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Susan Spelic

Susan Spelic

Reading Advocate/Founder of The Reading Mountain

Like many women, Susan wears many hats as a Mother, Educator, Author, Reading Advocate, Literacy Specialist, Professional Speaker and Creative. Life can get a little crazy at times, especially when we juggle all of the important roles we have. Susan is all too familiar with this balancing act and is aware of the pressures faced by parents and families.

Susan sees a palpable anxiety in some parents who worry about whether they’re giving their kids the ‘best start in life’. She knows it is important to take time to celebrate success as caregivers. Susan’s philosophy is simple; ‘Being a calmer parent requires being multi-skilled and flexible. Loving our kids is first then, when we model to our kids that we can solve problems and focus on our own adult skills and our children’s strengths, we will then find happiness knowing that things usually work out. We are always learning.’

Everyone has special ways of learning and families need trusted information and support. As the Educator and Reading Advocate for The Reading Mountain, Susan is on a mission to engage and support kids. Susan’s message is ‘Mistakes are how we learn and they make us resilient.’ Her blog topics are practical and come from years of experience in education.

As an author, Susan Spelic enjoys seeing her stories and characters come to life. ‘Seeing kids engrossed in our simple chapter books is the most rewarding feeling. I am truly in the creative zone in this role and our aim is for many young children to find the love of reading while they harness their imaginations.’



Difficult Times – How We Can Best Teach Our Kids at Home

Susan Spelic (Teacher and Author)   It’s a tough time around the Globe. Let’s all take a big deep breath and think about what is important. As a mum I think mental health at this stressful is the most important… Continue Reading >

Practising self-care now that your child is at school

Susan Spelic Reading Advocate and Parent   Once your child has gone into their classroom you may have choices. If you are working, you might need to race to work but if the day is yours to do important errands… Continue Reading >

First Days at School

Creating a Smooth Transition for your Child If you have a preschool child, they might already be parading around your home with their new school uniform on. The hype of being a ‘big school kid’ is heightened time, often created… Continue Reading >

Developing Important Communication Skills

We know that we should speak to our kids and model good language. It is how they learn vocabulary and communicate. When toddlers don’t feel heard, they might turn their frustrations into a tantrum. Oh, the joys! As parents and… Continue Reading >

After school activities- Are your kids doing too many?

As a working parent and teacher, I understand the demands of my kids’ extra commitments and what it takes to not only pay for extra-curricular activities but also the logistics and time spent transporting and doing the activities. In contrast,… Continue Reading >

Make ‘Time for Rhyme’

Play with speech sounds and watch the ‘magic.’ When we introduce rhyming games and songs to small children, they are not only entertained but they eventually figure out that words can sound similar and have the same speech sounds. To… Continue Reading >

Developing Our Kids’ Vocabulary

Vocabulary development or, to ‘know the meaning of a wide variety of words and the structure of written language’ (Five from is one of the 5 Keys to Reading. When we compare the types of words in say, Eric… Continue Reading >

Are you a parent who needs help to relax?

As a mother, daughter, sister, friend and wife together with being a teacher for over 30 years, you could say maintaining a balance is a juggling act. You could probably join my club! So, what of my life balance between… Continue Reading >

Your First Parent-Teacher progress Interview?

It is your child’s first year of ‘big school’ and parent-teacher meetings are fast approaching.  You might not have the faintest idea, except to ask, ‘So, how is Sam going at school?’ It’s been ages since you’ve set foot in… Continue Reading >

Finished the last page of a great book? Try these ideas to expand kids’ thinking

There are lots of fun extension activities to do with our kids once the last page has been read. Here are practical, tired and tested ideas to try when expanding kids’ experiences, opinions and concepts about the books they read…. Continue Reading >

Useful hints for a healthier family-life balance.

As school routines, work and other commitments collide, the weeks seem to fly by. Most of us look forward to the end of the working week and for many, Friday represents a ‘finish line.’ Weekends are great because our routines… Continue Reading >

School week stress? Useful hints to achieve a balanced family life.

Most of us look forward to the end of the working week.  For many, Friday represents a ‘finish line.’ As school routines and work commitments collide, weeks still seem to fly by. Then, before we know it, it’s time to… Continue Reading >

Delving deeper into your child’s favourite story.

Think back to your own childhood. What was your favourite kids’ book? Depending on your   ‘vintage’ answers will vary. As a little girl, I remember loving the classics; Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm,  ‘The Five Chinese Brothers’ but mainly… Continue Reading >

FAMILY SAFETY: What we learnt after having a HOUSE FIRE.  

One saved photo of a precious family memory – (camping along the Murray River.)   You might think that a house fire will never happen to your family. I hope it doesn’t! However, despite our best efforts to keep our… Continue Reading >

On a tight budget? 5 easy ways to support Home Reading

By Susan Spelic   With childcare fees through the roof and the increasing cost of living, families are faced with the dilemma of how juggle bills, while accessing quality reading materials for their kids. With the holiday season fast approaching… Continue Reading >

WHAT’S IN A NAME? (Exploring letters and sounds)

By Susan Spelic   Cuddling with our kids for a relaxing bedtime story is a beautiful routine. Regular reading and talking with our kids about our day (without distractions) develops oral language, vocabulary and feelings of security while building a… Continue Reading >

‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained’ – fostering kids’ independence.

When we see our kids struggling to do an independent task, it can be difficult to watch as they are frustrated and it’s a challenge to resist helping them.  We want our kids to succeed but how can we foster… Continue Reading >

Different strokes for different folks- parenting is no different.

As adults, we often talk to each other about our kids and our own parenting decisions. Some parents overshare, while a few may withdraw. Some may look to each other for advice and sometimes, for validation. Without realising it, we… Continue Reading >



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