And more areas of the brain are used to write in script than to hand-print. There have alw...
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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.