home_reading_helpThis is the second in the series, “How to help your child with reading homework.” Last we spoke about helping your child become an independent reader suggesting that it’s best to give your child control in the process of reading, for example they hold the book and turn the pages themselves. Teacher talk for this is being,  “a guide from the side” not “a sage from the stage.”

Today we expand on that theme and answer the question, “What do you do when your child stumbles over words or stops and looks at you, wanting you to supply the word they can’t read?”

Do you just tell them the word? In most cases, my answer will be no. Why not? [click to continue…]


USA Today Channel 10, report today on the value of storytelling in the classroom. In this video, accomplished storyteller Arturo Munoz Vasques, says that storytelling is a powerful instrument. Click through to watch the video… [click to continue…]

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home_reading_help Your child has brought home their reader and it’s your job to hear them read it. Here’s some tips from an experienced teacher to make it easier for you and a positive learning experience for your child.

1. Independence –  Let your child have as much control as possible. They should hold the book, turn the pages and point to the words (if necessary). It’s best to sit side by side so you can look at the book together.

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If your child gets stuck with their homework a free online tutoring service may be just the thing. They offer free help in English, Maths, Science and assignments for years 4 – 12.

It’s a one to one service so your child connects directly to a qualified tutor online where they can chat, draw on the whiteboard and send in their assignments or share a website.

You can connect to Your Tutor through most public libraries in Australia, you just enter your library card number and you are instantly connected to the tutor. [click to continue…]

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goalsHow do you get your teenager to buy into being organised?

If you have a teenager at home you’ll know deciding things for themselves is very important to them. Just telling them doesn’t work anymore, does it?

Here’s a way for them to discover that getting organised, setting goals and planning time are vital skills if they want to have choices when they leave school.

I’ve used this technique successfully, both at home with my own teenager and at school with teenage students.

Start a discussion that goes like this: Suppose you were told in 12 months time to the exact day, you had to attend a meeting at 5:00 p.m. at a location in a town 100 kilometers away called Goals. You were given a car and knew how to drive. You were told that it was vitally important that you arrived to the meeting on time because at the meeting, you had the opportunity to sign up for things you wanted to do for the rest of your life. If you missed the meeting, you would have to settle for the things the other kids didn’t want. [click to continue…]