Monthly Archives: August 2010

What we do and what it means

Young children begin to recognise symbols that are important to them from an early age. This could be the first letter of their name, their street name, signs on buildings or shops like the McDonald’s sign. Then, later on, children will learn that words keep the same meaning, even when they appear in different places.

How to teach my child to learn to read and write

We know that early childhood is important and what we do is critical in order for us to provide the best possible environment for our children to learn.  This means looking at what we do, looking at how we think about what we do and improving what we do. In the posts to follow over the next few weeks, I will be posting information that will provide you with different ways of looking at what you do, how you teach and how children learn to read and write. This will include looking at literacy concepts (and possibly numeracy concepts as well), and looking at ways that we can understand everyday concept development in the home.  I will also provide some useful links to resources.

How to teach your child to read

It’s never too early to start reading books to your child. I started reading books to my daughter when she was around six months old. As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher. This can be very daunting when you realise this, but don’t be worried. Establishing a routine at bedtime that includes reading a book with your child is the easiest way you can start to do this. It will develop into a time that you will really treasure and look forward to.

How to Teach Reading

Sharing books is actually beginning reading. Children will listen to the story and begin to hear the sounds in words. Rhyme books are particularly  good for developing  phonological knowledge which is an important stage of learning to read. Your child will also be watching how you hold the book, how you turn the pages and all the early skills needed for reading. Not only is this an enjoyable time for you and your child, but it is also helping with their reading development.

Look out…it’s the witch!

Last week we celebrated Book Week at our school.

I dressed up as a witch, don’t worry, I didn’t scare the kids!

How can I help my child learn to write words or a short sentence?

Parents often ask me how they can help their children with the writing process at home. Here are a few suggestions that you might be able to do starting today.                              

  •  Have your child write instructions for taking care of the family pet.
  • Write a letter or thank you note to a relative. Talk through what your child wants to say before writing begins.
  • Make a shopping list before going to the supermarket.
  • Write an online review of a book or an item you recently purchased.
  • Start keeping a personal diary, a household guest book, or a baby book for a younger sibling.
  • Write out some great recipes that have worked, and then have some fun making it.

When engaging in writing, young children often mirror what they see around them; adults and older children writing lists, notes, text messaging. They are observing the way writing is used in our everyday lives. So another way to encourage your child to start writing is to do some writing yourself.


I will be posting information and ideas  for teachers and home school parents. Please post a comment or question, I am here to help.  I will be adding a few things that might be of interest to parents and teachers, so please keep checking  back.

Author-John Heffernan

Well book Week is over for another year. We had so many wonderful activities that involved all of the parent community. The parade was a huge success and I hope to post some photos here soon, so stay tuned.  Our author visit this year was John Heffernan. He is an Australian author of children’s books. He lives on a farm here  in New South Wales, Australia. The first book he wrote was called Spud which was about a blue heeler cattle dog. His second novel was titled ‘Rachael’s Forest’. This is a great book that deals with a family’s fight to save their farm. It would be worth checking out all of John’s stories and sharing with your children and students. Take care and I’ll see you next time.

Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott?

With polls showing the result could go either way on Saturday, our current Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott will meet face to face again at a people’s forum in Brisbane on Wednesday evening. Julia Gillard only just agreed to the debate about the economy with Tony Abbott. It should be a very interesting debate and even more so, an interesting day on Election Day 2010.  My advice is, to investigate the education policies of both the Labor and Liberal Governments to see how they will impact on our education system. Look for things like will there be a decrease in funding , how are they going to increase education standards and what will the rewards payment system really mean for our teachers and our schools? What do you think? Who will you vote for?

Book Week

This week at my school we are celebrating Book Week. It is an opportunity for the  school to focus on literacy for a whole week. We organise author visits and we have an amazing book parade where everyone, including the teachers, dress up in a costume depending on the theme. We also invite Grandparents and special friends to come along to our pyjama morning and share stories with the children. This year we are also planning a Milo and teddy biscuit for the children to have for their snack. It is going to be an awesome week!