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10 Reasons To Love Finger Painting

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Why is it finger painting is often left at preschool? As my children move through the school system, I notice that it is mostly about sitting, following closed instructions and when they are free to move around, games lessons with yet more rules!   Continue reading “10 Reasons To Love Finger Painting”

Spelling Tests Don’t Work

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I really hate spelling lists, you know the ones that come out on a Monday and a test is on a Friday.  The ones that have badly spelt words from the previous week or they are from some list that was concocted from a high frequency words list or worse still a topic vocabulary list! Continue reading “Spelling Tests Don’t Work”

10 Great Places To Climb A Tree In Perth

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We have been on the lookout in Perth for great trees to climb, perch, balance and swing from.  Do you have a favourite place to climb trees?

Most kids love climbing – rocks, climbing walls, rope structures and trees to name but a few.  Trees unlike purpose built structures are uneven and this is what is so good about climbing them, it’s all about the thinking.  For more benefits of climbing trees see our recent post on 5 Research Backed Reasons to Climb Trees Here.
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5 Reasons To Climb A Tree

5 reasons to climb a tree today - tinystepsmakebigstrides.com

Do you let your kids climb trees?  Like most kids, my kids love to climb just about anything.  There are so many reasons to climb a tree – yes you can fall out of a tree – there are risks involved! However, there are risks involved in using a playground or going swimming.  Continue reading “5 Reasons To Climb A Tree”

10 Amazing Resources For Beginning Readers

10 amazing resources for beginning readers

Here are 10 amazing resources that will help your children become actively involved in the reading process. Children learn best by investigating, discovering and exploring new information.  A Multisensory approach to learning and processing information is the best way to learn. If you think about it anything engaging in life involves more than 1 sense — actively involve your children in the learning process!

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20 Fun Ways To Learn The Alphabet

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Learning to read is the most important thing your child will do during their primary years.  It is a complex process that takes considerable practice.  We are not hardwired to read in the same way we are to speak.   It all comes down to deciphering a picture like code and fitting the pieces together to make meaning. Continue reading “20 Fun Ways To Learn The Alphabet”

99 Screen-Free Activities

99 screen-free activities from tinystepsmakebigstrides.comMonday May 1 2017 is the start of International Screen-Free Week.  Are you going screen-free this year?  There is no doubt that screen time has become an integral part of school, home and work. Screens have become a huge distraction in our lives, so this year we have decided to be screen-free for the next week at home. Here is a list of 99 ideas to help you reset your digital addiction, get back to nature, enjoy family time and be creative.

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How Do You Prepare For NAPLAN? Part 4 Maths

Practical mathsAs a subject maths can translate to the real world easily.   Maths is all around us from baking, to catching the train, to doing DIY. Maths is also a visual subject, just by using Lego, counters or small toys like trash packs or shopkins etc the manipulation bring numbers to life.   Maths cannot be taught just by pushing numbers, shapes and coins around a page, they have to be manipulated to experience real maths. Clock hands need to be turned and angles need to be made.  Just by drawing angles or clock hands falls short of the real maths experience every child deserves.

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