Wordless Wonders

Wordless Wonders - A booklist of our favourite wordless picture books - tinystepsmakebigstrides.com

I am a huge fan of the wordless picture book – there is something quite intriguing about a story with no words.  Over the years we have collected quite a few and read dozens from the library.  Check our list of favourites below.  Continue reading

Books about friendship

10 Books about friendship - tinystepsmakebigstrides.com

School is now in full swing here in Australia.  This year we have seen lots of changes in our home as everyone now goes to a new school.  One of the biggest challenges we face as parents is helping our kids navigate the path of life.  We are again the new face in the hall!  Here is our pick of the best books about friendship – the highs, the lows and everything in between. Continue reading

10 Ways To Connect And Avoid The Summer Slide!

10 ways to connect and avoid the summer slide - tinystepsmakebigstrides.com

The summer slide is talked about often —it may sound like a great playground ride, but the reality for lots of children is that reading and maths achievement decline over the summer months and the effects can be long lasting. Children don’t just lose academic skills over the summer, physical fitness can also be impacted when too much time is Continue reading

20 Amazing Outer Space Books for Kids

20 Amazing Outer Space Books For Kids - tinystepsmakebigstrides.com

When it comes to science one of the favourite topics in our home is outer space! Learning about the stars, planets and astronauts is always exciting, as it is just one of those final frontiers that we don’t quite know what is out there and it is full of mystery. Continue reading

5 Must Visit Bookshops In Perth

5 Must Visit Bookshops of Perth - tinystepsmakebigstrides.com

There is something quite enchanting about a local independent bookstore.  They are a treasure trove of inspiration – it is like stepping into another world.  Here in Perth we are so very fortunate to have so many. They are places that once you are in, it can be so very hard to peel yourself away; book shopping is my favourite type of shopping.  I can’t walk past a bookshop without having a look around and that normally involves purchasing a book or two. Continue reading

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

99 Screen-Free Activities

99 screen-free activities from tinystepsmakebigstrides.comMonday 30 April 2018 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 +1 ideas to help you reset your digital addiction, get back to nature, enjoy family time and be creative.  The +1 is because this year we found clay making and I had to add it!

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How Do You Prepare For NAPLAN? Part 1 – Reading

NAPLAN jingle

A jingle we use to calm the nerves

Love it or hate it the standardized test is here to stay, at least for a while yet!  There is no doubt that many schools now teach to the test and this is a sad state of affairs but who can blame them? We live in a world of statistics and tables and everybody is running for first place. Continue reading