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10 Strategies For Helping Individuals With Learning Disabilities

Parents, teachers, and employers should aim to provide a quiet area for learning and working that is away from distractions. Material should be presented in small units, as individuals with learning disabilities often have difficulty with long and detailed instructions but can process and follow smaller chunks of information. ...

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Making the Most of School Holidays

In those idyllic days, twenty five years ago, when my own children were just starting school, the school holidays were looked forward to with much anticipation.  As a teacher, life for us at this time was so much easier than for other parents, because our holidays meant time together. It was a time for having experiences outside the scho...

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What not to say to emerging readers

This is a great video by Amy Mascott of teachmama.com explaining how to help maximise your child's learning during reading practice.     ...

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2016 NAPLAN Results - How does Queensland stack up?

Despite showing some improvement from previous years, Queensland still clearly trails Australia in terms of average scores across all years and disciplines according to the 2016 preliminary NAPLAN results. Of the four years and five learning areas assessed, the only mean scale score in Queensland that was higher than the Australian average wa...

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Preparing your child for kindergarten

In a recent episode of "Call the Midwife", the final words  were something like this: "We are shaped by the hands we cherish and hold in ours and then gently let go." This statement made me think of children starting Kindergarten.  During my years as a kindergarten and early childhood teacher I witnessed ...

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