How to Teach your Child to Read
If you are a parent with a child in Kindy or Year 1 then you may be interested in our Learn to Read program. It is designed for parents who want to teach their child to read and write. If you have a child who is ready to learn to read and write then this is for YOU!
You can enroll anytime and start teaching your child the alphabet letters and letter sounds and give them a head start to learning. There are 72 step by step lessons that include all your worksheets for each lesson. There is also bonus material, letter pronunciation audio files, audio stories, an audio ABC song and links to our online learning activities. We've had some great reviews and success stories so far, so if you're serious about helping your child with their reading and writing this year... then this is the way to go.
Thank you for your help. It took 5 months for my 5 year old to start reading her first story. Awesome!
My 6 year old son finally started reading using your program. What his Kindy and Year 1 teacher couldn't do I achieved with him using your course every day for 4 months solid.
It's a miracle to see my child read her first words all by herself. I'm soooo proud of her. Thank you for this course, she'll start Kindy this year and is miles ahead already. Thank you again!
Louise, United States
I have an 7 year old who has autism and is heaps behind in reading. When I first started this course I thought it was to babyish for him but a few weeks into it and he just went from the lowest grade to almost working at his level. His teacher couldn't believe it and I'm very proud of his achievement. Thank you for your program that helped him gain his confidence in reading and writing.
There are just so many worksheets and activities to choose from that it's simply value for money. We've been at it for nearly 2 months but I think it will take us a whole year to work through it. My child has a learning disability and can't cope with flashy screens and loud noises that most computer programs make so this program is a lifesaver. Simple to use, great worksheets, easy to follow lessons and my daughter loves it. P.S. Thank you for your help when I enrolled.
Lisa, homeschool mum, SA
Great course for my 5 year old. It's encouraging to see him writing his alphabet and doing the worksheets. He hangs every worksheet on his bedroom wall :-)
How to Manage your Classroom
There are many facets to teaching and classroom management is one of the most important issues. Without proper classroom management you will get eaten alive by your students... no matter what grade you teach! Let's look at some teaching strategies you can implement in your classroom.
Active Learning - Active learning is what students should do in a classroom and not passive learning. Active learning is everything students do in your classroom and it improves students' understanding and retention of information and can be very effective in developing higher order cognitive skills such as problem solving and critical thinking.
Critical Thinking - Critical thinking are all those mental activities students do and include the ability to have intuition and be able to clarify what they say or mean. Students should also be able to reflect, connect, discuss, and judge on their work and the work of others (depending on level of study of course).
Discussion Strategies - Discussions within the classroom should be meaningful and engage students. Their discussions will deepen their learning and motivation abilities and develop their own views and give them the opportunity to actually hear their own voices. Encouraging students to talk (debating) in the classroom is a good environment for interaction enhancing the discussion strategy.
Collaborative / Cooperative Learning - Collaborative and cooperative learning are very much of an instructional approach in which students work together in small groups in order to accomplish a common learning goal.This strategy needs to be carefully planned and does not require permanently formed groups although some teachers have done so in the past. It will also assist problem learners.
Experiential Learning - Experiential learning is an approach to todays education focusing on "learning by doing,"or what many call hands-on learning, the hands-on approach. The teaching strategy is for the educator to design "direct experiences" and should include preparatory and reflective exercises. Learn by doing such as playing educational games, experimenting with different materials or simulating a situation.
Games / Experiments / Simulations - Games, experiments and simulations are wonderful rich learning environments for students of all ages. Students today are growing up playing games and using interactive tools such as the Internet, phones, iPod, iPad, Nintendo, xBox and many more devices. The idea of using games and simulations is for students to solve real-world problems in a safe environment and enjoy themselves while doing so. Make sure these activities are limited and don't consume precious study time.
The above teaching strategies are just a few of many which educators can implement within the classroom. Feel free to browse through this site and discover many challenging ideas and gems to enhance your teaching career. Having done a teaching degree at University is sometimes just not enough to bring about that change required for your students to succeed. Sometimes you need a little help and hopefully you will find something useful on this web site to add to your resources.
How to Prepare a Lesson Plan in less than 5 Minutes
Recently I expressed my concerns about children playing games without educational value. Of course there needs to be some element of fun in children's lives and therefore I believe that senseless shoot em' up games needs to be restricted in order for young children to develop into well adjusted social persons.
The following games provided within this area are interactive and provide a fun way to perhaps achieve some of the students' outcomes. Activities may be chosen by students, parents or teachers and are designed to provide an interest in maths, english, science, art and general knowledge. It takes only a couple of minutes to click on the link, look at the activity and provide your learners with the good news of ... let's PLAY a GAME. Your lesson plan is prepared in less than 5 minutes.
Many students place high value on video games, online games and downloadable games for relaxation, pleasure or something to share with their friends. These games incorporate an element of fun combined with a constructive educational value. Teachers could utilize certain gaming software within their curriculum and parents could encourage educational gaming software to further their child's learning.