How to Help Boys and Teens with Improving their Reading

No matter how prepared you may have felt at the start of 2020,  there’s no doubt this year was nothing like you expected. The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it new parenting and educational challenges for all of us. 

Schools and parents came to us with questions about virtual, at-home learning and literacy programs for the classroom and we supported more than a thousand students with...

2020/21 Reading Challenge for Kids and Teens

Dear Teachers and Parents, do any of these scenarios sound familiar?

  • Your 13 year old only wants to read fantasy. If you see another book cover with a dragon on it, you’re going to hide it!
  • You see all the reading challenge posts popping up, but your kids don't enjoy reading ..........you feel like a reading challenge will never happen.
  • Your fourth-grade...

Designing a Literacy Program for Schools and Parents

What does it take to create and maintain a successful school literacy program? How do you engage the low achievers? Extend those with higher abilities?  Help students to make it clear what they need to improve?  How can I make Grammar and Punctuation 'fun'?  I found out not so long ago when I was frustrated at trying to find English activities that appealed to my students.

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Improving Childrens’ Writing Skills: 10 Easy Tips

Aside from COVID, Australian students' writing performance has gained a lot of attention this year, especially in the middle years where NAPLAN data is analysed.

While the junior and middle years are the building blocks for writing, it is the senior years where our students are faced with high-stakes English exams.

So it's important to understand why effective writing skills ...

Beat the Study Stress: Top 5 tips for student organisation

Helping our students to study smarter and not harder is the goal at the tail-end of every term.  Many students say that they are stressed and overwhelmed. Let's look at how can we equip our students with better organisation and time management tools to reduce their stress.  The 'tools' to add to their toolbox include goal setting, note-taking, planning, self ad...

Helping boys close the reading gap

Up to 25% of children struggle with learning to read. It's not their fault. We offer a solution for schools and parents.

Our program, for use in primary and secondary schools, is uniquely placed to be effective as it caters especially to boys. Literacy for Boys offers a variety of engaging topics that appeal to boys' interests and learning styles. Our program is grounded in evidence-...

Comprehende? Helping kids “get it”: 6 Reading Strategies for Parents and Teachers

Helping boys with comprehension is paramount.  But with so many strategies and theories, no wonder parents (& sometimes teachers!) are overwhelmed.  Do any of these sound familiar?
 

“James often plows right through reading, decoding words but not comprehending.”

“I can tell that Samuel doesn’t get the meaning as he works through a page...

An inspirational, MUST WATCH clip – recognising the potential in our students

Take a few minutes to watch this inspiring video about seeing the value in our children and the students that we teach.

One of the best parts of being a teacher is definitely those 'Mr Jensen' mom...

Program that is helping teachers lift the literacy rates of their students

The comparably low levels of reading performance of Australian primary and secondary students compared to international benchmarks has been high on the agenda of policy-makers and education professionals for many years.  Our PISA report card showed that Australia has slumped to 16th in reading, the domain PISA focuses on most and uses to generate its overall ranking scores...

Why Write? Tips for reluctant writers

Why write when so many forces in the world seem to intercept writing?  Writing is back-breaking, mind-breaking work.  Kids (boys especially!) might ask: Why bother? Many adults don't know how to teach writing to their kids or to encourage it at home. Or they might be insecure about their own writing, passing that reluctance onto their children. But writing skills are very import...