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!
They make great Mother's Day or Father's Day projects.
Even Grandma's or Pops could get in on the act.

See the original post This creative dad does something very cool with his kids' drawings | Kidspot for many more great examples. 
This creative dad does something very cool with his kids’ drawings

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 :-)