Sunday, September 7, 2014

Free access to Tumblebooks for Coffs City Library patrons and their families.


For kids and families, TumbleBooks lets you watch and listen to hundreds of e-books online, play a game,  watch a video, write a review..

To visit Tumblebooks at home you first need to visit the Coffs City Library page 

and then click on the Tumblebooks icon. 

Tumblebooks is subscription based.
 If you go straight to the Tumblebooks page you will be asked to register and sign in.
You need to go through the Coffs Harbour City Library page to  gain free access.
The Council is covering this fee so our community has access to this resource.

Thanks Coffs Harbour City Library.

Kids' who read, succeed!!! Cheers :-)

Birth order matters! Find out what it means for you and your family.

"Birth Order Does Matter
Some researchers believe birth order is as important as gender and almost as important as genetics. It gets back to the old nurture vs. nature business."  

                                         Human Behavior and Education Expert, Speaker, Author. Ph.D. Ed.D.
The Achiever, The Peacemaker, and The Life of The Party
"While the eldest child is programmed for excellence and achievement, the middle child is raised to be understanding and conciliatory and the baby seeks attention. As a result, birth order is a powerful variable in the unfolding of your personality.
Discover the effect of being The Lone Wolf: The Only Child.
Understanding that a first-born child feels highly responsible allows you to lighten their load and recognizing that the baby of the family is experiencing a more lenient environment can help you be more diligent in your discipline.
Click on the article link below for more information from her article:

The Achiever, the Peacemaker and the Life of the Party: How Birth Order Affects Personality

I really liked the final comments in: 

That Elusive Birth Order Effect and What it Means for You

Can birth order really shape your personality?
 "The moral of the story for parents is to look for your own biases and stereotypes about birth order as you think about what your children are capable of doing. Encourage them to teach each other, to define their own identities in the family, and to avoid labeling themselves based on their birth order.  Don’t let the lives of your children be dominated by the random forces that caused them to be born when they were."

How does this reflect your childhood and birth order? Does it ring true?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Wishing all the fathers and male carers a very happy Father's Day 2014

Happy Father's Day to all of our fathers and carers.
I hope you get plenty of time to relapse!

Thanks for all the things you do to keep us safe and make us happy!

You may enjoy reading the quotes about fathers by clicking on the link below.

Father's Day 2014: 20 quotes about fathers from Parentingideas

 Kids' who read, succeed!!!Cheers:-)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Our local Community of Schools works together to rid students of lice! Nitbusters!

"Understanding the biology and lifecycle of head lice will enable you to understand how to effectively treat and manage head lice in your family and school."
NSW Government Department of Health

"Head lice are only found on the human head. Head lice do not live on furniture, hats, bedding, carpet or anywhere else in the environment. Treating anything other than the human head does not eradicate head lice." Treatment of Head Lice NSW Government Department of Health

"Spring cleaning your home, washing bedding and toys and rigorous vacuum cleaning do not affect the head lice population on a human head." Biology NSW Government Department of Health

How do you catch head lice? "Head lice are caught from another human head. Head lice cannot survive off the human head for any length of time." Biology NSW Government Department of Health

"Head lice move from human hair to human hair."

"As no product has been shown to kill eggs, any chemical treatment must be reapplied after any eggs have hatched, ie. five to seven days after the first treatment." Biology NSW Government Department of Health

"Unfortunately, the management and treatment of head lice is surrounded by a large amount of misinformation and myth, particularly about their habits and what is and isn't an effective treatment." NSW Government Department of Health

To assist you to combat these annoying creatures:
NSWPublic Schools and NSWHealth present:

NSW DET video on head lice show you how to get rid of head lice.

NSWPublic Schools and NSWHealth present:

For further support and information go to

Please check your child’s hair regularly and if necessary apply a suitable product to remove the lice.

"Sometimes you may need to reapply the lotion two or even three times.

All eggs must be removed to successfully eradicate the lice.

We understand that it is a difficult and tiresome job to do
but unless all the eggs are removed  they can re-hatch over night."

 NSW Government Department of Health

For further support and information go to

To lighten the mood watch this video:

Kids' who read, succeed!!! Cheers :-)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Walk to school and enjoy the benefits.

Walk Safely to School Day      Friday 23 May 2014

Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual, national event when all Primary School children will be encouraged to walk and commute safely to school.

It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.

It will be held throughout Australia on Friday 23 May 2014. Read the recent Media Release.

Andrea Rowe blogs:

How did walking to school become the exception?

  • "There's a smaller proportion of children walking to school than at any time in history, but most parents say they'd prefer to walk if they could. So what's the problem?

Why aren't we walking our kids to school more often?

  • Andrea Rowe looks into the barriers and benefits of walking to school." 
  • The objectives of WSTSD are:
    • To encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.
    • To promote the health benefits of walking and help create regular walking habits at an early age.
    • To ensure that children up to 10 years old hold an adult's hand when crossing the road.
    • To help children develop the vital road-crossing skills they will need as they become mature pedestrians.
    • To reduce the car dependency habits that are being created at an early age and which will be difficult to change as children become adults.
    • To promote the use of Public Transport.
    • To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles.
    • To reduce the level of traffic congestion.

Further reading:
The Link Between Kids Who Walk or Bike to School and ConcentrationKids' who read, succeed!!! Cheers :-)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

WORLD Autism Awareness Day is just around the corner!

What is AUTISM?


Early Signs 

 Autism usually manifests in the first year of life; its onset is not later than 3 years. 

There are some  developmental landmarks to watch for as a child grows. These may be used as a guide to gauge a child's development.

 If there are any concerns about a child's development or if there is a loss of any skills at any age talk to a doctor as soon as possible.


Formal diagnosis of autism is performed by medical specialists.  

What is AUTISM?

  There are a number of different early intervention options to treat individuals on the autism spectrum. Diagnostic Assessment Services It’s important to remember that whilst there are many options available, parents should thoroughly investigate the quality and effectiveness of an intervention in order to make an informed choice.

 To assist parents in making this decision, the Federal Government commissioned The Australian Society for Autism Research (ASFAR) to produce an independent evaluation of the effectives of early intervention options funded under the Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) package.  

Autism Spectrum (Aspect) provides a number of fact sheets to find our more about the current resources available to you. The list includes:

What is autism? 

Girls and women with autism spectrum disorder

 iPads for autism 

Parents with autism spectrum disorder 

Adults with autism spectrum disorder 

Siblings of children with autism 

Familial risk for autism 

Ageing with autism spectrum disorder 

 Kids' who read, succeed!!! Cheers :-)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Try some collaboration with your little one's drawings!! Work together

To any creative Mums, Dads, Aunts, Grandads.....out there

Here's an awesome idea to try with your little one's drawings!

This creative dad does something very cool with his kids’ drawings

This creative dad does something very cool with his kids' drawings | Kidspot

Friday, March 14, 2014

ABC of educational jargon for parents

Wondering why your kids talk about playing under the school COLA? Baffled at parent-teacher discussions about KLA's? You're not alone!

I hope this list helps you understand some of the terms teachers use.


AECG – Aboriginal Educational Consultative Group
AC – Aboriginal coordinator
ACLO – Aboriginal community liaison officer
ADD – Attention deficit disorder
ADHD – Attention deficit hyper activity disorder
AP – Assistant principal
ASLO – Aboriginal student liaison officer


BEC – Board endorsed course – HSC subjects  endorsed by the Board of Studies NSW.
BOS – Board of Studies NSW - The body responsible for the development of core syllabuses for Kindergarten to Year 12. It also manages external examinations such as the School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate.


CA – Creative arts
CAPA – Creative and performing arts
Civics and Citizenship – studied within Human society and its environment (see HSIE) and explores the people, processes and institutions that make up Australia's political system.
CLO – Community liaison officer – encourage and support parents and the wider community to be actively involved in school activities and students progress.
COGS – Connected outcome groups – Units of work, studied from Kindergarten to Year 6, which have been designed to link all key learning areas (see KLAs) together around one topic. For example "Being Australian" may be studied by Year 3-4 students and includes Science and technology, HSIE, PDHPE and creative arts components (see KLAs). Your child may be asked to do a project around a COG subject they are studying in class.
COLA – Covered outdoor learning area. Usually a covered structure in the playground which does double duty as a learning and play area.
Curriculum –The Australian curriculum in NSW is the planned program of teaching and learning constructed by educators, in partnership with learners and others, to achieve agreed educational outcomes.
Creative Arts – a key learning area covering visual arts, dance, drama and music.

If you would like to have the full A-Z list visit Schoolatoz

Remember: Read Everyday
Kids' who read, succeed!!! Cheers :-)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Family challenge for the School Holidays.

During the school holidays see if your family can meet this challenge!!

RHKids Unplugs Parents Guide
RHKids Unplugs Parents Guide

Why is it so important to unplug and READ??

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Keep your children reading during the holidays!!! Kids who read, succeed!!!

The Summer Reading Club is a great opportunity for school aged children to explore the amazing world of books and stories during the summer school holidays.
The library supports the SRC with fun activities for all children who participate, including ideas of interesting books to read! Summer Reading Club 2013 2014
 All children who register to participate in the SRC this year are invited to attend the Investigation! Party at Cavanbah Hall 21 Jan 2014, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

 For more information and further details visit Coffs Harbour City Library Summer Reading Club Website.

Special SRC event Making Picture Books Workshop with Aleesah Darlison Tuesday 14th January 2014. 

Some of our students had the wonderful experience of sharing a video conference with Aleesha Darlinson during 2012, which included the reading of her picture book, Puggle's Problem. Enjoy the reading of the story below.

Special SRC event Making Picture Books Workshop with Aleesah Darlison Tuesday 14th January 2014. Time: 10:00 - 11:30 at Coffs Harbour Library Cost: $5.00 per person. For ages 7 – 12 years. Bookings essential.
Aleesah, an author of children's picture books, provides an introduction to this exciting genre and leads children through exercises to create their very own picture book. Includes a writing and illustration component.

 Also during the holidays for times when you, or any other independent readers-think older siblings, grandparents, uncles, ... are not able to read to your child: Visit the Read to my Child website so your child does not miss out on this important daily developmental activity.

You can also use You Tube to Encourage Reading -a post by The Book Chook ."Use YouTube to entice your youngsters towards more wonderful picture books. You can find book trailers that give a sneak peek of the book's contents, but also there are whole picture book stories on YouTube."

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Get your kids reading

To get them reading…….
                                    Give kids a choice

Research has shown that supportive home environments foster motivation for reading, which leads to more frequent voluntary reading, which improves reading achievement. Many collaborative interventions involving home and school have enhanced the reading motivation of struggling readers as they enhanced comprehension.
Being able to choose what they read encourages some so-called ‘reluctant readers’ to find their interest in reading.
·         No pressure — let children choose what they want to read
It is not the amount children read, it is that they want to read that is important, so let them choose things they want to read — even comics, magazines, cookbooks or appropriate websites.

·         Find out what others like
Peruse book reviews or lists or ask your local librarian what is ‘hot’ for kids to read. Find out what appeals to your children, rather than what appeals to you!
·         Listening is reading — consider audio books
Fluency with reading improves if children follow along as they are read to. Listen to audio books in the car, or download audio books onto your children’s iPods so they can listen to them privately.
·         Book groups are great
Ask your children if they’d like to get together with other children who might like to read and talk about a book. Try an ‘all boys’ book group or a grandparents–grandchild book group . . . any way to get kids talking about books.

Credit: Dean Terry | / Creative Commons License
·         Read anywhere and everywhere
Encourage your child to read to you menus, maps, train schedules, flavours at the ice-cream shop, specials at the supermarket, music and movie reviews — anything that interests them.
Advice sharedf rom

Kids' who read, succeed!!!
 Cheers :-)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

April World Autism Day

 Let us all continue to join hands to enable people with autism and other neurological differences to realise their potential and enjoy the opportunities and well-being that are their birthright.
Ban Ki-moon: "Reaching out to people with autism spectrum disorders requires global political commitment and better international cooperation, especially in sharing good practices."

As highlighted by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, people with autism are equal citizens who should enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

April is Autism Awareness Month, a time to learn more about the neurological condition which affects one in every hundred Australians. 

United Nations

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Struggling to help your child with Maths?

NSW Education and Communities provides plenty of practical tips for parents at the website:



Maths A to Z

Send a content suggestion

Maths tips

Get expert advice and tips on how to support your child's learning and instil a love of maths.
VIDEO: Watch teachers talk about how parents can help their child with maths homework at a primary school level.

Kids generally have no problem sharing out lollies equally. Find out other quick and nifty ways to inspire your child to build on their maths skills.
and plenty more to explore!! 

Monday, December 10, 2012

BookChook offers great Christmas gift ideas

BookChook offers great Christmas gift ideas

If you are looking for more Christmas ideas and fun things to make and do visit my Christmas Pinterest Board.

Kids' who read, succeed!!! Cheers :-)

Monday, December 3, 2012

The NSW Board of Studies has produced a guide to support parents.

The Parents' Guide answers key questions about the Australian curriculum and its implementation in New South Wales. The guide provides information about what your child will learn and a timeline for when new syllabuses will be taught in schools. 
Kids' who read, succeed!!!
 Cheers :-)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

What do you know about your school library?

 "A quality school library is kid friendly and student focused."

The site: MySchool Library What every parent should know has been created to help parents understand the role of school libraries and the Teacher Librarians who run them. 

At present, a teacher librarian is employed to work for a period of time each week, dependent on the number of classes the school has. A teacher-librarian holds a recognised teaching qualification AND qualifications in librarianship, with curriculum and pedagogy knowledge combined with library and information management knowledge.

There is a concern that with the implementation of Local School Local Decisions some out-of-touch Principals may choose to do away with the valuable support of  a Teacher Librarian and hire someone simply to operate the library. According to much research including, Australian research,it  has been shown that the school library plays a critical role in supporting student learning. L. Hay. “Student learning through Australian school libraries” Synergy, Part 1, 2005, and Part 2, 2006

                                            CBCA NSW Judge Wendy Smith 

Kids' who read, succeed!!! 
Why do I always sign off with this little message? It is not just that I feel it is very important ....One of the KEY FINDINGS of the Parliamentary Inquiry into School Libraries was  “Free voluntary reading is the best predictor of comprehension, vocabulary growth, spelling and grammatical ability and writing style.” M.Lonsdale, Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement. ACER, 2003.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Story Visit - Let's Read a Book Together

 Read a book together :) Using this site you can read books with someone special who is far away... for FREE! Maybe a special family member might like to be involved.

Story Visit - Let's Read a Book Together

Story Visit is a website where children and long-distance loved ones can read story books together. Story Visit combines video conferencing and connected story books: when a grown-up turns the page, the child’s page turns along with it. If the child points to something on his screen, the grown-up can see that on her screen too. Now families can read stories together even when they can't be in the same place

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Help with handwriting!

Help is at hand for handwriting!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Love this LAST DAY idea from Karen Taylor.

I so loved the concept I just had to share this fabulous tradition with you, below, from Karen's guest post Thankful Thursday. Education & Teachers. on Denyse Whelan's blog.

"...Every school year has a Last Day as well. In the evening of the Last Day I send my husband and kids out to buy dinner while I very quickly blu-tac up a selection of their work, photos and awards from the year gone by. I set the table for dinner and just as I hear the family returning I put on some loud music and meet the kids at the door with blindfolds.

 They put them on and enjoy dancing around the house until they arrive at the dinner table where they remove the blindfolds and spend a few seconds in awed silence as their memories are revealed, spread out in triumph on the wall. 

Then they scoff their dinner and relive the year that was. It’s the best fun ever and a night that the kids look forward to all year."

John Dewey has stated, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” 

I believe that this is a wonderful activity for all students to undertake and what makes it even more special is when it is done as a family. Reflecting is a very important skill that allows the person reflecting to develop deep meaning and understanding. 

Most people would agree, in order to continually learn and improve, individuals need to engage in regular reflection.

Two questions that you could prompt your children with include: 
What do you notice?
What do you feel?

Have fun and if you implement this activity with your children let me know how it goes. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Make your child's day.

Lunch box letters of encouragement to pop into your kids lunch box!! (from Bill Zimmerman) 
There are many other valuable treasure to explore @ Bill'z Treasure Chest

I am sure you can think of a few other letters to create that would put a
big smile on your child's dial!!

Kids' who read, succeed!!! Cheers :-)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Better Start for Children with Disabilities

[Better Start for Children with Disabilities] This package was announced in the last budget and came into effect on July 1. Similar to the Helping Children with Autism package, but encompasses a wider range of disabilities. The bulk of the package is for kids aged 6 and under, but there are some offerings for kids up to 13.

Children with one of the listed disabilities will also be able to access new Medicare items under the Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) initiative.
The Better Start initiative includes the following components:
  • Funding for early intervention services and treatments for eligible children
  • Additional assistance for eligible children who live in outer-regional, rural or remote locations to help with the costs of accessing services
  • A Medicare item for the development of a treatment and management plan for eligible children up to the age of 13
  • Medicare items for up to four allied health diagnostic services, the results of which contribute to the development of the treatment and management plan, and
  • Medicare items for up to 20 relevant allied health services in total for each eligible child up to the age of 15 provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13.

What other services are available for children with disabilities and their parents or carers?

To register a child for the Better Start early intervention funding parents and carers must call the RIS on             1800 242 636      .