Tag: pre-literacy skills

Reading with – not to – your pre-schoolers: how to do it better (and why)

Most parents know that reading books with their kids is important. But many parents don’t know why exactly. And it’s not as if parents get issued with an instruction book about how to read books with their kids for the...

/ 17 May 2017

Preparing your pre-schooler to learn to read: skills to focus on first

What can we do to help our pre-schoolers get ready to read without being accused of helicopter-parenting? A lazy Google search will confirm there are loads of courses and programs marketed to worried parents of pre-schoolers. Many are not supported...

/ 1 May 2017

Learn to love being stuck in traffic with your kids: here’s how

If, like me, you live in a city with limited public transport and terrible roads, you’ll spend lots of time in the car with your kids. For some of us, that time can feel wasted. Lost. Dead. But it doesn’t...

/ 13 June 2016

Come on Dad! What we can do to help our kids’ language development

As my wife and sisters tell me from time-to-time: it’s not babysitting when it’s playing with your own kids! I’m not going to lie, though. Lots of the research on kids and language development assumes Mum is doing most of the...

/ 29 May 2016

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