Helping Your Child Write

One thing I often hear as a teacher is the difficulty of getting reluctant writers to write. Unfortunately, despite all the advances in technology, writing is still a very important skill to learn, however, for our children, writing isn’t as… 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 >

How to balance screen time with reading time

By Gemma Brown   According to a survey conducted by YouGov and Scholastic, 75% of parents with kids aged 6-17 agreed with the statement: “I wish my child would do more things that did not involve screen time.” The report… Continue Reading >

Communicating with confidence is the priority!

There are 1.2 million Australians with communication disability. Speech pathologists like Freeda Thong from Youthrive in Springfield work with these Australians to provide them with the confidence to communicate. “In Australia today, communication disability is largely invisible. Unseen and out-of-sight,”… Continue Reading >

Tips for Tackling Difficult Conversations

One of the toughest parts of being a parent is having to tackle difficult conversations. Let’s face it, no-one wants to deal with the challenging talks that seem to be an inevitable part of life.  Whether you’ve been called in… Continue Reading >

Fun Ways to Keep Children Learning During School Holidays

Understandably, it can be difficult for children to remain motivated and engaged with their learning while on holidays. After all, they’ve just spent the past two or three months reading, writing, counting and problem-solving, so it’s only fair that they’re… Continue Reading >

Brain Gym for Stress Management

Brain Gym movements unite the brain, body and the senses improving overall brain function in areas such as concentration, memory recall, reading and writing, organisation skills, physical coordination and more.  When you can access more areas of the brain, and use… Continue Reading >

Where have all the Christmas cards gone?

Where have all the Christmas cards gone? I mean seriously, I remember when I was still younger and we receive Christmas cards from my Aunt and Uncle with special greetings for Christmas and New Year. Sometimes you would be lucky… 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 >