What do 5 year olds need to learn?

There are high expectations for pre-primary students these days. Since 2013, it has been compulsory for parents in Australia to send them to school, and the new Australian Curriculum includes the Foundation Year documents specifically for this year level. This … Continue reading

How planning writing helps avoid “sentence spaghetti”

When faced with a writing task, many students plunge headlong into writing random, half-formed thoughts straight from their heads in an attempt to “just get something down” for the draft. The student usually has good intentions of turning this “sentence … Continue reading

Motivating young writers

Simple things make a huge difference when it comes to motivating early writers…

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Many parents unknowingly limit their pre-schoolers’ start to literacy

I’m all for letting teachers do their job in terms of teaching children to read and write, and for not pressurizing children to do these before they’re interested and ready. However, there are problems at kindy! More and more children … Continue reading