May 9, 2016

If you’re one of the many parents who believe that children should just wait until they begin kindergarten to start learning phonics, research has shown that many primary schools don’t explicitly teach phonics either. The simple explanation for this is that the teacher...

April 26, 2016

Personal experience and conversations with early childhood educators have led to my conclusion that it’s rather hit and miss as to whether your child will be taught phonics before they begin school. The reason is seemingly because when the Early Years Learning Framewor...

April 9, 2016

Lately I’ve heard from a number of Mums who’ve been unpleasantly surprised to discover that their kindergarten children are struggling with learning their letters and sounds since beginning school this year.  The common factor among these youngsters is that they’d all...

February 1, 2016

The importance of reading to our children is well known, but as toddlers become preschoolers we need to adopt more interactive reading techniques to foster literacy skills in readiness for big school. Interactive reading encourages children to think about and discuss t...

January 4, 2016

There’s more than a grain of truth in the old saying that it’s never too early to begin reading to your child! From about 6 months onwards your child will delight in reading simple board or cloth books with you. From about 1 -2 years you can progress to books that feat...

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