10 Ways to Create Learning Spaces for Literacy

Learning occurs best in a social context - that is, we learn best when we are allowed to share ideas, ask questions and engage in problem-solving with others.  Learning should be a joy for children and promote a sense of confidence and competence.  Students of all abilities learn best when they feel safe, in control and unhurried. 

It's important to recognize that gaining skill...

Positive experiences around reading: 8 helpful tips for teachers and parents

I am frequently asked, "How can I improve my child's writing?" or "How can I improve my child's understanding of maths?"  You might be surprised to hear that I often suggest reading is the fundamental skill that can help to develop knowledge in other areas of the curriculum.  Time and time again I see students who are great at practical maths but fall down in problem solving.

5 Tips to Fine Tune NAPLAN Preparation

The NAPLAN debate is always re-invigorated at this time every year. The testing window this year has been moved to Term 1 and has added extra navigation for teachers.  However, this standardised testing with a national benchmark, gives educators and parents a view into how an individual student is performing amongst their peers (particularly after a couple of disruptive scholastic years).  I...

Unleashing Potential: Empowering Boys to Soar Beyond Coasting

Many of my articles focus on improving literacy for boys who are below standard literacy levels.  But what about the boys who 'coast' and don't challenge themselves?  Boys dislike learning that is too easy, but of course at the same time they do not want learning to be too difficult.  In teaching, the principle of 'optimal challenge' is what we aim for: it is the balance between learn...

Outstanding Results from School Using LFB and LFK

One of Queensland's largest State Primary schools has received outstanding results from using Literacy for Kids and Literacy for Boys programs.

The recent study has seen participants' results improve significantly.   Tested age for spelling, reading & comprehension improved by up to 52 weeks in just 18 weeks using the program!  Yes, some learners ma...

Getting students to write

Resources for reluctant writers – in the classroom and at home

We had a huge response to last week's article about increasing Students' Writing Stamina!  Lots and lots of emails from both parents and teachers about writing challenges.  Writing is back-breaking, mind-breaking work.  Kids (boys especially!) might ask: What's the point?  

So we thought we'd publish engaging resources such as free printables, that you can use today to inspire kids t...

Improving Writing Stamina: 5 Common Challenges and How to Help Students

Why do certain students possess the ability to write continuously while others find it challenging to put down even a few sentences? What exactly is meant by "writing stamina"? After poor national writing results last year, writing is high on many schools’ priority list. One of the most common challenges that I hear is “My students lack writing stamina”.

This is why it’...

Track Each Boy’s Progress and Improve their Outcomes with Literacy for Boys

We understand: conventional teaching techniques might not consistently engage boys. We've seen it firsthand and literacy data supports this. At Literacy for Boys, our goal is to introduce innovative methods that inject enthusiasm into learning, ensuring it's enjoyable for boys of every age.

New to our pl...

Parents – get the results you want! Special Naplan offer

Parents: get the results you want.  Special NAPLAN preparation offer: extra bonus level for 3 months!


LFK: Identify comprehension gaps with these reading cards

Note for Teachers and Parents

Are your students easily confused when reading texts on their own? Boost every student's comprehension skills with these visually appealing A4 cards.

These cards make reading more interactive for kids. By 'turning-and-talking', these cards get students talking about what they are reading DURING readin...