Language & Learning Library

Welcome to the Language and Learning Library. Here you will find a series of blog posts that form a collection of free resources that align to the curriculum or syllabus, to Scarborough’s Reading Rope or to tools and strategies to support all students to be the best they can be.

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Language, Literacy & Mathematics
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Language, Literacy & Mathematics

In the past week there have been two fabulous blog posts about supporting leaning in mathematics. The first by Natalie Wexler can be found at the link below     www.forbes.com/sites/nataliewexler/2022/06/21/when-language-prevents-kids-from-succeeding-at-math While the second by Tim Shanahan can be found here www.shanahanonliteracy.com/blog/can-reading-instruction-improve-math-learning-in-the-primary-grades .. but what does this have to do with oral language and literacy? […]
Supporting Tier 3 Learners in Literacy with Co-existing Conditions [K-12]
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Supporting Tier 3 Learners in Literacy with Co-existing Conditions [K-12]

What do we know about the co-existence of Literacy Difficulties [including Dyslexia] and ADHD | DLD | Hearing Impairment | Autism | Traumatic Brain Injury or Complex Medical Conditions | Oncology | Chronic Heart Disease | FASD | Epilepsy | Rare Disease How do we Implement an evidence based approach for the rare and medically […]
The Inclusive Classroom – Supporting Reading Fluency for Tier 2 & 3 Learners
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The Inclusive Classroom – Supporting Reading Fluency for Tier 2 & 3 Learners

The Inclusive Classroom – Supporting Reading Fluency for Tier 2 & 3 Learners A Mainstream Classroom typically includes learners of a wide ability range. In my classroom teaching experience I typically assume that a stage 2 classroom [ie Year 4] will typically include learners with reading and spelling ages from 6 years to 16+. Sometimes […]
The Inclusive Classroom – Curriculum Access for Tier 2 & 3 Learners
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The Inclusive Classroom – Curriculum Access for Tier 2 & 3 Learners

The Inclusive Classroom – Curriculum Access for Tier 2 & 3 Learners A Mainstream Classroom typically includes learners of a wide ability range. In my classroom teaching experience I typically assume that a stage 2 classroom [ie Year 4] will typically include learners with reading and spelling ages from 6 years to 16+. Sometimes I […]
Learning About Literacy for the Speech Pathologist – Learning to Read
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Learning About Literacy for the Speech Pathologist – Learning to Read

Learning about Literacy -> Learning to Read 6 hours professional development live online Science of Reading Research [90 minutes] Including the process of diagnosis for a Specific Learning Difficulty [Reading] – (Dyslexia) Assessment tools [90 minutes] Universal Screening | Curriculum Aligned Assessments | Standardised Assessments DIBELS, Acadience Reading, TILLS, CTOPP2, WRMT3, TOWRE 2, MOTIF, RAN […]
Words Matter: Oral Language and Communication in the K-2 Classroom [NESA Accredited]
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Words Matter: Oral Language and Communication in the K-2 Classroom [NESA Accredited]

Words Matter: Oral Language & Communication in the K-2 Classroom Course Dates for Term 3 & 4 2022 have been announced below:  Term 3: Live online August 10 | 24 | September7  plus 2 self paced online modules → Registrations Open  Term 4: Live online October 19 | November 2 | 16 plus 2 self […]
How does dyslexia affect learning?
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How does dyslexia affect learning?

Not all children learn and develop in the same way. While some develop quickly, others need a little more time. This applies to all aspects of a child’s life, including reading and writing.  Many children find reading challenging, but when the struggle to learn to read becomes severe, the child may have a form of […]
How to Help Students With Learning Disabilities
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How to Help Students With Learning Disabilities

A learning disability is a condition that makes learning or assimilation of knowledge challenging. Students with these disabilities do not take in and process information like the rest of their peers.  Here is a list of the more common learning disabilities: Dyscalculia makes it difficult to learn number-related concepts or use symbols and functions to […]
Where to start when considering a new reading program in K-2
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Where to start when considering a new reading program in K-2

The Australian Curriculum version 9.0 has been launched this week, and the new K-2 English Syllabus for NSW is due for Mandatory implementation from Term 1 2023. Both of these documents recommend a systematic synthetic phonics approach as a backbone of your early years instruction for reading and spelling. Where do you start when aligning […]
Small Group Coaching – Providing Tier 3 Support for both Primary and Secondary Students
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Small Group Coaching – Providing Tier 3 Support for both Primary and Secondary Students

Small Group Coaching – Providing effective, individualised Tier 3 intervention for Reading in the K-6 classroom or Clinic Details Live online via Zoom | 5 participants Maximum Lunchtime Option -> Tuesday 12 – 1 pm [AEST] | May 31 | June 7 | June 14 | June 21 Evening Option -> Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30pm […]
Tools for the Assessment of Reading [including Specific Learning Difficulties: Reading | Dyslexia]
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Tools for the Assessment of Reading [including Specific Learning Difficulties: Reading | Dyslexia]

There are many options to assess a student’s reading and it is often a minefield to know where to start. Fortunately there are common skills that are the focus of assessment. and knowing your purpose for assessment helps you to determine which tools to use. [Hint: click on the resources in the font that is […]
Mathematics Learning Difficulties and Dyscalculia
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Mathematics Learning Difficulties and Dyscalculia

Supporting Learning Difficulties in Mathematics / Dyscalculia Many would ask why I would be equally as interested in supporting learning difficulties in Mathematics as I am in supporting learning difficulties in Literacy. Interestingly, Jane Emerson who wrote the Dyscalculia Solution and The Dyscalculia Assessment is a Speech Pathologist with a special interest in Mathematics Learning […]
Universal Screening for Literacy
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Universal Screening for Literacy

Universal Screening for Literacy Is there a gap in your K-3 data? Universal Screening is a battery of assessments given to all students in order to develop a profile of strengths and weaknesses. It can then be re administered either each term or mid year and end of year in order to monitor progress. This […]
Free Resources for Online Learning – Oral Language
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Free Resources for Online Learning – Oral Language

K – 2 PLD resources Home Learning Resources from PLD Language for Thinking Language for Behaviour and Emotions Black Sheep Press Resources (Free Sample Downloads) Speaking and Listening through Narrative Read it Again – Foundation Q (Australian Curriculum Aligned) Language in the Class Book share time  Let’s Know Riley Callie Resources – Yarning Cards Riley […]
Free Resources for Online Learning – Vocabulary
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Free Resources for Online Learning – Vocabulary

K – 2 Concept Cat – Word Aware (Free Trial) Pre Teaching Vocabulary Florida Center for Reading Research – Student Center Activities Black Sheep Press Resources (Free Sample Downloads) Language in the Class Book Share Time The Text Project – Vocabulary Instruction Hyde Park Tier 2 Vocabulary Lists Nifty Word The Idioms 3 – 6 […]
Free Resources for Online Learning – Learning to Read & Spell
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Free Resources for Online Learning – Learning to Read & Spell

K – 2 SPELD SA – Decodable Readers University of Florida – Virtual Teaching Hub University of Florida – Phonological Awareness Activities The Reading League – Reading Buddies Sounds Write – Free Initial Code Readers Sounds Write – Free Extended Code Readers Sounds Write – Teacher your child to Read & Write Really Great Reading […]
Free Resources for Online Learning – Reading to Learn
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Free Resources for Online Learning – Reading to Learn

K – 2 University of Florida – Virtual Teaching Hub DSF William Van Cleave Free Resources Education Queensland Learning at Home Sydney Catholic Schools Online Resources Read works Florida Center for Reading Research – Student Center Activities 3 – 6 University of Florida – Virtual Teaching Hub DSF Morphology Resources William Van Cleave Free Resources […]
Free Resources for Online Learning – Writing
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Free Resources for Online Learning – Writing

K – 2 University of Florida – Virtual Teaching Hub Once upon a picture Pobble 365 The Writing Revolution – Book Resources Authorfy – 10 minute challenges Talk for Writing Free Units William Van Cleave Free Resources Sentence Combining Guide 3 – 6 University of Florida – Virtual Teaching Hub Once upon a picture Pobble […]
Free Resources for Online Learning – Maths
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Free Resources for Online Learning – Maths

K – 2 Dr Paul Swan Interactive Materials Cool Math Math Curious Didax Virtual Manipulatives Love Maths Pirate Math Equation Quest Maths Snack Videos 3 – 6 Dr Paul Swan Interactive Materials Cool Math Math Curious Didax Virtual Manipulatives Love Maths More Virtual Manipulatives Virtual Manipulatives Corbett Maths Pirate Math Equation Quest Numeracy Ninjas Maths […]
Free Resources for Online Learning – Students with Disability
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Free Resources for Online Learning – Students with Disability

K – 2 Widget Symbol Resources Symbol World CALL Scotland Phonics for Special Education Needs [Typing] Learning with FASD 3 – 6 Widget Symbol Resources Symbol World CALL Scotland Phonics for Special Education Needs [Typing] Learning with FASD Secondary School Widget Symbol Resources Symbol Worlds CALL Scotland Phonics for Special Education Needs [Typing] Learning with […]
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