Category: School Readiness

Is your child ready for school? What Kindergarten teachers say

Around this time of the year, many parents of 4-5 year olds are pulling their (sometimes scant) hair out trying to decide whether their children should start school next year.  Experts of all stripes claim to be able to tell...

/ 5 October 2015

Is your child ready for school? Focusing on what matters most

School readiness is a controversial concept.  In Australia, Commonwealth and State governments expect children to be ready for school at around 5 years of age – regardless of their developmental history or family background. What is school readiness? Most research has...

/ 5 January 2015

Beyond school readiness: 7 signs that your kindergarten, year 1 or year 2 child may have a language delay

There are some fantastic school readiness checklists and speech-language programs out there to help you help your child develop the language skills necessary for his or her first day at big school.  But what signs of language delay should you...

/ 29 March 2014

Do we spend too much time on rhyming books? What else should we do to prepare pre-schoolers to read?

Duck in the Truck The Cat in the Hat Madeline, with her vines and twelve little girls in two straight lines All great, fun books to read aloud – my sons love them; and so do I. But do we...

/ 18 February 2014