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Love2Read for 10 minutes a day

Why you should Love2Read with your child

Children begin to learn about language and reading from the day they are born. Research shows that the more exposure children have to books before starting school, the easier they learn to read. There are a number of reasons for this.

  • Children learn how to use books from seeing others read

  • While listening to stories children are exposed to new vocabulary and concepts

  • Exposure to letters and words helps children to recognise letters and their names and sounds

  • Children begin to develop a bank of sight words that they can recognise without sounding out the letters
  • Children improve read comprehension skills by being exposed to a range of text types
  • Children develop more language skills from birth, to the age of three years, than they do at any other time so it is important to start early

The Reading Hour

Parents live busy lives, but if you can find 10 minutes, most days, to read to your children, it soon adds up to a whole hour. Just an hour a week of reading is an excellent way to introduce literacy to children and begin encouraging children to Love2Read.

The Reading Hour is the perfect time to start reading regularly to your child and help spread the word about the importance of reading to children.

Join in

This year’s reading hour is from 5pm till 6pm on Saturday the 24th August. We encourage you to make a commitment to reading to your child for 10 minutes a day and join us in reading to your child during The Reading Hour. Help us to promote The Reading Hour and encourage other parents to join us by posting the title of the book you will be reading to your child during The Reading Hour, or a photo of you reading to your child, on Facebook. 

If need some inspiration finding great picture books to read to your child, check out our top ten children’s books for book week.

Dont forget to use our Facebook comment box below to help us spread the word that ten minutes a day is all it takes to give your child a positive introduction to reading!

I look forwards to hearing which books you will be reading.

Tip: Break up your child’s reading and spelling practise

Today’s Tip

Regular, short learning sessions are more effective than one long session. Break up your child’s reading and spelling practise over the week to make it more manageable and more effective.

NAIDOC Week Activity

NAIDOC week is a time to celebrate traditional, indigenous culture in Australia and recognise the contributions of indigenous Australians.

This NAIDOC week we have a fun, letter shape recognition activity, inspired by traditional dot painting.

This is such an easy, yet fun activity and the repetitive nature of creating the dots helps children to  consolidate their recognition of letter shapes.

Write a letter that you are working on, onto a piece of paper. Ask your child what the letter’s name and sound is and practise saying it together.

Show your child how to create dots using paint and a cotton bud. Ask your child to go over the letter outline that you have created using bright, paint dots. You could also explain to your child that dot painting is a traditional form of painting originally done by Aboriginal people.

Use other colours to make dots around the letter shape that your child has traced over with dots.

Your child’s finished dot paintings can be displayed and used as letter recognition cards. We would love to see some of your creations on Facebook.

Today’s Tip

Each week, attach your child’s spelling words to the back of the car seat so that they can practise while you drive.

How to know what to teach your child – Sneak Peek

Each month we will introduce to you one of the useful features in our member’s area to ensure that you get the most out of your time with us. This month we are looking at how you can use our assessment checklists, in our Letter Names and Sounds program, to figure out what to teach your child. 

It can be tricky to know where to start when you decide to teach your child the phonetic sounds of the alphabet. You don’t want to start with something that is too difficult because that is the quickest way to switch your child off from learning, but at the same time, you don’t want to be rehashing things that your child can already do competently. 

The best way to learn where to start is to do a simple assessment before teaching anything. By doing a pre-assessment you will find out what your child knows, what they are aware of but need practice with and what they need to learn from scratch. You can use the assessments in each unit of our Letter Names and Sounds program to do this. 

The simple assessments are in the form of a checklist, which makes them really easy to do and provides you with valuable information about what your child knows. Simply ask your child each question on the checklist and record their response. You will soon see what your child needs to learn and will be able to organise where you will start. 

After teaching a unit of work, go back and complete the checklist again. This time you will be able to see what your child has successfully learned and what they still need help with. Using the assessment checklist in this way will ensure that your child has retained all the information taught before moving on to another unit. It also ensures that children are not left with gaps in their education that will cause literacy difficulties later on.  

Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) or Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is a disorder that affects the way sounds are processed and interpreted by the brain. A child with an Auditory Processing Disorder may have perfect hearing, but will become confused when trying to process information that is heard. This results in the child not understanding the message being given, or in the incorrect interpretation of the sounds heard. There are a number of types of Auditory Processing Disorders and each affect the processing and interpretation of sounds differently.

What causes Ausitory Processing Disorder?

Auditory Processing Disorder is believed to be a neurological disorder of the central auditory nervous system. Brain functions associated with sound processing, and short-term memory, do not work effectively in children with APD. This can be due to a neurological developmental issue or a head trauma. Auditory Processing Disorders are not believed to have a bearing on IQ.

How does Auditory Processing Disorder affect learning?

The most common learning issues include;

  • Difficulty distinguishing between letter sounds
  • Reading difficulties
  • Poor spelling
  • Poor recognition of sight words
  • Difficulty comprehending meaning
  • Difficulty distinguishing between statements, questions and jokes
  • Difficulty understanding or remembering and following instructions
  • Difficulty paying attention to a speaker

How is Auditory Processing Disorder diagnosed?

You or your child’s teacher or childcare provider will probably be the first to identify the possibility of Auditory Processing Disorder. Initially, you may mistake auditory processing difficulties as a hearing or behaviour problem. If you have concerns talk to your child’s teacher or childcare provider about their observations and then visit your doctor to discuss your observations.

How is Auditory Processing Disorder treated?

There are a number of methods used to treat Auditory Processing Disorders. Although the disorder cannot be cured, teachers and other professionals, focus on developing sound recognition and short-term memory skills that will help the child to use and understand language more effectively. Learning activities specific to each individual child’s needs are used to develop these skills.

What now?

  • Download our Auditory Processing Disorder mini e-book to read about APD in more detail
  • Download our Auditory Processing Disorder Checklist
  • Make an appointment with your childs teacher or doctor to discuss your concerns
  • Read our tips on communicating effectivly with children who have APD
  • Use our Letter Names and Sounds program to practise sound recognition

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