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Proud of 10% increase in Literacy Skills as well as Maths Skills after a year of hard work at Mzoxolo Primary School using Book 3 This is the Grade 3 class of 2014 at Mzoxolo Primary School in George.  I assisted these children for a year in literacy skills using Book 3.  We worked on hearing the sound correctly and … Read More

Introducing ‘i’ sound

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Learning a new sound can be very challenging and much repetition is needed.  A lovely way of repeating the same thing is doing an obstacle course.  The children discover letters and sounds by jumping, throwing, matching and posting pictures.   When leaning something new, children will learn more effectively using their senses.  Children at this age, enjoy discovering the shape … Read More

Homework Workshop



Homework Make it fun      Make it simple      Do it in less time Grade 1     Grade 2     Grade 3 Reading Homework Recommended List: *school reader *reading is fun workbook – by Lynne Marshall (I recommend this for all Grade R & Grade 1 learners) (Grade 2 & Grade 3 & Grade 4 with recommendation from … Read More

Why daydreaming is Critical to Effective Learning



by Katrina Schwartz   There’s no doubt there are more distractions bombarding students than there were 50 years ago. Most kids have cellphones, use social media, play games, watch TV and are generally more “plugged in” than ever before. This cultural shift means that in addition to helping students gain the transferable skills and knowledge they’ll need later in life, … Read More

Teaching spelling



Why some kids can’t spell and why spelling tests won’t help AUTHOR Misty Adoniou Senior Lecturer in Language, Literacy and TESL at University of Canberra Misty Adoniou is a Senior Lecturer in Language, Literacy and Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Canberra. She occasionally presents workshops in schools on the teaching of spelling.   A couple … Read More

Read Stories Together


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Spring is here! It is time to take out new stories and together be inspired and encouraged to use our imagination The importance of well-illustrated stories for young children are: 1.  The love of stories 2.  To use their imagination 3.  Language development:  sentence structure and vocabulary 4.  Expressive language:  discussing the story 5.  Pre-Reading skills:  what is a letter/what … Read More

Free Phoneme Worksheet for Grade 1



Playing with sounds in Grade 1 is very important for reading skills Grade 1’s really enjoyed this worksheet.  Write the initial sounds of each picture below the picture and make a word.  Sound out the word and read.  You can make additional activities like: 1.  write out the word 2.  build the word using individual letters 3.  make a sentence … Read More

Sight Word Games


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What are Sight Words? Sight Words are words that children need to recognise (not sound out) for fluent reading.  The Dolch Sight Word List progresses from one level to the next. Why is Sight Word Reading important for fluent reading The more words a child is able to recognise, even an an emerging reader, the more the child will enjoy … Read More

The Importance of Phonemic Awareness in Learning to Read


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Phonemic awareness is a critical skill for learning to read an alphabetically written language. Yet a fair amount of confusion, especially among educators, persists about what this skill is and why it is so important. Written for practitioners, this article describes phonemic awareness and discusses why it is a prerequisite for learning to read, … Read More

Improving Self-Esteem in Kids



Raising children with high self-esteem is an important part of raising children, and parents have the greatest influence on how their kids come to view themselves in the world around them. What Is Self-Esteem? Self-esteem is how one feels about oneself; how much a person likes, accepts, and respects him or herself overall as a person. What one thinks about … Read More