Between the ages of 4 and 5, your child will conquer one huge milestone: starting school. What speech, language, play and social skills do they need to know? We get asked by many parents whether they need to know their alphabet, or how to read before they get to school. Let’s see what communication and play skills 5 year olds should demonstrate and how you can continue supporting your child’s learning. Keep reading or listen to the blog below:Continue reading “What do I need to know about 5 year olds?”
This blog follows on from our previous one on The Simple View of Reading. Everything will make more sense if you read that one first!
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So, if we know that Language Comprehension is essential for reading, we need to understand what it is. This is where we can refer back to the Reading Rope (Scarborough, 2001).
Let’s break down the first strand of language comprehension and talk about how you can support these in your everyday interactions with your child.Continue reading “Background Knowledge – The Glue That Makes Learning Stick”
As parents, we are well equipped in planning the food, the sights and the packing situation when we take our kids out for day trips or road trips but what about the car ride?
By popular request, we’ve compiled a combination of current favourite fiction and nonfiction podcasts for kids under 7 based on suitability of content, length and their ability to hold the attention of little ones! Let’s get to it:
It is a well-established fact that a ‘good parent’ reads to their child. Many of us are familiar with Albert Einstein’s quote that “If you want your child to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want your child to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
What many parents don’t know is that the most powerful storyteller in the house is the one who brings the story to life through conversation and play. In fact, research shows that:
“Reading is most valuable when it is accompanied by interactive discussion, including questions to invite responses and opinions.” (Morrow & Gambrell, 2004; Storch & Whitehurts, 2002)
Below are 4 reasons why the most effective reader in your house is the person who doesn’t just read the words on the page, instead they turn ‘book-reading into a conversation’. Here’s why:Continue reading “Just read the words Mum”
Parents love first words. This milestone is one of the most exciting because all of a sudden your baby has become a real little person. It is the icing on the cake when the first word is also your name. “Dada” (heart melts). As speech pathologists, we are often asked when should my child say their first words?
Well the short answer is at about their first birthday but what many of us don’t realise is that there is a set of skills known as ‘pre-language’ that develop well before they are of ‘speaking age’. In fact, there’s a lot you can be ‘looking’ for when you are busy ‘listening’ for first words. Here are our top 3 ‘look fors’ before first words:
In the chaos of April 2020, we missed our monthly blog of our favourite new picture books releases but we are back and excited to share our 3 new releases in May 2020.Continue reading “3 new releases in May 2020”