‘Brave kids’ is definitely up there on my mental list of ‘how to be a good parent’ but how do we achieve this? Your guess is as good as mine!Continue reading “Are you raising ‘brave kids’?”
My house has been swallowed by a toy-nado! Like many new parents, I am again eating my words from a past life. I swore I would not spoil my children with ‘stuff’ nor let every space in my house be ravaged by a toy-nado of plastic, but I have failed miserably. It is well established that play is vital for children’s emotional, social and cognitive growth and “Toys are the tools of play”. So tonight’s blog will attempt to address the following: What are the best kind of toys to buy and how do you get the ‘biggest bang for your buck’ when it comes to toys?Continue reading “Help! Toy-nado alert!”
To say the task of ‘parenting’ is overwhelming, would be a gross understatement. Behaviour management is a complicated beast: Rules vs Freedom. Boundaries vs Flexibility. Bully vs. Pushover. This is all in a day’s work. But what if we took the emotion out of the equation and just examined behaviour through a ‘language lens’? Could it be as simple as a ‘game of semantics’? Let’s look a little closer at what this ‘language of behaviour’ involves:Continue reading “Language of Behaviour: How to use the power of words to parent”
At this time of year, we know that parents may be wondering, “Is my child ready for school?” coupled with potential doubts about their child’s abilities – “She only knows a few letters of the alphabet.”. If that is you, read on!
Firstly, we need to put it out there reading is not a natural process. It is a taught skill and in contrast to learning to talk, which is a wonderful development that happens (for the most part) naturally.
Nearly four decades of scientific research on how children learn to read supports an emphasis on phoneme awareness and phonics in a literature-rich environment. These findings challenge the belief that children learn to read naturally. (Lyon, G.R., 1998).
What is a literature-rich environment?
Having books read to them and having access to looking at books themselves is a good starting point however a literacy-rich environment demonstrates how literacy is useful in everyday life by allowing children to interact with print/texts independently and with parents/educators. This helps children understand WHY they need print, WHAT they use it for and HOW it is useful in everyday life. In other words, it needs to fun, engaging and meaningful to them.
What are some examples of print in everyday life?
- Your child’s name!
- Common shop names (e.g. McDonalds, Woolworths)
- Street signs (e.g. SLOW)
- Symbols (e.g. arrow, cross)
What do I do after I find this print?
Point it out and be excited when you discover it!
“Oh, look at this letter S on the SLOW sign. It’s just like the S at the start of your name, Sam.”
Talk about symbols and what they mean.
“A symbol is something you can read but it doesn’t have any words. See this arrow – I know that the way it is pointing is the way I need to go.”
Use the terminology
“Ah yes, that is the letter ‘M’ and underneath it is the word ‘McDonald’s”
There will be more posts coming about phonemic awareness – another very important foundational skill that supports learning to read.
Thanks for hearing our call,
Your Little Birdies
Lyon, G. Reid. (1998). Educational Leadership, v55 n6 p14-18.
“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. All you need is a book.”
Be Magical is one of three themes in the Prep4Prep package and the importance of this theme really cannot be overstated. Continue reading “Be Magical Unboxing”
To kick off the year, we’ve sharing a fun poem about parts of speech in language. As speech language pathologists, we find language fascinating and love continuing to understand how parts of speech develop in children. More on this later, but for now…ENJOY! Continue reading “The nine parts of speech”