early learning

Learning in the Classroom

Learning Or Classroom Management? Learning in the classroom should be about constructing meanings within social contexts, relationships and languages. However, traditional or behavioural approaches to learning focus on addressing student behaviour and classroom management. Students learn the ‘right’ knowledge through memorisation and practice. This type of learning requires the teachers’ job to break down complex…

what is dyslexia

The Reading Development Process

Stages of the Reading Development Process Readers go through three stages of the reading development process – as they develop word recognition abilities. In the first stage they develop a beginning knowledge of the nature of written language and its relationship to speech. They learn how print functions, the letters of the alphabet and learn…

phonological awareness

Developing Phonological Awareness

What is Phonological Awareness? Phonological awareness is the awareness of sounds in spoken words.  It is also the awareness that words can be broken into onsets and rimes.  These sounds are revealed by abilities such as rhyming, matching initial consonants and counting the number of sounds in spoken words.  These tasks can be difficult for…

learning difficulties reading fluency

How to Improve Reading Fluency

Learning Difficulties and Reading Fluency Students with reading difficulties have an inability to read fluently as compared to their more skilled peers. They are unable to read passages smoothly with appropriate expression. They can also experience problems when it comes to comprehending what they are reading. In fact, reading fluency has a critical link between…

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Multisensory Learning

What is Multisensory Learning? We often hear about Multisensory Learning, but what exactly is it? When learning, we use our senses to process information.  Our brain is capable of processing information using multiple senses such as visual, auditory and tactile senses along with motion, known as kinesthetic learning.  The combination of learning through multiple senses…

what is dyslexia

Anxiety and Learning Difficulties

Many Children with Learning Difficulties Suffer from Anxiety Teachers may not recognise that the child is suffering from anxiety and learning difficulties and may assume that the child who doesn’t give a correct answer or respond to a question or direction is incapable of understanding the task. In many cases, however, the child does not…

homeschooling in australia

Students With Reading Disabilities

How to Help Students With Reading Disabilities How to Help Students in Kindergarten with Reading Disabilities Many Kindergarten children enter school with poor phonological awareness and this is particularly true for students with learning and reading disabilities.  Along with letter-sound knowledge, they may lack general information and word meanings.  They may also be unfamiliar with story structure…

the rise of homeschooling

The Rise of Homeschooling

Homeschooling in Australia There are ten thousand students that are registered for homeschooling nationally. However, it’s estimated that there are around another ten thousand students that aren’t registered that are doing homeschooling. If registration was made easier for parents, then this number would not be as high, along with having more data available to find…