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Teacher feeling overwhelmed by children's classroom behaviour

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Teacher feeling overwhelmed by children's classroom behaviour

A letter to the teacher who feels like they're just not getting anywhere with their students.   I see you every morning, pacing your classroom before school has even started.   You're reading the role of your students, and you're already worrying about whether Jack is going to have another meltdown, whether you have made enough progress with Sam, and whether Elizabeth will put her hand up during circle time AGAIN today.   Your heart is racing as you wait for the day to start. You're looking around to anyone who can help to ease your worries, and calm your...

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Early childhood education - building connection with children is key

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Early childhood education - building connection with children is key

Early childhood education - building connection with children is key I recently saw a photo of my primary school admin lady's face on Instagram, and I cried.   Now I know that sounds really random. But my primary school admin lady, was the only person, who took the time to smile at me, and say good morning to me, every weekday of my early education life.   Some of my primary school teachers acknowledged my existence every day, but to be honest most of my primary school teachers struggled to connect with me.   There were reasons for that.  ...

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What does crossing the midline mean?

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What does crossing the midline mean?

What does crossing the midline mean?   The Child Development Centre describes crossing the midline as the ability to "move our arm or leg across the middle of our body to perform a task. Before midline crossing is well established, children are usually observed to engage in tasks on only one side of their body, e.g.: reaching for an item placed on their left side with only their left hand." (https://www.cdchk.org/parent-tips/what-is-crossing-the-midline/)       When I observe children who haven't yet developed their crossing the midline skills, I see behaviours like: Picking up a jigsaw puzzle piece with their right...

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Support for children who are struggling to learn to read

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Support for children who are struggling to learn to read

I want to introduce you to a primary school student that I worked with who was struggling to learn to read. For this article I will call her 'Sally'.   Sally is in Grade 1, and is 7 years old. Sally's teacher approached me for my support, because Sally was struggling to grasp her 'gold' and 'red' words, which were some of the beginning sight words that children aged 5 to 6 years of age were reading.   To work out how I could help Sally, I firstly sat and observed Sally trying to read her gold and red sight...

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What makes children school ready? How do I know my child is ready for school?

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What makes children school ready? How do I know my child is ready for school?

What makes children 'school ready'? How do I know my child is ready for school?   This is a question I get asked every week from playgroups, kindergartens, and early learning educators. As a mum of 3 children, I understand how hard it can be to know whether our children are ready for school or not. In my own experience, my oldest daughter was physically and academically ready, but not socially ready. My son was academically ready, but not physically or socially ready.   As a parent, we just want to try our best to give our children the best...

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