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“What Is Phonics?”

Phonics is the process of matching sounds to letters. It is an important skill when learning to read and write in English.

There are two main approaches to teaching children phonics — synthetic phonics and analytic phonics.

Analytic phonics starts with taking a word that children know the meaning of, and then analysing it to see how the sounds in the word match the letters we see within the word.

So five-year-old Emma will learn that her name starts with the sound “e” which is represented by the capital letter E, followed by the sound “m” which is represented by the two letters “mm”, and ends with the sound “u”, which is represented by the letter a.

Synthetic phonics starts with letters which the children learn to match with sounds. The meaning of the words are irrelevant, and indeed, inconsequential.

The theory is that the children should master letter/sound matches first before trying to attend to meaning.”

Extract from an Article written by Ms Adoniou


Misty Adoniou is an associate professor in language, literacy and TESL at the University of Canberra.


With the axing of the Reading Recovery Program,which targets year 1 students struggling with literacy, systemic phonics instruction in the early years, is more important than ever.

So how can we as parents help our children confidently start kindergarten?

Read to your children every day helping them to learn to match their letter names and sounds.

This is a great pre-reading skill.


“I spy…”

“I am thinking of a word beginning with….”

Hangman with simple 3 letter words.

Find me something beginning with ‘a’ …..

Fun learning!

StartSmart School Readiness App introduces children to their letter names and sounds in a fun and active way.Our great “Aussie” voice will also help in directing the correct letter formations.

Download the App from Itunes as well as the free colouring book.




Best Start Numeracy

Starting school is always such an exciting time.

The Best Start Numeracy information is essential reading for parents of children beginning formal school.

Learning to count, write and recognise numbers are some initial mathematical knowledge that is assessed.

StartSmart School Readiness App is a fun and simple app to help your child start school mastering some of these numeracy skills.

Download the StartSmart School Readiness App now.

Free Alphabet Colouring Book



Best Start a Parent’s Guide

A must read for parents with children starting Kindergarten in 2018.

The NSW Department of Education and Training have explained the Best Start literacy assessment.

Children do not need to be tutored to “pass” this assessment but parents can certainly prepare their children for this exciting start to formal schooling.

Be an active reader, discussing how books work.

Ensure your child can write their names, using correct letter formation and proper use of upper and lower case letters.

Encourage fine motor skills and how to hold a pencil correctly.

Encourage a love of learning.

Download my app StartSmart School Readiness from Itunes and have fun getting ready for school.







Sometime a box isn’t a box.

Now at Christmas we are all so consumed with gift buying and making sure that our children don’t miss out (FOMO).But children teach us what is really important. Not lots of material things but wonder and imagination and fun and just plain enjoyment.

I found this picture on pinterest and thought it was so relevant for this time of year.

My grandson has surely discovered the wonder of a box!!!!

Obviously we aren’t going to give our children empty boxes for Christmas but perhaps  it just makes us stop, think and take a deep breath.

Download my free colouring book from the StartSmart website and let your child also enjoy the simple art of colouring in.




Free Alphabet book to download when you visit www.startsmartschoolapp.com.

Get ready for school with this fun app that will teach you child letter names and sounds.

They can play games and learn at the same time.

What about colours and shapes?

All there too.

Numbers 1-20 will improve counting and number identification.


Transition To School

So it is now when schools are starting orientation days for children entering “big school’.

Such an exciting time for both parents and of course the children.

An interesting read is this pdf from the NSW Department of Education.(see link below)

It would be a great idea if you, as a parent, read your state education department’s site regarding transitioning to school as it will give you valuable information regarding beginning school.

This is just an excerpt regarding how people responded to the question of how to assist children to transition from preschool to kindergarten.

School readiness is a hotly debated topic but parents shouldn’t ever feel overwhelmed with all the information out there, particularly on the internet, but go with your “gut feeling” when deciding if your child is ready for school.

And never doubt your decision for your child, as you know your child the best.


“Given the research evidence and the strength of opinion of so many respondents, it is undeniable that this issue needs to be addressed. The needs of children are greatest in areas of disadvantage. It is time to put in place a range of strategies that can increase access for all children to a quality prior to school education experience. For many years schools have recognised the need to assist children in their transition to school and have developed “transition” or “orientation” programs for this purpose. Many of these programs are very successful and are greatly appreciated by their communities. It is clear from responses that people are seeking programs that:

• commence while the child is in a prior to school facility

• are coordinated across the prior to school and school settings

• are developed over an extended period of time, such as the term before or even the year before commencing school

• has a major component that “educates” the families about child development, school routines, structures and curriculum

• ensures that teachers are aware of particular needs of children prior to entry to school. A number of respondents saw benefit in greater coordination in the provision of preschool services. Some respondents suggested that the Department of Education and Training should have responsibility for all preschools. It would appear that there would be a number of benefits to greater coordination or one department having responsibility for children’s learning from preschool to Year 12. These benefits may include:

• greater opportunity to address issues of transition to school

• easier identification of potential learning difficulties early and development of programs to address needs of children

• better development of a continuum of learning from preschool and into Kindergarten.”

early childhood years – NSW Department of Education



Free Alphabet book to download when you visit www.startsmartschoolapp.com.

Get ready for school with this fun app that will teach you child letter names and sounds.

They can play games and learn at the same time.

What about colours and shapes?

All there too.

Numbers 1-20 will improve counting and number identification.

The voice you can hear on StartSmart School Readiness App is that of Jay James Moody.

He is currently appearing in Book Of Mormon in Melbourne!

Great graphics and sound will keep your child learning and smiling especially when they get their gold star!!!

Check out the app now!