Parents are good at intentional teaching

This short post builds on the previous one focused on Intentional Teaching. When parents teach children to do something – they expect that the child will quickly start to build increasing control of the new process. Think about the parent teaching a child to do up their buttons. They do not start the teaching processContinue reading “Parents are good at intentional teaching”

Intentional teaching: what is it?

Hi everyone, I trust you are all keeping well and avoiding first-hand experience with COVID 19. This post has been bubbling around in my head for a while. It has come about because of teachers asking me for a definition or explanation of ‘Intentional Teaching’. I hope this very short post helps remove some ofContinue reading “Intentional teaching: what is it?”

Helping your child with reading: 3. Children reading BY themselves

This is the third of three short posts for parents who have children who are learning to read. The first post focused on reading TO your child/ren, the second on reading WITH your child/ren and this third one offers some support for helping your child to read for themselves. What is reading?     . .Continue reading “Helping your child with reading: 3. Children reading BY themselves”

Helping your child with reading: 2. Reading WITH your child

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” Kate Di Camillo This is the second of three short posts designed for parents of children who are learning how to read. The first of the series focused on reading TO your child/ren.Continue reading “Helping your child with reading: 2. Reading WITH your child”

Helping your child with reading: 1 Reading Aloud

The following is the first in a series of 3 posts designed for parents who have children who are still learning how to read. The first thing to remember is that the main aim is for children to want to read – stress and anxiety or too much pressure can lead to children who knowContinue reading “Helping your child with reading: 1 Reading Aloud”

Draw, Talk, Write (and Share)

This post connects to two earlier posts on this Blog. If you find the topic of interest, I suggest you also read ‘Understanding and Supporting Young Writers‘ and ‘Creating or locating ‘hooks’ for teaching writing in the early years”. Writing is an effortful activity. To write something that it is easy to read and understand isContinue reading “Draw, Talk, Write (and Share)”

Creating or locating ‘hooks’ for teaching writing in the early years

Last week I had the privilege of working with NSW DoE Instructional Leaders at the EAfS Conference in Sydney. This posting builds on one of those sessions. Those of you who were in the session where I demonstrated how you cannot hang a coat on a wall unless there is a hook on the wall,Continue reading “Creating or locating ‘hooks’ for teaching writing in the early years”

Putting the power into Interactive writing

Interactive Writing is one of the most powerful teaching strategies for teaching children how to: Compose; Record; Edit; and publish. But it can also provide the opportunity to teach concepts about print, sentence structure, spelling strategies, punctuation, and even handwriting – all in 10-15 minutes per day. The goal of Interactive writing is to “teachContinue reading “Putting the power into Interactive writing”

Children’s names: important first words to study

  Being able to write their name is a source of pride for all young children. It is this special word that helps children understand that words hold meaning. It is this special word that also helps them to understand the difference between pictures and words. In the drawing below, Ruby, only 2 years andContinue reading “Children’s names: important first words to study”

Learning to ‘look at’ and ‘write’ the letters of the Alphabet

Apologies for the long break between postings. Life has been a bit crazy over the past 12 months but I am planning to get back into doing postings quite regularly This Blog posting is informed by the first part of the following book chapter. The chapter will give you a much richer picture of thisContinue reading “Learning to ‘look at’ and ‘write’ the letters of the Alphabet”